Marrakech Hotels: Reviews of Hotels in Marrakech
Marrakech has it all: you can sleep anywhere from the flunkiest pension to the cripplingly exorbitant palaces that were once royal grounds. In fact, you’re so spoilt for choice when it comes to Hotels in Marrakech that it can be hard to decide. The first decision to make is where you want to be: in the Medina (old quarters), the Ville Nouvelle (Guéliz) or a couple of places further from town.
The Medina has the most concentration of cheap hotels in Marrakech, with more expensive hotels in the periphery. Given the attraction of soaking up the unique atmosphere of the Medina and the close proximity of Djemaa el Fna and the souks, this should be your first choice.
The main advantage of staying in Guéliz (The Ville Nouvelle) is the concentration of larger, chain-style hotels with gardens, swimming pools and modern facilities. You can also head for the tranquillity of Hivernage and Semlalia, which also have upmarket establishments with a consistent level of comfort. However, Hivernage –despite its close proximity to Djemaa el Fna – lacks any atmosphere of its own and Semlalia is a bit remote.
Whatever you choose, make sure of an advanced booking of your hotel in Marrakech: places fill up quickly, especially the more popular places in the Medina. The high-season period is Easter and Christmas / New Year, when virtually every decent hotel in Marrakech is full to capacity.
Marrakech Hotels: Hotels in Marrakech Medina
Most of the hotels in the Medina are grouped around the lanes immediately south of Djemaa el Fna. There is a great deal of cheap pensions, most of which have cheerful courtyards and roof terraces although they can be cold in winter, along with more upmarket choice on the periphery of the Medina.
Staying here, you will be at the heart of the “real” Marrakech and within walking distance of Djemaa el Fna and other attractions. Note that most hotels fill up quickly, especially in the high season, so book your hotel well in advance.
The grande dame of Marrakchi establishments and the most beautiful hotel in Morocco. Stunning blend of Moorish style and art deco design, luxurious royal gardens and a world unto itself of endless corridors, amusement arcades, a casino, restaurants, bars, boutiques and beauty spas.
An exotic hotel where the opulence of voguish Moorish style meets the extravagance of chic western comfort. Palatial guestrooms and suites, each with a different fairytale atmosphere and unique surroundings. Fine French and Moroccan dining and an Arabesque spa with its own signature treatments.
A modern three-star hotel facing the Koutoubia. Rooms in a blend of traditional and modern décor with a set of decent facilities. Distinguished dining at the roof-top terrace with amazing views over the Koutoubia tower directly opposite.
Marrakech Hotels: Guéliz Hotels
One of the better and more affordable hotels in Guéliz. Tastefully decorated rooms well equipped with modern amenities according to category and value. Facilities include two restaurants, a bar, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, gardens and a stylish lounge.
Marrakech Hotels: Hivernage Hotels
Hivernage has a concentration of upmarket hotels aimed mainly at tour groups and package holidays.
A four-star hotel, one of the largest and better known in Hivernage. Spacious and well-appointed rooms tastefully decorated in traditional Moroccan style and well equipped with comfortable amenitiesin. Outdoor pool, spa centre with sauna and hammam and a garden restaurant with terrace for outdoor dining.
A resort comprised of a four-star hotel, palace and a variety of villas. Clean and spacious rooms with modern amenities in the hotel, sumptuous suites at the palace and ground-floor villas featuring an exotic garden with swimming pool. A variety of restaurants and luxury facilities.
Marrakech Hotels: Semlalia and Palmeraie Hotels
Many hotels that open on the outskirts of Marrakech are pure luxury. These are located in Semlalia, some 3 km out of town and further out in the palmeraie. This is the ideal place if you want to spend your time in tranquillity, lazing by the pool in a rural setting. The drive to town is easy if you have a car but can be costly by petit taxi (15dh-20dh from Semlalia and 60dh-100dh from the palmeraie).
A five-star luxury hotel, a showroom of Moroccan craftmanship with an oasis of fountains, riads, breathtaking mosaics and ornate carved furniture. Well appointed rooms with flourishes and arabesques and high-end modern luxuries. Fine dining, five swimming pools, tennis courts, riding stables and more importantly an 18-hole golf course.
A lively four-star hotel in Semlalia surrounded by flowered patios. Spacious and comfortable rooms with modern amenities and a private terrace. Moroccan and International cuisine, hammam, sauna, fully-fledged gym, animation team and a business centre.
A 17-roomed luxury boutique retreat overlooking the river Tensift on the edge of a Berber village. 15 spacious deluxe rooms and two suites with their own private courtyard and plunge pools. Traditional hammam and elegant restaurants offering an eccletic mix of Moroccan and International cuisine