First of all I must say that the bed and room was clean ,Mustapha the manager and the two ladies were very helpful and accomodating and couldnt have made us more welcome. The riad is down numerous dimly lit narrow alleys which can only be described as a maze. At first we felt very intimidated because there are a lot of young men just hanging around looking at you but you soon get to realise that you dont have too much to fear (but because living in london we were always on our guard).The suite we were in was very small and felt very clausterphobic and dark in the evening , there was only 4" of space either side of the bed. The room was decorated in tradition morroccan style which added to the authentic charm and you couldnt hear any of the madness outside. After reading the reveiws on here we expected a breakfast fit for a king but in reality all we got was 4 pieces of bread ,two slices of wafer thin cheese and a yogurt,although the coffee was very good ,two out of the five days we were there we were also given a croissant each. On our first day we eat lunch there , the chicken tagine which was very tasty however considerably more expensive than outside of the riad. The riad is very tranquil and noise carries very easy so we did tend to whisper. There is a roof terrace which is quite pleasant however the view is hardly picturesque, it really resembled a scene out of downtown beirut (not that ive been there but what you see on the news), However whatever Riad you stay in you would be presented with the same sort of view. The Riad was fairly good value for what we paid but didnt quite live up to other peoples reviews. However whilst writing a review I feel we must add something about Marrackech as a whole as feel that this has probably impacted on our stay at the Riad. Within the Medina where the majority of the Riads are it can only be described as a maze other tourists were even using the gps on their phones and still couldn't navigate around.
The young men who hang around are actually waiting for you to get lost so they can point or take you in the right direction. Unfortunatley nothing comes free in Marrakech not even good will. You have to be really firm with them and they will back off however if you are feeling really desperate you could pay.(no more than 10 dirhams) . Every single thing you do you have to haggle for which we were well aware of before we went and have experienced this in many countries but not to this extent. Always negotiate a price with a taxi first , the medina is very small in reality so no journey should cost more that 30 dirhams. But you must be prepared to barter for this.
Marrakech isnt for the faint hearted we have travelled extensively to many places including third world countries but never have come across so much rubbish and tourist attractions that havent been cared for . The square is very lively and does have a good vibe but personally wouldnt recommend eating there as we just couldnt work out where they would be washing the plates and glasses that you eat off. Hygiene seemed very low on the agenda. We never ate in the cafes so cant comment but the glasses and cups left alot to be desired, in fact this had a very negative impact on our stay and most days we got a taxi to mcdonalds in the new town just to have coffee. The souks really are a fabulous site but the shopkeepers can be agressive and offer such stupid prices that in the end we just offered what we was prepared to pay take it or leave it and found that actually done the trick. Their sale techniques are very hard so if you feel embarrassed to say no or dont wish to offend perhaps giving them a miss would be best. Outside the medina things arent actually kept alot better buildings are in disrepair and nothing is maintained. Would mention that the La Mamounia hotel is worth a visit. If you cant afford to stay there ( its for the rich and famous) you can go there for cocktails or afternoon tea and the grounds are beautiful but remember to wear long trousers and try not to look like a typical tourist as you wont be let in. The quarter of a mile either side of the hotel is the only part of Marrakech we would say is actually kept nice.
We spent five days in Marrakech and for the first time we were relieved to get home. If you insist on going 3 days is more than enough to enjoy the excitement of the square and see the main attractions. Dont want to be negative but thats how we felt. Wouldnt go again to Marrakech wouldnt recommend Marrakech but feel one mans meat is anothers poison so you need to experience it for yourself but unless you are a seasoned traveller I would stay in a western hotel and go on an organised trip to the medina. On closing the Riad was fine for the money and I would also recommend La fondouk and dar court restaurant they were both excellant.
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