We stayed here for several nights as a group of two families with 4 kids ranging from 7 to 12. The rooms were lovely, beautifully decorated (kids loved the 4 poster beds!) and the breakfasts were huge! The place is very clean and at the end of a narrow lane so is very quiet.
The real treat for us were the extra things that the riad offers. My friend and I signed up for a Hamam which was an amazing cultural experience. Unlike some of the more modern places, this was a traditional Hamam in the public baths. Being scrubbed down by a non English speaking women alongside two dozen women and kids in an old stone building was not the quiet, relaxing afternoon that we were expecting, but it was a unique experience that I would recommend to the adventurous!
We also did the cooking class that was offered. This included taking all eight of us out to buy produce and meat in the medina markets before coming back to the small kitchen in the riad to cook. The staff from the riad were our teachers, and the morning was spent with lots of laughs and learning. The food that we prepared was great and we have all reproduced the recipes back home, which is the true sign of a good cooking class. One of our group ended up buying a tagine from the riad since the staff felt that he would be charged a fortune in the medina.
As one last little extra, while the parents were learning to cook with tagines, the kids sat in the courtyard and had henna tattoos done.
We had an amazing week around Morocco but the staff here really made it special and left us with many warm memories!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Princesse du Desert Nothing is too good for her. Equidistant from the " Jemaa El Fna " and " Door Dar El Bacha " , the location of Riad Princesse du Desert is exceptional especially since it offers beautiful calm and tranquility. Nestled in the Medina, the small alley that leads to the riad is a wonder with warm colors that contrast with the blue sky and vegetation that is rare in the Medina which can give the feeling of a Provence in Marrakech. Additionally beautiful decoration, attention to detail , arches , columns and moucharabiehs , lace white stucco ceilings, zellij ( tiled ) walls and featuring an alchemy of colors and smells with refined bath products (jasmine and amber ) make this a wonderful place to be . Additionally, not forgetting comfort alongside the beauty, each of the 6 rooms feature air conditioning, soft bedding and luxury linens. Breakfast is included in the price and we offer complimentary Moroccan mint tea and coffee with homemade cookies at all times. ... more less
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