More about Moroccan House Hotel
Stay in a lovely Riad
Stay for at least one night in the traditional moroccan house, called a 'Riad'. They are very numerous, especially in the cities, and are pleasant calm places to sleep, eat, and relax. The house is usually centred around a central courtyard, which may contain a pond or pool or fountain. This is intended to be an oasis of cool during the fiery Moroccan summer, when temperatures can reach 40 degrees C. +!
Often the Riad owner or a representative lives on the premises, and they will provide breakfast and dinner if you require it. Many Riads have a roof terrace where you can take in the views, sunbathe or have breakfast. Some Riads have swimming pools and jacuzzi's in the courtyard or on the roof. Riads usually have lavishly decorated interiors, featuring intricate mosaic and tile work, beautiful lamps, and Berber textiles.
Riad prices vary greatly depending on the premises, but even the cheapest are pleasant places. The most expensive are literally palaces! breakfast is usually included in the price.
A wonderful small Marrakechi Riad
There are hundreds of Riads in Marrakech - and staying in one is a great alternative to the larger tourist hotels scattered in and around the city. A riad is a typical Moroccan house where the roof is generally open and the rooms are built along balconies which surround a sort of courtyard. Many of these Riads are foreign owned, and they have been restored to their original splendour with beautiful traditional furnishings. They range in price from the very expensive to the very affordable. Riad Laora is located right inside the Medina, a ten-minute walk from the Djemaa el-Fna. There are 7 rooms, ranging from fairly small to larger suites, all of them decorated with great taste by the French owner, Regine. Breakfast is served on a small rooftop terrace. From the outside, you'd never know how calm and peaceful it is inside - there's just a small door with a doorbell. Although there's a safe in each room, there are no locks on the doors! No need! There's a watchman who'll open the door to your ring throughout the night. Regine's small staff of 5 are all super friendly!
There's airconditioning in summer and heating in winter - Marrakech can get quite chilly at night in January! There's a large fireplace in a lovely sitting room and a tiny (no bigger than a few bathtubs, actually) pool one can sit in to cool off from the summer heat. Dinner can also be had there if advance notice is given.
Not the most welcoming hotel
I spent 2 separate nights here as part of a guided tour of Marrakech and the Sahara with Exodus travel. Once after spending the night in a gite in Telouet, before heading to Essaouira for a night, then returning here for our last night of the tour.
I then moved to the Moroccan House in Gueliz (please see my tip) for the last few days of my holiday, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Well this place had probably seen better days, any atmosphere had been sucked out. The reception staff just seemed bored, not exactly welcoming.
My first room was on the 5th floor, and was OK, but had the most antiquated and noisy air con I'd ever come across!
My second night I fared a bit better, with a quieter time, and a slightly more pleasant room.
Breakfast was as uninspiring as the rest of this hotel experience - a few dried rolls, pastry, insipid coffee, they even managed to make the orange juice nearly flavourless! (Why, when everywhere else during my stay in Marrakech I enjoyed delicious fresh orange juice for a few Dh!)
Blimey, I'm getting depressed typing this and remembering it.!
Well I didn't really have to spend too much time here, just enough time for sleeping, showering and getting ready to go out.
So, if you're looking for a place just to rest your head, and this comes up at a bargain price, you might be ok Quite near to the main attractions, and in a quiet area - has air con etc-but see above!
Fantastic value, lovely hotel
We've just got back from Morocco after a week in Marrakesh, staying at the Moroccan House Hotel. When we booked our room through Lastminute.com, the rates at this hotel were so cheap we thought it couldn't possibly be more than very basic, but all we were looking for was a cheap few days in Morocco, so we booked it and prepared ourselves for 'basic'. When we got there we were amazed, what a lovely place. It was beautiful, decorated in the style of a typical Moroccan house, the staff were friendly, the rooms lovely and the typically Moroccan breakfasts out on the roof terrace every morning, wonderful. I would recommend this hotel with no hesitation at all, it's comfortable, central, clean, friendly ..we would very happily stay at the Moroccan House Hotel again.
Excellent for the money
Just returned from 3 nights at the Moroccan House. The hotel gives you a true Moroccan experience. For the money we could not fault the hotel. The rooms are clean and the staff are really friendly. The pool is sufficient but is shaded for most of the afternoon so sunbathing needs to be done in the morning!
I would definetly return.
This is quite an unusual hotel in that they've tried to give a flavour of a Moroccan house within a hotel. It's done quite nicely. My room was nice, comfortable and clean, with a few nice touches.
The hotel is about 15-20 minutes walk from the city walls (and another 10 minutes to the Jemaa el fna). The staff were really nice and very helpful. Breakfast, served up on the terrace was adequate - breads and cake, jam and honey, tea and coffee. All in all, it's good value and a nice novelty to the run-of-the-mill hotel.
I stayed at the Moroccan House Hotel in June for 2 nights with 3 friends. We all really enjoyed our stay and particularly the Moroccan style and decor.
The location was very suitable, as there was easy access to the restaurants in the new town. The local area was also relatively quiet and we didn't have any problems with the building work behind, as mentioned in other reviews. We also felt safe and comfortable walking around the area at night, and there wasn't the hussle and bussle of the old town.
The old town is easy to get to in a taxi.
The swimming pool area is small and the sun is only on it for a short part of the day, but that wasn't a problem.
The staff were very helpful, and most of them speak english.
If we went back to Marrakesh, we'd definitely stay here again.
Just back from a week at the Moroccan House and can't praise it highly enough. Although a relatively modern hotel, the decor convinces you you are in an old riad. The reception area is stunning, and the chairs more comfortable than they look! We had a large room on the first floor, which contained both double and single four poster beds. The maid kept the room spotless, and everything was tidied and folded when we came back each day. All the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, Rachid in particular went out of his way to get to know everyone and always had a joke and a smile. On several days we had early starts and he would make sure that breakfast (7 - 10 am) was available 30 - 45 mins early for us. We really enjoyed the Moroccan breakfast, and the set menu dinner was great value the two nights we ate in. Don't miss out on the Hammam and massage - best early in your stay.
Although the building work behind was still going on, it was never intrusive - we were not troubled by this or other noise at all.
We couldn't fault the Moroccan House and would certainly stay again if in Marrakesh.
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Has anyone used this hotel? Whats it like etc.....
Re: Hotel Gallia
The Lonely Planet recommends it as a good midrange/more upmarket hotel - Ive never been to it as have other fave places that are lower budget.
VTer Suvanki has a recommendation for 'The Moroccan House' and Ive in the past looked at it for setting up accommodation for friends to stay at - a pretty good deal there. Gallia is probably closer to the medina but these places we are recommending are generally all close by/in handy locations.
Re: Hotel Gallia
I stayed one night there, & thought it very nice... scrupulously clean, loads of haot water, good breakfast in a pretty courtyard.