One has to evaluate this hotel not as a 5 star hotel (which it shouldn't be), but in terms of value. The neighborhood in which it is located is among the best in Marrakech, and it is a reasonable walk to both the Medina and the Nouvelle Ville. The hotel's exterior appearance, while dated, is inviting and acceptable. The public interior spaces are very grand (although, again dated in appearance). The pool is acceptable and surrounding gardens are beautifully maintained. The pool furniture needs replacing. The rooms are very tired and shabby. An extreme renovation of the rooms is long overdue. In its day, the 5-star rating this hotel holds was probably justified. Today this hotel's biggest attraction is the price. Similar neighborhood hotels which are of the 5-star category (and deserve them) are considerably more expensive. If you want a primo location, a nice pool and garden for afternoon relaxation, this hotel is a good value. If you want a hotel with high style, picture book rooms and luxiorious bathrooms (for which you'll have to pay dearly), look elsewhere.
Two more comments -- the breakfast which is usually included in the room price if booked through an agency is adequate. Some of the hotel staff, although satisfactory, can be a little on the rude side compared to other hotels I've stayed in in Morocco.
James Stevens, Florida, USA
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