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“Very useful if you come by Supratours, but lacks quality in service”
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Hotel marmar
Ranked #11 of 40 Hotels in Ouarzazate
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 December 2013

Period of Stay: 6th Dec - 8th Dec 2013 (2 nights)
Cost (PER NIGHT): 15 Euros (170 Dirhams)(including taxes, via Booking.com) for a single room (Room 212)

+ points:
(1) Location - less than 5 minutes walk from the Supratours drop off point (I came in from Marrakech). NOTE: apparently there are two Supratours ticket offices and the one that you are dropped off at is along Avenue Moulay Abdellah (NOT the one on the main road of Avenue Mohammed V which is the one you will see when you use Google Map) - I was a bit confused initially due to this, not good to be lost at night trying to find your hotel in Morocco! So all you need to do is walk along the road that you are dropped off at (in the direction that the bus is facing) and you will see Hotel Marmar on your right within 5 minutes at most! It is also near the Gare Routiere so it could be useful if you need to catch a grand taxi to Ait Ben Haddou (very nice place).

Although some say it is far from the city centre, it is about 15 minutes for me (though I'm up for a bit of walking) so if likewise you enjoy walking this is no problem and it is very easy to navigate, just ask the owner for a map and he will tell you how to walk. If you are not into walking, a petit taxi really won't cost much and you still save a lot from the cost of the rooms!

(2) Comfortable bed, pillows and top class toilet - very clean and nice tiling.

(3) The wifi was fast and reliable.

(4) Breakfast was pretty good (described in detail by Arlene C's review on 3rd April 2013 - "consists of delicious Moroccan bread, a large croisant with a touch of chocolate, yougurt, strawberry preserves, delicious coffee with foamed milk, fresh orange juice and 2 cheese wedges")

(5) Very good value for money based on what I could see from the other hotels on Booking.com.

- points:
(1) The room was very cold despite the door and window being closed and there's no heater.

(2) The owner didn't seem too happy when I did not take up his offer of a private taxi to Ait Ben Haddou (no diplomatic smile even). Quoted me a totally rip off price of 400 Dirhams which insulted my intelligence so I can't even be bothered to try and bargain with him. (I eventually got one outside for 200 Dirhams, which was what wiki travel mentioned, prob a bit too much still but he did wait a fair bit for me cos he also dropped me off at Atlas Studios for a tour). I would have wanted to follow teamflames' method but I travel solo and there were no one else waiting for a grand taxi to Ait Ben Haddou (was low season) so I think that wasn't too bad.

(3) The checkout timing was stated 12pm but the owner said I had to return the key by 11am because they had to clean the room, which surprised me. If that was the case then change the checkout timing online! I wanted to bathe after going to the Sunday Market but couldn't and I hate it when people don't deliver what is promised.

Room Tip: Room 212 was good - not noisy, not smoky and good wifi, something I asked for based on some of the o...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

Unlike our Marrakesh Riad experience this was more of a modern building and rooms. We did not pre-book this hotel but as we took Supratours bus from Marrakesh and were dropped off 2 blocks away walked up to inspect it.
As it was quiet season we managed to negotiate a slightly better rate than advertised which was great.
Our room was a decent size, with enuite bathroom. The shower was nice and hot and the hotel was spotlessly clean.
Breakfast was included and was good with lovely espresso coffee, orange juice, yoghurt and lots of bread.
Wifi only works on the lower floors.
Location is a slight negative as others have mentioned, but once you know your way through the streets its really only 10 mins max to walk to the square. There are some great cheap local restaurants nearby as well.
Ali was a nice guy, he has a very dry sense of humour so sometimes difficult to know when he was joking. They gave the basic information but were not overly helpful when it came to local transport as I think they want you to hire a car or tour through them.
If you want to visit Ait Ben Addhou (sp) kasbah cheaply, go to the nearby grand taxi station - fight off the offers to drive you privately and eventually inisist on a grand taxi - 10dhs to the turnoff, get out and change taxis and a further 5 dhs to the kasbah. For the 2 of us 60 dhs return as opposed to the 300-350 for private taxi (if you were going to do this you may as well hire a car for a day - almost same price).

Room Tip: rooms on outside get noise but small balcony, ones on the inside a little darker but very queit - ta...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

They rudely insist you leave key behind while out of hotel. I acquired the keys to another room because if this. The staff are quite demeaning towards women and they charged me a full night's stay for being 1 hour late at checkout.

  • Stayed: October 2013
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1  Thank Preiss
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

It costed me 138 DH/night in this hotel. It is a little bit hard to find it. 5 mins walk from Supratour bus ticket office. The room is good but wifi is not covered in all the rooms. Staffs are nice and English speaking. The room price includes breakfast in a small cafe inside the hotel. But please pay attention to the staffs, they always want you to join the tour or rent a care. Anyway, the staffs are nice and do not ask for tips aggressively unlike somewhere else in the country.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

Although not in the centre of town, hotel Marmar represented good value for money. Rooms were clean and simple, staff even bought a fan to ensure we were comfortable. We were greeted with Berbere whiskey (Moroccan tea) and Ali made us feel very welcome, he also provided us with a useful map and information about the town and surrounding areas. We would recommend a tour of the atlas studios for 50dh each and the atmosphere in the square at night was relaxed without the hassle of Marrakech. All in all a great stay!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank TheSmith4
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

The location is near the taxi station and around the corner you will find the Supratours bus office. It is a minimum 30 minute walk from the CTM bus office. I only recommend staying here if you want to find a place near Supratours or taxis.

The rooms are basic. Mine had toilet and shower with a small balcony overlooking the street. Sometimes you have to wait several minutes for hot water or ask reception to fix the problem. The wifi will only work on the ground floor and up to the 1st floor. Breakfast is in the cafe attached to the hotel.

The hotel is fine but I cannot recommend the services they offer (car rentals, tours, excursions) because I had a very bad experience with them. Tripadvisor will not allow me to write about their services in this review because it is under a different name but same family business. I will try to post about it in a separate review.

Room Tip: Smoking is allowed in a small desk area on the 1st floor. If you do not like smoke, do not get a roo...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Funk U
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

This was a splendid and comfortable room, and there was even a bathtub! Everything was spotlessly clean. The staff, too, was very obliging. An excellent breakfast with plenty of good hot coffee. Very economical.
The only drawback: its distance from the center of town.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Thank jollycrone
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Additional Information about Hotel marmar

Address: 19 Avenue Prince Moulay Abdellah | Boulevard Relie Ente la Gare Routier Et L'aireport, Ouarzazate 45000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Ouarzazate
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 40 Hotels in Ouarzazate
Price Range: £20 - £33 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel marmar 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Marmar is located in the centre of Ouarzazate, 1 km from Ouarzazate Airport and 700 metres from the train station. Some of the rooms feature a private balcony. Each soundproofed Marmar room has a bathroom with shower. Free Wi-Fi is available in each of the rooms. Guests can explore the surrounding area including the Draa River and the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou. The hotel 24-hour reception desk can organise excursions of the surrounding area. We speak your language! Hotel Rooms: 20 ... more   less 
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