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Hotel Marrakech le Semiramis
Ranked #437 of 496 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Not a bad hotel”
Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

When me and my husband decided (very promptly) to go to Marrakech and booked the flight and this hotel, only after we decided to check out the reviews. And were a bit worried, as there were many negative ones. So I decided to write my own just for those who like us, already booked and now is reading the reviews, petrified.
The hotel is not horrible. Yes it's probably not 4star hotel as they call themselves, but 3 stars I would give without any hesitation. Besides, I think that on the Moroccan scale it's maybe even better.
It has a lovely pool and nice pool area. Yes, the loungers are a bit scruffy indeed, but who cares? After you put a towel on it, it feels like any other Lounger chair. The rooms are shady (very handy) and the conditioner worked fine. The towels and the bedding was changed every day, cleaning on the room was very thorough.
Wifi in the room without any fiddling with passwords. Couple if restaurants and a bar. Very nice balconies in every room with somehow warm stone floor. The hotel is really ok.
The only downside for me was the real lack of fresh vegetables - every day for breakfast and other buffets the only fresh vegetables available were wilted lettuce and wedges of tomatoes (wilted as well), and sometimes cucumber cubes. This is all. A big strange for a hot country. The fruit assortment was also surprisingly disappointing: only oranges and melon. I thought in countries like morroco there are fruit aplenty. Again, if you're not fussed about fruit and veg, it's not a downside for you then.
The halls of the hotel smell a bit of food all the time, But this is I think because of the style the hotel is built. It's fine as soon as you're inside your room.
The location is also good. It's on one of the main streets, going from the railway station, so it's easy to find your way to the centre of Marrakech going on foot, but at the same time quite far away from the centre to make the place quiet.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Spent a week at this hotel from the 11th October 2012. Although the hotel is listed as a four star it is only to three star standard.
The bedroom was clean and the maid service brilliant although she made a point of bringing flowers to our room the day before we left and we felt that this was to make sure she received a tip. Sheets and towels were changed daily.
Our mini bar was unstocked and the room did not have tea making facilities.
The food in the hotel could be boring at times. When they actually cooked Morroccan food in tagines it was very good and hot. However when they served the main course for the evening in the silver square heated servers is was only luke warm. One evening there was only fruit for sweet.
If you were unfortunately to have a room on the left side of the hotel (ours was 138) the en-site disco could be heard thumping away from midnight to six am! The DJ also liked to join in with the "garage" type music.
The pool area has plenty of loungers but no mattresses and again very loud music is played around 4pm onward.
There is a small bar near the restaurant where we had coffee or a drink after our meal. However this seemed to be taken over by locals watching the football on the tv screen who came into the hotel every evening. We felt very uncomfortable one evening in there so stopped using it.
Overall the staff were very friendly and helpful but this is not a hotel I would return to again.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Albeit dated, this hotel offers a great value for the money. The pool area is very impressive and the service is quite good. Our room was spacious and clean. The location isn't the best, but you can always grab a cab to take you to the medina (city center.)

For the money, this hotel is a steal. I recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Pickering, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

The first room we were given was the absolute worst and we were sharing with a family of wild cats!! After hotel staff removed them in a very distressful manner and we threatened to leave we were shown to another room / suite which was beautiful. The pool area and bar are ok if a little bit shabby. The food was ok but not the greatest. All in all everything about the hotel was ok but not the greatest. By far the biggest problem we had in Marrakesh was being ripped off by the guides both official and non official. All are clearly on huge commissions from the shops they choose to take you to, where prices are greatly inflated and whoa betide you if you want to shop elsewhere. The best thing about Marrakech...............the amazing architecture and wonderful atmosphere.

Room Tip: If you don't like the room you've got, complain, they definitely have some lovely rooms!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

I paid around £39/day. I found it to be good value for money. The breakfast becomes very boring after two days - there is no variety. Check-out time was 12noon but our flight was at 4:50pm and the receptionist allowed us to stay longer without extra charge. There is 25dihrams/day charge for the safe in the room if you want to use it . Swimming pool is good.Try the small kebab shop outside the hotel. When you come to the main road turn left and pass the petrol garage. It is adjacent to the garage hidden behind the trees.Hotel looks dated.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 9, 2012

I stayed at this hotel with my family and friends in June 2012. The hotel is about 15 min drive away from Marrakech Menara airport and 5 minute drive from Gare Marrakech train station. Costed me 200 DHS in an 8 seater taxi. Djema Al Fna Square is about 20 mins by bus Number 1, bus stop just outside. It takes an hour to walk from the hotel to Djema Al Fna. The hotel has an out door swimming pool (very large with 20%shallow and 80% deep end), lovely music and sun loungers. Towel available free of charge by the pool. Lovely bar next to the pool, serves alcohol and buffet lunch. Swimming allowed between 10AM and 7PM. There are 2 tennis (hard) courts, 1 volley ball court, archery field, gym (paid), steam sauna (paid), hamam (paid). The staff at the front desk speak english and currency exchange available 24/7 (good rates). Hotel could arrange tours to Ourika Valley and other popular destinations. The rates are ok but not very cheap. If you are good at haggling, approach taxi drivers outside the hotel. Trip to Ourika valley costed us £500 in a 9 seater car. We hired a nine seater taxi just outside the hotel, the driver was very helpful, took us to all key locations and infact offered us very good rates (no haggle) to other destinations. I would recommend this driver as he drives very safely, treats you with respect, talks less, knows where to take you and very trust worthy.
Hotel serves Buffet breakfast (inc in room rent). Plenty of food - Riffa (moroccan pancake - very good served hot), fruits, soups, egg, dessert, cereals, croissants, bread etc. Rooms have paid locker facility (cost £25DHS per day), nice balcony, sofa, hair dryer, bath tub, fridge etc. Very spacious air conditioned room for £39 per day (local tax extra - about £2 per day). Weak WIFI signals available free of charge
There is a grocery store quite close to the hotel (out and turn left), about 10 minute walk. Similar to Teso Metro or Sainsbury Local. There is a small restaurant very next to the petrol station near the hotel that serves very good food ie: Kebabs, omlettes, tagine etc. Lovely food and very cheap. There are number of restaurants on the same road and a Mc Donald too. Hotel serves beer (400ml) for 25DHS (£1.85).

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 24, 2012 via mobile

Hotel was lovely and food was ok. They have one person who speaks english and even he speaks poor english. It mostly caters for french customers. Staff arent very helpful and theres no literature or maps for traveling.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Property: Hotel Marrakech le Semiramis
Address: Semlalia BP 525, Route de Casablanca, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#203 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#225 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Marrakech le Semiramis 4*
Number of rooms: 182
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern 4-story hotel with 2-story atrium lobby, situated on palm-studded grounds, near commercial area. ... more   less 
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