From the moment we arrived at Riad Menzeh, the French owner Bernard and his team did a fantastic job of making us feel at home. Bernard was so welcoming and friendly, readily offering advice on restaurants, day trips, how best to get around the medina, how to get the most out of our trip to Marrakech etc.
He arranged airport transfers, a trip to a Berber village in the foothills of the Atlas mountains, and arranged for someone to walk with us to the main square the first time we went, which all helped our trip to go smoothly. He also speaks excellent English, though if you want to practice your French he'll be patient and speak clearly and slowly.
While feeling incredibly well looked after, at the same time we never felt that our independence was compromised, and once we'd found our feet we soon set about exploring for ourselves!
Bernard and his staff did everything possible to make our stay really enjoyable. Food and refreshments were copious and delicious - from breakfast of freshly squeezed orange juice, Moroccan pancakes, cake and fresh fruit in the morning served in the courtyard (always slightly different, but always delicious), to regular offers of mint tea and watermelon when we rolled in from the medina, tired, hot and dusty. You can also arrange to dine at the Riad, though we ate out every night because we wanted to explore.
The riad itself is beautiful and stylish, with its grey walls (traditional Moroccan technique), white and purple colour scheme, and the central courtyard where you could relax after a hot day sightseeing (and it did get hot in July!). We stayed in the suite which was just lovely - tastefully decorated, nice and cool, with a comfortable bed and sunken bath tub. There's also a small hammam on the roof - and massage is available - though we didn't try this out.
We particularly loved the cat and her 4 kittens who are currently residing next to the roof terrace in a small box room - if you go to Riad Menzeh soon please visit the local butcher and ask him for "un petit morceau de viande pour un chat" (he'll give you a nice piece of meat all sliced up for about 10 dirham)... the cat and her kittens will thank you for it!
Riad Menzeh is wonderful, Bernard is a great host and his team are friendly yet professional - providing everything you might possibly want for an excellent trip to the Red City. I'd definitely recommend staying at the Riad Menzeh - go now!
- 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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