Well this was our first visit to Marrakech a trip for myself and my friend Sue as a treat for my 40th Birthday. We looked at a number of hotels and Riads and in the end we decided to choose Riad Vert based on the reviews and with it being in the old city to experience true Marrakech.
The Riad was just as we expected, it's in the old part of the city (I will get to more about location below), down a little alley and is manned 24 hours a day to let you in and out. We arrived at 10am before the 2pm check in but Sanna said this was ok as a room was vacated early. We were greeted with mint tea and biscuits whilst we filled out a guest form.
At which point in this review do I talk about the staff, well I think that's quite important so I have put this at the top! Sanna is just WONDERFUL!!! The owners of the Riad are very lucky to have employed her she can not do enough for you, from recommending & booking trips, getting us water and cups of tea when we need it, booking taxi's she works so incredibly hard and is a large piece of why staying at the Riad is so good! She is backed up by three other members of staff all whom work very hard but Sanna is there for at least 12 hours a day!
The Riad is charming with 7 rooms set around a central courtyard and a the lovely rooftop terrace. We had a twin room on the bottom floor right next to the breakfast area, big ornate wooden doors leading us into our cool air conditioned room a welcome after the heat. We had a double bed and a single bed which I imagine you would use as a sofa area if it was a couple staying and our room had an en-suite wet room. There is no hairdryer and my travel dryer turned turbo power there so you would need to take a low voltage dryer with you if you really wanted one. You can hear the children playing outside and people coming and going if you think this might bother you then ask when you book for a room upstairs, this did not bother us we still slept very well.
There is a few areas to relax, downstairs in the courtyard some tables and chairs where you have breakfast, and dinner if you choose to eat there. Next to this is a step into a sofa area, and on the other side an indoor seating area for indoor meals/relaxing. Up the first flight of stairs and there is a veranda where there is another lounge area with books to read, up to the roof terrace and there are lovely sun loungers, some in shade and a cooling spa, it's not like a spa in the UK the jets are not strong we still used it when they were not on as it was nice to cool off.
The Riad is about a 30 min walk (max) down to the Souks and Sanna will show you how to get there on a map, we took one wrong turn, back tracked and found our way just fine. Once you have done it once you get a feel for the place and where you are. We walked there and to the Jardin Majorelle from the Riad with no problems. To get into the square of an evening Sanna organised Ahmed's taxi service to collect us it's Dh50 to get to the square and the same return so about £8. It's worth it I would not want to find my way around in the dark and the taxi's are great they drop you at KFC at the bottom of the square by the mosque and meet you there to bring you back at your requested time. They take payment for the journey's when they have delivered you home! I can not stress enough use Sanna's recommneded taxi service only as they bring you right back to the Riad, others do not, and they charge you a better rate where others will try to charge more. After our Spa break (see below) we did not want to walk back so we asked them to call Sanna for us and in 10 mins our taxi picked us up and brought us back to the Riad.
The breakfast was lovely traditional moroccan style, some toasted bread, pancakes and a little cake of some sort with tea or coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice. We stayed for dinner one night on the recommendations here in trip advisor. We were not disappointed the food was lovely, with a bottle of white moroccan wine this was Dh550 which is approx £45 for two people. We had breads with an aubergine dish and a courgette dish with a little fried pastry to start followed by a Chicken and Olive Tagine with sweet potato, then this amazing pudding similar to a strudel with ice cream. It was fun to be fed without knowing what we were going to be given to eat and we were not disappointed.
In all I would stay here again its a great base.
I did get photos but nothing too different to what you see so have not added them.
Whilst we were in Marrakech, we visited the Du Toubkal Parc National, wear supportive shoes for going up! The Jardin Majorelle, The Souks, and The Heritage Spa. All worth a visit but please see my review for the Heritage Spa it was incredible!!!
So we booked everything through Travel Republic, my first hint of advice is don't use the transfer booking option with Travel Republic, we arrived and we saw a man with a sign for Riad Vert, we thought perfect this was easy. A man from A2B said you go with Ahmed and ticked us off his list. Ahmed was not with A2B he is the approved driver for the Riad Vert so we needed to pay twice, very naughty of A2B. You are much better off to book Ahmed directly with Sanna at the Riad he was Dh200 but the best thing about Ahmed is he takes you directly to the Riad and not to the gates of the old city where others expect you to walk. Fine once you have your bearings and understand the alley's. Any other taxi rides you need Sanna will book Ahmed's service for you and it's very good to be picked up from and dropped back to the Riad rather than having to find your way around. On our departure A2B met us at the Riad but we did have to walk to the outer wall with our cases another good reason to use Sanna's chap!
Outside of the old city walls it's a more modern city, inside the walls it's much older so please if you want clean tidy and roads with pavements, pretty to look at etc then stay outside. If you want to feel Marrakech then stay in the old city :-)
Thank you so much Sanna and staff for a wonderful stay!