This riad is perfectly situated close to the chaos of the souk, medinas and Djem el Fnaa, although located in a maze of winding streets once you have walked to and from the riad once it is easy to find your way back.
We opted for the transfer package, collected at the airport, taken to the edge of the medina by taxi and then transferred by hand cart through the streets to the riad.
Arriving at the riad we entered a peaceful courtyard full of light and filled with birds singing. As we sipped mint tea we were given a map, details on how to find our way to and from the riad and a brief oveview of the city's high-lights. After this we were taken to our room (Nahema) which was lovely, and left to settle in.
Both the French owners and the Morrocan staff ( especially Najib ) made us feel very welcome - it's just a shame my tiny spattering of French and 5 words of arabic made communication past the basics impossible. I need to brush up on my french for my next visit !!
All of the 6 rooms in this riad have a different theme, and various layouts - ours was a lovely double, with mosaic inlays, lighting and traditional furniture. The toilet and wash basin facilities were open plan, separated from the rest of the room by a small wall, which was fine for us and which we were aware of before booking (although if you were not a couple / not close it could be a bit embarrassing ). The room was very clean and tidy, and was checked and cleaned daily by the staff to a high standard.
The riad was peaceful, quiet, light and beautifully furnished, it had a "real" morrocan feel to it and we felt it was very authentic. Overall it was perfectly placed for a few days in Marrakech, close to the main sights and within easy walking distance ( less than 10 mins ) of Djem el Fnaa.
We visited at the end of November so although the days were warm ( 16 to 25 degrees ) the evenings were cold. Although a duvet was provided and we slept very well it was chilly in the riad in the evening and there was no heating in the room - but bear in mind though that your riad is a base and you will spend most of your time out and about exploring this addictive city.
We would certainly consider staying at the Riad Magie D'Orient again next time we visit Marrakech - due to it's location, friendly staff and peaceful nature.
Marrakech from a personal personal perspective:
- First and formost the reason we chose a riad was so we could lose ourselves in the souks and medinas, wander through the streets and soak up the ambience.
- DO wander around in the medina, allow yourself to get lost and enjoy the experience ! It is a safe place, with very little crime and a welcoming nature.
- Look at the local cafes and restaurants, if there are locals eating there then the food will be good ( and cheap ). We found the cafe Bab Agneau to be excellent, especially the berber beef tagine ( at 48 dirham = around £3.70 !! )
- Explore both the old medina and the new city of Gullez - to see both sides of the culture.
- The mix of short flight time from the Uk ( 3hrs 15mins ) and the exotic nature of the city and it's mix of cultures make for an exciting short break that will stay with you. Give it a go and see for yourself : )
First floor rooms are more peaceful and away from the main reception area and entrance.
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