Hotel Al Kabir

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Bd Zerktouni and Rue Loubnane, Marrakech, Morocco
Hotel Al Kabir
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Costs 47% less but rated 14% lower than other 3 star hotels

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Forum Posts

Sahara Desert Trip

by chuying

Dear all,
I heard of altitude issue when passing through the high atlas mountain, is this a concern to those who had been in the 10 hrs driving tour?
Do i need to bring winter coat for the night in the desert in early Oct?

Re: Sahara Desert Trip

by KakapoTheParrot

The main roads through the Atlas are never so high that altitude is a problem - I assume you mean oxygen levels. Looking at Wikipedia it gives the highest mountain as being a little over 4000m. You can get that high on the train in Switzerland and yes at that altitude you do notice the air is thin, but the main roads through the mountains in Morocco don't go anywhere near that height.

As for night times, a fleece jacket is fine. The evenings in the desert are wonderful and even in winter along the edge of the desert it's never that cold.

Re: Sahara Desert Trip

by GrumpyDiver

Our trip to the Atlas Mountains was in Tunisia, not Morrocco, and occurred in early March, not October, so I would assume that there would be more similarities than differences. The mountains are not as high there as they are in Morrocco.

1. As per the previous comments, we were up in the mountains, but we did not notice any effects of altitude. We were far too low to notice even mild shortness of breath. You really have to be in the 2400 m and above range to notice altitude sickness. The highest peaks in the Atlas Mountains are in the 4000 m range, so the passes that the road uses are likely to be well below those altitudes, and likely below altitudes where altitude sickness is a factor.

2. The desert did cool down at night. A light fleece and a bit of a windbreak (I use a Gore-Tex jacket) is all I needed.

Re: Sahara Desert Trip

by angiebabe

unless you plan to climb to the top of Mt Toubkal and youre unfit altitude is not an issue.
All the answers already here are right about the fleeces and so on - taking layers so you can put more on and take more off is always the safest bet along with one good warm thing to go over the top which fleeces being so light to travel with are a great thing to have in your luggage....yes it can get very cold at night in some places in October - and then hot in the day.

Re: Sahara Desert Trip

by chuying

Thank you all for good tips! Fleece is a must then!

Travel Tips for Marrakesh

Brush up on your French

by clouds111

To get the most out of your stay in Marrakech, learning French or having at least an understanding of it will get you a long way, not only for haggling in the souks but also in restaurants and cafes. I only know a basic amount of French but even this wasn't enough really. My partner and I took a trip up to the Atlas Mountains organised through Expedia but unfortunately the majority of the day was in French with a small amount of English translation for our benefit. We missed out on a lot of information which put a bit of a downer on our day but we focused on the beautiful mountains with those fantastic views and our guidebook. My tip if you are taking a trip is to check what language the majority of the tour will be in.

You can get by on English most locals speak at least a small amount but you'll be better off if you can converse in French.

Using a guide to see the souks or sights

by angiebabe

hi, a couple of times Ive used a faux guide when been approached to get to the tanneries and different souks and one for the back part of the souks when trying to find my way to some particular places that were hard to find.

I would definitely recommend a guide if you want to pay for one but you can follow your maps and guidebooks to get around without too much difficulty really.

Official guides are usually available via the tourist offices and the bigger hotels.

a half day shouldnt cost any more than 300 dirham or perhaps 500 dirham for a whole day - and this is a generous amount - I paid 50 dirham each time to a faux guide for one and a half to a couple of hours each time - even when theyve moaned this is a good rate that is being generous to them.

Great view of Jamaa El Fna

by deeper_blue about Les Terraces de L'Alhambres

As the name suggests the restaurant has a terrace from where you can see much of the Jamaa El Fna, there is one opposite with a better view higher up, but I can't remember the name. I tried a prawn salad which tasted ok, but on reflection I don't think it was a wise choice, I didn't feel well for the next two days.
They will probably serve Western food aswell if you're stomach can't handle any more Moroccan food.


by mvtouring

Marrakesh's amazingly well preserved salmon-pink ramparts are an impressive sight and a constant reminder of the city's fascinating history. They measure about 33 ft high and 7 ft thick and are 15 km (9 mi) in circumference, and an intermittent 8 of their 14 original babs (arches) are still in use, leading in and out of the medina. Bab Agnaou is the loveliest and best preserved of these arches. Even until the early 20th century, before the French Protectorate, the gates were closed at night to prevent anyone who did not live in Marrakesh from entering. A leisurely calýche drive around the perimeter takes about an hour; a taxi ride is faster.

Qzadria Square - Place des Ferblantiers

by sue_stone

The Qzadria Square is an attractive, rose coloured pedestrian square located in the Mellah district, just north of the Palais Badii. It is also known as Place des Ferblantiers - the tin-workers souq.

Surrounding the square are numerous shops, each with their own workshops. Here you can see the craftsmen cutting and hammering sheets of tin to make the pretty lanterns, candle holders and other items. A great place if you want to buy direct from the maker.

There are also some restaurants and cafes on the square, making it a good place for a break during your Mellah exploration.


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