We arrived in Marrakech in the early evening and were met at the airport and whisked into the craziness of the medina where we were met by Jean-Pierre. We thought we would never find our way around as Jean-Pierre led us through a maze of streets and alleyways, however, that evening we were given a map and instructions of how to get to the main square and we never had a problem, not even needing the map after the first day. We tried losing ourselves in the souks but always ended up somewhere we recognised, and never had to ask for directions once. People will try to show you but just say a polite 'no' and usually they will leave you alone.
The riad itself is absolutely stunning, and a haven of peace and tranquility. We spent every afternoon of our 4 day trip to Marrakech lazing on the roof terrace and having a refreshing dip in the pool, the silence only being interrupted by the calls to prayer from the surrounding mosques. We stayed in the Pierre suite which was beautifully decorated, and had all the facilities we needed and an amazing chandelier.
The food was delicious. We had dinner in the riad on the first night, and then breakfast every day after with freshly squeezed orange juice, yoghurt and pancakes and bread rolls. We also took Jean-Pierre's recommendation on Moroccan wine and enjoyed a couple of bottles during our stay!
During our stay we were the only guests in the riad which was wonderful for us as we had the pick of the bedrooms, and the staff all to ourselves and the whole riad all to ourselves at night when the staff had gone home, it was like coming home to our own palace in the evenings! I just can't understand why Riad Charlott is not full all of the time! It should be!
Jean-Pierre was a wonderful host- helpful, friendly and full of good tips of what to see and what not to see to make the most of your time in Marrakech. We loved our time in Marrakech and at Riad Charlott and would go back tomorrow if we could!
P.S book the hammam, it's fab!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A riad magnificent allying Moresque architecture and contemporary decoration, 5 vast rooms in the sophisticated decoration, one of the most beautiful brings down of the medina of Marrakesh offering a wonderfull view on the city and the Atlas. Swimming pool-Jacuzzi, hammam and massage room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Charlott` Hotel Marrakech