Travel Information for ISA Ifrane 2020

Our conference takes place at the Al Akhawayn University; it contains registration, panels, keynotes, and more!

** Hotel information for the ISA Accra 2019 conference will be available in the coming weeks.


Moroccan hotels are very affordable, offer good value for money, and are usually easy to find and reserve rooms in. Some major tourist destinations (Marrakech and certain beach resorts) may experience very low vacancy rates during high season. Other times of the year there are always lots of options, from variously starred hotels to family-run B&Bs, to Morocco’s famed riads (traditional houses in historic neighborhoods).

In particular, we encourage you to explore options at the hotels listed below.

Al Akhawayn Conference Center
Entrance of Ifrane, Road d'El Hajeb, Morocco | 212 (0) 5358-63363 or 212 (0) 5358-62016
Al Akhawayn Conference Center is located in a secure complex at the entrance of Ifrane coming from Meknes. For more information on how to get around, please see travel information below.
500 /650 /700 /1250 (MAD for BB) Call for Reservations

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Rate Details: Small room - 500; Large room - 650; Deluxe room - 700; Suite - 1250 (MAD for BB).

Al Akhawayn Downtown Residence
Located in the center of Ifrane, Al Akhawayn University Downtown Residence (DT) is about a 2 minutes’ walk from the shopping area in the center of Ifrane, 15 minutes to Al Akhawayn University, and 15 minutes to the Market (L’ Marche).
300 MAD Call for Reservations
Hôtel Perce Neige
Hay Riad, Boulevard Mohamed VI BP: 47 CP: 5300, Ifrane, Morocco | 212 (0) 5355-66350 or 212 (0) 5355-66351
The Perce Neige hotel has 27 luxurious rooms and suites with breathtaking views of the mountains and the Cedars Reserve of Morocco.
591 /741 /900 (MAD for BB) Call for Reservations

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Rate Details: King bed - 591; Two beds - 741; Suite - 900 (MAD for BB).

Résidence Ifrane Palace
Résidence Ifrane Palace is located approximately 2 miles from Al Akhawayn University.
Single/Double - 650 (MAD for BB) Call for Reservations

Le Palais des Cerisiers
Route du cèdre Gorou Commune Ben Smim Azrou, Morocco | 212 (0) 5355-63830 or 212 (0) 6493-21321
Charming guest house nestled in the heart of the Middle Atlas, just 15 minutes from the largest cedar forest in Morocco and about 13 miles from Al Akhawayn University.
1040 /1260 /1490/ 1380 and up/ 1820 and up (MAD)
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Rate Details: Chambre classique - 1040 MAD (Tarif personne supplémentaire: 320MAD); Chambre supérieure - 1260 MAD (Tarif enfant de 3 à 12 ans »lit d’appoint + PDJ » : 210 MAD); Suite classique - 1490 MAD (les prix incluent 10% de TVA par chambre et par nuit en BB); Appartement annexe - starting at 1380 (TAXE PROMOTION TOURISTIQUE : 11.00 Dhs par personne & par nuit); Appartement luxe - starting at 1820 (TAXE SÉJOUR (communale) : 20.00 Dhs par personne & par nuit).

Michlifen Resort & Golf
This resort is located about 1.3 miles from Al Akhawayn University.
1950 /2200 (MAD) Book Now!

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Rate Details: Deluxe Garden View Room - 1950 MAD (Tourist taxes: 49.5 MAD/ Person / night Breakfast: 220 MAD/ Person); Deluxe Forest View Room - 2200 MAD (Tourist taxes: 49.5 MAD/ Person/night Breakfast: 220MAD/Person).

Traveling to Ifrane

You can get to Ifrane by flying to Fès, Rabat or Casablanca airports. Ifrane is located 63Km S of Fès, 84Km SE of Meknes, and 200Km from Rabat. Grand taxi and buses (CTM and private) serve Ifrane via Fès, Meknes, Rabat and Casablanca. The taxi/bus station in Ifrane is located at about 0.5km from Ifrane center and 2km from Al Akhawayn University.

For more detailed information on how to get from these cities to Ifrane, read below.

Travel from Fes
If you fly into Fes, you will need to take a grand taxi or a petit taxi from the airport to the Atlas Grand Taxi station. Once at this station, you will then take a Grand Taxi to Ifrane. Alternatively, you might be able to hire a grand taxi from the airport directly to Ifrane.

Travel from Rabat
If you fly into Rabat, you will need to take a grand taxi to the train station. Trains run from there to Meknes frequently. Then, in Meknes you will take a grand taxi directly to Ifrane.

Travel from Casablanca
If you fly into Casablanca, you can take either train from the airport to the Casa Port Railway Station. Or you can take the Aero bus which takes you to the center of the city. From the Railway Station, you can take train to Meknes, and from Meknes railway station, hire a grand taxi to Ifrane.

Travel from Marrakech
If you fly into the Marrakech airport, there are two ways to get to Ifrane. You can go to the train station and then take the train to Meknes, from where you will take a grand taxi to Ifrane. Or you can go to the CTM bus station and take CTM bus from Marrakech to Ifrane.

Morocco's Main Cities

Rabat: Not only is Rabat the national capital with every modern urban amenity, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing a wealth of historic monuments dating back thousands of years. Among these are the Chella archaeological site (ancient and medieval), the Tour Hassan and the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, and the Qasba (citadel) of the Ouadaias on the Bouregreg Estuary. Its fortified medina (old city) harbors the famous Rue des Consules, with its antique dealers and numerous crafts shops, as well as many charming riads. Among the city’s museums are the Archaeological Museum and the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern Art (MMVI). Its palm tree-lined central avenues are clean and well-maintained, as is its beach. The city has excellent public transportation systems, including commuter trains, trams, busses and taxis.

Casablanca: Casablanca is the country’s economic capital and its most important business and financial center. It hosts the head offices of Morocco’s largest corporations. Young Moroccans and foreigners alike flock to Casablanca to seek their fortunes, as it has dynamic creative industries. The number of prestigious new real-estate developments rising across the city is astounding. Casablanca’s infrastructure is continuously being expanded and upgraded. Yet, despite the unrelenting growth, Casablanca retains a rich cultural and architectural heritage.

Tangier: Only 18 km from the Spanish coast, Tangier has long been the gateway to Africa for Europeans and other travelers. Declared an “International” city in the early 20th century, numerous American artists (Truman Capote, Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams) called Tangier home in the 1940s and 50s. The city on the strait contains heritage sites and monuments, particularly in the historic Medina and Qasba neighborhoods. Among these historic sites are the American Legation (the oldest federally-owned property outside of the USA), now a museum. Recently, a wealth of new infrastructure projects have been built in the city, the most important of which is the Tanger-Med container port, now among the largest shipping hubs in the world.

Ifrane: Perched at 1665 m. altitude, Ifrane (pop. 13,000 according to the 2014 census) is a healthy mountain resort that attracts visitors all year long. In Tamazight, ifran means “caves”, which are a distinctive feature of the karstic Middle Atlas Mountains. The town was created by the authorities of the French Protectorate in 1928 to serve as a Hill Station, providing cool relief from the summer heat for French settler families. Designed as a Garden City with an abundance of leafy parks, the city is reputed for its cleanliness. Ifrane has long been a preferred high-altitude venue for sports and athletic training. It even boasts a ski hill, the Michelifen. Due to the presence of Al Akhawayn University (AUI), a prestigious English-language American-style Liberal Arts university, it is now developing into a College Town.

Marrakech: Located at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains, the Imperial City of Marrakech, capital to several imperial dynasties, is charged with history, cultural goods and heritage. Marrakech is an open-air museum; its ancient medina is one of the largest nearly intact medieval cities anywhere. Among its monuments are the 13t-century Koutoubia Mosque with its famous minaret, the ruins of the 16th-century Badi Palace, and Djemma El-Fna square, emblematic hub of the city’s social life day and night. Marrakech is famous for its range of museums, its crowded souqs and bazars, and for its charming riads (courtyard houses transformed into boutique B&Bs).

Essaouira: The “windy city” of Essaouira is famous for its surfing scene. A major Atlantic port in the age of sail ships, Essaouira is now the perfect place “chill” away from bustle of big cities. Already in the 1960s it was a “happening” place where the likes of Jimmy Hendricks hung out. Today, Essaouira is known for the week-long Gnawa Festival of World Music, which attracts about 300,000 spectators annually. The spectacular beach attracts wind surfers the year round. Other visitors come to Essaouira for its visual arts scene, or else to wander the streets and squares of this beautifully planned 18 th-century port.

Travel Grants

ISA is pleased to provide limited travel assistance to eligible attendees of our ISA-Ifrane 2020 Joint International Conference. Travel grant applications will be available after the program is announced.

Apply for a Travel Grant

Need a Visa?

You can find out if you need a visa to visit Morocco, as well as details on the expected time and process, using Morocco's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website.

Visa Information

If you require a letter of invitation to support a visa application, please be sure to provide sufficient lead time for the processing of the letter. The organizers request that these participants register early. A letter of guarantee will be sent from the conference organizers upon providing a receipt of the paid conference registration fee and of a hotel accommodation in Ifrane.

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