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Mogador Express Bab Doukkala
Ranked #458 of 501 Hotels in Marrakech
Reviewed 28 June 2011

I guess if you compare this hotel to other more expensive hotels it'd lose a point, but for the price we paid for this holiday it was a steal!
The hotel was nice, basic, but clean. The staff were friendly and efficient. Breakfast was included, was basic, but covered all my needed food groups (drinks and pastries).
I'd read stories on here about broken air con and cockroaches, we had no such issues. The air con worked lovely and kept the room lovely and cool in the 40 degree heat and at night. As for the bugs, I didn't see any at all.
The hotel is just outside the old city walls, about a 20 min walk from the Square, and really easy to get to it. There's a fair amount of work going on around there, and it looks a bit of a mess, but the works didn't bother us none.

I'd definitely return. For the price I doubt it can be beat!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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7  Thank ChrisBlanc
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Reviewed 24 June 2011

this hotel is cheap and cheerful in a great location less then 10mins walk to the new city and 15mins walk to the old city. this is not a luxury hotel but it is very clean the staff were very friendly and helpful and the hotel is very clean and spacious the pool is small and only has 15 sunbeds but we never struggled to get one as people are out in the day and it was far to hot. its gets sun from 12-7pm which is long enough as Marrakech is a city breat you dont spend that much time in the hotel. it is set on a main road but as there are two sets of windows and doors we never heard a thing. the only thing that was a bit naff was the breakfast as it was very basic but i would defo stay here again. and for those people that want luxury pay the money and stay in a luxury hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank scousejimmy1007
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

We caught the number 19 bus from the airport and got off at stop 8 which is just across the road from the hotel and after putting our lives in the hands of crazy drivers and mopeds we made it. (Zebra crossings seem to have no relevance here, they seem more like targets!) We were greated by a freindly member of staff who kindly took our luggage as we checked in. Check in didn't take long and the porter brought or luggage straight up to the room for us. He didn't even hang around for a tip, which was nice and just made me feel more like tipping him.

The room was basic, as we expected for the price but appeared to be clean enough. The bathroom had a funky smell and with the exception of the meldew around the bath appeared clean also. When we opened the patio doors we were pleasantly surprised to find that we had been given one of only two rooms with a terrace, which looked out over the pool...Very nice!

Sleeping proved a bit tricky for the first couple of nights. This was not because of the noise from the bust station across the road which had been noted by many others, but by the constand bussing of flies around your ears as you try to sleep. The bed was firm, maybe a little to firm, and the pillow was hard and lumpy, not at all comfirtable.

In previous reviews I had read that the sun only gets to the pool for about an hour a day, it is situated next to a petrol station, and that the few sunloungers that were available were quickly taken up. This however was not the case at all. Yes, the pool is next to an Esso garage but you cannot smell it, nor can you see it unless you are standing up and looking over the wall. There were about 12-15 sunloungers and the pool had sun from about 1:00PM right through tto about 6:30/7:00. A couple of hours by the pool each day was the perfect way to break up the morning events and the evening events.

There were also mentions of a horrible smell from the supermarket below but I didn't really notice it in the hallways on the 1st floor. It was however much stronger on the 2nd floor. The smell was only in the corridoors though. On the subject of corridoors, the lighting system wasn't great. I'm all for saving energy but in this day and age these things should have sensors and not rely on people knowing where the switches are. The stariways are pitch black without it and it makes getting into your room a challenge.

The breakfast was awful, but thats probably because we're British and are used to having a more 'moist' breakfast. About 9 different types of croissants (mainly packed with sugar), dry french stick, jam, hard boiled eggs and pancakes with honey...I think that's what they call a continental breakfast but all it really was was a recipe for a very bloated stomach and a diabetic coma!

I have long legs and walk pretty fast but it was still at least a 15 minute walk to the square. The whole place reeked of human and horse urine (as the men just seem to pee wherever they want to) and this really brought the palce down. The constant male harrasment was also rather in your face and uncomfortable (worse than in Jamaica) and people followed you around pointing to places and then demeanding money.

If you are visiting Marrakech and don't mind missing home comforts such this is a safe enough hotel to stay in and having a supermarket below is very convenient...I however will never return to Marrakech.

Room Tip: Room 113 has a terrace looking over the pool :)
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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7  Thank SunshineHoney
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Reviewed 12 June 2011

Having read very mixed reviews about his hotel I wondered what we were in for! First the not so good. Yes. it's a bit shabby and pretty basic. Yes, the pool is miniscule and doesn't get any sun until about midday. Yes, the air conditioning is a bit dodgy so there is a choice between being hot or opening the window and wearing ear plugs to muffle the noise of traffic if your room is at the front. But...... the rooms were very clean and the staff were fantastic and very friendly. Nothing was too much trouble and I would stay there again. It certainly gives you a real feel for the wonderful city that is Marrakech - warts and all. If you want luxury - stay in a luxury hotel!!

Room Tip: Take ear plugs if your room is at the front!
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Cal077
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Reviewed 3 June 2011

The hotel was nice and clean with a small pool around the back. The rooms were average and cleaned regularly.

It was located in Guiliez the new town of Marrakech and about 10-15min walk from the old city.

The only problem we experienced, as we out room was on the front of the hotel facing the main roads and old city, there was a lot of traffic noise and cars horning throughout the day and most of the night.

Overall it was ok.

Room Tip: Get a room away from teh traffic noise
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  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Xplor3r
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Reviewed 9 May 2011

I stayed a week. It is in an excellent central location opposite an entrance to the Medina and close to both old and new centres and all tourist attractions. You can easily walk to all of these but a local petite taxi is only 30DM to most places. Some of the rooms face the bus station which is lively 24x7 but the quad glazing cuts out almost all of the noise and the view over the town is fabulous. The quieter rooms at the back have a view over a petrol station. I wouldnt swap.. Previous reviews mention a smell in the corridor, in fact this hotel is part of an open plan complex and there is a suprmarket in the basement. This is handy for supplies but of course the smell of the spices and fish/meat counters do transmute to the hotel corridors. It's not a bad smell but it is a smell. I took the included breakfast and also used the restaurent for dinner. All food was well presented and very edible, some was excellent, nothning bad all week. And no funny tummies.... For a budget price in an excellent location you wont find better.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled solo
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3  Thank Stuart_Donald
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Reviewed 3 May 2011

The initial walk into reception and the bar area makes this hotel feel like the 4 - star hotel it is advertising to be. However, there is a lingering smell in the corridors, the reception and in the bedrooms. The rooms are extremely basic and very dated. we asked for a triple room as we were 3 female friends travelling and we were given a large room with 4 single beds and 2 bathrooms, however one of the 'bathrooms' had a toilet and sink and the other had the shower, the room with the toilet and sink had a toilet that kept running water so it felt like there was a tap running all night, but that didnt matter as by 5am you were up as the road noise is so loud, the noise from the cars and horns and the bus depot will be sure to keep you up.

The breakfast was extremely disappointing too, stale fruits and salads, and the only hot food is crepe/pancake type think which also tasted as though it had been pre-cooked and then heated up. On our last day we went down for breakfast at 8am and were told to wait 20 mins for the pancakes! breakfast started at 6am?!

and finally, the staff are rude and uncooperative. We had paid for 3 nights accomodation from the UK, for some reason their reservation company only sent through information for a 2 night stay. So having spent the whole day out in the Souks and sightseeing, we came back to find out that our room had not been cleaned, when we called down to the reception they informed us they were expecting us to check out that day so hadnt cleaned our room. We said we would go down with the paperwork and show them our booking and payment, whilst they cleaned our room.

When we spoke to the people at reception they said, it was not up to them to decide if we had paid or not they would have to wait to hear back from the reservation company. So we said please could you clean our room and give us fresh towels, and could we have a complimentary tea whilst we wait, so it was agreed we would wait, after an hour we went back to our rooms. Firstly, only to find nothing at all was done by way of cleaning our room and refreshing the towels, and secondly, the staff member who served us the tea came to our room to demand payment for the tea we had just drank!?

I immediately sent an email to our agent in the uk to sort out the problem for us but as it was a bank holiday we were unsure about what would be the outcome.

The next day we spoke to the manager and he said he would do everything he could to sort it out, we left our luggage with them for storage and went on a 2 day hike in the Atlas mountains, when we came back to get our luggage, not a single word was spoken about our booking payment ... and more importantly an apology!

I had a response from my agent in the uk to confirm it was sorted out for us, and the correct paperwork was passed over. My belief is that if I had not contacted the agent in the UK the hotel would have charged us twice for the 1 nights accomodation.

I would never recommend this place to anyone, it is a cheap and nasty hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that doesnt face the bus station
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Mogador Express Bab Doukkala

Address: Angle Blvd 11 Janvier Blvd Prince Moulay Abdellah | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco (Formerly Mogador Express Bab Doukkala)
Region: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #458 of 501 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range: £34 - £40 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mogador Express Bab Doukkala 3*
Number of rooms: 162
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Opposite the city Ramparts and overlooking the Atlas Mountains, the Ryad Mogador Marrakech features an outdoor swimming pool and air-conditioned rooms. It is located in Marrakesh's Medina district. The Mogador Marrakech has a restaurant serving both international and traditional Moroccan cuisine. The pool-side snack bar serves Italian food and local specialities. Guests can also enjoy a mint tea in the Tamuziga tea room. Each guest room at the Ryad Mogador includes satellite TV and a private bathroom, and room service is available. Free Wi-Fi is accessible in the hotel's common areas. With a 24-hour reception, the hotel also provides currency exchange, car hire and a babysitting service upon request. The hotel is located a 5-minute walk from the Majorelle Gardens and a 10-minute walk from Jamaa El Fna Square. ... more   less 
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