We stayed at the Mogador Menzah hotel in Marrakesh for 2 nights in July 2019. A family of six, 2 adults, a teenager & 3 young children. One of the reasons I chose this hotel was it’s location. We had an out of town private pool villa booked for part of our stay, so the Mogador Menzah was a great way to get our dose of Marrakech city life before totally chilling out.
5 Reasons to Choose the Mogador Menzah
- A short walk from the up-market Menara Mall, with its KidZo entertainment floor, supermarket & restaurants;
- Apartments are a clean, spacious & comfortable.
- A short taxi ride into town or to the train station, for discovering more of Morocco.
- On site facilities, like the pool, restaurant & spa, make for a enjoyable stay.
- Great value for under £60 a night for a 2 bed apartment sleeping six, with daily cleaning unlike many Airbnb options in the same price bracket.
If you’re after culture, good value & a great base for exploring Marrakesh, then the Mogador Menzah is a good choice. Whilst it is does cater for British, mainland European & other international guests, it may not meet the expectations of some travellers.
This hotel’s main client base is local Moroccans & it’s a dry hotel. In other words, there is no alcohol sold on site. There are clubs, bars and the Carrefour supermarket which do sell alcohol, with in a short walk of the hotel. Suffices to say, if a pool bar is high on your list of holiday must-haves, then this is not the hotel for you. But for families or travellers who want to discover more of Marrakesh, then this ticks most of the boxes.
Meals & Restaurants
We only had the breakfast at the hotel restaurant, although a half board option is available. This was a typical Moroccan continental breakfast. No scrambled eggs & baked beans in sight. There is a lady who freshly prepares a traditional Moroccan breakfast item every morning, be it Msemen (similar to the Indian Paratha but square in shape) or Harcha (shaped like a crumpet but made from semolina). There was fresh orange & carrot juice. As well as self service tea, coffee or hot chocolate available too.
TOP TIP: Head to the Victor Cafe at the Menara Mall. Order the Marrakechi Breakfast, really delicious & good value at £4 per head, for fresh juice, hot drink, Moroccan breads & eggs.
The hotel is walking distance from many restaurants & cafes. If you turn right out of the hotel entrance, then walk to the top of the road. Take a right to reach the Menara Mall. Or take a left towards the train station, where you will find a number of food outlets. We enjoyed Opera Cafe across the road and the more pricey chocoholic heaven DipNDip for delicious treats. The Menara Mall has many eateries from high end cafes to famous fast food outlets like Burger King.
TOP TIP: In the basement of the Menara Mall is a large Carrefour supermarket. We buy drinks, snacks, large bottles of water & other essentials from there. Remember that it is not advisable to drink tap water in Morocco.
This hotel is an apartment concept. Rather than your standard hotel rooms, it offers studio, one bedroom & two bedroom apartments.
We had a 2 bedroom apartment booked. It was really spacious. The photos really don’t do it justice. There was one room with a double bed, balcony, dresser & cupboard. The second bedroom had 2 single beds, again with dresser & cupboard. A shower room and a separate toilet.
A small open plan kitchenette. It had a small table top oven & electric hot plates. Whilst we didn’t do any cooking on site, there was sufficient equipment to make a light meal. There is no microwave but I did notice one in the Restaurant. There was also a half size refrigerator with small freezer compartment.
TOP TIP : There was no kettle but we’ve found that to be the case in many of the places we’ve stayed in Morocco. I usually pack our own travel kettle & I pop my PG Tips & hubby’s Typhoo tea bags inside the kettle. Using those small spaces is a clever way to pack more with all the Budget Airline restrictions.
There is a living room with flat screen TV & 3 sofa beds. We were given linen to turn the sofas into beds for night time. The TV didn’t have English channels that we could find but if you brought along a small DVD player, you could feasibly plug that in.
The air conditioning was very good through out the apartment. That’s another aspect of the apartments which was very good especially given the extraordinary Marrakesh heat in the Summer months.
There was a separate toilet & shower room. Unlike many of the bigger hotel chains, there were no small bottles of shower gels & shampoos. Instead there was an all in one dispenser on the shower wall. It’s great to see hotels trying to make an effort to reduce plastic pollution, with these small steps.
The apartments were cleaned daily which you won’t get with most Airbnb or other Vacation Rental apartment stay. There is a phone in the bedroom to call down to reception , by dialling number 9. Someone is on hand through the day & night to help with your queries. Although staff may not all speak English to the same standard, you can always use some of your “School French”. Or make use of Google translate.
There’s no safe in the rooms. This was the one downside for me. You can ask for your things to be kept securely at the reception but we didn’t bother. We just locked everything up before leaving, using padlocks on our suitcases.
There was one large pool & a toddler splash pool in the central courtyard of the hotel. There were some sun beds around the pool which people did reserve with their own towels, first thing in the morning. Please note the hotel does not hand out separate pool towels.
TOP TIP: This hotel doesn’t give out separate pool towels. Why not pick up one of these compact travel towels from Mountain Warehouse. They’ll take up less room in your suitcase, great for budget airlines. They are also handy if you’re staying in a variety of places, which may not have all the 5* luxuries.
We arrived on the weekend so the pool was very busy through out the day. It seemed like there was a “morning crowd” and an “afternoon crowd.” There are toilets opposite the pools, on the ground floor.
TOP TIP: Why not get a cabin bag that doubles up as a stylish beach/pool bag? Throw your towels, sun cream & any other extras in, before heading down to the pool or taking a day trip to one of Morocco’s beaches like Agadir or Essaouira. We love this one because it’s water resistant too.
The Perfect Location
When people think about Marrakesh, an image of 1001 nights is conjured. But the truth is that the Marrakesh has much more to offer than the Souks, it has a vibrant modern city life to enjoy too. For 20 things to do other than the Souks,read my destination guide for Marrakech here>
This is why the Mogador Menzah hotel is a great choice for families or groups of friends. It is less than 10 mins walk from the stylish Menara Mall. The top floor of the Menara Mall is a must, with it’s massive air-conditioned indoor entertainment zone for children called KidZo, as well as it’s food court with panoramic views of the city. Don’t miss the light & music water fountain show at 9pm, at the Menara Mall.
As well as being walking distance from the Menara Mall, it is also well about half hour walk from the famous Jema el Fna, the main square of Marrakech, or a short taxi ride away. But if you don’t fancy haggling in the Souks, then the Menara Mall has its own souks area. Not the most authentic experience but you’ll find most things there.
📣TOP TIP: The larger taxis “Grand Taxis” seat up to 6 people. A trip to the Jemaa el Fna or the Carre Eden Mall should cost you 50 Dirhams. Or you could purchase a day ticket for the Red Bus tour, hop on & off around the sites in Marrakesh. The closest stop is opposite the Menara Mall.
The Mogador Menzah does have a Spa in the lower floor of the hotel, near the restaurant. It isn’t the largest spa in the World. Nor is it the poshest one either, but it does the job. With a traditional Moroccan hamam room, sauna & a few rooms for massage & beauty treatments. It is functional rather than stylised. The prices for treatments were very reasonable. For example, a fully body massage or waxing
How to Book
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TOP TIP: May to October are the best times to visit Marrakesh if you want to use the outdoor pools, as they are not heated. But if you’re after some sight-seeing & just want a break from the gloomy British weather, then November to February is a good time to get better rates and some sunshine.
Please note that you usually have to pay a city night tax when you stay here, or anywhere in Marrakech. This is around £2-3 per night, per person. Children under 12 are exempt. Check if you hotel provider includes this, so you don’t have any nasty surprises on check out. Also be careful that you are buying the right room for your family size, since some hotel providers online actively sell the wrong room types for the family size.
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