Just returned from Riad 58 Blu, after staying 5 nights.
Excellent pick up/drop off airport/hotel transfers (included in the price). The Riad as everyone else has said is lovely- clean and feels spacious inside, very calm and almost tranquil atmosphere. Stayed in the Emerald suite, ground floor next to pool. First impressions were a large room with comfortable sofa and nice authentic décor. A few niggles- the safe didn’t work properly- we took to locking the wooden wardrobe door and hiding that key and the room/city advice sheet- in French only (poor considering number of British/Italian visitors).
The service by staff was excellent. Ishmael couldn’t do enough for you, he seems to work day and night, and remained extremely helpful throughout our stay. Mohammed assisted in booking the day trip out to the Atlas Mountains Note: cheaper than booking through a tour company (however realised that chap who took us was a taxi driver (who took us back to the airport!)
We had booked the half board option- which I now wish we hadn’t. You couldn’t fault the location; the roof terrace or the service (Ishmael), however we did find the meals disappointing. Breakfast was the same everyday- no choice (as others have said- different styles of pancakes/bread. Evening meal- again no choice. The first two days were fine starter- salad, main- chicken or lamb tagine then fruit basket. Subsequent nights the quality of the meals reduced still soup/salad to start, then either a tagine loaded with large chunks of root vegetables (no meat) or couscous again with large chunks of root vegetables. I must admit neither myself or my husband enjoyed these meals (however that may be because we like spices/flavoured food). I think that I wrongly thought seeing this Riad had an Italian owner we may have been offered slightly different fare- obviously not.
Unknown to us before booking this holiday, Ramadan started on our second day. However there was no problem drinking/eating out. Some shops/restaurants shut early, however the biggest problem was finding places to go during the day as lots of major sites were closed, including the main hammans.
Marrakech- we found exhausting. No one has mentioned yet- the number of motorbikes/scooters that race up and down all the alley ways and unbelievably inside the souks. You take your life in your hands every time you step out of the door, and you’re on your guard all of the time. We also found the shops and souks frustrating; we’ve been to Souks before so are well aware of the bartering, but the continuous and constant harassment received from not only shop keepers but it seems everyone you pass wears you down after two days. We felt we were continuously saying ‘No ’ and this took away the enjoyment of the whole experience.
Back to the trip to the atlas mountains- Good value, but beware you’ll stop at a house, and told take pictures of mountains from the roof terrace as good view. Before you know it you’re guided into this shop and again- the sales men have got you into their trap. Then further along the road, you stop again at a natural pharmacy- again you’ll be escorted round some gardens, then you will be expected to sit through a sales pitch for spices/creams etc again with a view to buy something. Once at the river- we hired a guide (very cheap) to take us up to the waterfall- take sturdy shoes as expect lots of climbing. We travelled with a lovely Italian couple who noticed that the driver tended to phone ahead to alert people of our arrival!
All in all, I’d say that Marrakech has fallen typically into the tourist trap ( my husband whose recently been to Fez and northern Morocco says its more relaxing up there with none of the continuous hassle from hawkers- so may be worth considering).
Don’t go expecting a relaxing holiday- but yes you’ll have an adventure, and Riad 58 Blu is a lovely place to stay for a couple of nights, but for a longer stay I would certainly look at staying in one of the outlying hotels- away from the hustle and bustle.
Email hotel before visiting if you have any questions i.e trips out/hammans etc very helpfull
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