We just got back from a fantastic long weekend at he Riad El Farah in Marrakech.
The Riad El Farah is lovely, a traditional property right in the heart of the city centre, down several side alleys, but surprisingly easy to find once you know where it is. The Riad is an oasis of calm, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The rooms are clean and well appointed in a traditional style. There is a lovely central courtyard and a private roof terrace. Breakfast was very nice and the service we received during our stay was excellent.
What really made the holiday so special for us was the owner, Mohamed. Mohamed is very charming, and he went out of his way to ensure we got the most from our stay. He met us from our taxi on arrival, and took us to the Riad (5 minutes on foot), where he served us delicious Moroccan tea. We arrived in the early evening, so after we unpacked, he took us into the main square for a look around, and joined us for something to eat.
On Saturday, he spent most of the day with us, taking us around many of the major sights of Marrakech, including the Bahia Palace, The Menara Gardens, the Majorelle Gardens, and the Palmeraie district where we went Camel riding, plus several other places. Without Mohamed's help, we would never have found many of the places which he showed us, so I would certainly recommend a first time visitor to the city to stay at the Road El Farah and have Mohamed take you on a guided tour.
Marrakech is an amazing vibrant city, very colourful, very busy, very noisy, with plenty to see and do. The people are really friendly. The roads are chaotic with donkeys and carts, horse drawn carriages, cars, taxis, and scooters. The souks are a complicated honeycomb of hundreds of shops and stalls, with traders trying to encourage you to look at their wares, and haggling for a bargain is good fun. You will easily lose yourself in the souks, but this is good as you get to see parts that are hidden away, and the locals will be happy to show you the way out again anyway. Do be sure to visit the new city too, which is a complete contrast to the old city, with wide boulevards and modern sops and restaurants.
If you are planning to go to Marrakech, and you want an authentic experience in a traditional Riad, then I think you would find it difficult to find a better place to stay than this!
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