We travelled beginning of March and it is hot! .. Although our driver had a puffer jacket complaining it was cold! Email Adel the owner before you go and ask him to organise a car to pick you up from the airport. It takes about 15minutes and the driver will take you to the door of the Ryad for approx 20euros. We would never have found it if we had been dropped at the entrance to the wall! Le Grande Taxi is a good landmark to find your way back to the ryad from outside the walls but be warned .. The smell is disgusting!
Behind the big black door to Ryad Amiran is peace and quiet. The staff couldn't do more and were so helpful and informative.
We arrived about 7pm and decided to eat in the Ryad and I am glad we did, it was delicious and them went and sat up on the roof terrace with a drink.
The room we had was on the street side and I loved hearing the hustle and bustle of everyday life below. We didn't get robes in our room but that didn't bother us. The hair dryer is brilliant. The shower was really powerful. The bed was comfortable. Be careful not to touch the bulbs which light up the wall feature above the bed...I blistered my finger by accidentally touching it!
Breakfast was different everyday and plenty of it to keep you going and it was always a surprise as to what you were going to get. Bread, omelettes, pastries, yoghurt, pancakes.
On your first morning Naima (I apologise if I spelt that wrong!) provides you with a map and guides you on the best places to go and the 'do's and don'ts' which a was really helpful.
During our stay we went to the palaces, the tombs, Katoubia, the souks, the ceramics shops by the cyber park is pretty. Definitely visit Le Jardin Marjorelle, it's very cool out of the blazing heat and really pretty. We walked from there up to the new part of Marrakech which is a complete contrast with designer shops and clean precincts.
Take a horse and carriage from the main square. Make sure you haggle to at least half of what they ask for and be prepared to be taken to this pharmacy a little way out of the square where they seem to take people and get them to spend a lot of money but obviously you don't have to buy anything. You get very good at saying No Thankyou.
We went to one of the bars in the square around 5.30pm and watched the sun set and the square come alive...it's amazing.
We went on one of the hotel excursions to an evening show and the food was amazing, we had a brilliant night and the driver took us in and showed us around this arena and showed us where the best view was to sit for the show.
Ask Naima to book any restaurants for you and if you need a driver; they will collect you and drop you off door to door.
Everything extra you have in the hotel is put on your room and they only accept cash so make sure you have plenty left to pay it plus the city tax you get charged.
We loved Marrakech, we did find the hassle a little bit annoying after a while, especially round by the tanneries, but it's all part of the experience. I made sure I was covered up in loose trousers and top and I'm glad I did as some ladies were getting unwanted attention.
I would highly recommend Ryad Amiran to anybody who wants an authentic experience in Marrakech. Thankyou for a fantastic 4 day break.
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