Making reservions in advance first week of July 2012
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Mar 5, 2012 10:15 AM Last Post By: osoriom
Mar 4, 2012 9:51 AM
Making reservions in advance first week of July 2012We're travelling to Marrakech on the 30th June and leaving Casablanca on the 7th July 2012. We arrive in Marrakech late afternoon. Whilst the flights are booked we have yet to make any reservations for any hotels.
The plan is 2 full days in Marrakech and 2 full days in Meknes. We will catch the train from Marrakech to Meknes or taxi if needs must and on the 6th we will travel from Meknes to Casablanca for our final night.
However, as I want things to be fairly fluid I intended to try and book rooms upon arrival. I did this when i travelled to Tbilisi, not out of choice (apartment guy didn't show up!!) and it was a fairly easy however does anybody have any experience with doing this in July, and is it likely places will be booked up as Eid will be just around the corner.
Hotels do seem abundant in Marrakech and Casablanca and we aren't really too fussy about glitz and glamour, fairly well located and private bathrooms are the main requirements.
My partner does speak and read Arabic so finding places and negotiating will be easier, i hope, but I'd hate to arrive and find the only options are expensive business places, Marrakech more so.
Mar 4, 2012 5:12 PM
1My standard advice is to book in advance only for your arrival night. And if I understand it and you have only a total of seven days, base in either Marrakech or Fes and take a day or overnight side trip from there, rather than trying to cram in too much. I assume you know it will be hot...and that many hotels have inadequate a/c.
Mar 5, 2012 3:20 AM
2Thanks Marcofan, thats a good idea. I think i shall do that - would you reccomend booking the first night in Meknes as well?. I figured it will be hot, in fact i hope it will be!, I've spent some time in UAE and the West Bank in the summer months without a/c, only though, because it was so noisy!
I know what you mean about trying to cram too much in, 7 days is no where near enough time. The plan was to spend 2 full days in marrakech, meaning we'd stay 3 nites in Marrakech. We'd then spend 3 nites in Meknes possibly visiting Moulay Idriss for part of the day, ultimately the plan is just to experience and absorb Marrakech and Meknes without running around ticking off things.
We would then make our way to Casablanca in the afternoon or evening of our penultimate day, purely because our flight departs from Casablanca. I figured, due to the tight schedule, that we would need to factor in a few cabs here and there.
Mar 5, 2012 5:08 AM
3I'd agree with Marocfan, and maybe also book the final night in Casablanca. The easiest for you would be the Ibis hotel which is right next to the railway station (Casa Voyagers) which takes you to the airport. See http://www.ibishotel.com/hotel-directory/gb/africa/morocco/morocco-hotel.htm
In Marrakech I invariably stay in Hotel Ali which is right next to Djemaa el Fna. 350dh for 2 people b&b. Rooms 207-208 have balconies overlooking the square and have been recently refurbished. There are other hotels in this category which you could find out with the search facility (e.g. 'accommodation marrakech')
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