To experience the true Marakech Medina one must travel down narrow alleyways to a secluded Riad with all the hidden beauty behind well locked doors. Riad Lorsya takes some navigating ( or escorting) to find and does make it a real adventure coming and going but Abdul (by day) and Mustafa (by night) were so friendly and helpful it was well worth the navigational challenge. The decor was colourful and stylish, the rooms narrow but comfortable and there were plenty of couches, tables and seats both inside and outside up on the roof terrace to research dinner, shopping and sights from the abundance of supplied guide books, magazines and advice from fellow travellers. The breakfasts are fantastic with a different combination of bread, fruit, eggs each morning and if you want to eat in you can enjoy a tagine and moroccan salads ( like chunky dips). The terrace is the best feature with lovely views over the Atlas mountains in the distance and ragged rooftops that catch the glow of dusk and the setting sun. Bring a bottle of wine or champagne (from home or previous country) if you like a drink and store in the Riad fridge and enjoy on the rooftop at sunset as there are only 2 places you can have alcohol in the old town. One is Cafe Arabe, conveniently cloe which serves great cocktails and reasonable meals, the other is Hotel Tazi down in the Jeema el F'na but a bit dodgy. Also hard to find snacks so bring or buy nuts in the square. Abdul is very helpful for organising train tickets, taxis or guides, although our guide at 50 Euro for four hours seemed v expensive and was not that friendly. Abdul will supply a good map and bus card that shows how to get to and from the Riad to the square and surrounds. A word of warning: chances are if you book an airport pickup you will need to find your driver amongst dozens of men holding up Riad name signs at the exit then you will enjoy a short drive to the outskirts of the medina where your luggage will be unloaded into an old cart manned by an even older man who will run off through the narrow streets and you simply must stay close and follow until you arrive at the Riad door. You will need to pay 20 Dhirams to the cart man - all this was unexpected for us arriving late at night! Overall a great Riad experience with super friendly staff and as long as you are a good navigator, a great place to stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Lorsya is situated at 2 minutes walk from the Jamaa El Fna square, in the heart of the antiques market souk. It has been renovated with care in the pure Morrocan tradition and retains all the charm of the old Marrakech riads. Our professional team invites you to discover the serenity, the comfortable lifestyle and the quality services offered to you in this wonderful riad. A free dinner is offered for any booking of 4 nights and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Lorsya Marrakech
- Riad Lorsya Hotel Marrakech