I and my husband have stayed in Hotel Ali 5 nights and couldn't be more pleased. The location can't be beaten as it is in the heart of the Medina with a roof top terrace facing Jemaa el Fna. The traditional moroccan food (included in the price) is much better than in many restaurants and it was eat as much as you can. Also, my husband who is vegetarian was delighted with the many suitable dishes served in Hotel Ali. The room is basic, but very clean. The staff is very helpful and friendly. They helped us to book an excursion to Cascades D'Ouzoud which turned out really nice.
If you are on budget, it's definitely a good value for money.
Unique Quality: Ask for a room with balcony at the reception before checking in and you will be able to witness the spectacle of local's life, from morning deliveries of colourful goods for nearby Souks to the afternoon routine of setting-up temporary restaurants on Jemaa el Fna.
It was both horrible and great:
The rooms were sub-par even by my minimalist standards, crumbling ceilings, leaking toilets, random lights going on & off all night, hippies on the roof.
The over-all feel, however was reall cool, all the chaos of the Jemma el fna seemed to just continue right into the Hotel Ali, if someone had ridden through on a moped it would have been complete. The girls at the front counter were hilarious, the lobby would be full of student groups and other wacky budget-types (good place to avoid yuppies), people running in and out with huge wads of cash, strange foriegners hanging around, disinterested wait-staff...
The buffet (nightly at 7) was acceptable and like the hotel - cheap. Breakfast, however was a disappointing crap-shoot; bread, cold coffee, bad milk, maybe some egg and orange juice when somebody got around to it.
The location was perfect - just on the right, before you enter the Jemma El Fna.
Unique Quality: Money exchange in lobby
Hamam in basement
Massage upon request
Excellent rooftop w/views
Directions: Medina/Jemma El Fna
Stayed in a dorm. The women's dorm is a bit mouldy and the men's one is cramped and smaller. But once you get over the slight drawbacks (It's only 6 Euros a night!) you will quite enjoy the convenience (has money changer within hotel and less than 2 minute walk to heart of Jmaa El Fna! and good breakfast including a sampling of Moroccan pancakes, a terrace that affords a panoramic view of the square and the surrounding houses and even the ATLAS MOUNTAINS on a clear day!).
I also met some of the most hardcore travelers there, including a girl who's just been back from the West Bank with stories to share about Israel, a lovely girl who just finished her assignment with Peace Corp in Lesotho. A FANTASTIC place with lovely people and stories to be gathered, if you're the outgoing kind!
Staff are also fluent in English.
Unique Quality: Many, but mainly its unbeatable location from the Jmaa El Fna square that also isn't too close that you wake up from the 5.30 am prayer calls.
Directions: Everyone knows Hotel Ali-- just ask any local shop keeper.
I had a good stay at the hotel. I believe they have dorms but I stayed in a single room. They have loads of facilities to help travellers. At 160dh (11gbp) a night it is cheap by western standards. The rooms require some maintainance but are of a reasonanble standard for Africa.
Don't expect western standards but they do have western style toilets. They have currency exchane facilities and 1 hour free internet per day (next door)
Reccomended - Yes
Unique Quality: The hotel is on one of the main approcaches to the square and the roof top terrace over looks the square. You can see all the way to the atlas mountains.
The have a Hammam but I didn't get chance to sample it.
The resaurant is popular with not residants and as well as traditional Morrrocan food they do pizzas.
The breakfast is good for Morroco, Omlette, crepes, bread, oj, coffee and preserves.
The reception is busy till late into the night I checked in at 1.30am and they were still on duty. When the doors are locked there's normally a boy asleep on a sofa to let people in/out.
Directions: On south approach to Jemma El Fna, Marrakech
Hotel Ali and Hotel Riad Omar are run by the same people and just round the corner to each other. Hotel Ali is very popular, it was ok but didnt see what the hype was about.
I thought the breakfast was crap and the famous buffet wasnt that great.
They even tried to stitch us up by saying we hadnt paid on our last night when we had, we even asked them for a receipt and they said we wouldnt need one.
But at 250dh for a double, or 8.5 euro each is booking with Slimane from Nature Trekking Maroc, its good value. The rooms are nice if you get on with a decen balcony.
Riad Omar is more expensive although i thought the rooms were worse. Its set in a lovely courtyard though.
Both do money exchange.
Ali's internet was not working when we was there.
Both get very busy, as they are right next to Djemaa El Fna, Ali is on Rue My Ismail, Riad is on Rue Bani Mancre.
After getting the night train from Tangier, we were looking for somewhere to dump our kit, get cleaned up, and get into the Djemma el-Fna and the souks.
We found the Hotel Ali to be perfect for our needs. Just a minutes walk from the Djemma el-Fna, the place has a great travellers atmosphere, although some may find it a little hectic, as it's popular with organised trekking groups heading south to the Toubkal region. It has internet cafe and travel/activity information downstairs.
Not a place to relax in the foyer with tea and cakes, but then, that's not what Marrakesh is about !
Our triple room was clean and , whilst probably having last seen a paint brush in Imperial days, good value for money. Cost was Dh260, which included breakfast and use of internet and Hammam (traditional turkish style bath). The reception desk sells water and soft drinks, and there's a cafe right outside that sells crepes and snacks.
There are at least 6 A.T.M.s within a minutes walk.
On the return leg of our journey, we checked into the dorm at a cost of Dh50. We intended only to use it for a few hours after returning from days trekking in the mountains, wash off layers of dirt/dust, sort our kit out before getting the night train back to tangier. It was well worth the money (£3). Not sure I would have liked the overnight stay in the dorm if we had stayed, as it was rather 'Funky' smelling and pretty hot. Not much ventilation in the room, although you can sleep on the rooftop terrace if you want
Unique Quality: Although our rooms had on suite showers, we chose to use the Hammam in the basement. It's brand new and fairly spartan, but great for getting dirt out of the pores. It's little more than a tiled cellar, with heated floor, hot and cold taps, buckets, bowls and a bar of soap. You just get undressed in the changing room, get in, fill a bucket, and get washed. Simple, but very relaxing, and a more authentic North African way of doing things.
The hotel itself has bags of character, very colonial looking. We expected to see the old retired R.A.F pilot, the rugged archeoligist and the beautifull young scientist sitting in the lounge, discussing some adventure in the desert. It's built around a central courtyard, with mosiac tiles, and stairscases leading to the rooftop terrace, part of wich doubles as a restaurant. The views from here over the Djemma el-Fna are great, especially as sun sets and the foodstalls are set up.
Directions: A minutes walk south from the Djemma el-Fna, across from the park Place de Foucald, in the central medina.
i stayed in hotel ali twice(same room each time, 109), once at the start of my trip and again at the end. both times the staff were friendly and helpful, they speak french and a little english. the food is good especially eating out on the roof. the rooms are ok, a.c. comes on at 7:00 pm and stops early in the morning (youll be up before it does)
only down side is i caught something while trekking and was ill the second time i stayed but i enjoyed it all the same.
Unique Quality: great views from the roof(where you can also eat) some rooms have balconies...
We didn't stay in that hotel so I can't tell you what I think of it. We only went there once while looking for food. But we never reached the buffet because we first saw the desk of the travel agency Sahara Expeditions that was proposing exactly the trip we were looking for at a discounted price.
I just wanted to mention this hotel for that. It offers a lot of facilities to backpackers (organized trips, restaurant, bike renting, internet, etc.). So if you need help or information while in Marrakesh, this address can be useful.
Directions: Almost on Djema El Fna
Best place to stay in Marrakech unless you're filthy rich & can afford the Mamounia. Be warned: they seldom allow people to stay more than 2 days.
Unique Quality: This operation is so impressive it defies words. Tucked a block away from the Jemaa l-Fna, it offers travelers top accomodations & service for miminal cash. Rooms are great, location couldn't be any better and the staff is a whiz at organizing everything from desert excursions to dispensing travelling advice. The do-it-yourself breakfasts are better than anything my mother ever made. Internet access is on the premises & is very affordable. Accomodations range from private rooms with bath to dorms for groups of trekkers.
Directions: Around the corner (50 m.) from the Jemaa l-Fna.
Hotel Ali, Café-Restaurant & Kiosque
Unique Quality: The rooms are nice and it has an tipic restaurant and a wonderful selfservice in the roof. In the reception of the hotel you can change money and get a guide for the city.
A backpackers classic, in the very very center (20 meters from Djena el Fnaa square).
Simple but clean. 15 euros double, 4 euros for sleeping on the roof. Buffet in the evenings for 70 euros.
Directions: Rue Moulay Ismail, 50 metres south of Djema el Fnaa, in front of Foucauld Sq.
HOTEL ALI', absolutely one of the best accomodation I ever found in my still short life of travels. People, this is not simply a hotel, this can be defined a temple of travellers, it looks like a port, always at any time of the day and the night people coming and going, people sleeping in the sofas in the balcon, a high balcon with a great view on the main square, a restaurant always full of new people, you often share a big table with unkown travellers and so you get the chance of meeting people and sharing experiences.An internet centre inside the hotel, bicycle rentings, and an extremely useful legguage deposit for your excursions in the desert or in the coast.
about 15 euros for a double room
Unique Quality: The hotel looked modelled and designed in order to make people meet, really I think that some people, like us, after getting a room, regret that, and would rather share the sofa (more confortable and more fresh) with the other guests.It's strange, but, if you are tired in the afternoon, you don't go to your room for a nap, but you stay in one of the sofa with other unknown people, really a crazy and weird atmosphear.
Directions: just close to the Medina
Unique Quality: A great hotel, where you can meet lot's of new people, because it's a well known place for backpackers. In the center of Marrakesh with a great view from the rooftopterras.
Hotel Ali, Marrakech
View from Hotel Ali's terrace
View from Hotel Ali's terrace
Does anyone have a website for Hotel Ali in Marrakesh or any information that they can share with me on this hotel? Is the location good? How about rooms with a balcony? I know the price is about 150DHR which is excellent.
Any reviews or suggestions would be great! And please, if you have alternatives please give me a website so that I can check them out.
I stayed in hotel ali in feb. It wasnt that bad and free breakfest is always a +.if you have any questions feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org
My friend has just stayed here and she said that the hotel was good - clean and basic just what you need for cheap travelling - but the bst thing was at night when the square comes alive and you can sleep on the rooftop looking down on it all - it sounds fantastic.
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Address: Rue Moulay Ismail, Marrakech, Morocco