We stayed here for three nights and loved it. The Riad organised a transfer from the airport is a good idea, as the driver walks you right to the door. It cost 150 dihrums (15 euros), pretty reasonable. The Riad is in an excellent location, has very pretty decor, nice food, and is an extremely tranquil place to stay.
There were about eight rooms or so altogether, and it was a beautiful and relaxing place despite being so close to the loud and busy center of the city. There is a small plunge pool on the ground floor (which we used a lot as it is SO hot), and lots cute tables and sofas where you eat breakfast (between 8 and 10am). The breakfast mainly consists of toast, french toast, pancakes, fresh fruit etc, I don't think you can get a cooked breakfast.
We stayed on the first floor, which consists of a balcony surrounding an open space so you can look down onto the ground floor and plunge pool (so it is all open air). The same is true for the next floor up. Our room was lovely, large bed and spacious with a nice shower room, which was all we needed. There are more rooms up on the second floor, shaded sofas for napping, then a terrace area on the third floor for sunbathing.
The staff were lovely and friendly, though they do not speak much English. You can get by with only speaking English, but just about. They can suggest nice places to eat which I would highly recommend doing, and can organise excursions (camel rides, mountain trips etc). Overall the Riad is a complete oasis, a real contrast with craziness of Marrakech itself, and is beautifully decorated throughout with ornaments, pictures, carpets and more. I think it is targeted at couples and solo travellers, not so much families and large groups of friends.
In terms of the city itself, the main square and souks are a must. There are great places to eat at low prices as well. Try to haggle for everything, sometimes you can get away with half price or even less, especially in the souks. As a tourist you get a lot of attention it has to be said, and you tend to spend a lot of time telling people 'no'. The Riad is just 10-15 minutes walk from the main square, if that. People expect tips for everything so try and get away with not asking people where to find a good bar that serves alcohol (there are not that many in the medina) or similar questions to do with directions, as they will take you there and expect to be paid for it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hosts' house L’Oiseau du Paradis for a paradisiac stay in MarrakeshThis haven of peace, renewed in the purest Moresque style and mix traditional and modern materials : bejmat, tadlakt, solar water heaters, brumization.Its 8 rooms (1 parental suite) with privative shower-rooms invite you in the rest of the senses.Side well-being, relaxation in the hammam and wellness with a professional massage. ... more less
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