Mogador Express Bab Doukkala
13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Value for money
"Prior to departure (but after booking this hotel) I read reviews that did not give me confidence that we had booked the right hotel - so i prepared us for the worst.
On arrival at Marrakesh, we took a taxi to the hotel - (cost about Â£12)- the receptionist booked us in quickly and was very helpful - before very long we were unpacked and out exploring the wonders of the city.
The hotel was clean, in a convienient location (we soon got use to the local bus service and saved a fourtune on taxis, buffet breakfast was not upto UK 4* standard but the orange juice and cakes were fresh, with the pancakes hot.
The indoor pool was hot, after relaxing in it for a while, the spar receptionist came over and told us it was about Â£5 per person to use it. The outside pool was out of use but we were given a pass to use a sister hotel pool - nice terrace but too cold to swim.
Overal the Ryad Mogadoor Opera Hotel was good value for money and in a good location for easy access to the Medina and the European part of the new city, which is being developed.
PS. we did get an exceptionally good deal on the room "
- Travel date: Tue 18th of November 2008
As there are numerous Ryad Mogodor hotel...
"As there are numerous Ryad Mogodor hotels across Marrakech you may not be quite sure which one you will end up in. The one we stayed at was a 3 star and of adequate facilities, stayed 5 nights.
The hotel itself is quite modern but the swimming pool was a major let down, Iâve seen inflatable garden pools which are bigger!!
But the location was excellent, quite central to all locations....only a short taxi ride away from the famous all Fana square.
Breakfast wasnât too bad but we opted for eating out. It has A/C in all rooms but wasnât the strongest system Iâve come across and the rooms were not very big too! Price wise it was cheap and overall value for money."
- Travel date: Mon 6th of August 2007
Would stay here again!
"Very nice hotel in a convenient location..i.e. when the taxi driver's dont understand where you mean just tell them the name of the supermarket next door. Excellent breakfast with a variety to eat and the freshest orange juice. Rooms were average size with clean and neat decor. AC was working but not oscillating but we managed fine. Sink was not working properly in the first room and even after telling the hotel staff about it they just nodded as though they would do something but they didn't. Only the reception staff could speak proper english..was a nuisance to order room service as they could only speak french and hung up on me once!and when i prepared a whole sentence in french, the guy could speak english!typical!telephone line was a big problem as they constantly had problems. the second room even had a broken wire so it still rung when we answered it. Other than some staff and telephone problems, everything was perfect. would definately stay there again in the future as it was a good price for what was delivered."
- Travel date: Fri 6th of July 2007
Rude staff ruined a bareable stay
"I booked this hotel through a website for Â£25 prpn for myself and a friend to stay for one night only, to extend a trip elsewhere in Morrocco. We were welcomed only by being ordered to complete a form, in exchange for our room key. No polite conversation let alone a smile. Our bags were taken up to our room by a porter, who was polite enough. The room was basic, two twin beds, a small amount of storage, a desk and a bathroom. There were no towels provided in the room, nor did we think we would get any, therefore didn't brave speaking to the receptionist again. We went next door to the supermarket (very handy) and purchased some more, only to come back hours later to find towels had appeared, however, the staff member who let themselves into our room, did NOT lock it on their way out! We had an early morning flight the next day, and in the room was a service card advising that we could order a simple breakfast (which was included in our price) from 4am, however according to reception this was not possible. Also after waiting 10 mins for her to finish her personal conversation we were also told that they could not exchange money for us; 'only at airport!' dispite there being a large sign behind her stating 'exchange currency here'. When leaving in the morning, the poor sole left to man reception at 5am did not speak to us, just took our key and walked away. It was very much the amazing poor and rude service that let this hotel down, but for Â£25 I couldn't expect the Ritz, but a smile would have gone down a treat!"
- Travel date: Sat 30th of June 2007
Nothing to moan about
"Stayed in June 2007, average hotel, clean, basic, very friendly & helpful staff, if you're polite to people you get it back (please note grumpy reviewers!). You get what you pay for, don't expect Eurpoean 3 star, it's not, but as a stay over for a few days we'd use it again. Great location, no need for taxi's and guess what, you CAN reach Djemma el Fna in about 10 minutes if you make the effort, we're in our mid 50's, no problem - unless you get distracted by the souks...and they are amazing! Breakfast was pastries, eggs, salami and wonderful fresh orange juice, tea and coffee. The pool was the BIG let down, didn't want to use it even though it reached 45 centigrade in mid afternoons, one last thing, the photos put up here by the hotel are misleading, some are of the hotel and some must be of one (or more?) of the other hotels, there are 3 Ryad Mogadors in Marrakech."
- Travel date: Thu 14th of June 2007
Perfectly adequate for the price
"My wife and I stayed for 5 nights. Tip- try to get a junior suite, it is well worth the extra, more room to move and a fridge! Staff friendly and helpful if you do not treat them as slaves, room clean, a bit noisy surroundings until you get used to it, breakfast O.K.,coffee far better than plane coffee and always replenished. Did not eat any meals, we never do in hotels, anyone who is frightened to go out to eat should stay at home! Taxis available right outside the hotel, more expensive than the "petit taxis" which you can hail on the street, just like London. Altogether very fair for the price we paid and we would stay there again."
- Travel date: Sat 12th of May 2007
"Altough located in an excellent area, very close to the medina, our experience at this hotel was pretty awful. As we arrived in our room, the toilet smelled like old urine. The floor had not been moped properly, urine was all over the bathroom, and even on the hallway to the room! After reporting to the management, and not being able to obtain another room (the hotel was full), a lady came after we complained, and she cleaned the toilet and floor. Next day, at around 8am cleaning staff entered the room without knocking on the door. We were still asleep on our beds! What kind of service was that? Luckily, my partner was more agile than me, and runned on time to stop her from coming into the room and see us in our pijamas! Then, about 45 mins later, the same thing happened, as we were finishing our shower!
All in all, A VERY DISAPOINTING EXPERIENCE!"
- Travel date: Wed 9th of May 2007
"Arrived at hotel early hours of the morning only yo find out that we are not on there list! Luckly our trasnfer guy was there and we had a hotel voucher! Well they said they did not have a room for us so they had to put us in another bigger room for the first night. In fact they put us in a 2 bed appartment with a massive kitchen living room. It was great.. Than we got changed to a normal roon which was ok. The rroms were clean, cleaners came every day to change bed linen. Location was ok, it took us 20 minutes to walk to the souks, which was not too bad, but most of the time we took the taxi which cost around 30 dirhams. Breakfast in hotel was not bad but it was the same everyday.
We booked tours with Atlas therefore we did not spend that much time in the hotel.
We did not have any problems with the reception apart from that they would not exchange the new Â£20 notes!
Overall holiday was very good!"
- Travel date: Mon 30th of April 2007
My Partner and I arrived at this hotel a...
"My Partner and I arrived at this hotel and was amazed at the service upon check-in, as the reviews that I had read were not very good.
All the staff were very helpful, even though they did not speak much English. We arrived at the hotel around 9am and with-in 20 mins our room was ready. They did give us a room with two twin beds, but 15 mins later they arranged a double room for us.
The food at the hotel was brilliant, there was a very large variety, which included Hot and cold food and as I do not eat meat, there was lots of salads/Pasta/cous cous and loads of vegetables.
The rooms were very big and always kept clean. Towels and sheets were changed daily.
If anyone who would like to go to Marrakesh, I will highly recommend this hotel.
It is in the new part of Marrakesh and only a taxi ride to the markets and Jemma El Fna Taxi cost around Â£1.00 but you do have to barter, and it does not take too long to get use to their way of life."
- Travel date: Tue 24th of April 2007
Served its purpose!
"We stayed here for a couple of nights before setting off with the Adventure Company to the Atlas Mountains trekking. Ok hotel, thin walls but interesting view from the Window, Marrakech traffic is fasinating to watch!
Couple of odd things, the dining area overlooked the supermarket next door and the swimming pool overlooked the petrol station next door so don't choose this if lying by the pool is your thing other than that, clean and tidy. Stay if you want something cheap and simple and you don't intend on staying in!"
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of April 2007
Boiled Eggs For Brekkie
"Definately not a 3 star hotel as stated! More like a two star. The pool was nasty!!! and the hotel staff were obnoxious, rude and ghastly. No tourist info. what so ever. No one attempts to speak in english and the food...Everyday the same old stuff a couple main courses and salads. Breakfast was even worse BOILED eggs and bread...is that what they call a hot Buffet Breakfast! My recomendation to anybody going to Marrakech is book 4 or 5 star and you may get the 3 star standard that you're looking for!
Location was good, the hotel was clean room sizes were okay. Apart from that everything else was downhill.
Nasrin Tai - London"
- Travel date: Thu 5th of April 2007
"First time in morroco. 9 ladies all different ages and none of us spoke French or Arabic. We had a fantastic time,yes the traffic is noisy, yes the hotel is shabby in parts, yes some of the hotel reception staff are not helpful unless it comes to helping themselves,but the rest of the staff more than make up for it.The gentleman who runs the (bar) Jamelle in the hotel is very friendly and he taught us all our french and arabic and we taught him some more english. We found that if you are open and happy with them they are the same with you.Lots of smilling and laughing gets you a long way.Tipping is important as the average wage is 192 ds a week about 18 pounds.We walked to the main square every night .The paper shop next door to the hotel has free maps hanging up outside get one you will need it.Lots of beggers in the main soukks take plenty of change alltough it is illeagle to beg and they fast dissapear if a policeman shows up. We are all going again to the same hotel next year."
- Travel date: Sat 24th of March 2007