We discovered this charming little Riad thru TripAdvisor, and we were not disappointed. We stayed here three nights. A traveler quickly learns Riads are an oasis from the noise and stress of the outside world. This is because they are located in the labyrinthine alleys that constitute the Medina. It may seem a bit overwhelming, but a traveler quickly gets over the anxiety of getting lost. The challenge was made simple due to Yassine, who was in charge at the Riad during our visit. He was the consummate hotelier -- arranging a complimentary hired car to pick us up at the airport, providing us tea whenever, recommending restaurants and phoning in reservations, orienting us to the Medina with The Map (framed) and a pocket version, with address/ phone listed, and even walking us to a main street when we first set out to explore. He provided a shisha pipe on request, and drinking water as needed.
The Riad is located at the eastern side of the Medina, and although it was about 15 min away from the main Jemma al Fna square, which can be a tiresome trek several times a day, it was easy to find after the first excursion out. Its location is great for getting to the souks; trying different routes should not cause alarm, because signs generally lead to the square. (Travelers should avoid asking locals for directions, unless they are prepared to pay for an eager "guide" to walk them around. Shopkeepers are a better source of info.)
The Riad itself is an incredible place -- a large inner courtyard with a central palm tree that provides quiet, shade, and cool ambiance, augmented by the Diana Kraal and other mellow sounds on the sound system downstairs. Please note: you must be able to climb stairs here, and they are a bit steep. The rooms are on second and third floors, and have separated bathrooms from sleeping areas. Our air conditioner worked nicely. No TV -- but the wifi worked great. The upstairs terrace is another area to enjoy, and the downstairs has a side sitting room and lots of English and French-language books, including guide books of the area. Breakfast was served daily, and it was correct -- breads, eggs, fruit, yogourt, and coffee or tea.
Bottom line: for hospitality, charm, and relief after a day in the city, you'll enjoy this little oasis, as long as you don't mind walking to the Medina or climbing stairs to and from your room. We had a great time and know the Riad Menzeh helped make our stay in Marrakech even more memorable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Menzeh is located in a small and peaceful street in the heart of Marrakech old city. 10 minutes walk from the well known Marrakech main square of Jemaa el Fna, Riad Menzeh is the perfect place to enjoy this amazing city. Bernard and his staff will be happy to help you discover Marrakech the Red City of mysteries, sounds, smells and flavors. Activate your senses in this unique part of the world. Above all, we'€™d like to share with you our passion for this stunning and colorful city and its people, incredibly nice and friendly. Indulge yourself in a traditional spa massage over a steam bath and warm pore cleansing with scented black soap and ghassul (clay) in our private Hammam. ... more less
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