Riad Dubai was everything and more that we expected from the descriptions we had read before we left to go to Marrakech. The manager was so very helpful and we were made to feel at home straight away. The rooms were clean and decorated in a beautiful traditional way, we had an upstairs room, but they all looked lovely. We stayed at the end of February and the evenings can get quite cold although we were not ever cold in bed as we had been provided with plenty of snuggly blankets. We were given a feast for breakfast everyday, that included, pancakes, croissants, yoghurts, olives and more bread than we could ever eat, with syrup, jam and cheese. We chose to eat in the courtyard most days but we did eat on the upstairs terrace once, although made friends with lots of bees!! The walk to Jamaa el fna took only ten minutes, and went past a vast array of stalls and local shops, which provide you with a true medina experience. If we ever go back to Marrakech we would be very happy to stay at Riad Dubai for another week!
Make sure you contact the Riad in advance to arrange transfers, as they will make sure you get escorted right up to the front door, the Riad is situated in a maze of alleys that are a bit confusing to begin with, although we never got too lost!!! The manager gave us a decent map on the first day, but there are no maps that will ever be able to guide you through the souks, so don't even bother trying, just go with the flow, and make sure you ignore the young men telling you that the way ahead is closed! We had really good WIFI service the whole time we were there, which was a bonus, although some of the restaurants near the square have free wifi too. Rooms are all situated facing into the courtyard and do not seem to have any other windows other than the inward facing ones, this is due to the way the buildings are inside the medina- all very close together. We opened the shutters when we were in the room during the day and closed them at night, and never had any problems with not enough light. I think most tripadvisor readers will have taken the time to look into what to expect from a traditional Riad, so I am amused and perplexed at the reviews that are anything other than positive, due to poor location or basic décor in the rooms...If you enjoy staying in sterile looking hotel chain style rooms then do not stay in a Riad. If however you are looking for a unique room in a house that is furnished with locally crafted furniture, that may have a bit of peeling paint to add to the charm stay at the Riad Dubai. We also had room number 4 which we absolutley loved. We did not find it dark as we had managed to locate and open the shutters- and were provided with a padlock to keep the room secure whilst we were out, however we never felt anything but safe when in the Riad, or at any time in Marrakech. Previous (less than complimentary) reviews have seemed shocked that visiting Marrakech is "a bit of a culture shock", and that it is like "stepping back in time". I would suggest that in future they stay in the UK. We went to Marrakesh with the intent to experience all the sights and sounds that seem to have offended them, and we loved it!!
- 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