An auction voucher for Riad Dubai was the start of what eventually turned into a 2,5 week trip around part of Morocco.
But, as stated in the title, be aware that there are two properties from the same owner that both go by the name Riad Dubai. The overflow riad as I now call it where we stayed is not the Riad Dubai of which most pictures are posted here and most reviewers refer to.
Said, the owner, recently acquired the riad where we stayed and which is only a few alleys away from the "original" Riad Dubai of which he is also the proprietor. Both go by the same name and I am not aware of plans of giving this second riad another name.
I realised the fact that there are two riads by the same name and owner when on our first night we got sort of lost when we returned after a day in the medina, and when asking people for Riad Dubai we ended up at the original riad where Said, whom we had not met until then, also happened to be. He gave us a tour of the riad and then I started to recognise areas where some of the pictures on the internet were taken.
Now, don't get me wrong, the riad where we stayed was very nice. But it is not as lushly decorated (yet) as the original riad. E.g. on the rooftop terrace there were only a few garden chairs and two tables, and no comfy couches or anything like that.
Our room on the ground floor was comfortable, but taking a shower was a bit tricky without a light.
The berber boys managing the riad were doing a good job, although one of them was a little bit too friendly at times if you know what I mean. There was definitely a language barrier though: one of them only spoke a few words of French, the other a little better and a few words of English. They will say they understand what you've said or asked but you soon realise they haven't.
Nevertheless, we enjoyed our stay and the arrangements with transfers from/to the railway station were flawless. Just be aware that if you book Riad Dubai based on the pictures you see and the reviews you read your experience might end up somewhat different.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the heart of the Kasbah of Marrakech is our beautiful Riad Dubai, 5 different beautiful suites with every comfort, air conditioning, safe, bath & shower, mini bar, SAT TV, internet wifi. Said the owner will prepare a special Moroccan cuisine for you, a terrace is waiting for you to relax and unwind, we organize all kinds of excursions in Marrakech and Morocco, a shuttle service to all airport transfers. Said and his wife Malika are waiting to offer you a pleasant and impeccable holiday . "Welcome to Riad Dubai" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dubai Hotel Marrakech