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“Great night in the Square.”
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Hotel Karam Palace
Ranked #52 of 61 Ouarzazate B&B and Inns
Kettering, Ohio
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“Great night in the Square.”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

Gate 1 tour stop.

Room was small, hard to find at first, beds too near the floor. Not a great hotel room.

Grounds were great. The pool area nice, the music from the bar pleasant. The dining OK but nothing special. The balcony views for sunset nice. The lbby had a very heavy smell of smoke from guests smoking all over the place, especially the bar.

I am not at all interested in being in contact or onlne while travelin - it is my escape from life, why mess it up with WiFi - but many on the trip lived for every stop where they could go back home through their devices. Unlike others in this list, my friends were complaining that while the hotel had WiFi, it onl worked in spotty places if at all.

My only real complaint was that there was no hot water in the morning because of an "equipment failure". A fellow guest who was staying here for a few days said it breaks every morning and they give the same excuse each day - but that there is an excess of hot water in the evenings. So shower before going to bed - not in the morning. I suspect they need a larger water heater.

But - this area has been udergoing tough times. A number of neighboring hotels have closed due to lack of tourists. So it could be worse. So I'll give it a three.

Best part of the stay - a short wander downhill to the square in the evening. A lively place full of families and friends. A grea place to shouf. Buy a bag of popcorn for 4 DHM and sit and watch the children drive their little cars and play soccer while parents shop and talk. A great village feeling.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

I stayed here for two nights as part of a Gate1 tour. The room was not fancy but was fine and, most importantly, it was clean. There were free wifi throughout the hotel although it was sometimes rather slow. The breakfast buffet was a little on the sparse side but the food that was available was fresh and tasty. Dinner buffet was good.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

The hotel has a well appointed, spacious lobby. Rooms are located in separate buildings surrounding a lovely landscaped pool area with comfortable lounge chairs and two canopied beds.  One alcove had bench like couches with a large brass tray coffee table. The room was comfortable and clean.  The ceilings were unique, with an open air vent hole over the tub area. The hotel had a few shortcomings, though. Topping the list was the lack of hot water our first day, even at nine o'clock at night. The rooms had no safes, no refrigerators, and no lock on the small patio door leading to the back. No ice was available, even at the bar. Service at the buffet dinner could have been better. The dinner buffet was just OK the first night and breakfast was a tad more than a continental breakfast. Our "wake-up" call was a knock on the door. Free  Wifi is available in the lobby areas, but not the rooms. The service, food and hot water situation improved dramatically our second day. There were many more tour busses here the first day and the staff may have been overwhelmed.  It is hard to complain about anything in this beautiful country, but this hotel was not up to par with our lodgings in other parts of Morocco. Still, it was comfortable, clean and we enjoyed the outdoor facilities here very much.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

The Karam Palace was very comfortable and close enough to restaurants, banks, and ATM machines to be a good place to stay. It is a clean, well-run establishment with an attentive staff. The beds are comfortable. The included breakfast was a little sparse, but the breads and fruits were fresh and tasty. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

We arrived at the Kenzi Farah on Dec 31st with a Gate 1 tour group. Our tour leader had earlier contacted the hotel to ask if they would be having a private New Year's Eve party (for the party animals in the group) and we paid extra for it, but it was excellent fun, varied local entertainment, plus a trio with singer provided dance music: a great way to ring in the New Year. The strong points for the average traveller are good food, good bar, nice hotel, but slightly rundown, WiFi in the lobby only, service was spotty, rooms okay, bathrooms okay, halls dark. Bring a penlight. Did not use the hammam or the pool (too cold outside). It was fine for two nights. We were told that Ouarzazate's 5 star hotel is currently closed, and this is the best available.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Karam Palace
Address: Avenue Moulay Rachid, Ouarzazate 45000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Souss-Massa-Draa Region > Ouarzazate
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #52 of 61 B&Bs / Inns in Ouarzazate
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Karam Palace 4*
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