The Medina is not for the feint hearted, the location is North of the inner walls of the old city. The streets are a great experience and people are mainly friendly, there are the few that hassle you on your walks, we felt like being on an epic film set like Raiders of the lost Arc. Once the doors open to the Riad (our hotel) the serenity and beauty of the place made up for the streets. A small oasis on the middle of an old city, the furniture, ambiance and tranquility was an excellent escape from the hustle and bustle of the market place. Rooms are good, beds comfortable and cosy, very clean all round.
The breakfast is basic continental platter of bread and jams, however the evening dinner is highly recommended for price, value and taste, you will not find better in the medina, we booked half board for three nights and was the cost of eating two lunches out during the day of poor standard.
The staff don't speak English, but Hamid the manager does and helps out where possible, very friendly and chatty. If you need anything ask him!
It was a birthday weekend and the hotel made special room preparations and food for the occasion, which was a nice personal touch. The pool area was closed during our stay due to the season.
- 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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