Hello, I've actually come here because I saw a recommendation about the Hotel Continental in Tangiers. I've traveled around the north of Morocco, from Tangiers to Saidia. The coastal area is very nice but overall it's rather run-down. I suppose it always has been, since the area gets so few tourists. There are, however, countless Moroccans visiting from Europe. We were in Tangiers for a total of three days. I had always just passed through, but this time I went with the idea of going to the Hotel Continental, you know Paul Bowles, Allen Ginsberg, and Brian Jones all stayed. A hotel with lots of history. The truth is that it's great: the location, the building, the quiet rooms. And the price isn't bad. I recommend it. Getting there is pretty interesting though. Tangiers also has something that no other cities in Morocco have. I'm not sure if its the history of the Casbah, or something else... But once you finally arrive and see the silhouette, you get happy on the inside. Also, if you go to the Casa de España, they give you a little plate of fish with each beer, and after two beers you end up having dinner.
In late September, I embarked on a journey to the low, medium and high Atlas Mountains and the Moroccan desert where I passed the old Dakar. One of the stops was the Kasbah Ouzina, in the middle of nowhere. It seems amazing how people adapt to what nature offers. The guys in charge are super helpful and friendly. With virtually nothing, they offered everything. Near this Kasbah is a village so do not forget to bring pencils and candy this trip. For the places where the 4x4 transit it seems that nobody lives except for kids running out to talk to you and sell you something, if only exchange for a pencil. They have nothing because there is nothing. The site is great, friendly, full of camaraderie and with lovely food with a flavor of traditional characteristic culture. Being in the desert, the light works with a generator and water is scarce so do not waste the resources they offer. Just behind the Kasbah are part of the dunes of Morocco and a few kilometers in sight can see the border with Algeria and all the controls provided by this country to avoid "intruders". If you go out there, say hello to Moha from me.
Facing the north side of the Cathedral, and going almost unnoticed, there is a small passage that leads to the Powder Tower or Mihulka, built in the late 15th Century as part of the of the castle´s defenses. Later it became the workshop of the canyons bell-founder, Thomas Jaros, head of the cathedral bells. The alchemists who worked for Rudolf II also worked here. Today it houses an exhibition on the military history of the castle, and military police uniforms. The interior is something you may want to skip if you have no particular interest in military paraphernalia. Honestly, I went because it was included in the Prague Card and was a good deal.
The Central Palace Hotel is next to the Jemaa el Fna square in Marrakesh in the Riad Zitoun district. It is a bit older, dating from before when riads were in fashion, and therefore, has more charm. It is less commercial than some new riads. Less luxurious too, but the prices are in line with that. There is a nice patio with greenery all around where you can have your meals. The reception offers services such as book tours, money exchange, and hamam and massage recommendations ... also laundry service. The regular rooms cost 15 euros per night, with a shared bathroom. If you want a private bathroom it is 20 or 25 euros per night. There is a nicer suite, 40 euros. Breakfast costs 25 dirhams per day.
Although Asilah has several places to stay, usually these places are not known for their charm. For this reason, the Patio de la Luna is recommended. Simple, rustic, but adorable, the Patio de la Luna is at the entrance to the medina. White and blue, decorated between Andalusian and Moroccan, and owner of a small plant-filled courtyard, the small hotel this run by a friendly Spanish couple.
Agadir is the Torremolinos of Morocco, but in the old part of town (relatively old, because an earthquake destroyed virtually everything in the 60s), a bit farther away from the beaches but with a local atmosohere, you can find a cozy 2 star hotel with an attentive staff, clean rooms and a small garden.
The owner of the luxurious and exotic Kasbah Tamadot, is the owner of Virgin, Sir Richard Branson. It's a building situated on the hills of the High Atlas Mountains about 45min to Marrakech. From the hotel you can enjoy the exceptional views. Once you enter it's walls you can enjoy it's wonderful garden and the renovated kazbah preserved in it's time and orginal site. This luxurious hotel with all services is a contrast between the modern and the old, between light and sweet, and makes this a truly unique and refined place.
The Riad Dar el Bahar which means ´Sea House´ is on the west of the old medina of Essaouira, facing the ramparts and the sea. Built in the last century, it is now run by a French/Dutch couple ve renovated the place and gave it a more oriental style. Before there was a windmill that provided the entire city with flour but it was destroyed. There are a dozen rooms - some with views of the sea - that cost between 50 and 75 euros per night. There is also an apartment at 95 euros per night. We got the included breakfast, but you do have to pay a tourist tax of 4 euros per day per person, which was not included. If you come with a large group or the whole family 21 people can stay in this place, for 440 euros per night. Prices increase during the Gnawa music festival. The rooms are spacious with classic oriental décor but not overdone.
The Afriquia hotel is one of the most famous of the cheap hotels located near the Bab Agnaou. Five minutes from the Jemaa el Fna square, and also near the bus stops, it has the perfect location if it's your first time in Marrakech. While it doesn't have the same charm of the riads, it's an old house with beautiful tiles and a lovely terrace. Prices are low, about 25 euros for a double room with a shower, but without breakfast included. During the offseason, they make additional discounts. The rooms are simple, clean, and it's a cool place. It may be a bit noisy considering its proximity to the square.
The Tahiti Beach Club is an institution in Casablanca. It's where people from the city come to spend the day, as the nearby beaches of the city are not particularly beautiful. This club offers a pool, and various sports facilities beside the sea. From downtown, you can take a bus or a cheap taxi (2 euros). Or you can walk - an easy one hour from the historic centre. Admission is 100 dirhams, which is 9 euros, plus 100 for a bed, or 50 for a chair. You can rent a cabin for 4 people for 90 euros. It is quite expensive, but the place is always full. Inside, you'll find a couple of restaurants and bars. It's a big place, with several pools for both adults and children. There are plenty of similar clubs nearby, too, including Paradise and Kon Tiki.
This is probably one of the best hotels in Marrakech, offering all you could need for a great holiday: a nice, quiet environment, spacious rooms, and friendly service. The hotel boasts 250 air-conditioned rooms, several restaurants (gourmet, a la carte, traditional Moroccan, snacks), a hydrotherapy centre with sauna, massages, and more, a majestic pool, tennis court, and gym. There are free shuttle buses, and the hotel is thirty minutes from the Jemaa El Fna. Despite having read some negative reviews online, I have to say that this is undoubtedly the best hotel I know in Marrakech.
Tafraout Hotel Tanger is a small guest house in the heart of town, easy to find from the bus stop and taxis. They charge 40DH per person, per night and there are a total of nine quarters of one, two or three people. Below is a restaurant but when we went, Ramadan means were not available. You can also eat in a few places next door. The staff was very friendly and helped us to plan activities. The rooms are basic but I think they are changing them now. Some share a bathroom, others have a private shower. They have plenty of blankets because it is cold in the mountains at night, and in the day not much heat gets into the rooms. On the roof terrace you can see the whole town and the surrounding mountains which is very nice.
The Tour du Sud is a medium sized hotel next to the main mosque in Agadir. The neighbourhood is called Nouveau Talborjt, and it's a nice place, with a lot of locals, and not many tourists. The hotel stands in a renovated building (formerly Hotel de Paris). It's a two-star hotel with clean rooms, and fairly cheap as it's farther from the beach than the big chain hotels. To get to the beach, you can either walk for 20 minutes or take a taxi for 5 (which costs a little more than one euro). There are two courtyards in the hotel, with shady trees. Ask for a room on the ground floor if you're worried about the heat, although you should keep in mind that temperatures in Agadir aren't as high as in Marrakesh.
The Residence Fleurie is located in the center of Agadir, about a 10 minute walk from the beach. It is part of the tourist district, without much Moroccan soul, but it is a clean and safe place where you can safely walk around at night. The hotel has 48 studios and 5 apartments arranged around a pool, and a small terrace where you can have breakfast and some snacks in the late afternoon. There is a reception that can offer you ideas for excursions or help you rent a car. There is also a computer with internet access available. The double room is about 50 euros per night, depending on the season, and the apartment is 90 euros per night.
The Riad Monceau is a small luxury hotel located at the bottom of the Riad Zitoun neighborhood. It is a very charming place, organized around a central courtyard with a swimming pool. The fine Moorish style of architecture makes it an ideal spot to spend your honeymoon. The building was renovated in 2002, with perfect details. A double room costs 155 euros a night, the superior suites 185 and 255. You can rent the whole riad if you're travelling in a large group of family and friends. They will come to get you at the airport, which is a great service, as there are plenty of illegal taxi touts jostling for business there.
The Minzah was witness to history. This Spanish-Moorish building was opened in 1930 and remains to this day one of the most luxurious hotels in the city, and a symbol of the charm of a unique era. Its location overlooking the Mediterranean and the old Medina sets this place apart, and some of the most colorful characters from the world of culture, entertainment, and politics have stayed here. One of the distinctive features of the hotel is the central courtyard tiles and whitewashed walls which recall Southern Spain. In the center of the courtyard, there's a small fountain and some lemon trees to provide a little freshness on hot, sunny days. The Minzah is both a hotel from the past and present, with its spa, café, restaurant and swimming pool surrounded by palm trees. It offers luxurious services to every traveler who's lucky enough to visit this beautiful Mediterranean city.
Riad Bayti is a very affordable option if you want to enjoy a traditional riad experience in the Marrakech Medina. It's located in the middle of the spice souk so you're greeted by an explosion of sights, sounds, and scents...seriously, sensory overload! But, when you enter you find a beautiful old mansion with a peaceful interior courtyard and fountain. The riad has a lovely rooftop terrace for breakfast that has nice views of the medina. The owner of the riad Bayti is a very nice Chilean named Diego who recommended a very good restaurant for dinner: Le Tobsil.
The Louban Hotel is in the center of modern Agadir near the beach, where you have a lot of great, fairly similar-looking hotels. Below the Louban building, there is a cafeteria that serves breakfast and dinner, as well as a shop, a supermarket, an internet cafe ... well, all services you'd expect near a tourist center. A double room costs about 50 euros per night, and rises slightly during the month of August. The rooms are basic, as in an Ibis hotel, not exactly famous for the great decoration, but clean and well located.
The Kenzi Europa Hotel is a large 5* hotel located on the August 20th Avenue, very close to the beach and shopping center. The beach offers more than six miles of sand and calm waves, with 300 days of sunshine a year. The hotel has 236 rooms and suites, each with a private bathroom, AC and a warm decor. Most have a balcony with sea view. There is a mini bar and satellite TV in each room. There are three restaurants, plus an English bar that is being renovated. The restaurants offer buffets and a la carte menu, with Italian-inspired food, as well asFrench and Moroccan cuisine. The pool is heated during the winter, and there are a number of tennis courts and an indoor gym too. It´s a perfect place any time of the year. The double room starts at 75 euros whereas the full price is 150. There are offers online in the low season.
The Canary hotel is in the area of Talborjt Nouveau, a little bit away from the coast and the beach of Agadir. It is a cheap hotel which has single and double rooms, for 7-8 euros per night. They're clean and tidy, the cheapest ones with a shared bathroom. Under the hotel is a nice square with several restaurants and other hotels, but the neighbourhood isn't a particularly good place to go for a walk at night; I prefer the coast. The hotel is basic, and doesn't offer breakfast or lunch, but the staff are friendly and helpful, and there's a discount if you stay for a week. Some workers stay here during the week, returning to their villages at the weekends.