We booked our accommodation at Riad Alhambra from the 12th to the 15th July 2013, we had booked a triple room as i was sharing with my mum and her friend. The Riad is well positioned next to the souks and approx 10/15 mins walk to Jemma el FINA square. We booked through travel republic and the transfer was with a2b who were very efficient, someone was waiting on arrival at the airport and the transfer mini bus dropped us off near the pharmacy which is the closest point that taxis can get to the Riad (or so we thought but some reviews state otherwise). The Riad (Hamid) had arranged for Ali (who runs the shop next door to the Riad) to meet us at the taxi drop off point, we followed Ali on foot for about 10 mins and arrived at the Riad.
On arrival we were given some Mint tea and later joined Hamid and Ali for soup, bread and drinks, what a lovely welcome.
After having read the other reviews on here, i was wary when Hamid told us that i would have to stay in the Riad next door for the first night (on my own, as there was a room ready for my mum and her friend Jean) and that he would have a room ready for all us tomorrow. I said i would like to see the room, we were led outside and around the corner to another Riad. What a nice surprise, the room offered to me was beautiful, my mum and Jean asked to stay in the same Riad and were shown another room so we all stayed together. This Riad also has a lovely pool.
By way of apology for not having out room ready on the first night, Hamid invited us for food later at midnight after we had visited the main square, we had beef Tagine which was amazing. Ali showed us the way to the main square, wandered around with us and led us back later, we would definitely have got lost on our way back had we been on our own.
The next day we went back to the Alhambra in the morning for breakfast whilst out room was being prepared. The breakfast consisted of the some sort of Moroccan bread that is made in a frying pan (good when hot but goes hard when they cool), along with jam, marmalade, tea, coffee and fresh orange juice, tip > i asked for an omelette one morning which was lovely and was served with fresh baguette.
The hospitality that we were shown was fantastic, both Hamid and Ali are very personable and Hamid did all he could to make us welcome and more, the ladies that work there are lovely and we felt like it was a home from home and a peaceful retreat after a hectic day wandering the souks. We would definitely stay there again and i am looking to book a return trip very soon as there was so much to see that we didn't get round to doing.
There is a restaurant very close to the Riad called Le Fondouk which is worth a visit, we went twice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Magnificent 16th-century Riad, a haven of peace in the very heart of the Medina, lovingly restored in the pure Moroccan tradition - painted cedar ceilings, sculpted stucco, zelliges, marble floors...Impeccably clean, all rooms with private bath, and air conditioning. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Superb 360 view of the Medina, the Koutoubia and the snow capped Atlas mountains. One hundred yards from the Medersa Ben Youssef and the Marrakech museum, 15 minutes from Place Jemaa al Fna. Excellent cuisine! ... more less
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