We've just come back from visiting Marrakech and Morocco for the first time after a incredible and eye-opening experience - much of our fond memories are due to the wonderful time we spent at Riad Tamarrakecht.
From the moment we arrived after our airport transfer, I knew that all the hours of internet research about where to stay were worth it! For once, believe the reviews and believe the hype. Riad Tamarrakecht feels like home in the heart of the 'real' city. I genuinely now feel like I have family in Marrakech and can't wait to go back and visit them.
The person we dealt with most was Sara because she spoke the most fluent English, and was patient with my patchy French, but the rest of her family were always incredibly warm, friendly and helpful as well. From being greeted with some refreshing Moroccan mint tea and traditional desserts to our beautifully decorated suite, we felt relaxed and at home right away.
The Riad is stunningly decorated and is insanely good value for how wonderful it is. I want to keep it my little secret but don't want them to go out of business so felt compelled to write a good review!
Breakfast every day is an absolute FEAST. We took to nicknaming it 'brunchner' because it is so filling and keeps you full for most of the day. Such amazing variety, it's exactly what you need for a busy day of walking around Marrakech. They were so patient with any dietary requirements or requests we had. Dinner was also amazing, as a vegetarian I had a scrumptious vegetable couscous and my mum had an apparently delicious chicken tagine.
You feel like part of the family and it feels so lovely to have somewhere quiet and comfortable to come back to after the mad hustle and bustle of the medina. With the help of a well-drawn map and patient advice by the staff at the Riad, you find the medina and souks (eventually) and realise that if you don't get lost, it's only about 15-20 minutes walk away. (Tip: Try not to engage with locals promising to 'show you the way'.) You'll also be grateful that it's not right in the centre, it's so quiet and peaceful which is exactly what you need.
We decided to spend a few days in the centre of Marrakech at the Riad and then a few more days slightly further out to relax at a hotel (the wonderful Palais de l'O). It was such a great decision as we got the best of both worlds and inner Marrakech can get slightly overwhelming at times.
Sara kindly arranged for her father to drop us to the new place but the only problem was that the hotel didn't give any real address or directions so we spent about an hour and a half driving around rural back "roads" of Marrakech for what turns out should have been only a 20 minute drive. Sara's father was so incredibly wonderful and patient the whole time. He remained good-humoured and wouldn't hear of my suggestion to return back to the Riad if we couldn't find it. He was an absolute gentleman and we are so grateful to him for his help and kindness.
Ultimately if you are going to Marrakech, you won't regret staying here. We can't wait to go back and would recommend it to everyone we know. Thank you so much to Sara and family for making our trip so wonderful and memorable. We miss our new Marrakech family already!