The Marrakech Hotel

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The Marrakech Hotel

, New York City
2 star

Rooms: 125

2688 Broadway - New York City - New York - 10025 - United States Hotel Website | | 212-222-2954
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Historical Traveller Reviews of The Marrakech Hotel


from A TripAdvisor Member
Okay...I don't know what these other reviewers saw or experienced. But I must say that for me and my girlfriend, it was EXCELLENT!!! Now, you're in the "capital of the world"...this is New York City! If you're looking for the Holiday Inn or the Days Inn, no, this isn't it! But we found it to be the ideal place. We weren't looking for a room to "sit around" in. We were in NYC, there is just too much to do to sit around. We just needed a place to sleep and freshen up.

I will admit...The hallway did have a stale odor, and the exit to the street did appear sketchy at times, but it was completely safe. And when we got to our room, we were like "Okay...this will do what we need it to do". It was VERY clean and quiet, and the people at the desk were GREAT. I was blessed to have called to confirm my reservation a couple weeks before we left, and rightly so because my reservation wasn't in the system. But the lady re-entered it and everything was okay. So I do recommend calling every so often before you arrive to make sure you're in the computer.

The "1" train is just outside the door...So getting around isn't difficult at all. The neighborhood is very cool and it's not too hectic. After seeing the city, it's kinda nice to come to your room in an area that's not just "crazily" congested (by NYC standards).

This was my girlfriends first time to NYC, and she had every NYC image in her head (rats, mice, slums, etc.)...but she really enjoyed it, and loved every minute of it.

SO in a nutshell...If you need a nice clean place to stay, don't have $800 to pay for a room, want somewhere with great access to subways, this is the place!!! I would give it 5stars if only it were a bit larger. But we had a great time, thanks Malibu...YOU ROCK!!!

also...if you're here, walk up to 110th and Amsterdam and check out the Hungarian for the best coffee and pastries. And if you like Thai, visit The Jasmine on the corner of 2nd Ave and 84th Street...

Do Not Go To This Hotel-It Should Be Shut Down!!!

from Kevin1979
This hotel-if that is what you want to call it, personally I would say it looks more like a brothel, should be shut down.

We booked under the "Aspen Hotel" and was shocked when we got dropped outside this pokey hotel. We struggled to get our luggage up the tiny stair case and when we got to our room 4 flights of stairs up with no lifts, the room was tiny with a blocked toilet and a small bed that looked like a health hazard. I could have cried!!! We went straight back down stairs used their internet connection( the only good thing about this hotel) and booked into another hotel straight way. We were not in that hotel for more then half an hour, if we hadn't of booked out there and then, the whole holiday would have been ruined. This place should be shut down!!!!!

s not all that Bad

from A TripAdvisor Member
When arriving at this hotel I thought "Oh my God", there was a steep staircase leading to the reception area on the 1st floor which isnt good if you have heavy luggage, but the staff on reception where friendly.

When given directions to the room the hallways did seem like a maze and did smell like a laudry room but the room was very clean and the bathroom and bed sheets where cleaned every day.

Can't complain about the cleanliness of the hotel. I did drop my earing down the plug hole at one point and reception sent someone to retrieve it immediately even though it was 9.30pm.

Apart from the fair distance outside the city, there was a subway directly outside and found the staff very helpfull when leaving by organising transport to the airport and helping us with the luggage downstairs.

A lovely place to make friends with rats and the smell of urine.

from A TripAdvisor Member
Welcome to the malibu hotel,

During your time here you will make a LOT of friends, mostly rats. A lovely odour of cat urine and air freshener spray will overcome you as you enter this place, and you will happy to know that the only flushing toilets in the place are communal(BYO toilet paper. A great place for people with absolutely no hygene worries!!!


from A TripAdvisor Member
We booked the 'Aspen Hotel' via the internet which actually turned out to be the malibu hostel. It was supposedly rated as a 2 star superior hotel which is a lie as this is a hostel. the bed was broken and we found to our peril that we were not alone in the room... RODENTS!!!! we found a trap and traces of rodents in our room but upon mentioning this to reception we were told this was because construction work was being undertaken nearby! please do yourself a favour - New York is fabulous but do not stay here - it may ruin your trip and you may find yourself scared to go back to your room at night.

it may be cheap but do everything you can to stay somewhere else.

Health hazard warning

from A TripAdvisor Member
Unsafe, dirty with rodents to keep you company. NEVER EVER GO THERE.

Great for Budget Travellers

from A TripAdvisor Member
My girlfriend and I stayed here during our little 4-day trip to Manhattan. Neither of us had ever been to NY before, so we planned on being out and about the majority of the time. The Malibu was great for what we needed: somewhere cheap and clean to sleep and freshen up.

I feared the worst when we walked in, with people sitting all around the lobby on their bags. I booked through one of those discount NY hotel sites, and figured they double booked some rooms, or worse, didn't even get our reservation. It ended up being quite the opposite though. I walked up to the front desk, and was checked in with keys in hand in about 2 or 3 minutes. Our room was very clean with nicer than average bedding. The room was very small, but again that was ok since we weren't in it much other than when we were sleeping. It was basically a double bed, with a desk and chair, and TV on a stand inside a tiny room with a bathroom off of it. Our room's air conditioner worked well too which was nice to come back to at night. I would probably equate it to a cleanly done up dorm room. No frills, but nothing wrong with it either. No cockroaches or rats to be found.

The location was decent, being at the top of the Upper west side and having the subway right at our doorstep. Times Square was about a 10 minute subway ride away.

All in all, The Malibu provided exactly what we needed. If you're looking to go to NY on a budget and just want somewhere clean to sleep or maybe to come back to and relax here and there, The Malibu should fit the bill nicely.

Not bad for the cheap one.

from CakeHunter
First of all, the location isn't that bad. It's very closed to the subway station (RedLine: 103rd W St.) and there are many family restaurants around there. I think the neighbourhood is quite safe compared to what other reviews have said. The staffs are really nice and very helpful to me because they gave me really good advise of how to travel around the city. They also offered to carry my luggages to my room and from my room to downstair as well. The room is somewhat clean since the staffs clean the room everyday while I was there.

The room is quite small with no air-conditioner. The bathroom is small as well, but clean. The room security isn't that good since there's only one lock. There is no chain lock or whatsoever. At first, I was quite worried about this, but there's nothing happened at all while I was there.

If you're looking for the cheap hotel just for sleeping, then I would recommend this place. However, you can't expect any fancy thing from here. Just come in, sleep, and get out.


from paher
I usually do not post reviews, even when they are slightly bad. But this one has got be the worst! I stayed at this hotel over Spring Break. I've stayed at a 1 star hotel before (student universe called this hotel as a 2 star) and it was a luxury hotel compared to the Malibu. There is absolutely no "malibu" feel to this hotel (aside from the gas heater that doesn't turn off, making it 115 degrees). It was difficult to find the hotel in the first place since the sign was very small. Carrying our 100 lb pound suitcases up 4 floors was one of the worst things you could expect after driving for 10 hours. Things got worst as we tried to get our keys from the front desk....(yes, it is a bulletproof encased room), the lady said, " I'm sorry our credit card, atm machine is not working and we cannot take any credit cards" and, "no, we do not take checks." After finding enough cash to cover our 2 nights (@165.00), the attendant said, "Oh, by the way, we cannot give change." They were not helpful and could not do anything to remedy this problem. We gave them $170 and hoped for the best. Not so, we then encountered more issues...small bathroom (more small than one on a cruise ship), cockroaches!, carpenters taking out the floor and putting in new carpet, industrial sizes trash compacters running outside your room all day, and a heater that has no control or "on/off" button, blankets that appeared to have never been washed, hand marks on the wall, etc......

PLEASE AVOID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you don’t want to be angry and pissed off during your trip. I urge to pay a little more in order to avoid this horrible experience. No one should suffer having to pay $40.00 a night (per person) for this hotel.

I stayed at the Hilton Millineum for $20.00 more a night on a bidding hotel website. It was from rags to riches.


all of the reviews that explain how terrible this place is, are accurate.

What an experience

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed there in Nov 2000. My freinds and I decided at the last minute to go to NY for the weekend. This place was described as a quant bed and breakfast on the Upper West Side. It was $150 including breakfast. The pictures on the website didnt look too bad. My freinds and I have travelled a lot and have stayed in some funky places. So, how bad could this be. You know it's bad when you give the cab driver the address, and he asks if we are sure we want to stay there. We arrived really late on a Friday night. The walk up the lobby stairs was a riot. We checked in, and the guy at the desk was very nice. We found out there was NO elevator and we were on the 4th floor. That was fun. We passed the pay phone on the way up and thought it was on odd place to have it, but whatever. We arrived in our room and boy were we surprised!! I would have loved to see the look on our faces when we opened the door. There was no closet, just a pole hanging from the ceiling with two hangers. That was above the dresser wtih the broken doors. The bathroom while small, was clean and recently remodeled. However, there was no mirror. We had to use the mirror in the shared bathrooms down the hall. The lamp between the two beds had no lamp shade, the pictures behind the beds were crocked. The beds were lumpy, the linens cheap, the rug thread barren and the floor was slopped. Also there was no TV, telephone (thank goodness for the one in the hall) and no clock. There was a refrigerator though. We pushed that in front of the door at night!! We were at the end of the hall, so the noise from other guests wasnt bad. But, we were facing Broadway and heard a lot of traffic noise. We were thankfully there were no bugs. If there were, I think we would have slept in Grand Central. We ended up going out for dinner/drinks/and bar hopping in the area, just to avoid going back. The next morning, we left early. We never did find out about the included breakfast. I did learn some NYc goegraphy though. When you are above about 85th St, it starts to get rough. Their description of being located on the Upper West Side was correct. They just didnt say that they were so far up, that they were practically in Harlem.

Top Local Tips for New York City

Eating Go to Sbarros, here gives the best Pizza and Buffet in New York.

Metro travel Get a metro card, good way of getting around and very cheap

Arriving at hotel from La Guardia airport Save money by taking the M60 MTA bus to and from airport. It will drop you off a little over 2 short blocks from the hotel. It's the last stop when arriving so you know when to get off and the first pick up when leaving so your sure to get a good seat.


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  • Address: 2688 Broadway - New York City - New York - 10025 - United States
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