We stayed here for 3 nights in June. Firstly I might add we are 3 young girls from England and safety was a huge part of choosing this hotel.
We arrived at 11am and the receptionist said the room will be about half an hour but we were welcome to leave our luggage and stay by the pool. We did just that!
The pool is on the roof top accessible by stairs from the 5th floor. It is beautiful, its brand new, clean, open and so inviting. There are about 15 sun loungers and plenty of parasols, up there there are also toilets and showers which were kept exceptionally clean. Pool towels are provided. A little warning the pool is not heated, its for the brave only.
The rooms- we were on the 4th floor in a triple room. The air con worked perfectly, the tv was partially English and the beds were ok. The bathroom was clean and modern, the shower has a frosted door so one person could shower and we could still use the bathroom at the same time. Wifi is free in the rooms, the minute u step out of the room it's gone. It's doesn't work on the roof or just outside the lobby. There isn't a safe in the room, I would Imagine there is a safety box in the lobby but we carried our passports with us.
Breakfast- hmmm basic but its something to start the day off with,fresh juice, breads, eggs and traditional pancake things. Not worth setting an alarm for although it is open till 10.30am.
Location- couldn't fault it. Guilez is the area, the international plaza is across the street with zara, mango, etam and mcdonalds kfc etc. Locally there are lots of restaurants, supermarkets, shops and banks. We found a great pizza place which charged just £3.50 for a large pizza! We loved strolling around. The medina is a good 30 min walk which is dont recommend in the heat,we caught a petit taxi (yellow fiat puntos) that we paid no more than 30 dirhams (£3) for. Or you could catch a bus......4dirhams.....you can make your own mind up when you see them. We opted for the life endangering thrill ride of a 'no seatbelt or door handled' taxi.
The airport is less than 10mins away, you can actually see the planes take off from the pool. We booked return transfers on travel republic for only £7 per person, I found this far less stressful than haggling for taxis in an unknown city. Our transfers were comfortable safe minibuses that ran on time.
The medina- keeps your wits about you, don't let anyone lead you anywhere, they will turn around and ask for money. Keep your bags close to your body and always zipped up. Dont settle for the first price, be a bit cheeky and haggle, throw in a kiss on the cheek if it gets u a bargain! Often when they don't like your price once you've walked away they'll follow and lower the price. I'd read you should cover both your legs and shoulders, I went with just covering shoulders, it seems I chose the wrong option, cover your legs!
Taxes- when leaving the hotel you are charged 11dirhams per person per night. Save some change for this, for us it was 99dirhams so under a tenner.
I would return to this hotel anytime, its out of the chaos of the medina,easy to locate, friendly, an absolute bargain and has a rooftop pool to lust over.
- 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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