Pros

  • Large, upscale hotel with impressive domed lobby
  • Restaurant, snack bar, and tea salon on-site
  • Two large outdoor pools with sun loungers
  • Two spas with pools, steam rooms, saunas, and hot tubs
  • A 24-hour fully equipped fitness center
  • Spacious rooms with large beds and furnished balconies
  • Regular free shuttle service to the medina
  • Meeting spaces and an on-site theater
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout (though patchy in places)
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Cons

  • Not within walking distance of major sights
  • Location gets airplane noise during the day
  • Hotel can feel vast and impersonal
  • No alcohol served on the property (pro for some)
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Bottom Line

The 610-room Ryad Mogador Agdal is a huge, modern, upscale resort-style hotel located south of the medina next to the Agdal Gardens, about a 15-minute drive to Place de Jamaa el-Fna, with free shuttle service offered to the medina. The spacious rooms open onto balconies, and come with flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, free Wi-Fi, and mini-fridges, although the Wi-Fi signal can be touch-and-go. The two free-form pools are large, and there's two spas with indoor pools, hammams, saunas, and whirlpools, and a vast 24-hour fitness center, an on-site theater, three restaurants, a snack bar and tea salon -- but no alcohol is served on the property. Rates are low for this level of hotel, and the decor is sumptuously superb, but some might find it too vast and impersonal. For a more intimate feel, travelers may want to try the Riad Jona.

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Amenities

  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool
  • Spa

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Mogador Palace Agdal

Scene

Vast, resort-style hotel with impressive lobby set in expansive gardens

Similar to others in the Mogador chain, the architecture of the Ryad Mogador Agdal mixes the style of a North African kasbah with that of a traditional Moroccan riad. Stepping through its elegant stone arches, visitors enter a vast circular reception area finished in a blend of shimmering marble, polished limestone plaster ("tadelakt"), and traditional geometric Arabian tiling ("zellige"), all crowned with a cavernous intricately patterned domed ceiling and illuminated by an enormous centerpiece chandelier. One of Marrakech's largest hotels, the property is spread over a series of interconnected buildings circling large landscaped gardens full of palm trees, expanses of manicured lawns, and plenty of wild bird life, but the hotel sits under the airport's flight path, so a fair share of planes pass overhead during the day, too. 

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Location

South of the medina, within a 10- to 15-minute drive of the medina's bustling souks

The hotel is located just off a highway south of the old-city ramparts opposite the vast Agdal Gardens. While there's a mall within a five-minute walk with shops and restaurants, there's little in the way of nearby tourist attractions besides the Agdal Gardens. It's a 10- to 15-minute drive of the bustling souks of the medina -- the hotel operates a free shuttle service to the area -- and a 10-minute drive to Marrakech Menara International Airport. 

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Rooms

Spacious rooms with furnished balconies, some with views of the Atlas Mountains

The hotel is massive, with 610 rooms, most of which are decorated in a simple style with neutral tones, antique-style furnishings, and patterned rugs. Suites are a bit more deluxe. Rooms are spacious with large beds and sliding doors leading out to large furnished balconies overlooking the gardens and pools -- some have views of the Atlas Mountains or the Agdal Gardens. Rooms come with mini-fridges, writing desks, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs (with a few English-speaking channels), and free Wi-Fi -- though it can be patchy at times. Bathrooms have beige-rose tiles, sunken tubs and walk-in showers, bidets, bathrobes, and wall-mounted hairdryers.

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Features

Full breakfast, two large outdoor pools, and extensive spa facilities

The hotel serves an extensive breakfast buffet each morning (not included in all room rates) consisting of pastries, fresh fruit, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and cooked-to-order eggs -- though the dining room can get a little overcrowded. The restaurant also serves a menu of international favorites and Moroccan specialties for lunch and dinner, which is a bit pricey by Marrakech standards. No alcohol is served, although it can be purchased at a nearby supermarket. The hotel has two large outdoor swimming pools with plenty of loungers and light background music, a fully equipped fitness center open 24 hours a day, and two spas with two indoor pools, hammams, steam rooms, saunas, and hot tubs. A massive theater, complete with rows of red-velvet seats, and formal meeting rooms provide space for events. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Cable

  • Children's Pool

  • Concierge

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Pool

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

  • Supervised Kids Activities

  • Swim-Up Bar

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