We're going to marrakech at the end of april for 5 days and we're staying at the meryem hotel. Can anyone give me any information on this hotel, its whereabouts etc... the website doesnt seem to give anything away. Also, been reading about the taxi drivers who seem to pounce on you as soon as you arrive, are there taxis you should avoid or do you just need to negotiate a more realistic price?? Does anyone know how far Pacha is from the town, we want to go one night but i'm not sure how far it is and whether the taxis will be really expensive to go.... many thanks for any help you can give me x
Check the VT Marrakech travel guides. Lots of information there. (Click "travel guides" at the top of the page.)
sorry, don't know where your hotel is, but I can give you advice for the taxis ... I didn't get pounced on by any taxi driver during one week in Marrakech - the taxis all have meters by law - so the minute you get in check the meter is on, and if not ask the driver to put it on, and if he doesn't which I don't think will happen, just say you're getting out ... I took taxi to the airport from jma el fnaa ... 50 dirham! from Hivernage and Gueliz to the square was usually about 15-20 dirham ... but then you could also try the local city buses ... 3.5 dirham usually ... just ask anyone waiting at the bus stop which bus you should get ... people will go out of their way to help you .... hope you have as brilliant a holiday as I did!
plus if you arrive at the airport there is an airport bus to the city which seems to go near all the big hotels ... at arrivals there is a poster showing the route and most famous hotels ... but just find the bus and the very helpful driver will probably know your hotel! 20 dirham single 30 dirham return
Hotel Meryem's website has an address and map that look pretty clear to me: http://www.hotelmeryem-marrakech.com/English/plan.php3
The meters (say "compteur") are indeed required by law in small taxis (which is what you want to get to your hotel and to the club). Almost everywhere, this law is followed without question. Sometimes at train stations, the taxi drivers who meet you at the door seem to have "broken" counters and no amount of negotiation can fix the counters. Stick with taxis whose driver stays with his taxi and you shouldn't have a problem. Note that the price goes up by 50% at night.
Taxis are so cheap you may as well have the convenience. As the last poster indicated, the most you should have to pay is a few euros. I usually stay away from local city buses; I know lots of people that were pickpocketed on buses in Morocco, and no one that was pickpocketed anywhere else.
DAO must be speaking of grand taxi drivers, and even then the comment is absolutely unfair to the many decent ones.
Hi!! My girl and I are going to Marrakech from 30 Dec to 3 Jan. I would like to ask anyone an idea for a place to have dinner on 31st (maybe it's late, but still, we dont want fancy, just any advice on somewhere to go that is enjoyable, typical). Also is anyone interested in taking a trip to the Atlas mountains on Jan 1-2? (We have no idea yet but could be fun/cheaper to go in a group)
By the way anybody knows if everything is closed on Jan 1st?
For your evening meal you could do worse than just sit out on the place Djemaa El Fnaa. Look around at all the stands and choose one where the the locals are eating. Don't be put off by the touts trying to sell their stand as "the best on the place etc. etc." and don't expect an alcoholic drink. You would need to eat at an expensive hotel for that and even then !!!
As for Jan 1 everything should be open.
Yes theres lots of excellent tips on where to eat in Marrakech in amongst the VT pages on Marrakech - specially written for this sort of info request!
and theres no reason why places should be closed on 1st Jan - its not really a big or any deal in Morocco - other than maybe it will bring more tourists on holiday.
am simo from marrakech, when u are here u can book a nice restaurant, it depens on your budget, there are modern and expensive like the pacha and al anbra, and cheap and nice also, like the RDV and Bo&Zin,,,,,u can book by phone when u are here
the mountains u can do it just the 2 of u by taxi and it's not far from the city 45 minutes drive.
and the souks are open all the time even the 31th and 1st also, so no worries
I am arriving on NYE with my husband and 2 friends
we are staying at Hotel Meryem - looks ok and is reasonable price and we are eating at Riad Omar - 180dh for six course meal - a traditional setting
we probably will do a trip to the mountains on the 2nd
have a great time if we dont cross paths
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Address: 154 Med El Beqal Street, Marrakech, Morocco