If you want a typical holiday experience where the accommodation is easy to find, the location is predictably touristy and you have very little contact with the real people and place you're staying then give Zam Zam a miss. However, if you want a unique and authentic immersion in Morrocan culture and life- along with five star accommodation and extremely friendly and professional staff- then Zam Zam should be top of your list for a visit to Marrakech.
We spent four nights at Zam Zam for our honeymoon and despite being disorientated by the intensity of the medina (on our last day some guy had built a shop/tent in the middle of the road making it impossible for traffic to pass!), hassled by the occasional hustler offering to show us the way and frequently having to dodge mopeds, bikes and donkeys we can honestly say we've never been anywhere like it. The medina was total sensory overload; the Riad total serenity. The contrast between the utter life affirming chaos of the nearby street and the complete stillness when you enter Zam Zam is magically weird. You literally hear nothing- incredible!
And the Riad itself is clearly a labour of love for owners Marcus and Emma- it wouldn't be overdoing it to say the interior design is work of art. We could have spent hours just looking at the filigree light shades. The beds were obscenely comfortable, the shower like something out of The Arabian nights and the public spaces (balcony, lounge, plunge pool and terrace) delightful.
Overall, this was a holiday we'll never forget (which is just as well as it was our honeymoon!), not only for the vibrantly crazy location but for the genuine warmth and hospitality of everyone who worked at the Riad. Faysal, Imane, Fatima and Aziz were totally professional and utterly charming. The dictionary definition of service.
Make sure you have the hamman and massage as it's amazing. Plus the cookery lesson is tops.
Once again- thank you for a heavenly honeymoon, and if we visit Marrakech again we'll definitely be back. Love Mike and Paula x.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zamzam Riad is a luxury boutique hotel and spa with concierge service, hosting 7 bedrooms and suites over the ground and first floor. A number of stylish French and Moroccan antiques furnish the bedrooms together with hand woven Moroccan carpets and artifacts sourced locally and globally. Come and taste our superb Moroccan and International fusion cuisine! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zamzam Riad Hotel Marrakech
- Zamzam Riad Marrakech