We recently enjoyed a long weekend at the El Grably. The riad is extremely well located in a quiet corner of the Medina: easily accessible to the Palais Bahia and Mellah neighborhoods, as well as to the central Jemaa el Fna Square, but a few blocks off the main drag, ensuring a calm and relaxing stay.
The quality of the property is quite good. The building is impeccably clean, the rooms fresh and bedding comfortable, and common areas -- ranging from terraces for sunbathing, a swim in the cool courtyard pool, a massage chair, a quiet lounge with television, and rooftop jacuzzi -- provide for a number of choices for guests to relax. The daily breakfast is substantial and available on command on any of the riad's balconies, terraces, and lounge areas.
The staff and level of service is unparalleled. The owner, Françoise, is a whiz at providing information about local visits, restaurant tips, transportation, and day trips to nearby towns. Her staff is extremely kind and good natured, which was a big help; their attention to detail was quite impressive.
The riad is certainly on the upper end in terms of quality and price, so budget travellers may find their stay a bit costly -- even more so after added costs such as airport transfers, bar service, taxes, and currency conversion are factored in. However, we found the level of service and quality of the property to be worth it.
My only negative reactions were rather minor. The quality of the internet is not good -- even in areas right by the transponders, it was very slow compared to the hotel we stayed in our first night in the city. Further, although the riad is sufficiently large, were it to have been fully booked during our stay, we might have found the common spaces a bit cramped. This might be a detractor if you plan to visit during peak seasons, but was not a problem for us.
Many thanks to Françoise, her beautiful dog Ewok, and gracious staff for a pleasant and restful stay in Marrakech!
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