I arrived hot and bothered after taking the No.19 Bus from the Airport. Even before I got to the doors of the Ryad Mogador Hotel (3*) the Concierge and Manager saw me approaching and rushed out to greet me and take my suitcases. They were very kind.
Booking-In was o.k. though i was hot and flustered and I would have preferred to catch my breath before the onlaught (not to mention have a cup of tea!). However, they made Booking-In fast and efficient. I was helped up to my room by the cheerful Porter.
My room was perfectly satisfactory. I am ususally a stickler for cleanliness and a bit of a fuss-pot but I felt so welcomed that I readily overlooked a few areas of tattiness. Like I said: you could find fault if you wanted to: the Hotel does need upgrading and redecorating. Things like marks on woodwork, a bit of a leaky shower, the odd cracked tile, my door handle occasionally falling off. To my own surprise these things did not make me cross. I think the atmosphere is so pleasant and the Staff so quick to please; that it was like being at home: you-know-you-need-to-redecorate-but -t's-comfy-kinda-thing!
The Pool was a bit shambolic but perfectly servicable. A welcome oasis in a desert of extreme heat. Lots of Hotels do not have pools and sunbeds. So I was blessed!
The food was acceptable. Not great (I went half-board; which apparently gives one the 10 MAD Set Menu). I say Set Menu but you had a choice of three Starters, 3 Mains and 3 Desserts.
I would advise people to go for the Moroccan choices. They were the best. It wasn't a fabulous menu but it was perfectly good enough and I felt blessed and cossetted (especially as a middle-aged Church Minister travelling alone) that my meals were provided: meaning I didn't have to go out at night looking for Restaurants.
The Waiters were adorable..
Breakfasts are not British in any way so I do understand why other Members of Tripadvisor have written poor critiques of them. However: "When in Rome..."!!! They were different, yes. But put your International head on and you will be appreciative of them.
Surpisingly, I had a Travel Rep! I went with On The Beach and have never had a Travel Rep before with that Company. Some Liverpudlians I met (who booked with another Company entirely) had also not expected a Rep. but got one - the same Chap I had. He was called Omar and just showed up. I was glad. Marrakech is pretty overwhelming and I was really glad of a friendly face and some advice. i booked some Trips through him and they were fabulous. He was nice and very helpful.
I was well-blessed!
I had some ups and downs on this Holiday: I got robbed of about £20 by three lads when I wandered into a very unsulubrious area and got lost. I blame myself entirely. I know the rules of travel I have gone on my own to India several times and know what to do and what not to do if you find yourself lost and vulnerable in a cess-pitty-tpe-of-area! I did all the wrong things (like trusting someone, letting my guard down and opening my stuffed-full-of-money-purse in broad daylight in full view of extremely poor street kid) and got my just desserts!
I got lost several times and eventually gave up the David Attenborough Crusade and took well-bartered-for Taxis. I was totally fine then!
I would deffo go back to Morocco; probably to marrakech and if so would absoloutely, certainly go back to The Ryad Mogador Hotel.
The Staff were fabulous and I give thanks to God for their lovely spirits.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ryad Mogador Marrakech
- Riad Mogador
- Ryad Mogador Hotel Marrakech