Just got back after a week in Marrakech, having spent the week at Riad Granvilier. I booked having read the rave reviews on tripadvisor. So my honest review of this Riad:
Service - great as soon as I booked. The very next morning I had a voicemail from Hicham to say that as we were staying 7 nights then transfers would be complimentary. I had booked my transfers with Expedia, but managed to cancel them the day before I was flying out. I confirmed with Hicham I would need the transfers and true to his word we got picked up.
The Riad is in the heart of the medina, to get to it you have to go to a particular place in the square, we were dropped off in the square where we were met by Hicham. He took our bags and took us to the Riad. He showed us the Riad and served us breakfast on the roof. A lovely touch.
Our room was on the ground floor so was a little noisy, but was good as my mother would have struggled with the stairs.
The dinner in the Riad was nice, but we only ate there on the first night because it was quite pricey at €22 per person. Plus there is so much variety just a few minutes walk away.
The streets are tiny and cobbled, very old school but you get a great vibe from the place. There is no real danger there, the only thing you have to be really vigilant about is the motorbikes and horse and carriages. They are a law unto themselves.
Activities...ensure you do the trip to the Atlas mountains. Book via an agent rather than through the Riad. We went with friends who were staying in a hotel in Guilez and got a better deal than what was being offered at the Riad. An amazing trip...well worth doing. We paid 325 dhirams per person for a whole day which included a 3 course lunch.
Also visit the madressa bin youssef, the marrakech museum etc all in walking distance of the Riad. The markets are crazy, haggling in the souks is fun but also tiring. Some of the sellers are quite rude so be prepared.
Back to the Riad...that place would have been a real disappointment if it hadnt been for Badder. I would say he is an unsung hero, that place would not be the way it is if it wasnt for him. Humble, down to earth, nothing too much trouble. He was respectful and kind and made us feel at home. I cant fault that man. He works so hard and crazy hours, and I wanted to give him a big shout out!!
Also Asna, the cook and housekeeper. So cute and adorable, she cant speak much English but she has the warmest smile and eyes. Again nothing too much trouble, a lovely lady. These two guys made our stay fun.
The biggest disappointment and the reason I have given 4 and not 5 stars is, is the breakfast. The same is served every day. There is little variety and when staying 7 nights its not great. My last stay in a different Riad the breakfast was homemade and fresh every day. Pancakes, eggs, nutella etc etc. but here its bread, 3 jams, cheese triangles. Pain au raisin and chocolate and fruit of some sort. The best thing about breakfast was the freshly squeezed orange juice. Sounds like a lot, but honestly when you are served the same every day you eat it out of neccesity not choice. Others staying at the Riad also commented about this.
Would I stay again, not sure. Great location, Badder and Asna just amazing people. But the breakfast was really not the best and would be the thing that would make me think twice about booking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Granvilier is a luxury hotel in the heart of the old Medina of Marrakech. It has been tastefully and lovingly restored with great attention to detail. Decorated with the finest traditional materials, exclusive, hand-crafted furniture and contemporary Moroccan art. It is ideal for people looking for personalized service. Riad Granvilier is the perfect base to enjoy the wonders of Marrakech. You will live an authentic and unique Moroccan experience! ... more less
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