We stayed at Riad Hannah in January 2013. Visitors should be aware it is a traditional guest house rather than a normal hotel. It is in the heart of the souks and medina so is surrounded by the madness and mayhem that is Marrakesh. Once you accept the difference you will love this. We were made so very welcome at the Riad. Ibissa was excellent at doing her best to help and please all visitors. And she loved practising her English.
The rooms are very spartan, it would be good to have a couple of seats to sit on and somewhere to hang clothes. No wardrobes or hanging rail. This would be useful for longer stays like ours. We did request some hangars and got after a few days. This would be a major help as a lot of our clothes had to remain in suitcases. A minor point.
The Riad was nice with a cool courtyard where breakfast was served. Breakfast was an interesting combination with eggs, cheese and excellent bread and marmalade. Good coffee and mint tea. Always a great way to start the day before the hustle and bustle that is Marrakesh.
Comments have been made about smells in rooms but I never experienced that. OK, decor could be freshened up but we must remember this is not a three star European hotel.
A Riad is a terraced town house usually with a central courtyard and balcony. Just like many of the family homes we visited whilst in Morocco.
An airport transfer can be arranged but if you're comfortable with how to find the riad then a Petit Taxi will take you from the airport to Ryad Larousse, from where you need to walk for five minutes through the souk, for less than 100 dirham (depends how good your bartering skills are).
The Riad is a 20 minute walk from the main square in Marrakesh, the Place Jemaa El Fna which is a wonderful hub of activity. Everything from wonderful stalls to eat at (all highly recommended), orange juice vendors, coffee shops and restaurants. Water Sellers, Snake charmers and vendors and stalls selling everything you could possibly imagine.
If this is your first trip to Morocco and Marrakech it may come as a culture shock but once you embrace the culture you will certainly want to visit again: very soon.
Ibissa was good to give tips on places to visit and when, she also can arrange tours to the coast, Atlas Mountains and the likes at excellent prices.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Hannah offers 11 rooms. Rooms that are almost identical. They all offer a blend of Morrocan ambiance and European comfort.All rooms have a modern bathing room. Some rooms even have their own bathtub. All rooms have European-style sanitary. All mattresses have the same European quality, which we consider an extra reason to stay at Riad Hannah. A good night’s rest in a strange town is necessary. ... more less
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