My wife and I arrived back this morning from a fantastic short break at Riad Timila. My brother and sister-in-law, along with a group of friends, had previously stayed here and they couldn't recommend it enough, so we thought we would try it out and I'm glad we did.
This beautiful riad has been very tastefully renovated and provides everything you need to relax and enjoy your stay in Marrakech. It is located in a tranquil spot near the heart of the medina. However, after a five minute walk through the interesting alleyways you are in the middle of a different world of the bustling souks and main square. Our room was perfect, well decorated and spotlessly clean.
The staff were always extremely helpful, polite and friendly. Brahim looked after us superbly, arranging everything for us from taxis to tour guides to excursions, as well as tips on buying things from the souks. Amia cooked the most wonderful food which was by far better than any of the restaurants we went to. She also showed my wife how to prepare and cook Morrocan dishes, which my wife really appreciated. Amia also ensured that our room was clean and bed made each day. Nothing was ever too much trouble for Brahim and Amia. We experienced the hammam and massage in the riad (which was perfect after a long day of carrying my wife's shopping).
Brahim arranged an excursion to the Atlas Mountains for us which was a great experience. As part of the trip we went to a Berber village and had mint tea and home-made bread, butter and honey in a Berber family home, we ate lunch in a mountain restaurant overlooking the river and we climbed the mountain to see the waterfalls. As most everywhere, there were money spending opportunities for my wife to purchase local goods. We found that up in the mountain villages many items (necklaces, dishes, etc) were generally a fair amount cheaper than in Marrakech. During this trip we met a few Brits and other nationalities who were either staying in riads which, from their descriptions, seemed poor in comparison to Riad Timila, or they were staying at new hotels on the outskirts of Marrakech so they didn't have the quite the same experience we had by staying in the medina, and had to rely on taxis if they wanted to go anywhere.
We will definitely return to Riad Timila (and we will take our children next time!) as we had a truly wonderful time in a fantastic place. If you are looking to stay in a riad in Marrakech, then this is the place to go - don't even bother looking at anywhere else as it's unlikely that you will find a better experience than at Riad Timila.
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