Dar Al Kounouz
54 Derb Snane, Mouassine, Marrakech, Morocco
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Woman in djellaba and head scarf
Square of the dead - c Iris2002
Place Jemaa El-Fna (Marrakesh, Morocco)
NEED YOUR HELP FIRST TIME
hi iam going to marrakesh for the first time on feb 2nd going for fourdays.
iam staying at al hotel atlas asni its on the avenue de france i just wanted to know is there any cheap places that rent out jeeps and how much.
on the net its abit to much i want to know what the exchange rate is how much dm to a £ is it better to get it from the airport or the hotel.
will i need warm clothes. can i take my camcorder will i pay airport tax.
and iam looking for a backpackers or travelers that wants to meet up for a drink wil be going to see a friend who has a villa near marrakesh with a pool so let have fun.
RE: NEED YOUR HELP FIRST TIME
We have just got back from Marrakesh where we stayed at the Hotel Atlas ASNI which is a 4/5* hotel on the newly re-named Avenue Mohammed VI which is about 10 minutes drive or 30 minutes walk from Djemaa el-Fna.
The hotel Atlas is classed as a 4/5* located in the new part of Marrakech. Its about 10/15 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from Gueliz. Its on a wide 4 lane boulevard, planted all the way with oranges. The hotel itself is fantastic with a very impressive foyer complete with luxurious seating all around. It has 4 bars, several restaurants, a outside pool and a shop. The rooms were all spacious and clean and well equipped and the staff were very helpful and courteous. There is 24hrs money exchange facility on site.
To tell the truth, the exchange rates are no better at the airport as they are at the hotel. We only exchanged £50 at the airport for the taxis and exchanged at the hotel as and when we needed more money. By the way, don’t be daunted by the taxi drivers at the airport who will want between 100 to 150 Dirham to take you to the hotel. The going rate is 60 Dirham if you can talk them down to it. After letting two drivers battle it out between themselves, we paid 70 Dirhams. When we left on Monday the exchange rate was 16.45 Dirhams to a £.
Some quick answers:
Jeep: Didn’t see any hire companies outside the airport. All the main one’s are there.
Clothing: Yes you will need warm clothing. It was mild during the day and very cold at night especially in the square.
Tax’s: No or at least we didn’t pay any.
Camcorders/Camera: No problems in taking either but be careful not to film/shoot anyone without their permission especially women/girls.
Glad to offer more information. Just email me.
RE: RE: NEED YOUR HELP FIRST TIME
Travel Tips for Marrakesh
The water is NOT SAFE TO DRINK here in Morocco. So... don't even DRINK the FRUIT JUICES here (because once something has been mixed with water, it's 'contaminated').... One of my greedy girlfriends drank a glass of orange juice from our hotel's restaurant and she suffered from severe stomache for the rest of the day. Sigh...
In a restaurant, ask for a bottle of mineral water UNOPENED. Have them open it at your table and you can be sure you won't get local water ... bottled. :-)
Most people know how to ask for unopened bottled water when traveling in areas where the drinking water is
not safe, but they may not realize that it's all too easy to get sick from ingesting water while showering,
even if trying to keep one's mouth closed.
The solution? Always keep mouthwash in your mouth while showering. It will help you remember to keep your mouth closed and the antibacterial agent in it will help purify any water that gets in anyway (e.g. through your nose).
For me, I used mineral water (costing 10 dirhams per large bottle... very cheap!) to brush my teeth and to wash my face. I don't want to take any chances because I don't want to fall ill in a foreign land.
P.S. The water is safe to the locals who are used to it. This doesn't matter if you're a resident of Morocco or the UK: remember, to the residents living in the country, the water is safe.... but not to the travelers! Our tummy's not accustomed to it yet. All water contains different sets of microbes and
mineral deposits, even in the US. If you aren't used to a country's drinking water, then you may get
sick just because it is different.
Be safe, buy bottled water cheap at the supermarket.
Please also DON'T trust the locals in a developing country to tell you that their water is safe to drink. Again, for them, it is safe to drink. For you, it probably isn't. The price is small compared to what could be a disastrous effect on your trip by
drinking the local water. When in doubt, play it safe!
Petit and Grand Taxis
There are two types of taxis in Marrakech - Petit & Grand. They can be hailed from the main roads, caught from a taxi stand or arranged by your hotel.
The Petit taxis are small (usually beige or blue) hatchbacks which can seat 3 passengers. These taxis do have a meter (which may or may not be in use), though it is best to agree a price to your destination before you depart, or insist that the meter be turned on. Any trip within the Medina or close by shouldn't be more than 5-10 dirham, though the price is more in the evenings.
We caught a Petit taxi from the Medina to the Jardin Marjorelle (in the New Town) and the driver wanted 15 dirham, but we told him that we thought 10 dirham was a better price which he agreed on.
Grand Taxis are big old Mercedes, and can carry up to 6 passengers. They usually only cover specific routes, for a fixed fare, and may only leave when full. We were collected from the airport by a Grand taxi and enjoyed our drive to the Medina.
Visiting the ensemble artisanal and check prices!
For the first time after about 15 visits to Morocco, and lots of previous purchases and haggling but usually with the comfort of my own local, this time on my own and looking after my best friend that i was taking on a tour of my Morocco! i was finally going to take the recommended advice and go check out the prices and qualities at the Ensemble Artisanal before we went off and did any serious shopping.
I would actually recommend it - there were some things such as leather pouffes that i have bought numerous of in the past at Asilah and with hard haggling at the Marrakech souk and was pleased to see that the prices we had previously got were a third of the price of the ensemble.
But things like babouches, it really gives you an idea of how cheap they should be at the souks and what prices not to accept. There were some prices that were pretty good at the ensemble such as some very pretty fabric pouffes that i was tempted to buy there and then.
Ladies gandoras were only 60 dhm in the ensemble so how cheap they might be out in the souks! etc etc.
It was nice to visit these shops and not get accosted and confronted every 2 seconds, or even every 10 minutes for that matter! and it was interesting to see some of the crafts at work such as the carpet weaving - showed me how cheap the carpets can be and when buying it really is about the quality of the wool when comparing prices. My friend enjoyed being invited to join in and have a go at putting in one knot of wool into one of the rugs being made!
The centre remained open during the usual 1-2 hour lunch break so you could still roam around and some of the shops stayed open but shops such as the rugs we had to wait until opened again at 215pm
Beautiful interior of former palace
The building itself is the main reason for visiting this beautiful museum, a former 19th century palace. The exhibits including some contemporary art are worthwhile, but the tile work and general decor are spectacular. Buy a combined ticket to the museum, Medersa, and ruined mosque to get a reduced fee. There is a small cafe for reasonably priced mint tea or coffee and small snacks.
Best time to visist Marrakech
The best time to visit Marrakech is between March and end of May because the wheatear is very nice, not cold and not hot as one can enjoy the outdoors activity . And for the people who want to enjoy the pool , it ac be warm enough to swim in the outdoor pools in the afternoon. Marrakech is surrounded by mountains with very beautiful views . Personally, the moutains are most beutiful and intersting part of Marrakech.
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