The Riad Azoulay is situated in a warren of streets in the south of the Medina near the Spice Souk. The place was chaotic as we arrived, and we were glad to be met by our dapper Italian host Sandro who guided us to the door of the Riad.
It really is an extraordinary experience stepping out of the chaos and through the big wooden door into the beautifully restored Riad. It is immediately clear that a lot of care and pride is taken in this place as we sat by the little pool and were offered mint tea as we got the formalities of check-in out of the way. Sandro was welcoming and engaged and took evident pride in showing us the photographic record of the extraordinary task of restoring the building to its former glory.
I found my stay here to be the perfect antidote to process-engineered business hotels. The rooms were beautifully furnished using local techniques and materials It was a refreshing experience to arrive into a room with no lock on the door but a simple bolt. The message was clear: "we're looking out for you."
This was borne out in a rather touching conversation with one of the young staff members. "We are like a family, here", he said. I believed him.
The staff are engaged and attentive, and provide great service with a genuine earnestness that shows that they care very much about their place of work. I almost felt bad at making poor Raida run all the way up the stairs to the terrace each morning with our breakfast, but he carried out his task with much good humour and grace.
This is a great place to stay, run by lovely people, and the deserve to do well. I very much hope to have the opportunity of returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Riad Azoualy is located in the Medina of Marrakech, in the middle of the Mellah, the ancient Jewish quarter of Marrakech, a few steps away from the Bahia Palace and a 10 minute walk from the legendary Jemaa-El-Fna square. The Riad Azoulay combines the comforts, the traditional ambiance and the charm of old riads. The building has been restored to its former splendor of the past using the traditional materials, finishes and techniques. ... more less
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