If you want a quiet room in a very central location, this is the place to seek out. (Stayed 23-26th Feb. 2013) Room 7 is a luxurious twin room with shower and toilet at the top of the hotel, handy for the roof terrace and the sun loungers. Josef and Ali and the lovely lady who serves breakfast (called "Wafa" - phonetic spelling) will cater to your needs - just ask for anything you need and they will help you out. Continental breakfast is included in the nightly room rate. The hotel is beautifully designed and has been kept very much in the local style. Rooms have air conditioning and heating. If you are unfamiliar with the area, the simplest way to find the hotel when you arrive in the Djemaa el Fna square is to commandeer a barrow boy with "un chariot" at the entrance to the Medina (or at the entrance to the square as vehicular traffic is banned in the square after about 11.30 am) show him the written address, and let him transport your luggage in his barrow directly to the door of the hotel. (Standard charge 20Dirhams, which you should negotiate and agree before you set off - they will initially ask for a lot more, but just move on the the next chariot and they will concede 20 DM.)
If you're walking, come out of the Cafe de France and turn right to the narrowing head of the main square, and turn right along the rue Dabachi. Take the second on the left after approximately 150 yards, opposite the mosque, which is the rue Db. AbdelKader, and Riad Marrakiss is 50 yards on the left, no. 103, through some low arches.
A final suggestion, relevant to a stay at any hotel in the Medina, is that if you don't want to rise to pray with the pre-dawn first call to prayer from the competing local mosques, you may wish to take along and use a pair of effective earplugs. Alternatively, get up really early and get out and walk around. It will be well worth the effort.There are very very few tourists around before 8am, and the Medina is a totally different place - belonging to the locals, with everyone hurrying to work or school.
Finally, the standard fare for a petit taxi from the airport to the Djemaa el Fna square (or return) is 70Dm plus optional tip, but again, make sure you agree the fare before you set off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel-guest house has seven rooms with double bed or two/three singles beds. All rooms dispose of their own bathroom and are equipped with shower built with the original Moroccan techniques and materials: tadelakt and zilige of Fez. The air conditioning system affords you the maximum comfort in all seasons.The entirely renovated furniture, according to the Moroccan style, helps make the intriguing and enjoyable feeling of living in an ancient Moroccan riad in the Medina of Marrakech. The ryad is pleased to offer its guests a WiFi connection.L'albergo dispone di sette camere con letto matrimoniale o a due/tre letti. Tutte le camere sono con sala da bagno e doccia in tadelakt e zilige di Fès. L'impianto di climatizzazione permette il massimo confort in tutte le stagioni.L'arredamento interamente rinnovato, che però riproduce l'ambiente marocchino di un tempo, contribuisce a rendere intrigante e piacevole la sensazione di vivere in un antico riad marocchino all'interno della Medina di Marrakech. Il riad è dotato di collegamento WiFi. ... more less
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