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Mogador Express Bab Doukkala
Ranked #456 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Never stay in this hell hole”
Reviewed 23 January 2013

We were meant to stay at the Opera but got put into this hotel. It was dark when we arrived but it still looked dirty and smelly.Our room on the 5th floor overlooked the bus station which was noisy untill at least 3 in the morning when I must have fell asleep.The flush wouldnt stop running,the door didnt lock properly,the windows dint close properly,the air con had a 6 inch gap all around it.Do I need to go on.Breakfast was terrible,a few pastries,a boiled egg and weak coffee.We were here for approx 8 hours and moved first thing after breakfast.I would avoid this place if you have any standards.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

The hotel was a budget price but this was reflected in the quality of the rooms. We moved from the 2nd floor which was quite basic to the 5th floor which had been refurbished and was better. Breakfast was basic but adequate. It was a good location for the airport bus which stopped over the road. Overall value for the money we paid. The rooms at the front of the hotel are very noisy from 5.00am.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

Very recently stayed at this hotel and must say that the level of cleanliness and hygiene left alot to be desired. Upon arrival i had to request a different room as the original one offered was well below par, not that i was expecting it to be the ritz but this was totally unacceptable. At times a strong sewer smell emanates throughout the hotel. The cleaning sfaff and one receptionist are friendly and helpful. The food was really bog standard and well below par which lead to me opting to dine at Amaia restaurant (excellent). The location is good enough as it is in close proximity of most attractions however it still does not amend for the poor facilities on offer as it is quite easy to get about Marrakesh wherever you are. The pool at the hotel can only be described as a wast of space, it is shallow, small and dirty, you probably wouldnt let your dog swim in it.

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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

stayed there nov 2012...cheap room rent, cos it was basic. staff very good as was the breakfast. Not far from night market, cost only 20 dinah for a cab if you bartered. Found the people very nice, even when you didn't buy anything. Yes they always wanted highest price, but they are arabs, what do you expect, If you cut it down to 1/3 of what they want, you have a deal. Just watch out if you visit the tanneries, some comedian will give you a spray of mint (for the smell) give a 5 minute tour and then want 200 dinah........i guess you would know what to say as a reply. overall a good trip for 4 days, but would not return, you would have seen everything locally in 4 days.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 December 2012

If you want an honest review please keep reading.....

Me and my sister came here for 5 days in decemeber! I've always wanted to come here and now I've been...

Hotel: downstairs is lovely, in the reception area you get free wifi but as soon as you leave it goes off and can't get it in your room. Rooms are cleaned daily,towels changed however if your expecting 5* don't! The rooms are basic, 2 bed shower/toilet in one, desk with larger mirror and wardrobe with 3 hangers.
The windows have double glazing, we were facing the main road but managed to sleep right through.
Breakfast was ok, you could defo last on it all day with boiled eggs, french stick. Fresh orange juice, hot chocolate,pancakes and other random bits.
All in all hotel staff are real nice,just don't change money up here as you get knocked. There's a bank and supermarket either side of the hotel.
Area is central to the souks in palace jamal and the plaza (KFC is next to the souks and macds is in the plaza) all in all our stay here was decent, we didn't have real high expectations for the amount we paid. There are a lot of moroccans in the hotel doind business but most are friendly. The hotel is based on the corner of a main road next to the bus station, if you don't keep your wits about you you WILL get run over as they don't stop!I saved my sister from a hospital trip on more than one occassion! Lol

Things to do and not to do: if your going out in a cab, the taxi rank is outside the front door, if u can use cab 1305 or 999 these guys are real nice and don't try and knock you for cost! If you go down to the souks and you try and take photos of the street entertainers etc, you can but then about 5 people come on you for money for the photo. There's snakes and monkeys in nappies but wasn't for me! Make sure you always agree a price as they tend to change it later unless previously agreed!! A MUST is to go to Ourika moutains and go climbing to see the waterfalls they are amaziinngggggg! Was the best day of our holiday however don't book through the hotel, we paid double the price of other people,cab drover 999 does excersions also and there all legit, well as legit as can be. We went on the camels, was fun but again agree a price, he charged 500 dirham for 30 mins and for both we got for 300.

The one thing I really disliked about marrekech as a whole were the people, the men call you 'shakira' and the women look at you like dirt! Even in tracksuits (which we spent most of our time in) w were propisitioned, now neither me nor my sister are timid and it took until the last day to tell them where to go, I feel its not a hoiday for couples or groups of women especially if ur quiet!

One last tip, when you get to the hotel you have to pay local 'taxes' of 11 dirham per person per night!

Overall the place is sitauted in the best area but the toher hotels are nicer although there's nothing around except more hotels. In the ryad the waters hot, the beds are comfy and we had a good time!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Reviewed 12 December 2012 via mobile

Rooms are pretty basic! Showers could be better!
Staff are friendly and rooms clean! Meal prices in the restaurant are reasonable if you've had enough if venturing out in the markets!
Don't use restaurants near within a 500m radius as swindlers!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Bournemouth
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Reviewed 10 December 2012

Myself and my friend stayed at this hotel in November (both 27 year old girls). The hotel was perfect for us, basic but clean and the staff are very friendly and helpful. We could not have chosen a better location. 10mins walk to the medina & souks, 10 mins the other direction you will find nice restaurants, bars and shops (Mango, Miss Sixty etc). The Jardin Majorelle is also within walking distance. We rarely had the need to use taxis, although we did find that as there are 5 or 6 Ryad Mogador's in Marrakech, it was sometimes difficult for the driver to understand which one we wanted. The room was a decent size, we had one facing the road and did find it fairly noisy but did not cause us a problem at all. The pool is tiny and only got the sun between 2pm & 4:30pm, and so cold we could not use it. But it was November and we did not go for a pool/sunbathing holiday. There are plenty of 5 star hotels nearby where you can pay for a day pass to use their pool (we went to Sofitel and paid about £15 for a day pass, really worthwhile for the last day of our trip). Breakfast is continental - croissants, pain au chocolats and plenty of bread and butter/laughing cow cheese, coffee and fresh delicious orange juice. There is WIFI in the reception and the coffee lounge which has really comfortable chairs. Perfect for relaxing with a coffee after a long day walking around the souks. The WIFI was rally handy for finding places to go and using Google Maps for directions. The hotel offers excursions such as 2 days in the desert or a day in the Atlas mountains, although we did not take advantage of this. There is a supermarket next door which sells pretty much everything you'd expect from a supermarket. There is also a small shop next door where you can buy travel adapters for less than £1. If you want a holiday sunning yourself by the pool, eating English food and watching English TV then this hotel is not for you. If you want to experience the real Morocco on a budget, then I highly recommend this hotel. We had a fantastic time and did not want to come home!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: 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 #456 of 500 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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