About the Marrakech Hotel
Young, vibrant and cosmopolitan are the words that spring to mind as you make your way up the Marrakech Hotel's tiled staircase and into their colorful lobby. The check-in desk faces a U-shaped lobby lounge that turns into a full bar called the Casbah Lounge.
As the name implies, the hotel is decorated as an homage to the Moroccan city. Beautiful tiled floors give way to warm, brightly colored walls. Seating areas include textiles from the region, traditional poufs and tiled tables. Moroccan lamps of stained glass and tin illuminate the area, casting romantic shadows everywhere, and an ornate imported door hangs against one wall.
Guest rooms conjure up a desert feel with ceiling fans shaped to look like palm fronds. A small desk area is large enough to get a little work done and while the rooms don't have Wi-Fi, they do have Internet TV, so guests can check their email that way. (There is free Wi-Fi in the lobby.) Exposed brick and warmly colored walls complete the cozy feeling.
Because the Marrakech Hotel is housed in a historic building that dates from 1908, there are no elevators. Instead, beautifully crafted iron stair rails guide guests from one floor to another.
The hotel is located between two of New York's most beautiful outdoor spaces – Riverside and Central Parks. Though the location may seem a little off the beaten path for some visitors, the 1 train is located on the same block and midtown is only a ten-minute ride away. Buses up and down Broadway and across 96th Street run 24/7, for those visitors who like to sightsee as they travel. The family-oriented neighborhood has tons of great dining at every price point, scores of bars, a couple of good bookstores and a decent amount of shopping.
Did you know?
Walk up to 112th and Broadway and you'll see Tom's Restaurant, the diner made famous by Seinfeld (though on the show it was called "Monk's.")
The Hungarian Pastry Shop on Amsterdam Avenue (between Cathedral Parkway and 111th St.) is not only the place to get a snack, it has also been featured in Woody Allen's Husband and Wives.
The gorgeously gothic St. John the Divine is located just across the street from the Hungarian Pastry Shop. Tours are offered almost daily (check the website) and once a year, around Halloween, they even lead tours through the cathedral's crypts.
Many celebrities have called the Upper West Side home, including Madonna, Tina Fey, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Lauren Bacall, Neil Simon and Steve Martin, to name just a few. So keep your eyes peeled as you walk down these streets.
Located just a few short blocks from Columbia University, the Marrakech New York is a fun, convenient choice for students checking out the school or parents checking up on their students. Travelers will enjoy the off-the-beaten-path location and international guests will get a feel for an authentic NYC neighborhood. Young families will appreciate the number of family friendly restaurants and activities in the surrounding area. Since the building's lobby is one flight up and there are no elevators throughout the building, people with mobility issues should probably give this hotel a pass.
Marrakech Hotel Location Information:
New York, NY 10025
1 to 103rd St.
While the Casbah Lounge in the lobby offers cocktails and other liquid refreshments, there is no on-site restaurant.
Because there is no onsite restaurant, the Marrakech welcomes guests to order in. The Upper West Side is home to hundreds of restaurants, serving up cuisine from all over the world, and one of the beautiful things about New York City is that nearly everyone delivers.
- 24 hour front desk
- ATM Machine
- Business Center
- Cable/Satellite TV
- Ice Machine
- Internet Access - Free Public Access
- Non-Smoking Facility