First things first - this is a great Riad. It's small (only 3 rooms), clean, relatively quiet (bring earplugs for call to prayer from nearby mosque at 5am!), comfortable rooms, good hot water, roof top terrace, breakfast and if you are interested, you can order dinner. We stayed in a variety of places in Morocco and Riad Shalimar was one of the best and MUCH better than the other place we stayed in Marrakech.
This Riad is in the Medina, in a residential neigbourhood. It is 'the real' medina where the locals shop and live and is only a 100m from Bab Ailen (one of the gates in the city wall). Be prepared for a walk however as it is not near Djemaa El Fna (the main square) where a lot of the action is and the entry to the souks. It is a good 15 minutes walk through winding, busy, crowded streets and whilst it's all very interesting the first or second time you walk to the square it can be a bit of a long walk after a long day sightseeing. Note also that the staff do not have a word of English (French & Arabic/Berber) but we were able to point and do charades to get by.
Overall though, good value and a true Riad with all the trimmings
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Inside the city walls of the Medina Marrakech in the heart of the picturesque Assouel district, near Door Bab Aylen, the Bed and Breakfast Riad Shalimar welcomes guests in a beautiful setting, steps from the Ben Youssef Madrasa and the Dar el PachaMuseum. The famous Jemaa El Fna square, the Souk as well as the main golf courses of Marrakech are accessible in a few minute drive. If you travel by car, you can park in the nearby parking facilities. ... more less
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