Pros

  • Large outdoor pool with loungers and kids' splash pool
  • Spa with sauna, steam room, and massage treatments
  • Small fitness center with a handful of weight and cardio machines
  • Regular free shuttle service to the medina
  • Rooms open to furnished balconies
  • Free shuttle service to the medina
  • Free Wi-Fi (though mostly limited to reception area)
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Cons

  • Not within walking distance of most tourist attractions
  • Near the airport with air traffic noise
  • Some rooms show signs of wear
  • No in-room Wi-Fi
  • Pool isn't heated and water gets cold
  • Room decor is a bit generic
  • Doesn't serve alcohol (a pro for some)
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Bottom Line

The Ryad Mogador Agdal is a large, mid-range resort-style hotel located south of the medina adjacent to the Agdal Gardens, but it's a distance from most attractions, about a 10-minute drive to Djemaa el Fna square. The rooms are tidy, if a bit generic, with furnished balconies, though there's no Wi-Fi or in-room refreshments. The large outdoor pool has plenty of loungers, but it's unheated, and the water can be cold. There's also a fair amount of air traffic from nearby Marrakech Menara Airport. But for those who want a pool, spa, and fitness facilities -- and prefer to stay outside the medina -- rates are a real bargain. Travelers looking for accommodations with more personality and closer to the medina's attractions should look at the Riad La Porte Rouge.

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Amenities

  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Pool
  • Spa

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Ryad Mogador Kasbah

Scene

Modern resort-style hotel with impressively ornate Moroccan lobby and lounge

Fronted by a pretty, green-tiled fountain, the Ryad Mogador Kasbah follows a familiar pattern of the brand -- a modern hotel built in the style of a traditional Moroccan kasbah with a reddish-pink facade and Arabian-style arches. Inside, the lobby is a fabulous explosion of Moroccan decor, with the ubiquitous geometric "zellige" tiling reflected in marble floors and traditional "tadelakt" polished limestone plaster -- all illuminated by a superb tiered chandelier hanging through a patterned dome ceiling. A lobby lounge continues the impressive decor with more intricate tiling and beautifully carved plasterwork. The hotel's long corridors can feel dreary and bland in comparison. There's little in the way of green outdoor spaces beyond some patches of lawn that surround the swimming pool, though with the property directly under a flight path, guests can expect to hear a fair amount of air traffic passing overhead. 

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Location

South of the medina near the Adgal Gardens -- within a 10-minute drive of medina attractions

The hotel is located off a main road south of the medina near the Adgal Gardens. While there's a mall about a five-minute walk away with shops and restaurants, there's no tourist attractions nearby, aside from the gardens. It's about a 10-minute drive to the bustling souks of the medina -- the hotel provides regular, free shuttle service to the city center -- while Marrakech Menara Airport is within a 10-minute drive. 

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Rooms

Furnished balconies, but generic, uninspired decor

The hotel has 176 air-conditioned rooms, all of which are decorated in a simple style with neutral tones, and antique-style furnishings -- but there's little in the way of Moroccan decor besides patterned rugs, and some rooms show signs of wear and tear. Furnished balconies overlooking the pool or nearby road are a highlight of the room. There's little or no Wi-Fi or tea- and coffee-making facilities, though there are mini-fridges, safes, and a mixture of old-style tube and flat-screen TVs that have a couple of English-speaking channels. Beige-tile bathrooms come with wall-mounted hairdryers, sunken tubs, and powerful showers, though some of the plasterwork needs refurbishing. Note: Noise from passing airplanes can be disturbing early in the morning.

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Features

Large outdoor pool and traditional hammam steam bath and treatments

The hotel serves an extensive breakfast buffet each morning (not included in the standard rate) consisting of pastries, scrambled eggs, freshly squeezed orange juice, and Moroccan pancakes -- though its quality can be inconsistent. The restaurant also serves a menu of Moroccan and international favorites throughout the day. Alcohol is not served anywhere on the property (but it can be purchased at a local supermarket). Behind the hotel sits the large outdoor swimming pool with plenty of sun loungers and a separate kids' splash pool. The water can get chilly, as the pool isn't heated. The on-site spa also provides a traditional hammam steam bath, and sauna, and body scrubs and massage treatments. There's also a small fitness center on-site.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Beauty / Hair Salon

  • Business Center

  • Cable

  • Children's Pool

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Spa

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