Riad Ajebel is everything I imagined Marrakesh to be-- friendly, inviting, relaxing, exotic, and the perfect get away. This small riad is tucked away in the Kasbah near the heart of the medina. The riad has a door that opens right out onto the main street--this was key to unloading luggage for our two week vacation and something that we wished the other riads we stayed in during our time in Fes and Rabat had. The accommodation are inside the medina but are on the outskirts near the tombs which means that the rooms are quite at night.
The location and the hotel were lovely, but the thing that makes this hotel really earn its 5 stars is the kindness and generosity of ILyas. We arrived in Marrakesh at 2 AM, not only did ILyas arrange transportation for us, but he showed us round the riad and offered us tea and snacks. The next morning, ILyas had a lovely breakfast waiting and he sat down when us and a map. He was able to help us get our bearings on city and able to tell us which historical cites were worth our time and which weren't. He also provided us with indispensable information about how much we should pay for things and gave us some interesting tidbits about the history and culture of the country. He walked us out to the main road of the medina on the first day to insure we didn't get lost, and then was waiting when we returned with a cool pool in the courtyard of the riad and mint tea. He was also able to give us an excellent food stall recommendation (it is stall 1 if you were wondering). ILyas speaks English fluently as well as French and Spanish.
We stayed in several other Riads after Riad Ajebel in our trip through Morocco, but all the others paled in comparison to the food, service and rooms of Riad Ajebel. My husband and I will most definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only a 15-minute walk to Jemaa El Fna Square, Riad Ajebel offers guest accommodation in a typically Moroccan, 11th-century building. A rooftop terrace with sunbeds, a hammam and massage rooms are at guests’ disposal.The air-conditioned, individually themed guest rooms feature local, hand-crafted furniture and free Wi-Fi access. All have a private bathroom with bathtub or shower and traditional berber carpets.A Moroccan breakfast is provided daily at Riad Ajebel and may be enjoyed in the room or on the terrace. ... more less
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