As far as I am aware a Riad means a house with rooms opening out onto a courtyard. The riad was pretty fully occupied when we were there and I can honestly say we never heard the slightest noise if our windows were closed. Our taxi took us to within a couple of minutes from the riad and Aziz met us. But ten minutes later Aziz took me out, pointed me in the right direction and I had a great wander around for 45 minutes. Never once felt threatened or uneasy, all the people I dealt with in the shops and on the streets were charming and eager to help. No there was not a Starbucks and no I could not buy the Herald Tribune, but I had no trouble interacting with the locals. I loved finding our way back to our little oasis. Follow the blue signs and turn right at the alleyway with the airconditioner on it! We stayed twice, two different rooms, both terrific. Yes, the awater did not run out of the bath one night, (probably too much desert sand!)but I told Aziz and he fixed it within two minutes, that could aslo happen at any hotel.
We did the cooking class and went to the market with IIlam, our cook. She obviously had her favorites and it was fun to watch her interacting with the vendors. She then showed us, and we worked along side her, how to cook a wonderful tagine with all the vegetables and things that went with it. The results were suberb and we all enjoyed a great lunch.
Breakfast and dinner in the courtyard or on the roof. Wonderful views and great service.
My wife and I felt very welcome all the time, nothing was too much trouble and we never once felt unsafe or threatened. yes the centre of the souk is an 18 minute walk or a short taxi drive away but never once did I feel we were walking through a slum.
We very much look forward to a return visit and to see Emma and Marcus and her wonderful staff.
- 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