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“Take your ear plugs!!” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Hicham
Ranked #420 of 508 Hotels in Marrakech
Norfolk, England
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34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Take your ear plugs!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2008

Excellent value for money. Rooms very clean and comfortable, fresh towels daily and crisp clean bed linen. Breakfast adequate but basic. Only downside was extremely loud music every night until midnight. The Club was really for local people rather than tourists. Good situation only 25 minutes walk from the square and Marjorelle gardens. Recommend open top bus tour as early as possible to get your bearings. Staff polite but not alot of English spoken - mainly French. Various agents for trips can be found along Mohammed V Street and these offer competitive prices.

  • Liked — Standard of room for price paid.
  • Disliked — The noise
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2007

this is a decent hotel cornered off from the hustle and bustle but still close to local amenities. It's a 3 star with comfortable rooms and pleasant staff. We had booked a double room but were given 2 singles as no doubles were available. The next day we were shown 3 different rooms to choose from with a double bed. the receptionist informed us that they tell the travel agents there are only about 6 double rooms in the whole hotel but the agents book them anyway so check with the tour operator.
Our room was spacious and the heating was working well too (it was cold in the evenings). None of the telephones were working during our 2 week stay so we used the pay phones (cheaper) instead.
The bedding and towels are changed everyday and we used to get extra towels on request. we also requested extra blankets.
Food is ok. we were on half board stay and breakfast is not much. There is usually a selection of croissants, pancakes, chocolate bread and the usual teas,coffees, hot chocolates and exceptional mint tea. No eggs or cereal. We were on friendly terms with the restaurant manager so would request eggs but were only allowed to have them in our room (but you must request this the night before and not sure if they did this for everyone) which was great!
Dinner was ok, but for the first 3 nights the menu was the same (salad,chicken with chips and veg and fruit for desert) until we asked for a change. Then we were given spaghetti bolognaise, steaks and tagine (morrocan dish that comes in a brown conical flask like dish). We used to buy our drinks from the local supermarket as they are 3 times pricey in the hotel.
There was a hotel nearby and work would start in the morning at around 7am (which was a bit annoying). The music downstairs in the bar was loud too and would not finish until about midnight. We knew of a lady who left the hotel for this reason as she had a teenage daughter and neither could get to sleep. personally we did'nt mind too much as we kept our window shut and we were on a higher floor, but those with kids and light sleepers be warned.....
We made a bad mistake with an independent guide via the hotel. His name was Jamal. He talks alot, has extremely perfect white teeth (maybe they're dentures (lol)), speaks very good english and is very persistant, especially if he knows you are european and from UK. tells you he will do a "discounted price just for you" - typical sales pit! In fact, he makes you feel obliged but be persistant and DO NOT BOOK ANY TOURS WITH HIM!!! We got ripped off.We Were suppose to go Atlas mountains, the berber village and berber markets but he failed to take us to the latter two (he himself did not accompany us). We went with one of his drivers who after the trip demanded money from us! when we complained of the promised trips and driver he became really angry and haughty. Just avoid him! we booked the rest of our trips with Imzi Tours (just go to the tourist information office and they will direct you). This place was very much near our hotel. The people were very friendly and professional. Everything we had paid for we got. We did a 2 day trip to the Sahara dessert which was absolutely amazing - beautiful scenery. ask for the driver Mohammed (he speaks good English) and will stop anywhere you want for a rest, to take pictures of the breathtaking views, and good restaurants. The drive was about 5 hours over the mountains, stopped in Ourzazate and Ait Benhaddou (famous for Film Shootings such as The Message, Laurence of arabia, Gladiator), looked at a kasbah (a palace so big you can get lost inside), and into Zagorra. Took a 2 hour camel ride, saw the sunset,had a lovely Tagine, rested in a normad tent (very cold at night but they had plenty of blankets). The stars are sooooooo beautiful at night. Its amazing!!! There are no toilets out in the dessert, you have to go behind the sand dunes....... Next morning after breakfast we returned via camel to meet our driver. well worth the £120 we paid for 2 of us. They also do trips to Atlas mountains, beeches, waterfalls where you can feed the monkeys........the price is reasonable.

Atlas mountains - there are young boys who want to take you up the mountain (and you can't do it yourself as you may get lost). pay them no more than 100 dirhams. Make sure you have appropriate footwear as the mountains are slippery and there are no safety harnesses to hold onto so please be careful. There's a mosque situated in the mountains but women are not allowed. On the way back to the hotel We crossed some adventurous bridges (Indiana Jones style), well worth it.

Also visited hamaam (local bath/massage place). It was fantastic. Even hubby admitted it was good.

We took Lunch in nearby restaurants / cafe's and would usually cost £5 for two of us.

Local supermarket very close by known as Asima Supermarche.

We used to take taxis to Jemma el Fna for 20 dirhams and no more, but i believe you can take the public bus too.In the main square Jemma El Fna, there's much going on. Make sure you have loose coins as there are also lots of beggars (children too).

The orange juice carts are great for a pure refreshing drink and cost about 3 dirhams (18p).

Local women will approach you to apply henna on your hands and they are persistant. ladies, Do not pay more than 50 dirhams, both hands. I knew of an american student who paid 200 dirhams!!! I had my henna done in the hotel (arranged by the receptionist)and paid 100 dirhams for both hands and she was very good but i had to let it dry for about 5 hours. Also, the henna i had put on was natural paste. The women in the Square use chemical based.

The mosque - masjid al Koutoubia is situated right in the centre. We went inside for Juma prayers and it was stunning. nothing like the mosques here, and pleasant courtyards too.

morocco is famous for argon oil. This comes as 3 types: cosmetic, massage and for the hair. We bought some from a souk in the main square and it was reasonably priced. you can buy all sorts from exfoliators to the bath glove, pumice stones and various other oils. I bought plenty back as I'm into Aromatherapy.

Morjella gardens are nearby - An escape from the mid-day sun. a nice small cafe inside and lovely to take pictures.



I'm supposed to be writing about the hotel.......anyway if you need more info. on anything I've wrote about such as addresses etc mail me and i will try and help.

Please dont forget to check the pictures of the hotel I have added to this review.

  • Stayed December 2007
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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11 Thank poshnosh1
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2007

This hotel has lovely, friendly staff. We booked a room for 2 adults and 2 kids, but was offered a twin with an extra bed. When we complained, we were offered 2 twins with balconies-it was worth asking and being persistant withour request. The entire hotel needs a make-over. The pool was lovely for the kids, but they must be good swimmers, as it is deep. The hotel bar had very loud live music on every night, until 11.30pm and we were above it! It seemed popular with the locals. Breakfast was continental and very relaxed. Nearby is a good shopping area and a red London open topped tour bus stop, which we used to get around on one day. It is worth going with a guide for a day tour to the Atlas mountains, to climb up the rocks (wear the right shoes!)and see the waterfalls. We had lunch (included) in a berber restaurant and a camel ride. Our tour was organised by an independant guide via the hotel. His name was Jamal-the car was a new 4x4 and although he was nice, he was very pushy.

  • Liked — the pool
  • Disliked — the rooms
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank prestonEssex
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London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2007

Recently stayed at this hotel, and although the location was good(right outside bus stop and supermarket), it's definitely not one that we would return to.

There are plenty of hotels to choose from in and around the same area, so there is in fact plenty of choice once you get there.

The room was overlooking a balcony with pidgeon droppings. Moving to another room was not that much better... this time the balcony was overlooking urinals outside the swimming pool!

Breakfast was meagre and they even ran out of food (due to another party staying at the same hotel). There was also no hot water for two days.

Stayed September 2007
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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2007

The hotel is in a newer developed part of the city, its away from the hustle and bustle of the old city. Its close to a supermarket and other amenities. The Hotel itself is well managed with helpful staff and reasonable food. The rooms are cleaned daily and the towels are changed.
The hotel is a good 30mins walk (without kids) to Jema-el-Fena (Square) and Central Marrakech. The kids pool is tiny, its a section of the main pool which has been cordoned off. The chilled bottle water is 3 times the price of the local supermarket.

Buses routes 1 and 16 regularly go to Jema-el-Fena (Square) and Central Marrakech from a bus stop situation about 5 mins walk from the hotel. 3.5DH for a adult ticket (About 20p), its cheaper than a taxi. The hotel is a good 30mins walk (without kids).

  • Liked — Price and decent food
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
7 Thank yrawat
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Additional Information about Hotel Hicham

Property: Hotel Hicham
Address: 4 Rue Mansour Eddahbi | Quartier Guéliz, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #420 of 508 Hotels in Marrakech
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Hicham 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Also Known As:
Hicham Hotel Marrakech

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