Spent 3 nights here in January which is long enough for Marrakech in my opinion.
Hotel is about 20 min walk from the main square and 10min from railway station. Turn left out of the hotel door and walk to the end of the street , then left again and you cannot miss the railway station. The bus station is 2min further along the road on left side of the railway station entrance.
The railway station entrance is a huge arch and is quite magnificent. There is a large open square in front and you cannot miss it.
We took the bus from Marrakech to Agadir by Suprabus which takes about 3 hours with a 15 min break at a service station halfway. You need to book the tickets at least the day before and you get an allocated seat. When you arrive for the journey you will also need to pay a small fee of 6dh for your case to go in the luggage hold for which you get a receipt to stick on your case. Smaller bags you can take on the bus.
Hotel Almas is a nice modern hotel with excellent clean rooms,mini bar(empty) fridge,good powerful showers and wifi throughout. Breakfast was a cold buffet with the usual fare. Boiled eggs were the only hot item but it set us up for the day.
We tried the fish restaurent, 2 doors down,turn left out of the hotel entrance, which had a wide selection of fish on display to choose from. Very good food and budget prices but do expect the same level of refinement which may be more prevalent in the UK.
There are plenty of other Morrocan eateries around this hotel but if you wish to give the local food a miss, Macdonalds is literally about 250 yds if you turn right on exit from the hotel.(there is also another McDs adjacent to the railway station.
All the upmarket shops are in the locality 2 mins away, again if you turn right and head towards Macdonalds you will come across Zara, Mango etc.
The main square is an an amazing place by day and night and you can eat there at the many open stalls. We used the open top touristique bus which is ok for one circuit around the city but buses are not frequent and this service is overpriced and poor value.
Best part of trip was relaxing in the afternoon at the rooftop pool at the hotel which is quite a suntrap!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marrakech, the red pearl of the desert, hosts a real gem: ALMAS Hotel. Located at the heart of the animated Gueliz district, ALMAS Hotel, a real haven of comfort,is a few minutes away from the famous Jamaa-el-Fna Square. You are going to find all the hospitality and comfort of a great hotel close to Mohammed V Avenue known for its cafes,restaurants and shops. ALMAS Hotel also offers an open view over the city and the Atlas Mount from its panoramic sun terrace, an excellent space for relaxation. A swimming pool and a snack also located there. High Quality and Attentive Service Faithful to the Moroccan hospitality, ALMAS Hotel reserves warm and convivial welcome;besides the careful personnel is at your service 24/ 24hs. A breakfast service is proposed and lets you start your day with a magnificent buffet. ... more less
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