My first impressions of Riad Shaloma were exactly as expected. A lovely homely riad with a central courtyard, where you can eat whilst gazing at the moon and stars in utter amazement.
Our bedroom was clean and spacious with a touch of Moroccan. We immediately felt relaxed as it was tranquil and there was a seating area and a safe for our valuables. The showers were lovely and hot too and free Wifi was available in all areas of the riad.
Chafik the Manager was a true gentleman. He picked us up after our airport transfer, guided us through the dark alleys whilst carrying our luggage and then provided us with a delicious three course meal at midnight after our late flight.
The neighbourhood is very friendly and safe so don't let the dark alleys overwhelm you ......we were two women travelling alone, often returning from the square around midnight and we felt safe. The riad is well signposted too.
The next day, at our request, Chafik led the way to the local hammam & even offered to pay for us as we were struggling to find some loose change. He also gave us his card and mobile number incase we forgot our way back. He made us feel like we were the only guests staying at Shaloma. Amazing hospitality!
We requested breakfast on the terrace and nothing seemed like too much trouble for the staff. They were friendly and approachable and worked hard to ensure a smooth running of the riad. Upon request, they even made us some English tea instead of the usual coffee. The fruit was always fresh and presented well.
Eating in at Shaloma was not an option for us as we were always out sightseeing, but I would highly recommend it. Even for your first meal, especially as ours was so delicious. I will never forget that Lamb Tagine.
One evening, we took the opportunity to discuss the negative review left on TripAdvisor by a particular guest staying at Shaloma, and discovered what really happened.
It is a shame that selfish people who wish to make false insurance claims spoil the reputation of a lovely riad with trustworthy staff.
The Manager Chafik, although young, is a very amiable and hardworking man who will go out of his way to ensure that your stay is comfortable. I don't think his young age is a discredit to him, ( like one review suggested) rather, he is on the ball and has the energy to ensure that all the guests at Shaloma have a pleasurable stay.
Rest assured and go and visit Shaloma…….for us a very easy 10/10!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The riad Shaloma is situated in the Medina of Marrakesh, near the Palais Royal and a few minutes away from the famous historic monuments such the Palace El Badi , the Palace of Bahia, the graves Saadiens and the place Djeema El Fna. It consists of eight rooms with privative toilets, air conditioning, casket-fort, hairdryers, bathrobes. Terrace with pergola and view on the Medina and the Atlas Mountains. Parking lot kept for 150 m ... more less
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