This is my first Trip Advisor review. After my stay at Riad Rafaele I couldnt go past sharing our amazing experience and giving my recommendation for this Riad in Marrakech.
When my cousin and I decided to visit Marrakech, we had no idea how important it would be to choose the right place to stay. We did some research and read up on reviews. We wanted something very central, but were on a bit of a budget so couldn't afford to go crazy.
Riad Rafaele blew my expectations out of the water!!!!!
We are two blonde Australian girls so were expecting to feel a little uncomfortable in the streets and around the markets.
Didier, Hakim & Isham gave us great advise on how to survive as a tourist by instructing what not to eat and drink, how to shop and interact with the locals, who NOT to talk to and also taught us about the different culture and way of life.
They looked after us like we were good friends. They booked us camel rides with a great company and walked us to where the bus stop was.
Hakim took us to a genuine leather stall (many are not, so be careful when buying) and made sure we got a good price for what we were buying.
No question was too silly. They were always there for us but never invasive of our space.
The surroundings of the Riad are just beautiful. There is a rooftop terrace where you can lay on deck chairs and sip on tea and a beautiful shaded lower terrace with a pool. We also had a hammam and massage for a very good price. Our room was lovely and the decor throughout the entire hotel is stunning, classic Moroccan ornaments, red and amber carpets and water features - so much better then staying in a budget hotel.
I absolutely adore this place and couldn't wait to give it a great review.. do yourself a favour and book right in the centre of the Medina at Riad Rafaele - I'm sure you will love it too.
Sarah & Emma