Riad Al Mansoura in Marrakech is the only way to go, this one ticks lots of the boxes. The idea for our Christmas 2013 getaway was to go to a predominately non-Christian country within a short range, as our holiday time was limited. Researching accommodation brought us to the conclusion that a Riad would be better than other well-known luxury places. Cost and the idea to get a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of ordinary, daily life was our main objective.
The Riad is a historic building, but very comfortable and close to the Bahia Palace. Once behind the closed doors of the Riad you enter into a world of calm. Whilst the decor of the place is comfortable, it could do with updating in some of the rooms. Fortunately this was made up for by the approachability, cheerfulness and helpfulness of Madame Zaikia, who was excellent. No request was too much hassle for her and her husband.
Just off from the heart of the medina, it is important for potential guests to realise that this is a living, breathing part of the city where locals live, trade and earn a living, so is not going to be akin to places like La Mamounia Hotel that lies behind 15 foot high gates; in other words it is completely authentic.
Similarly, if you want something with less of a nod to European ideas of what Moroccan food should be like, then book the half board package, as we did. Breakfast is traditional Morrocan food and all meals are served fresh every day. Madame Zaikia made sure we wouldn't go hungry and we really need to thank her for giving us a wonderful escape from Christmas.
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Al Mansoura Marrakech