I think staying at Riad Capaldi is what really made our trip to Marrakesh so enjoyable. Pulling up on a busy little road with scooters whizzing past, having been up since 3am and in nearly 40 degree heat, we felt a little bit daunted! But we won’t forget the moment we stepped in to the Riad- suddenly the noise and hustle and bustle from outside totally disappeared and we were in the surroundings of a calm, peaceful, cool and elegant Riad, with a beautiful scent of Moroccan Rose oil.
We were lucky to have the Riad practically to ourselves, other than just one other guest, and so we really felt we were staying with relatives that we haven’t seen for a while! The service was friendly and personal and Aiden, Mohammed and the team couldn’t do enough for us. I echo the comments from the last few reviews. We had taxis, a restaurant booking and a guide all arranged for us and nothing was any trouble. We were escorted to and front the taxi pick up point so that we knew which taxi had been booked and also so we could find our way. The guys were always on hand and we enjoyed chatting to them about Marrakesh and various other things.
We enjoyed Moroccan Tea on arrival and were given a recipe and some tea when we left as we want to attempt to make it ourselves now we are home. Im glad we pre-ordered lunch for when we arrived as it was great to spend some time up on the terrace and not rush out trying to find somewhere. We had Beef and Chicken Tagines with bread, sauteed potatoes and french beans-we were so full that we didn't bother with an evening meal and my husband felt it was one of the most delicious meals he’s ever eaten! The food and drink was reasonably priced and we had a few drinks up on the terrace with lunch and when we came back from an evening out.
The rooms are all on the second level and I’d booked the Ivoire room, which had a huge bed and a lovely decor- traditional yet modern mixed with contemporary furnishings and the bathroom had a gold sink with gold accessories. The hairdryer was pretty terrible but it was so hot that I just let my hair dry naturally anyway, and it did not take long!! We had not one but three vases of fresh roses during our stay. We slept well, although I vaguely remember hearing the call to prayer one morning, but fell back to sleep straight away. The call to prayer is fascinating to hear, as one mosque starts, then another, then another.
The Riad is situated right next to the top of the Souks of which we did get lost in but we always ended up at the main square. And actually Aiden showed us an easy way and so we didn’t get lost after that! We bought many things here (leather bags, belts sandals, lamps, tea glasses, spices, Argan oil) and took the advice to look around on the first day, see what we wanted and then purchase the next day. That way we got an idea of what was on offer and how much we wanted to pay.
We visited Jardin Majorelle which is well worth a visit and nice shade from the scorching sun. For drinks and eating out Grand Café de la Poste in Gueliz (the new town just a 5 min taxi away) and Le Comptoir Darma (candle lit restaurant with a belly dance show) were both lovely and quite up market. Café Arabe is one of the only places we found in the Medina where you could get a cocktail or glass of wine and that too was a lovely place with 3 stories high with a courtyard for dining. I wouldn’t bother visiting the skybars at the Bab Hotel or the Renaissance as they were looking at bit tired, particularly the Bab hotel. There were a few otehr recommended restaurants near the Riad but we didnt get a chance to try them out.
I would without a doubt recommend this accommodation to friends and family and if we get a chance to go back to Marrakesh then this is the place I would stay at. I personally feel you get a great Moroccan experience if you choose to stay in a Riad as opposed to a large hotel, and this one is just wonderful!