My sister and I were very glad we had arranged with Francoise beforehand the transfer from the airport, as it was our first time in Morocco. The driver was very helpful and the car was modern and comfortable. The Riad is absolutely charming, and we were welcomed by Francoise and Simon, who gave us mint tea and a thorough induction into the Riad itself, the surroundings (map provided) and the potential tours we could take. Our room was small but comfortable, with a nice, tiled bathroom. Only two things to point out. There was no wardrobe or drawers, just a rail for clothes, with three coat hangers! However, we quickly arranged for more. There was a large shelf between the bedroom and bathroom, where we put the rest of our clothing. The aircon was quiet and efficient. We were on the second floor and the second set of stairs was very steep and irregular. So if you are infirm, or have dodgy joints, do ask for a room on the first floor. (The advantage of this is that we have come back with much strengthened thigh muscles!!). Just one flight up from our room was the charming roof terrace, from which you have an almost 360 degree view of the storks and satellite dishes of Marrakech. One side is blocked by a rather unsightly, unfinished brick wall, but this was not a problem for us. Unfortunately, the Atlas mountains were largely obscured by cloud, but we made up for that by doing a fantastic day trip to the Ourika falls, in the High Atlas. This was amazing, and was organised by Francoise for €80 for the day. We shared the car with our two new Scottish friends and had an amazing time. We ate our breakfast on the terrace nearly every day. Fresh fruit salad, home-made yoghurt, a selection of three breads, plus honey and jams. And a large flask of real coffee. Occasionally we had cheese or meat as well. Excellent.
The pool was heated to the perfect temperature for us and was just the ticket after a hectic shopping expedition to the souk. The Jacuzzi was lovely, too, although the controls were a tad confusing and, on one occasion, we failed to get it to an acceptably warm temperature.
The walk to Djemaa el Fna square was about 10-15 minutes (don’t believe them when they say it’s 5!). Although the Riad is in a quiet street, at no time did we (2 ladies) feel threatened or unsafe. We visited the Souk, but found it rather claustrophobic in the sense we were hassled all the time and couldn’t just walk through browsing. We ended up not buying anything in the souk, but found many shops very near the Riad, with excellent merchandise and no-pressure attitude from the owners.
Having read the guidebooks, we went prepared with long-sleeved kaftans and long skirts/trousers, but were surprised to see so many other tourists in strappy tops and short shorts. We felt comfortable as long as our knees and shoulders were covered.
We would thoroughly recommend the Riad dar el Grably for its location, very helpful personnel, charm and breakfasts. We didn’t have an evening meal there, but the menus looked appetising. We had two very uninspiring meals whilst in Marrakech – one at the Cafe de France and also on the food stalls in the main square, so wish we had eaten at the Riad. We had a freshly squeezed orange juice at Stall No. 49 on the square. An exceptionally pleasant young man served us and invited me onto his stall to see how it was done.
A final touch was that, on our day of departure, Francoise kindly allowed us to stay in our room, as our flight was not until the late afternoon, as she didn’t have any arriving guests that day. That was greatly appreciated!
Our room was on the second floor and the stairs were very steep and irregular.
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