We stayed at the Riad AND SPA Mabrouk for 3 nights early March and like other reviewers were impressed by our room, the beautiful courtyard( covered when wet) ,the overall standard of cleanliness , the excellent inhouse hamman/massage and especially by the central location near the main square and on a wide pedestrian road . This felt fairly safe( but beware young children seeking money or selling stuff in groups - they go up and down the road and may surround the unwary.) Food was safe and tasty though breakfast limited to plate of breads/pancakes/omelette.Harira lentil/chickpea soup) was excellent for lunch.Good local wines.Service sometimes haphazard when we observed other tables being given wrong dishes, tables not always fully equipped etc but we were never hurried. Good local guitar /drum duo played traditional music all evening and added atmosphere.Smoking allowed everywhere which could be a bit irritating.
When we arrived reception didn't have a map and the receptionist seemed uninterested so I bought one nearby (titled Marrrakesh Evasions - certainly turned out to be evasive!)). The only Riad Mabrouk marked was to the south east.Reading some other reviews from other websites they were evidently referring to the 'other' Mabrouk which had no hamman, etc.On websites make sure you look for the address Rue Bani Marine and the SPA part of the name! Lonely Planet guide( v good) has correct location on their (small) maps.NB spelling may have an extra 'a' ie Mabrouk/Mabrouka .
Take a compass( may be one on your smartphone) - useful in the narrow streets.Allow around 3 hours at airport on return - endless queues for security check.
Euros widely accepted and easy to estimate as 1E to 10Dirham. USD also OK ( 1 USD note good for tips). Currency exchange right next to hotel front bar and part of hotel. Pre-ordered taxi was E20.
Visit to the Ensemble Artisanale handicraft centre ( communal market) was much more peaceful than the persistent haranguing of gift sellers and seemed good quality.
Overall a fascinating first visit to Morocco.
- 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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