More about Ryad Mogador Hotel Marrakesh
Exchange rate is approximately £1.00 = D12.00.
Language : French and Berber. You can get by with a little difficulty in English.
Friday evening flight from London Gatwick to Marrakech Menara International (3h10mins). Flight cost around £85.00 per person return through Royal Air Maroc website http://www.royalairmaroc.com (flight is operated by Atlas Blue).
Car Hire – searched through https://www.cartrawler.com. Agent : Argus Car Hire. Car hire is expensive – approximately £200 for 6 days. I’d advise you don’t take the Extra insurance on offer from the website, as the rental company is going to bill you an extra £6.00 a day in any case. I suggest that this insurance is taken. Avoiding dings, scratches, windscreen chips and accidents in general is extremely difficult – driving conditions explained later.
Fuel costs around D10.00 a litre. Typical meals cost around D250 per couple, while accommodation in modest hotels costs around D300 – D350 per twin room.
Driving conditions - Moroccan driving standards are atrocious, particularly the local Mercedes Taxis, Tour busses and newer trucks. Overtaking 3 or more vehicles around a blind cutback is ‘normal’. It is advisable to allow taxis and tour busses to overtake you as soon as possible – I took to slowing down so that they could do this before I entered any bends in the road.
Traffic police are all over the country and it is best to stick rigidly to traffic laws. You can expect to encounter Road Blocks at least twice a day. I was pulled over for two minor Infractions which carry a D400 fine each. Co-operation and good manors meant I paid a D200 unofficial fine. I wouldn’t suggest attempting to bribe any of the officers, my unofficial fine was a slight surprise and accepted as much.
09/10/2009 - Flight departed Gatwick an hour late – no surprise. Customs is fairly straight forward if not reminiscent of a communist style state. Baggage collection is long and tedious – you are best to move baggage off the carousel otherwise further baggage will not be added to it. Hire car process takes some time and we were hit another £30 for ‘late’ pickup!
10/10/2009 - Our intention was to drive from Marrakech towards Ouarzazate through the morning (Road N9). Roads are well signposted. The drive itself is long and difficult. While the roads are decent dual carriageway, the cutbacks through the high Atlas take time. I would however suggest that driving this road at night is preferable to driving during daylight hours as there are fewer vehicles and one is able to see oncoming traffic much easier.
Ultimately we did not quite reach Ouarzazate as I was too tired to continue driving. We pulled over for 2 hours of sleep before continuing on through Ouarzazate towards Boumale-du-Dades (Road N10). Driving conditions much easier over this entire journey. Birded intermittently along the way, stopping at Mansour Eddahbi Dam and various unnamed spots en route. Arrived in Boumalne-du-Dades around 15:00 in time to check into the hotel (Hotel Soleil Bleu – highly recommended – email the hotel directly for accommodation: email@example.com). After checking in, spent a few hours on the Tagdilt Track.
11/10/2009 – Woke up late to have breakfast before attacking the Tagdilt Track proper (the entire road all the way to Tagdilt and back can be done fairly comfortably with a typical saloon car during decent weather). Completed birding in the early afternoon before departing for overnight in Ouarzazate. Checked into hotel late afternoon (La Perle du Sud Hotel – highly recommended – made arrangements via www.travelrepublic.co.uk). Drove back out to Mansour Eddahbi Dam for remaining few hours of daylight.
12/10/2009 – Departed Ouarzazate at 03:00 heading for Agadir. Driving conditions initially difficult from Ouarzazate to Tazenakht (Road N10). From Tazenakht good time can be made on decent roads towards Aoulouz. Cut time on road by taking junction prior to Aoulouz (Road P1706) which connects with the N10 past Taroudant. Took Agadir Airport junction south (Road N1) to the Oued Massa. Arrived a little after 09:00 and spent most of day here. Hotel in Agadir reached at 15:00 (La Petite Suede – would not recommend, shoddy part of town with overzealous car guards). Drove south through rush hour Agadir traffic to reach Oued Souss for a few hours.
13/10/2009 – Departed Agadir for Essaouira (Road N1) at 06:00 with the intention of reaching Cap Rhir for some pelagic birding and Oued Tamri. Winter sea mist made pelagics impossible. Continued further north into Argan habitat. Arrived in Essaouira at 14:00, checked in at hotel (Bahja de Mogador – again, not recommended due to location. Car guards around the sea front lie about directions and are impetuous beyond belief. Steer well clear of downtown! Birded Oued Ksab for the rest of the afternoon.
14/10/2009 – Our intention was to continue to Marrakech today, but changed plans due to lack of Northern Bald Ibis at this stage. Departed at 04:00 for return journey to Oued Tamri. Still no Ibis, but bumped into some birders who gave us excellent info. We continued on to Agadir and further south to the fishing village of Tifnite. Local guide marched us across the dunes in search of Ibis. Left Tifnite at 13:00 for Marrakech (Road N8). A new road is currently under construction for this route – it did not look as though it would be ready for at least another year or so. Road conditions as per the rest of the country, but many mountain passes to travel on this road with the addition of heavy truck traffic. Arrived in Marrakech around 16:30. Stayed at Ryad Mogador Marrakech (fairly average location, but hotel itself is good.
15/10/2009 – early morning flight out of Marrakech Menara.
Final Distance covered: 1850km
Birding Locations and Species of Interest
Just outside of Boumalne-du-Dades en route to Er Rachidia. A number of various routes available, although the suggested access is from the ‘New’ Tagdilt Track – right turn just prior to kilometre marker ‘Tinghir 48’.
If staying at Auberge Soleil Bleu, check the sightings book for updates.
Longlegged Buzzard few at ‘rubbish dump’
Barbary Falcon single near human habitation
Black-bellied Sandgrouse 1 covey near Tagdilt town
Crowned Sandgrouse 1 covey near start of track
Theckla Lark common throughout
Greater Hooper Lark one flock, very near to Tagdilt town, very accommodating
Greater Short-toed Lark small numbers
Thick-billed Lark small numbers surrounding wadis
Temminck’s Horned Lark common at start of track
Black Wheatear small numbers near human habitation
Desert Wheatear common on track
Mourning Wheatear 3 birds neat start of track
Red-rumped Wheatear common throughout
White-crowned Black Wheatear common on power and telephone lines
Great Grey Shrike (elegans) at military compound
Trumpeter Finch common within wadis
Target Species missed : Cream-coloured Courser, Lesser Short-toed Lark, Bar-tailed Lark, Pin-tailed Sandgrouse.
Reached comfortably from Agadir. Drive south for approximately 55km, taking turnoff at signpost ‘Massa / Sidi-Rabat’ (it is located on the left hand side of the road!)
Greater Flamingo large flock present
Marbled Duck small flocks
Red-crested Pochard common
Barbary Partridge small coveys in farm lands en route to river end
Bonelli’s Eagle 2 individuals
Kentish Plover common on beech
Audouin’s Gull common on beech
Yellow-legged Gull common on beech
Ring-billed Gull at least 3 present on beech amongst Yellow-legged Gulls
Moussier’s Redstart common
Southern Grey Shrike (algeriensis) singles seen relatively often
Sardinian Warbler common
Melodious Warbler at least 2 individuals present, showing very well
Spanish Sparrow small numbers in farm lands
Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler 1 bird in reed scrubs at river end
Cirl Bunting common in village en route to river end
Just south of Agadir, turn right at Golf du Soleil and drive towards Royal Palace. Park just before Palace on the side of the road and walk along lagoon.
Slender-billed Gull 4 adults still with pinkish underparts
Lesser Crested Tern 1 adult amongst commoner Sandwich Terns
Located just past Cap Rhir, the river mouth will come into view, shortly after and gravel road will lead off the road. Park up walk to edge of lagoon. The lagoon cannot be traversed particularly far.
White Stork single adult amongst European Spoonbills
Marbled Duck small flock
Red-crested Pochard common
Kingfisher single amongst reeds
No Northern Bald Ibis today
Essaouira (Oued Ksab)
The Oued Ksab is easily reached just prior to entering town. A bridge is currently under construction over the river, but access is between south and north bank is still available.
Eleonora’s Falcon common along the Oued Ksab
Plain Martin common
Moroccon Wagtail (subpersonata) common
Black-crowned Tchagra heard a number of times along river bank
Easily reached approximately 25km south of Agadir. Fishing town is approximately 10km from junction. Road stops about 500metres from village and it is necessary to walk the rest of the way. Start searching on the western dunes above the village. Ibis often feed within the black bag infested dunes here. It is likely that a local guide will pick you up whether you want them or not. Expect a fee of D100 for their successful services. It was necessary to ascend and descend a number of steep dunes for up to 3km before finally finding the birds. According to our guide, they will be in the area, you may have to walk the full length as we did or get lucky and have them feeding neat he village (best early in the morning between 06:00 and 08:00).
Northern Bald Ibis approximately 300 individuals on sea facing dunes
Peregrine Falcon (brookei / minor) 2 individuals hunting – exact sub-species is still considered debateable
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Just back from 7 days at Ryad Mogador Marrakesh at end of Jan beginning of Feb.
Excellent value for money.Rated as 3* but perhaps a little generous with that. Rooms clean but a liitle tired. Staff very friendly, especially if you try speaking in even very basic French.
Breakfasts fine, where you can have as much as you want from a fairly limited choice.
Location is right above a supermaket which doesn't sell alcohol and just across road from main bus station(gare routiere).
About 20 min walk into main square but a number L6 bus will get you back to bus station for 3.5 dirhams. Nearest place I could find to buy beers was to walk in the other direction up to Guilez where there are several shops.
Just watch if booking hotel through travel company as there is sometimes confusion between this Ryad Mogador and the one on other side of town(Ryad Mogador Menara). It is a 5* hotel.
Perfectly Located, Clean, Confortable
Stayed at the Ryad Mogador for 4 Nights end of Jan/ Feb 2007. Was a bit concerned about some of the previous negative reviews, but was pleasantly surpised at how clean & comfortable the Hotel was.
The other great advantage is that the Hotel is perfectly situated between the old and new parts of Marrakech and most of the sites, souks, and other attractions are really walking distance (30 minutes on Average).
The rooms were clean, comfortable. Breakfast was very basic continental style, but very adequate.
Previous comments regarding the helpfulness of staff are however accurate, but if all your research is done before leaving, then you will not need to obtain information from the staff.
There are tourism centres in the city where more comprehensive information could be obtained.
We did try the Hotel restaurant on one occassion. The Service was very slow, but the food was of a good standard.
Overall, the experience was magic and feel for the price paid the Hotel was more than adequate.
One of the largest supermarkets is located next door to the Hotel and was our first port of call each morning, to buy bottled water etc for the rest of the day.
Airport and Taxis
The best way to get to and from the airport is the bus number 19 which is just outside the entrance, in front of the taxis (impossible to miss). The price is reasonable and fixed and so avoids the trouble of haggling.
However, a taxi is obviously more comfortable although some will try to get you to pay extortionate amounts for it. We stayed at Hotel Mogador Marrakech, just outside the Bab Doukkala gate. My boyfriend and I were offered 100dirhams to get to the airport which was just ridiculous before we hailed one who switched on the meter. The cab ride was only 20dirhams!! We paid double to thank the driver for his honesty (which would have been the same price as two singles on the bus) and he was extremely grateful.
In general, always negotiate before getting into a taxi (if they first refuse to switch on the meter) and I have never paid more than 20dirhams.
Ignore excuses e.g. have to pay extra for luggage or the price on the meter is per person or it's late at night etc.
Shabby, but welll makes up for it!
I stayed at the Ryad Mogador with my girlfriend between the 12th-26th December 06,
I booked this hotel on a well known website and it was by far the cheapest hotel that I could find, and being on a budget, I decided to give it a chance. When we arrived at the hotel I was pleasantly suprised by the 'grandness' of the reception area and ajoining bar, the assistant was polite and we proceeded to our room.
The room was well, small, and abit shabby, but most importantly was very clean. We had a double bed, bedside tables and a desk with draws in the room, with a TV on a wall bracket above that facing the bed. The bathroom was tiny, but adequate, although the metal bath had rust patches all over it so you really could only use the shower. (which was abit 'hit and miss' in itself).
Location wise, this hotel is perfectly placed, right outside the medina walls to the north, and the views from our window were amazing (attatched).
Breakfast too was very good. Lots of pastries, eggs, hams, bread and yoguart and if you get up early enough they cook crepes ready to order for you as well.
My only gripes with this hotel was the fact that this hotel was advertised as having 'Saterlite TV' which is true enough, but none of the channels are in english (which I thought was a bit cheeky!) and are only in French, Spanish and Arabic. Otherwise for the rediculously small money that we paid for the fortnight, I was quite impressed!
P.S. Free on site car parking too.
4 of these hotels n Marrakech.....not all 4* !!!!
Booked a last minute deal with Deckchair.com. Booked on Sunday night to travel on Wednesday and didn't receive anything back from them - not even an acknowledgement. Called the next morning to find that my flight had been booked but not the hotel as it was fully booked. I kept being told that there's only 1 girl that can deal with my enquiry! Tuesday evening and I still had nothing. Kept being out through to the same guy and kept being told that he couldn't find me an alternative hotel. Eventually asked to speak to a manager and he agreed to take ownership. The chap told me he'd call me back with a list of available hotels. 8pm - still no call. Called back to find the offices closed! Tuesday afternoon finally got a call from 'the only girl that could help me' and got told that the Ryad Mogador is a 4* hotel and they could get my family in there for the three night break. Checked on this site and realised that there are variuos names of this hotel. Asked the girl and was told there's just this one and it's a 4*. Took her word for it. When we got there, I have to say I was disappointed. NOT 4* standard at all. It was clean but basic. The first thing we always check is the bathroom, this one was poor! Very old, and run down. It was clean as I said, but just nto what you'd expect in a 4* hotel. Staff are friendly, breakfast is quite boring. Just croissants, crepes, boiled eggs adn break - every morning! Location is good. To get to Jemaa El Fna (the souqs and centre) used to take us about 20 minutes walking. If you get too tired along the way, you can grab a horse and carriage ride which is great. We used to pay around 40 dirhams to get from the centre back to the hotel.
We were told that this particular hotel is a 3*, but the others are 4 and 5* !!! If you're after luxury, this isn't the hotel for you, if you're flexible and only want a bed at night, it's okay. We saw the Nassim Hotel and Diwane Hotel, both had a great central city location and both looked very nice.
i'd have to agree with most reviews on this site - the hotel was completely adequate. clean bathrooms and linens, though linens may have been a bit smoky. dark hallways definitely not inviting, especially to a female traveling solo! also, biggest complaint would have to be the lack of interest/unhelpfulness of the staff. as a hotel that is in such a prime location, you'd think they would be used to - and well-prepared for - questions that the average tourist might have, and at the very least, be able to provide MAPS!! that is a huge strike against them.
Value for Money
I stayed at this hotel for two nights in December, and with all the mixed reviews was not too sure what to expect. Weather was good, 20 degree's during the day, and Jersey weather at night. Check in was quick and easy, the hotel looked smart and clean, and the staff friendly but tired. The room was small, and could have done with a fresh lick of paint, and the bathroom very dated, but when you look at the price you pay to stay here, i think you can have few complaints.
I do agree with most reviews on this site - the hotel was completely adequate. Clean linens, dark hallways and basic continential breakfast. Although the hotel is close to the old town, most of the newer hotels are closer to the main Square.
Basic tourist information at reception, although you can book day trips or trips further afield at reasonable prices. Great for some one on a budget.
Just what we wanted
We wanted a cheap pre-Christmas break in Marrakech and - on the recommendation of some friends - found this hotel just what we wanted. It was clean, comfortable and excellently positioned just outside the old city wall, and therefore ideal for sightseeing. At less than £75 for a double room for three nights, including breakfast, it was excellent value.
Service was courteous and unobtrusive - and allowed us to check in well before our scheduled time - and the rooms was big enough. A triple-glazed window and door to the balcony meant that road noise was not too great a problem. We heard no noise from other rooms. Public areas seemed clean. Breakfast of orange juice, coffee, pancakes, bread, croissants, boiled eggs and other items was fine.
Yes, if you wanted to be fussy, you could carp about the lack of tourist information at reception or about the lack of plugs for bath and sink (not unusual in Morocco, I think; a traveller's tip: the plastic cap of a Colgate toothpaste pump fitted the bath plug hole exactly).
So, all in all, very good value for money and a comfortable place to stay.
Brilliant, affordable hotel
This hotel is a little gem! Super clean, Amazing water pressure that you would never get in the UK, really spacious rooms, they service your room every day (unlike in some countries where your room is only serviced on rostered days) and it is very affordable. And has a pool.
Oh and the breakfast - really good quality food and plenty of it.
It is also situated above a supermarket, and a bakery so if you want to buy food, snacks, bottle water, it is really easy.
The only down point is the staff. When we stayed there was a particularly beautiful, but highly sour lady on front of desk. She was not very helpful with tourist questions - down to things like not being happy about handing over a map. But don't worry about this, be persistant and she will open up.
But the best part...
It is in a great location just outside the old city walls (where all the action takes place). The great thing about it's location is that during the day you can walk through the souks to get to the main square, but at night it is really accessible walking along the main roads outside the city walls. This is great for one reason - security. If you stay in a Riad in the old city walls, it can be so easy to get lost in the maze once all the shops shut up and you no longer have landmarks to guide you home. The little alleys can be daunting in the daytime, let alone at night. Not saying of course, you shouldn't stay inside the old city walls, I just liked that when it got late and dark I felt safest walking along the main roads back to the hotel.
Definitely reccommend this place.
Does anyone have the e mail address for the Ryad Mogador near the bus station? The address is 11 Janvier. Thanks.
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Ryadnmogador is a chain.
Here's the website:
You can find the Ryad Mogador info & booking page if you choose Destinations>Marrakesh.
There are several Ryad Mogadors in the city, all with the same contact phone number, address and email:
Avenue Mohammed VI - Marrakech - Maroc
Tél : +212 05 24 43 86 46 +212 05 24 43 86 46
Fax : +212 05 24 43 86 26
I'm not sure which one you mean.....none of the Ryad Mogador hotels in Marrakesh give their location as 11 janvier. Perhaps you could google map each one by name to find out?
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Hi, the full address is Angle Blvd, 11 Janvier Bvld Prince Moulay Abdellah/Bab Doukkala. Thanks for information.
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One of the hotels listed on the site has an address like that (11 janvier was not mentioned).....so I could have told you which one if I'd known it before!
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It's the Ryad Modagor Marrakech, I think?
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and maybe is not so near de busstation but a little further to the east
Looking for a nice Hotel!
Salut a tous,
I am going to Marrakesh with my boyfriend in july, and we are looking for a hotel, which is not too expensive (max 30 euros per person and night). It has to be central and have a pool, though. I am very thankful for you advice!
Also, tips regarding what to see in Marrakesh, or close to the city, are appreciated.
Re: Looking for a nice Hotel!
salut toi :):)
marakech est une ville touristique qui contiene des hotels partous et de toutes cathegorie et en genaral les hotel a marakech ne sont pas cher ça commence de 5 euro et ça va jusqua 50 ou 70 pour des places de luxe .
bon je vous souhaite bon vacances
Re: Looking for a nice Hotel!
hi. i just got back from marrakech 2 weeks ago. Ryad Mogador is a very nice new modern hotelandisquite cheap. it costs about 39 euro for a room for twin bed. its clean and just next to a bank and a super market called aswak assalam. i stayed there for a week.have a good trip. moroccans are nice people.
Re: Re: Looking for a nice Hotel!
the most of small sheaper hotels are around the big scare of jammalafana.i don't think that they have a swiming pool but they are clean.the moroccans drivers might show you that kind of hotels witch you are searching for.i think you don't have to book in advance like in those southern cities;the weither seems to be hot and not that much tourist.take your time in that city and visit souks and the magic big scare.
essauira is quit a nice city;might be a relax city for swimming.
have a nice time.
Accomodation with pool in Essaouria
Can any one recommend accomodation with a swimming pool in Essaouria, near the centre? And also do you know any companies that do surf lessons?
Re: Accomodation with pool in Essaouria
Ocean Vagabond...I can-not recommend this hotel because I have never stayed there but it offers exactly what you require, Close to the Medina, swimming pool and surf lessons.
Re: Accomodation with pool in Essaouria
came and see what hapen here in morocco
Re: Accomodation with pool in Essaouria
The medina is quite a small place so space for a swimming pool will be a problem; I stayed at two hotels within the medina and neither had a pool. Those outside the medina will most certainly have a pool as they are larger and can accommodate the extra space.
Of those I know to have a pool are Hotel Al Jasira, Hotel Des Iles, Ryad Mogador and Hotel Sofitel Thalassa Mogador.
I picked up a leaflet in the tourist info office when there just recently (they only had the one leaflet I'm afraid) but there is an outfit called Magic Fun Africa who have the following website for windsurfing, kitesurfing, surf-kayak, lessons and rentals available. I know nothing about them as I'm past the surfing stage now.
Map available od Essaouira if you like, just ask.