Located a 60 second walk from Jemaa el Fna, we found the Hotel Atlas perfectly situated for exploring straight into the heart of the medina and souks, and for the hustle and excitement of the night market. The rooms are compact but clean and comfortably furnished. As is generally the case in Marrakech they are located around a pleasant central courtyard that serves as a place to relax and enjoy a cool moment away from the sun.
We opted to stay in the basic double room without en suite, however the hotel offers a range of rooms including air conditioning, televisions and bathrooms. The standard room included a sink with cold water and was well kept by daily housekeeping. Communal showering facilities were basic but clean with one shared toilet and a shower on each floor. Rooms on the ground floor suffer slightly from the noise of guests coming and going into the evening - the staff volunteered a change of room to a quieter location after our first night.
Hotel Atlas has two levels of sun terrace for those so inclined, with basic refreshments on sale from reception. You can hear the sounds from the market drifting across while on the terraces but these don't intrude inside. Our hosts were welcoming and friendly and we would certainly visit again, indeed some of the guests we met were already on their second visit.
Consider using a taxi to find the hotel as streets in the central medina are not well sign posted. Alternatively look for the white painted archway to the right of Cafe Glacier and follow the alley. We booked in advance but many other visitors appeared to be requesting rooms as walk-ups.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Atlas is only 2 minutes from the mythic square Jemaa El Fna, in the heart of the medina of Marrakech and close to most important historical sites of the city, the hotel Atlas designed in the purest traditional moroccan style, with its wide and green two patios, offers you charming rooms with exceptional price/quality starting from a single room to quintuple, the hotel staff will answer any of your requests.Clean rooms, beds are made by hand with wide iron and wooden frames in a purist design moroccan style.The rooms have view onto the Riad's central courtyard with their green plants pots and its Gibson walls and zellige . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atlas Hotel Marrakech