We have just got back from our stay in Marrakech I have mixed emotions about the city and riad,,the room we had was clean and tidy ,but I would have liked to have had the bed changed not just made,the attention to detail is perfect it's a shame this isn't one of those details.we got there in the morning and was greeted by a happy smiling manager and were taken to our room,we decided to go out and was given directions,we were stopped at one point and told we were staying at the riad and his mother worked there,this is a common con,to cut a long story short this man who said Allah was telling him to help guide us demanded 400dh and left us in the middle of nowhere,this is what the locals do to earn money but if seen by police can face prison time of two days mmmm. We got back to the riad annoyed that we had been hassled and that is putting it lightly to this they said nothing just that they were only responsible for anything happening in the riad,not very comforting.this was the first day and mustn't put you off but be warmed you will be constantly hassled and most don't want to be helpful,they want your money. The night market is amazing full of smells and sights of all kinds some not all good,the leather goods are amazing and so many colours and choice,if you don't like haggling this is not the place for you,if so go to the indoor cooperative which has fixed prices and are ll polite and friendly and the items are beautiful and very well made,the henna lady there is also very good .we ate at a few places but found the pizzeria at the islane hotel to be one of the best,it is reasonably priced and good food and the staff are all helpful,I've seen bad reviews about this place but you take as you find we were polite and friendly and they were in return.Aziz our waiter went above and beyond the call of duty and the owner is lovely and very hands on and is never to busy to chat,for us the perfect place to eat. It is a city of beauty,poverty,and great wealth,there are beggars everywhere and the women with babies tug at the heart,one particular woman held a baby girl and sat next to her was her son in a wheelchair about 7 with cerebral palsy this broke my heart,there's no nhs here ,we gave to her many times and gave water,saying that we gave to many beggars,what's the point of having if you can't share . The young lad at the riad is very helpful,always smiling and works very hard he is happy to chat to you and help with any advice and I'm pleased to say we have a friend in him,he is an asset to the riad. It is a Muslim country but few tourists respect the culture,women should cover shoulders neck area and legs which I did even though it was lovely suntan weather I felt I should be respectful to the place I was visiting but many wear little clothing it's up to the individual. We went for a culture holiday and that's what we got,the people can be lovely and then some can be a hassle,the smells are mixed some good some toilet like,the goods you can buy are worth every penny,they are a hard working country and even though I'm not sure I'd go again,I'm glad we went for the week ......
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