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“Very good value.” 4 of 5 stars
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Le Gallia
Ranked #252 of 505 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
N. Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very good value.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2009

Have just returned from a week in this hotel. Was quite apprehensive as believe you usually get what you pay for and it is a cheap hotel. Overall was pleasantly surprised.
Location is superbe. Quiet, no noise at night but 5 mins from the amazing main square. Building is beautiful- wonderful mosaics and 2 courtyards. We had room 19 as recommended by a previous review which is on the roof. It was fine- a little tired perhaps but large and clean and very importantly, well heated with an electric heater which we could control. The weather was very cold esp. the first few days and I gathered other rooms may not have been as well heated. (tip. If you go in winter take slippers or thick socks as tiles bathroom floor cold!)
Lots of staff, all very helpful and will arrange good value trips. We did a day trip into the Atlas mountains(tip.Trips will stop at several tourist shops. Lovely quality things carpets, jewellery, argon oil etc. They don' t do hard sell and stuff tempting but will be much cheaper in the town.)
Breakfast nice (though stodgy apart from the gorgeous fresh orange juice)) Lovely roof garden. We managed to sunbathe a few times and great view of Atlas mountains from the roof.
My one gripe was the 3 cats who seemed to get everywhere esp. the cushions on the roof. One was coughing and seemed ill. They were all pampered. Realise cats were a plus for some guests who loved them but definitely weren't for me!
Overall though this is a great budget hotel. Was always full in contrast to some of the more expensive ones and very good value.

  • Liked — Value, location.the building.
  • Disliked — The cats!
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank NIrelandWilsons
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london
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2009

Quiet but central location only 2 minutes from the main square. Rooms are basic but clean. Beautiful garden and roof terrace. Excellent breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank traveller919
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Brussels, Belgium
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81 reviews
79 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2008

This is a very correct 2-star hotel in Marrakech with excellent and quiet location. Relation between price and quality is good. We paid MAD 500 (€ 45) per night breakfast included.

Ask for a room in the upper floor. They are better than those on the ground floor.

Our room (# 18) was very clean with attached bathroom and central heating.

Only negative point : breakfast is served from 8.30 AM, which is much too late. Especially if you want to be the first on the sightseeing spots in Marrakech or if you want to go to Essaouira, since the bus leaves the bus station at 8.30 AM.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Nabrab
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Sixpenny Handley, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2008

Stayed here for the second time..we also came last year..and nothing had changed..service was brill!
I was travelling with a disabled person, but that was really no problem, they have rooms with (more or less) level access, the steps into the building posed no problem, as the staff all jump to carry the chair in and help with access in any way possible.
The breakfast is typical Moroccan...lovely!

  • Liked — The location..5 mins walk from the Jemaa Al Fna square
  • Disliked — No coffee when you want it! Just breakfast
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank emmahuggz
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London
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123 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2008

We had high expectations of this hotel after reading the Lonely Planet review. Excellent location and friendly staff especially the lovely lady who did our laundry. However our room was dismal, number 3 on the ground floor, really depressing and poorly furnished and not quite so clean. It was dark and dreary and we could not open the shutters as there was a breakfast table set just outside our window! Due to the huge palm tree in the courtyard there is very little light in this place and this greatly affected our enjoyment of the hotel. At breakfast, possibly due to the tropical plants we were attacked by flies and had to have breakfast in the tv salon. I did ask to change rooms and the staff looked horrified and said they would see what they could do, but nothing came of it and we did not pursue it but rather get on with our trip...breakfast was very nice and fresh. We had to go out to buy some mineral water not available at breakfast. All in all a huge dispointment, don't go if you need daylight! But certainly very cheap...

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — lack of light
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank carlitas
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california
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27 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2008

I stayed at the Hotel Gallia for my last two nights in Marrakech and wished that I had found this place a lot earlier. This charming hotel is centered around two courtyards with flowering trees. My room was spotless and much nicer than the one I stayed in for more than twice as much when I first landed in Morocco. In addition, the staff was wonderfully courteous and helpful. When I asked where I could buy argan oil, the manager asked one of his friends to show me a selection of stores selling the product. He did the same when I asked where I could find bastilla. I felt really welcomed and comfortable here.

  • Liked — the staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank californialightf00t
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Melbourne, Australia
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67 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2008

100 dirhams (AUD $15) petit taxi from train station to Hotel Gallia in 'side street', welcomed by doorman and shown to my room. Owned by French family since 1920's, run by locals, one of the oldest hotels in Marrakech, central courtyard where bouganvillea drapes a palm tree that reaches for the sky, spacious rooftop terrace, view of rooftops only great a/noon sunny spot, comfy salon with tv, scrubbed top to bottom daily & recommended in Daily Planet. Fresh roses arrive weekly & the sweet perfume permeates the entire building. There are some resident cats which may not appeal to you. Around the corner, down the 'lane" to the promenade that leads to "Le Place". First time, it takes your breath away! Hawkers line the promenade whilst souks and restaurants surround Le Place. Get ready for the drums, the whistles, henna tattooists, magicians, dancers, bbqs, juice vendors and so much more. It comes alive at dusk and I didnt tire of it for 5 nights!. A trip on the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus helps get your bearings & will cost 130 dirhams (AUD$18). Escape traditional Morrocan Fare and try Restaurant Alizia in the French Quarter, Hivernage for a change (see Lonely Planet) Dine on balconies overlooking LePLace 6-7pm and get front row table, wait till 8 pm and its harder to get a 'front' position. Marrakech Tourist Office map pretty useless, The Rough Guide Map I bought on line from Amazon worth investing in. Beware few if any street names, use La Katoubia as landmark Traders in the Souks more agressive than in Fes or Essaouira but dont let that dissuade you. Majorelle Gardens with its art gallery and musem is a cool oasis in the heat and craziness of the city & worth a visit. While mule power reigns in Fes its scooter and Vespa power in Marrakech!
You can holiday cheaply here and dine well for 100 dirhams (AUD$15) 4 days would have been enough. Average temps supposed to be low 20's but it averaged 30 in April 08 and still comfortable to get around. Bottled water easily available 5-8 dirhams (AUD$0-90). Petit taxis, cheap and everywhere. See Dar Cordoba, Fes, review. See Villa Maroc, Essaouira, review.

I can certainly recommend Hotel Gallia for its cleanliness and presentation, its good breakfast, appealing salon and terrace, helpful staff and great location. Bookings are months in advance and sadly you have to do it by fax - no email - dont rock up and expect a bed, it won't happen.

  • Liked — Cleanliness, original architecture, location
  • Disliked — Resident cats
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 Thank Lynny07
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Property: Le Gallia
Address: 30 Rue de la Recette, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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#26 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:1 star — Le Gallia 1*
Number of rooms: 19
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