Riad Dar El Aila

160 Derb El Ferane, Marrakech, Morocco
Riad Dar El Aila
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  • Solo100
  • Business50

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Hotel Afriquia - Marrakech

by arturino83


me and some friends we are going to Marrakech in the first week of June. I read somewhere that the Hotel Afriquia is really nice, well-located and cheap.

Does anyone know how to book or contact this Hotel??
Does anyone advice me other Hotels with same price/quality?


Re: Hotel Afriquia - Marrakech

by Kenza

I stayed there once and wasn't very happy about it! It cheap, but it's dirty! The staff didn't bother to clean the bathrooms and the toilets, they prefer to party!
I stayed several times in Hotel Essaouira, which is about the same price (10 euro)
There are plenty of similar hotels in the area!
Have a nice trip!

Re: Hotel Afriquia - Marrakech

by angiebabe

Hi, Ive heard the same - that Hotel Afriquia doesnt have much of a reputation - the Jnane Mogador books up several months ahead so doubt you will have much luck there but there are lots of hotels about so if you dont book ahead dont worry too much unless you are arriving late in the day - i have a few recommendations in my Marrakech page - and have never had a problem with finding a place - I know Cabeyp recommends Hotel Central which is also an el cheapo and Ive got Hotel Gazelle in my tips which is el cheapo - have a look at the rooms first if you want - Hotel Ali is cheap only if you are sharing and I dont think they are very cheap anymore and think they charge too much - for better value there is even Hotel Foucould which is just across the road on the outskirts of the small park on the edge of the main square Djma Elfna - there is also Hotel Islane which is just several minutes away and I stayed with a friend there 2 years ago so she would have okay quality and it was 420 dirham for 2 with breakfast but Hotel Foucould is only about 160-180 dirham.

there is also Hotel Sherazade which is a bit more expensive but liked for the character and relatively low price. about 10 minutes is one of my much stayed at much liked Hotel Toulousain - particularly good if gettting a car as parking is easier.

The Lonely Planet has a good selection of hotels with info and contact details and I recommend travelling in Morocco with at least one guidebook - I prefer the LP to the Rough Guide, only in the case of Morocco, as usually I highly like the RG when travelling other countries. Most places have phone numbers and you could call them and talk to them and then make a booking with them ahead if you wish or just ring around or walk around when you get there depending on your arrival time.

There is a booth outside the post office in Djma Elfna which is good for buying phone cards for the public phones or buy a sim card - you wil often get a good number of free credits to start off with.

Travel Tips for Marrakesh


by grets

Until I came to Marrakesh, I had no idea that Bougainvillea came in more than one colour. Here is is tumbling over the walls in every shade of pink, cerise, orange and white. This really is one of my faviourite flowers!


by keeweechic

Everywhere you will find Moroccan ceramics. The urban pottery is made mainly in Fes, Sale, Meknes and Safri. Different areas have different styles. The Moroccans plate a high importance on decoration. Beautiful plates and tagines are a great momento of your trip and far cheaper here that you will find back home.

Cafe overlooking Djemma el Fna

by barryg23 about Cafe Glacier

There are a couple of cafes which have terraces overlooking Djemma el Fna. Cafe Glacier is probably the best value of these. The terrace is quite large and you get a great view over the square. Drinks are good value given the location though service was very slow on both occasions we visited.

Modern downtown

by Veroali

In the center, some 10 min. by walk from Djemma el-Fna, are built new hotels, restaurants and shops. You will see something else over here than in Medina. We crossed here every day, because we stayed in a hotel in New town. Here you can see the higher standard of life in Morocco.

Ali Ben Youssef Medersa- View from student cell 2

by suvanki

While looking through the windows from the students rooms to the streets outside, I was surprised to find myself looking into a yard, which had piles of old painted wooden pieces of architecture under tarpaulin covers.

Initially I thought I'd also come across a pile of bones!! ( I later realised these were assorted wooden carved chair or table 'legs' )


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