My friend and I had spent a few days at a corporate type hotel for a conference, and decided to finish our time in Marrakech with a stay in a Riad. After looking on the internet we chose the Riad Anyssates. We are so glad we did! The only problem was only being there for two nights - we wish we could have stayed for much longer.
The staff were fabulous! Nicholas greeted us and checked our understanding of the surrounding medina and souks, and made sure we were well looked after. His English is fabulous, which was great, as our French was a tad limited, to say the least. The rest of the staff had varying levels of English, and with smiles and gestures we were able to communicate all we needed. We were incredibly grateful to be met near the gates of the medina and escorted in to the Riad (we may well have gotten lost) and even more so to be escorted to a taxi at night when we were leaving as it was chaos at that time.
The main area is beautiful. While it is not a traditional Riad, partially because it does not have a fountain, its bijoux pool is a very welcome and cooling addition. The bar is lovely and serene, and while we did not use the Hammam while we were there, it look incredibly relaxing. The resident tortoises (Bob and Caroline) are fun to watch too.
The room we stayed in (Sarah) was just as pictured, but perhaps nicer than expected. It is on the first floor, had excellent toiletries, linen, robes, and slippers, as well as free water and free wireless (with a great password). The breakfasts were absolutely delicious (best continental breakfast we have every had at hotel), served in the upstairs terrace where we could hear the noises from outside (they were not intrusive) and peacefully welcome the day. The dinners were also sumptuous, and served on the terrace where you could look at the stars and listen to the calls to prayer reverberate around the district. If you had specific food issues (vegetarian, allergies) you just had to let the kitchen know in the morning so they could cook something suitable for you. While we did not get a menu with options, what we got was just right: three courses - soups, tagines with hand made couscous, and light desserts (including kiwi tarts with our second dinner, totally appropriate for us as we are from New Zealand). We spent some of the first day relaxing in the sun on the terrace as well, and it was a perfect spot for that.
The price was excellent, and if we were to return to Marrakech there is no doubt that we would return to Riad Anyssates. We highly recommend it if you want a beautiful and relaxing place to be, only 20 minutes stroll from Jemma el Fna (well, depending on how much time you spend looking at the stalls through the medina), and we particularly recommend the breakfasts and dinners.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Feeling, trueness, shift, these are what you shall enjoy at Riad Anyssates.As well as our “Table dhôtes” and our fill hammam services.The riad is between the exciting section Bab Doukala and the Riad El Arouss and the city remparts.The riad is ideally located between the souks, the famous *place Djema El Fna and the new city Guéliz with the taxis and guarded parking.The riad provides you with toplevel comfort, with a charming, warm and family atmosphere.With large volume and huge 380 m2 superficies, the riad provides each host with intimacy and friend meeting facilities up to 20 with exclusive reservation.To day the riad offers 4 rooms and extended terrace and space devoted to hammam and care services.The bar Lounge is open to 2 galleries, one in front the swimming pool, the other opening on the garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Anyssates Marrakech
- Riad Anyssates Hotel Marrakech