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Marrakesh Hotels

Hotel Ali

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  • Practical Base

Pros

  • Great place to meet fellow travelers
  • Right on the main square

Cons

  • A little noisy

Updated 09/03/2014

Fodor's Review

A long-standing favorite among budget travelers and right at the edge of the main square, Hotel Ali's rooms have en suite baths and air-conditioning, and guests have access to a 24-hour currency-exchange bureau. There are great views over Djemâa el Fna, and rooms 204–207 have private balconies overlooking the street and the Koutoubia Gardens. Cash only.

Hotel Information

Address:

Rue Moulay Ismail, 55 yards from Dejmâa el Fna, Marrakesh, Morocco

Phone:

0524-44–49–79

Hotel Details:

  • No credit cards
  • 43 rooms, 2 dorms
  • Breakfast

Updated 09/03/2014

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By Shane

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Jan 30, 2006

Hotel C(ALI)fornia, Marrakesh

Great atmosphere if you're into travelling and not looking for a romantic Riad. Half board option good value. Rooms basic but adequate, friendly family run business with no risk of rip off as with some other.

By ed

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Oct 29, 2005

Hotel Ali the place to go

the rooms are quite nice, and at very good prices. There are a few cats around but ther cute. The views available from the roof are the best around and the atmosphere and food dont get much better out there.

By Ellie

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Mar 23, 2005

What was with the cats?!

Hotel Ali had a great vibe, being right next to the action packed markets was amazing! The rooms were rather cramped though, and there seemed to be cats everywhere. I liked the open roof in the courtyard near our bedrooms. Food was quite good as well.

By David

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May 17, 2002

Pretty stinky

Very popular with the trekking crowd for several reasons. 1) easy to find-it's about 100 feet right down a main road from the Djemma el Fnaa. 2) the woman running it can exchange money, get a cab, hold mail etc. (hence the high service rating). 3) Internet cafe and 4) it's cheap. The atmosphere is pretty much what you'd expect for that--a lot of youngish foreigners (20s-40s) from Britain and Australia especially, few to no Americans, and a portion

of French and Germans. A bit loud because it's close to the square, and younger trekking crowds tend to be "lively." I saved the worst for last--the room. The stench (sort of a cross between mold, raw sewage and carbolic acid) was nearly unbearable on both nights I stayed there (separated by a week). It seemed clean, and I never identified the source of it, but it was persistent. Again, it's cheap, but I found a much better hotel in the medina area for less money, without a stench (the drawback being that the other hotel had a common squat toilet, while my room at the Ali had a Western toilet in the room).

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