A friend and I recently spent three nights at the Riad Slawi. There are probably bigger and/or fancier Riads, but I would not trade either for our experience at Riad Slawi. Riad Slawi is attractive, clean and comfortable, conveniently located, serves delicious food and is exceptionally well-run and accommodating. The evening of our arrival we enjoyed an outstanding 3-course Moroccan dinner, actually the best meal we have had in our five days so far, and was the least expensive. The dinner was prepared fresh on site and included a fabulous - and generous - assortment of Moroccan salads, wonderful chicken tagine with lemon, fresh bread baked that afternoon, and a tasty, light dessert. The breakfasts were just right, consisting of freshly squeezed orange juice, yogurt, and each day something pancake or crepe-like hot from the pan, a different kind each day, delicious and new (at least to us), served with jams and cheese, all hand prepared on the spot by two lovely women.
The rooms were spotless, generous in size, attractive and comfortably appointed, with free wi-fi, AC, mini fridge (stocked with water and soft drinks at very reasonable prices), western bathroom, clean comfortable bedding, sitting room and closet space, plus there were two other luxurious sitting areas inside and a beautiful roof-top terrace.
The proprietor speaks English as fluently as he does French and Arabic. He was responsive and efficient right from the first contact and he was tremendously helpful during our stay. We felt secure that if we needed help with anything we need just call and he would come to our assistance. He escorted us personally from the Riad through the souk to Jemma al-Fnaa to show us the route and established a meeting place should we feel we needed his help getting back. He took us to excellent restaurants and ensured we were given good tables, and he negotiated our taxi for us on our departure. He was patient and generous with his time through our many questions about the souk and the culture, providing valuable context for our experiences.
All of this provided us with a unique opportunity to enjoy the experience of the old city while enjoying a sense of comfort and security.
Please know that the entrance to the Riad is not accessible by car so if you are taking a taxi you will be let off at a spot about 3-4minutes and probably either escorted by your driver or taken by a porter in a red cap who wait in the area. Don't let the alleyways and dark doorways deceive you - inside is absolutely lovely and the people you meet on the way friendly - and the children are especially charming.
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Slawi Marrakech
- Riad Slawi Hotel Marrakech