The Riad Ajmal lives up to its name as a real gem in the middle of the old medina. It's only 8 minutes walk to the souq and around 12 minutes walk to the Djemaa-el-Fna (that's if you do not get lost, which is part of the fun). The wonderful owner, Madam Marie, has only recently taken over the management of the Riad. She managed to re-touch and upgrade the place in a short period of time. As you walk in the Riad, you will be greeted with a subtle aromatherapy scent and the plush comfy sofa at the courtyard invites you for a rest and a glass of mint tea.
I had the Joumana Room. The high-ceiling made of cedar wood is decorated with colourful Moroccan lamps. The bathroom is huge (almost the size of my studio apartment in London)! The bathroom is made of warm rose-coloured tadelakt. While there is no tv in the room, the whole Riad comes with unlimited high-speed wireless internet at no extra charge and to me, it is a real plus of this place.
There is a beautiful terrace with deck chairs which offer a view over the old Medina and for those who are starved of the sun, it's a good place to get a tan and while the afternoon away.
Breakfast is served in the beautiful courtyard and this is when Madam Marie adds her personal touch and charm to this place. Other than the usual breakfast-stuff, they serve French-pressed coffee!! I casually mentioned that I need my laundry done and (to my embarassment) Madam Marie personally handled and ensured that my laundry is attended to properly. She also gives excellent recommendations of places of interests and restaurants in Marrakesh and she even walks you to the nearby souq.
Airport and train-station pick-ups can be arranged easily with the Riad and that's highly recommended if you do not want to lug your bags all around the old Medina while trying to figure out the conflicting directions given by the boys in the old Medina.
Riad Ajmal is truly a wonderful place and if you are seeking a peaceful, quiet and pampered get-away, this is a place for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Ajmal - an oasis of tranquility in the very heart of the buzzing city. We are here to do all we can to make sure you enjoy an excellent stay. Located in one of the most pleasant neighborhoods in the Medina of Marrakech, in Bab Doukkala, the riad is particularly well situated, within close distance of the Pacha Palace, the road of the antiquaries, and only a few minutes walk from the traditional market and the Jemma-el-Fna Square.Once the home of nobles, the riad has been entirely renovated in 2006, in the spirit of its rich tradition. ... more less
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