We arrived, as so many others have said, shepherded by the lovely Faisal. Into a haven of peace and calm.
Its position - yes it is on the outskirts of the Medina which, I gather from comments, some visitors have been surprised about - but that is where 'normality' reigns, where real people live, work and are educated. Where children play in the streets and folk chat to their neighbours. As we wondered around with our inspirational guide Ibrahim (whose conversations ranged from the swinging sixties, Hollywood stars, lessons from the past about Jewish/Moslem harmony, architecture, music...), as both he and Aziz (who took us and collected us from the various places we visited on our own) greeted neighbours and friends, we felt we were part of a 'normal' place, yet within minutes we were in the hussle and bussle of the touristy Medina. I think its position is perfect - not touristy - 'real' life. Yet the touristy parts are easily accessible.
The Riad - sumptuous fabrics, wonderful lighting, beautiful rooms (we had the Palm Suite). Books, soaps, beautiful linen and towels, guidebooks, music playing gently during the day downstairs. The top floor sun bed area is beautiful - shaded for folk like me who hate the direct sun; a sun trap for those whose skin can stand up to it (or so they believe!)
The people in the Riad - all the staff are very friendly, very kind (they looked after me when I was unwell one day), very informative and they make you feel that absolutely nothing is too much trouble.
The food in the Riad - I love food. I am not a great meat eater. I was completely catered for. I enjoyed my little sneaky trips into the kitchen to find out how the couscous was made, where the lovely plates come from, what the spice was in a certain dish. The food was frankly better than much of the food we had outside the Riad. Simple. Tasty. Beautifully presented. And if you want Moroccan tea, it is always there.
Our little party experienced the Hammam and the massages on offer - more than once! Very much recommended.
We enjoyed our trips into the Medina. I enjoyed less our trips to the newer areas outside the Medina. All a bit brash, soulless and, apart from the Jardins Majorelle, I wouldn't waste time if you are on a short trip by venturing outside the city walls. I spent one day relaxing in the Riad and I loved the chance to just sit and listen to the hussle and bussle outside whilst enjoying the warmth of the sun and reading one of the many good books they have.
All in all, it was a wonderful stay at the Riad. Just as you think you might fancy something to do, eat, drink or read, but aren't sure what, somebody is there with the very thing you really wanted. Now that is clever!
And we will be back - and we aren't the sort to go to the same place twice. Thank you Riad Zam Zam and all the team.
- 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