We have just returned from a 4 night stay in the Riad Bamboo in Marrakech and cannot thank Sonia, Simon and Brahim enough, as well as the 2 ladies, 'chef' and the 'chamber maid' who's names we cannot remember though we were introduced on arrival.
We found the Riad Bamboo via Trip Advisor when we looking to stay in Marrakech and the reviews were impressive and, as it turns out, very accurate. We did a tour of Morocco earlier this year, and in Marrakech we stayed in a modern hotel on the outskirts of town, so were looking for something much more personal, friendly and in the middle of everything.
Sonia and Simon met us in the Djemaa el Fnaa on arrival and took us on the 2 minute walk through the souk to the Riad. This was very useful as there are no accurate maps of the medina area that we have ever found and whilst it is very easy to find once you know, I think we would have struggled without that help initially. For the benefit of other travellers, it is on a small side street just off one the main roads off the north east corner of the square, so navigation back to your Riad is simple.
Despite being absolutely in the middle of the souk areas, the Riad is quiet, calm and a little haven in the hubbub. Beautiful, traditionally styled decor in the usual Moroccan style of being built around a central courtyard and all the rooms overlook the courtyard.
Sonia, Simon and Brahim were perfect hosts, ever helpful and attentive without being too obsequious, as can be the case in some bigger hotels - you were made to feel part of the family and thats exactly what this is, a 'family home' where the family just happens to change faces on a regular basis.
Breakfasts were perfect, various Moroccan pancakes, Sonias own homemade jams, homemade yoghurt, fresh french bread, freshly squeezed orange juice [not watered down], and teas or coffee. We also had dinner in the Riad on our first evening and it was simply superb, very high quality.
The rooms are not huge, but plenty big enough for couples to enjoy a relaxing time and act as a base for exploring this amazing city, especially if you plan on doing it on foot. Each is decorated individually but all are tastefully done. We stayed in 'Rubis' and were delighted anew each time we stepped through the door, our own little bit of tranquility in a mad, bustling city.
The roof terrace is also a perfect spot to just sit and chill out as well as eating up there if you want to. In May the temperatures are already up in the mid to late 20's during the day, so breakfast on the terrace was a must do!
You will get some noise from the street, especially during the evening when Moroccans 'come out to play', but despite our room being on the street side of the riad, we never found the noise intrusive enough to stop us sleeping, it was merely a gentle reminder that you are in the middle of a busy city.
On our last day, before leaving for the airport, we had booked a Hamman in the Riad [they have their own], which was truly an amazing experience. A full Moroccan 'bath' and massage, cannot recommend this highly enough, a great way to finish our holiday.
Overall, a truly brilliant place to stay and we will definitely be going back.