After a long day travelling to Marrakech, a change of planes at Casablanca, a short taxi ride from the airport and trundling our cases down a few alleyways I must admit we did feel a bit daunted at the prospects of what the Riad 58 Blu would be like. On arrival at the ornate but indistinct door (accompanied by our taxi driver) we did wonder what lay behind.
To our surprise, when the door was opened by Ismail it opened into a wonderland of Moroccan architecture and we felt instantly at ease in what was to be our home for the next 4 days. The next day we met Mohammed the manager who was very obliging in giving us advice about where to go in the city and offered to arrange taxis, restaurants etc.
From arrival to leaving our stay was well catered for even to the extent that Ismail took us on our first day to the main square and pointed out landmarks so that we could find our way back through the myriad of alleyways which all look the same. He and the rest of the staff were extremely friendly, eager to please and were very concerned when my partner took ill and remained in bed for the day on our second day there even to the extent that they kept checking up on his progress and offered him breakfast in bed. The rooms were meticulously cleaned on a daily basis and the bed one of the most comfortable I have slept in in a hotel.
The roof terrace is quirky to say the least and is a fabulous place to eat al fresco but in the winter can be a bit chilly. The breakfasts consisted of the tastiest yogurt we have eaten, fresh fruit and fabulous local bread all freshly prepared with an assortment of jams. There was also the option of omelette if required.
Toufik the driver who took us up into the mountains (1300MAD approx £100) was also an excellent source of information and took us to the ski resort which my partner, who skis, did say was beyond rustic and was quite rough to ski on, compared to European resorts. There is also no piste map so a guide is recommended but doesn't come cheap which is the same for ski and boot hire. After his rough ride down the mountain and my rickety ride to the top in the chairlift we were ready for some food and were presented with what was the tastiest soup and tagine we had during the whole holiday. All in all our day in the mountains was very interesting and breathtakingly beautiful. One word of caution though is when you are taken to see the waterfall which is pretty but by no means breathtaking decline the offer of a guide as it is very easy to find but one hell of a climb over rocks (take good walking shoes). The guide was expensive at 200MAD and really not necessary.
We would definitely recommend the Riad 58 Blu to anyone who wants a little bit of luxury and rustic charm while holidaying in Marrakech.
Our thanks to all the staff for making our stay a very special one and one which we will always remember.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enter Riad 58 blu, discover this little treasure, this relaxing oasis in the very earth of the lively medina, just a few steps from the excitement of the famous Jema el Fna square.Let yourself be captivated by the magic of its Moorish style and by the warm welcome of Paolo and Cinzia: Paolo Lombatti, its Italian owner who, after ten years experience in Morocco, will suggest you to take advantage of your stay in Marrakech and how to discover its surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad 58 Blu Marrakech
- Riad 58 Blu Hotel Marrakech