We stayed for four nights at the Riad Schanez, March 10-14.
Anna, who runs the place is extremely helpful in suggesting and arranging things to do while in Marrakech and will provide a traditionally cook Moroccan evening meal if you advise her at breakfast time.
The breakfasts are varied and substantial and more than enough to sustain you until evening. The walk to Jema el Fnaa is about 20 minutes but any of the frequent taxi's can be flagged down and for a 30 Dirham (£2.20) fixed fare will take you anywhere in the Kasbah.This fare is standard inside the Kasbah (Old Town) but more if you wish to go further. One tip is to state the 30 Dirham fare before getting into the taxi, if you leave it untill the end of the journey you will likely be asked for more.Similarly, getting a taxi from Jemma el Fnaa to the hotel, you will be quoted 50 dr. but if you let them know that you are aware of the price they will agree. Every taxi driver we had was polite and friendly.
A bargain way of seeing the city is the red Tourist Bus. For about £10 it circuits the whole city in about an hour and a half and the ticket lasts 24 hours, you can hop on and off at any time.Also, from stop no1 you can change from route 2 (Cultural Tour) to route 1 (The Outskirts) including the Majorel Gardens and Palmerie.
The red bus company also arrange excursions outside of Marrakech, 23 euro to Essouria and 35 euro to Ouarzazatte being two examples.
There are plenty of eateries on the Rue de la Kasbah which is the main street from the Riad to the Square. One that we used was the Casa Kasbah Pizza place close to the mosque. It was clean and cheap and the staff and owner were very nice here. A Pizza is 50 - 55 dirham, Spaghetti Bolognese 60dirham etc. Alcohol is not readily available in many restaurants other than the more up market ones closer to the square.
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