Location really could not be better - situated on a named road (a rarity in the Medina) and only a minute's walk down a pedestrianised modern shopping street (no bartering) to Jamaa El F'naa square (lots of bartering). No narrow alleyways in sight -- you'll have to go and seek those out in the Medina.
Our room faced onto the street, so good fun watching the crowds go past outside, but it was a bit noisy, with shop owners out on the street shouting until late, and especially noticeable whenever the square is really noisy and going hell for leather til late, on the first night drums were pounding furiously at some ungodly hour, but was not as noisy on the second night (we stayed Wed & Thurs), but we brought foam ear plugs anyway so didn't really notice too much. Comfy firm mattress, and there was double glazing so most of the noise was shut out effectively and we slept very well. Shower was OK, bathroom nicely appointed with its own water heater (so the bathroom was pretty warm all the time even with the air con running in the room).
Reception staff were very helpful, and all spoke enough English to make ourselves understood.
Food at the Riad Mabrouk is... decent. Breakfasts included and very very filling. The lamb tagine is really amazing -- but more like a curry (you'll need a side dish!) whereas the chicken one was not so impressive. We had a superb salad & harira soup first night, as we weren't that hungry. Service is very good (it helps A LOT if you can speak French). They do sell a selection of alcoholic drinks if you're not into observing the local customs. We didn't eat anywhere else as the Medina is pretty stressful -- not knowing where to turn and having a hundred friendly local people saying "oh, don't eat there because it'll make you ill, eat here instead" doesn't make it any easier to decide, when you're conscious that they might well be on commission (even though they are probably just being friendly). Solo travellers will have an easier time of this, as you can more easily build up rapport with someone if you don't look like the average tourist, and can work out if they're genuine or not.
Ice cream & patisserie 20yds up the road towards JEF is well worth a visit.
We didn't use the spa facilities.
You'll 'do' Marrakech in 2 days max, so I wouldn't advise a longer stay, but the Mabrouk is definitely a good choice if you don't want an adventure holiday!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the Medina, the Jamaa El Fna square, in the center of the monuments of the city of Marrakech. Riad & Spa Mabrouk merges Moroccan and Andalusian architecture. It has several rooftop terraces with panoramic views of the city.4 suites and 10 rooms, air-conditioned and elegantly decorated, are decorated in a Moroccan-Andalusian style. With colorful tiles, the en suite bathroom is provided bathrobes and or showers and complimentary toiletries. They feature a minibar, satellite TV and a seating area.A Moroccan breakfast is served each morning. Lunch and dinner, you can sample Moroccan dishes in one of our fine restaurants.Wi-Fi access is available free of charge. The Riad has a currency exchange desk and a souvenir shop.To relax, the Riad offers a hammam, Jacuzzi and a massage service and a gym. The staff is at your disposal 24h/24, it can help you organize your excursions and airport transfers. ... more less
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