Atlas Asni Hotel

, Marrakech, Morocco
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Atlas Asni Hotel

, Marrakech
4 star

Rooms: 350

101 Avenue de France - Marrakech - 40000 - Morocco | 44-447051
382 Traveller

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3/10
Not a 4 star - possible 3 star
Submitted by: David in 22/01/07
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Mature Couple
My wife and I stayed at this hotel over Christmas booking flights with Easyjet and the hotel with lastminute.com. The hotels name is L Atlas ASNI Marrakech which is about 25 years old and beginning to need some serious TLC. Cracks are beginning to appear around doorframes and interior walls, bathrooms are in need of attention having cracked / chipped sinks, broken tiles and rusty taps. There is an urgent need to dry-clean the furniture and carpets in the hallways and reception area's and seating in the dining rooms. Saying all this, our accommodation was comfortable enough, not 4 star, but a reasonable 3 star – there was however a distinct lack of drawers for clothes storage which would be a problem for a two-week holiday. We also managed to get a double-bedded room which are not the norm and extremely scarce! Food was a real let down – other travellers have also commented on this. Breakfast consisted of scrambled or boiled eggs, a selection of breads and jam, orange juice, tea, coffee, salads & cheese. The evening meals fared little better; these were ALWAYS lukewarm despite going in early. The soup was always potato, lukewarm and tasteless. Main courses consisted of fish either pan-fried or oven baked plus a meat dish – lamb or chicken with choices of rice or spaghetti plus vegetables and salads. Deserts were always the same, dry cake or something that resembled cheesecake, no cream, custard or ice cream. Most evenings, fresh oranges were available which we took to our room. Having stayed in 4 star hotels for at least the past 15 years both on business and pleasure, I can put my hand on heart and state that “the food lacked any imagination or culinary skill whatsoever with little attention being paid to taste or local themes.” Given the country's past relationship with France and the noticeable presence of French and Italian guests, I wonder how they have the nerve to serve such low quality food. We were booked in on a half board option but only ate in the restaurant on 3 occasions we were so disappointed with the food – perhaps Gordon Ramsey could call in for a few days to sort them out! We have no complaints regarding the staff who we found to be extremely polite and helpful – despite the language barrier mentioned on other reports. Bedrooms were cleaned daily with fresh bedding and towels, which really have seen better days. There is only 1 English speaking news channel on the hotels TV and no English radio stations. Would I go back? – probably not as there are to many hotels vying for business offering better packages. If I did, it most certainly wouldn't be on a half board basis. My advice is, if this hotel is your only choice, stay on a B&B basis (there is no room only option) eating out at one of the many local restaurants for the evening meal.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Atlas Asni Hotel

Excellent - better than the reviews here led us to expect

from sheriffade
Much better than these reviews had lead us to expect. Hotel setting and standards all very good for £30 per night for a double.
We stayed B & B and the breakfast was fantastic - as for things running out - well yes 1 day they did not have any boiled eggs !! - oh what a trauma, we had to rough it on 4 types of cereal, 3 types of pastries, toast, scrambled eggs, 2 types of pancakes and unlimited OJ, coffee, tea and mint tea.
The staff were all courteous and polite, people might confuse their restrained, "low-key" behaviour as being "aloof" this is not the case but it is their culture to be polite and do not do anything that may cause offense.
The guests appear to be mostly French so if you like to have the comfort of hearing English around you then pick carefully.
Most of the staff spoke good English - but using a bit of French helps to build relations.
However if all you want from the locals is them to serve you lager till you keel over then stick to the Costa's !

Reasonable but not 4 star - more like a reasonable 3

from DFS
My wife and I stayed at this hotel over Christmas booking flights with Easyjet and the hotel with lastminute.com. The hotels name is L Atlas ASNI Marrakech which is about 25 years old and beginning to need some serious TLC. Cracks are beginning to appear around doorframes and interior walls, bathrooms are in need of attention having cracked / chipped sinks, broken tiles and rusty taps. There is an urgent need to dry-clean the furniture and carpets in the hallways and reception area’s and seating in the dining rooms. Saying all this, our accommodation was comfortable enough, not 4 star, but a reasonable 3 star – there was however a distinct lack of drawers for clothes storage which would be a problem for a two-week holiday. We also managed to get a double-bedded room which are not the norm and extremely scarce! Food was a real let down – other travellers have also commented on this. Breakfast consisted of scrambled or boiled eggs, a selection of breads and jam, orange juice, tea, coffee, salads & cheese. The evening meals fared little better; these were ALWAYS lukewarm despite going in early. The soup was always potato, lukewarm and tasteless. Main courses consisted of one fish dish of either pan-fried or oven baked plus one meat dish – lamb or chicken with choices of rice or spaghetti plus vegetables and salads. Deserts were always the same, dry cake or something that resembled cheesecake, no cream, custard or ice cream. Most evenings, fresh oranges, (no other fruits), were available which we took to our room. Having stayed in 4 star hotels for at least the past 15 years both on business and pleasure, I can put my hand on heart and state that “the food lacked any imagination or culinary skill whatsoever with little attention being paid to taste or local themes.” Given the country’s past relationship with France and the noticeable presence of French and Italian guests, I wonder how they have the nerve to serve such low quality food. We were booked in on a half board option but only ate the evening meal on 3 occasions we were so disappointed with the food – perhaps Gordon Ramsey could call in for a few days to sort them out! We have no complaints regarding the staff who we found to be extremely polite and helpful – despite the language barrier mentioned on other reports. Bedrooms were cleaned daily with fresh bedding and towels, which really have seen better days being very thin. There is only 1 English speaking news channel on the hotels TV and no English radio stations. Would I go back? – probably not as there are to many hotels vying for business offering better packages. If I did and I hope I don't, it most certainly wouldn’t be on a half board basis. My advice is, if this hotel is your only choice, stay on a B&B basis (there is no room only option) eating out at one of the many local restaurants for the evening meal.

Nice hotel and good value

from Paul38
I stayed here for four nights with some friends. We got very cheap rates booked on-line and had a room each for the same price than if we'd have shared. This is a large 4 star hotel. The lobby is large and designed in elaborate Moroccan style. The rooms are a good size with television, telephone and comfortable beds. There is a safe in the wardrobe which costs 20 dirhams per day. The bathrooms are large and of a good standard. The breakfast is average with a choice of croissants, pastries, toast, cereals and fruit. The only hot food was scrambled egg. The dinner was better with four or five hot choices (although they weren't always very hot), a salad buffet and a choice of desserts. The restaurant was sometimes very busy so it was often difficult to find a clean laid table. The hotel is about a 25 minute walk from the Medina. We took a horse-drawn carriage each time at a cost of 40 dirhams which was cheap for four of us. You have to haggle because they initially ask for 200 dirhams but they always accepted our offer once we started to walk away. All in all it was an enjoyable stay EXCEPT for one thing; one evening whilst walking through the lobby one of the male receptionist walked over to my friend and very rudely told him that he shouldn't be wearing a sleeveless tee-shirt. His manner was quite aggressive and abusive. He then walked away. Unfortunately for him we were not prepared to accept this behaviour and followed him back to the reception desk and made a strong complaint to him and the other receptionists. The others were appalled by his behaviour and were very apologetic. They assured us that tee-shirts are permitted and that there is no particular dress code at the hotel. Afterall, this is a tourist class hotel, not the Grosvenor House in London. Apart from this one individual (who should not be working in the hospitality business) all of the other staff were very nice and professional. One more thing, Avenue de France has been renamed Boulevard Mohammed VI, not to be mistaken with Mohammed V which is a completely different boulevard nearer to the Medina. Some of the reviews on here have got confused by this.

Good Hotel - Value for Money

from ClaudiaH
Big hotel located in a nice modern area, 15 -20 minutes walk to the Djemaa El Fnaa/Medina. However, this is not a major problem since taxis are really cheap in Marrakesh and you can get there in 5 minutes. Plus, it can offer you a breath from the really busy and soundy Medina, which can be tiring after a full day walk through its streets.
The Atlas Asni is clean, the rooms are big, you have cable tv and a big bathroom. A very nice and big lobby, a nice pool and pool area. The complimentary breakfast buffet is basically an expanded version of an American breakfast. People smoke anywhere within the hotel premises, but that is something common everywhere in Morrocco. The staff is helpful to the extent they're able to.
In short, don't expect charm, sophistication or luxury, this is a hotel from which which you can start your day freshly and go back and rest in confort. Good value for money.

we really enjoyed our stay in marrakech

from elliemeg
the hotel seems to have a few names and therefore confusing to find many reviews, we booked what we thought was the l'atlas hotel ave de france when we arrived it was atlas asni ave de mohamid v

the reception area is very plush,with fresh flowers, water feature, marbled walls floors etc, the rooms are more basic more 3 star but reasonably comfortable with a decent sized bathroom with a bath and shower, the room had a tv, no kettle or fridge, we did find the rooms too hot and at night unbearable, the hotel knows how to charge for food, drink ,suana massage hair dressers etc so therefore we didnt use many facilities as found the hotel to expensive. breakfast was fine except they did allow things to run out which was a pain having to keep asking for a bowl, orange juice etc. you can change money at the hotel which was helpful as its not easy to change money in marrakech. the main sq was too far for us to walk but a taxi was only about 1.25 in the day and 1.80 at night. horse and carriages and the open topped bus stopped nearby, we were pleased we booked away from the main sq as my husband couldnt cope with the constant hassle. we got the hotel for a good price around £29 a night for a double room b&b which i think was fine ,booking direct with the hotel it was about £85 a night. ive included some pics of the hotel for you to look at

Good enough

from TSDgeos
The hotel was nice, maybe not what you would expect for a 4 star hotel in Europe, but as guides say, remove a star for Morocco hotels, and if you think of it as a 3 star hotel, it's probably better than any 3 star hotel i've ever been, and the price was quite competitive too.

nice rooms

from WorldTraveller5000
The Atlas (L')Asni is a large older style 4 star hotel with grand public spaces, beautiful pool area & large shared gardens/grounds (with Riad Mogador adjacent). A fair distance from central Marrakech (ie: the medina/square), you'll need a taxi if you're not on an organised tour and want to get into town. The rooms were large, cool & pleasant. There was a choice of dining (buffet dining hall which the tour groups tend to favour, and a la carte restaurant). We were looking forward to staying here to use the gym & health spa, but we were unable to use them as the equipment was all out of order, and the gym therefore closed. The pool offered welcome relief from the oppressive September heat in Marrakech.Hotel was hard to find initially as we'd been told the former name, and the street name has also changed recently (now Av. Mohammed VI, not Av. France).

Dining poor on all counts

from A_New_Member
The Atlas Asni was a disappointment. How it got a four star rating is a mystery, low to mid-range three star would be more like it. The pool area is fine except that they allow people to sit at the side of the pool resting their glasses and glass bottles on the edge. The dining experience however is far from enjoyable. Very limited choice of dishes for breakfast and main meals. Things were constantly running out. Everything from plates, cutlery, bread for toast, coffee even the food, you name it this hotel manged to run out of it. Smoking is allowed in the dining room so you are treated to lungfuls of other people's smoke while you are trying to eat. The staff were pleasant enough but just very innefficient. Leisure facilities are also pretty limited, the Jazz Bar was closed when we were there.

Atlas Asni great tourist hotel

from Txrangerterry
Hotel Atlas Asni was booked by our group tour. It's a large city hotel with a very beautiful lobby. The rooms are very nice, spacious and very nice compared to other places we stayed throughout Morocco. We found that all hotels do not air condition the public areas - lobbys, halls, restaurants, etc. In August, this was a little warm! The ac in our room was paltry too, however they did send up an electrician promptly. The hotel has money excange, excusrion arrangements and it is easily accessible by bus, cab, horse drawn carriage. It is on Mohammed V Boulevard with many other large hotels. Our room had a private balcony that was great for picture taking. They have a very beautiful pool area and an entertainment show at night near the pool. I would stay here again. It is not near the medina, souks, etc., but after a day of that it's OK to relax at te hotel.

Good value

from Tuga2005
We stayed for two nights to use it as a base for our visit to Marrakech. The rooms were spacious and confortable, the food OK and the common areas and pool were very nice.

I really don't understand the negative reviews, although my mother language is not english and during our stay I always tried my best to communicate in french.

Top Local Tips for Marrakech

Taxis After negotiation, we paid 200 dirham for eight of us to get to / from the airport. Averaged about 10 dirham per head in and out of town including night-time. Driving in Marrakech is insane but keeps you amused on your journeys. Some taxi drivers try to sell you trips to the Atlas mountains - The best deal we were offered was a minibus for eight with a guide for 800 dirham.

Dar Moha You have to try this restaurant. Make sure you book the day before and ask for a seat by the pool. It is a beautiful setting and very romantic with a truly original menu of modern Morroccan food. Menu would suit veggies. Highly recomended.

Some must do trips A couple of MUST do's in Marrakech is the Red Tourist Bus that takes you around the city and suburbs. Tickets are good for 24 hrs - hop on, hop off - cost about 120 DHM, the main stop is close to McDonalds but you can catch it near the main square. Fantasia is an absolute must do for an evening’s entertainment. Cost is 420 DHM, which includes transfers, wine, a meal of lamb, salad, couscous, and vegetable tagine plus the best entertainment in town - Thursdays and Saturdays nights are the best. If you are not with a regular tour group, ask at any of the international hotels concierge desks. Most tourist reps can organise trips to Atlas Mountains but is much cheaper to hire a taxi for the day if you can find a driver who speaks enough English. Safety is no problem, we have just returned after an 8 day Christmas break and felt very safe in the souks and main square even after sundown. Just take the normal precautions with your wallet and camera. Make sure you always have small change with you 5, 10 & 20 DHM's as nobody will have change for larger notes (or so they will claim!!) It gets VERY cold out of the sun so make sure you have a jumper etc with you at all times in winter. We ate in main square stalls on a number of occasions; no problems with tummy troubles, go after 18:00 and eat were the westerners are eating. Best to drink bottled water - 6 DHM in the local shops 25 DHM in hotels. We drank coffee on the terrace in Cafe de France and drank freshly squeezed orange juice from the stalls both of these are on the main square. A coffee cost 12 DHM and orange juice 3 DHM. A good evening meal is about 90 DHM each - it is so cheap to eat out. For transfers from airport to hotel use Med Hotels - click the transfer tag for booking. (£8 each return) They will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel - you also get a local rep at no extra charge who can organise the Fantasia evening and other excursions for you. Have a good time, brush up on your French and practise haggling – enjoy.

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  • Address: 101 Avenue de France - Marrakech - 40000 - Morocco
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