Our stay here was arranged by our tour guides (Rough Tours), so we didn't do much hunting around for a place to stay in Marrakech. I have to say that we had a very good stay with great hosts and despite the language barrier (Monique only speaks French), I cannot complain about anything.
The riad is located in the medina, just a short walk from the D'jamaa el Fna. Cars are not allowed in the central area of the medina after a certain hour (and wouldn't fit in the passageway leading to the riad in any case, so porters can be arranged to cart your luggage for you (it was a fair haul from the parking area.
Inside, you are met with a clean, white and elegant courtyard, a sitting area for tea and conversation and a small dining area just off the court yard. The rooms are small but nice and comfortable. As in most places throughout Morocco, wifi is only available when you are close to the courtyard and in some instances, you can only use the wifi from downstairs in the lounge/dining area.
Monique is very French, very happy and very chatty, though my rudimentary high school French (twisted by two and half years of Spanish) means it can be difficult to understand her, but we found ourselves in need of nothing. She was extremely helpful in allowing us to store our baggage for a night when our day trip to Essaouira became an overnight trip.
The food was very good. Mornings were filled with lots of breads, jams, cheeses... a traditional French breakfast with very sweet (natural) orange juice, tea and coffee. You can arrange for meals if you do not want to eat in the medina (most people opt for the medina) and the dinners are very good. The riad stocks some very nice Meknes wines and we enjoyed them with a lot of vigor.
The riad employs a night worker named Aziz, who speaks very good English, is very intelligent and engaging, loves football and will carry on a conversation about nearly anything. He, along with our guide staff were able to convey anything we needed to Monique and helped with the language barrier.
We did our second hammam here and it was astounding! I lost no less than 10 pounds in dead skin (and probably some living skin as well) and after 12 days of hauling all over Morocco, felt like 10-million bucks when we left. If you are considering hammam, it is well worth it as the ladies they bring in to do the job are ninja-masters! The hammam facility is a little small (for a 6'4" bloke) but the service was amazing.
All in, we had a great experience. I find it difficult to fault a place for only speaking French in a country that is heavily influenced and formerly occupied by ...France - make sense, but the language barrier is the only area where I can find fault with this wonderful place. I highly recommend it for anyone traveling to Marrakech.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Riad Mirage, with its luxurious decor, its five bedrooms and its large suite, is pleased to welcome you to the serene neighborhood of Kennaria, Marrakech. Le Riad is located only five minutes away from the must-see destination Djemaa el Fna Square. Le Riad Mirage is conveniently located in the Medina, which is near many cultural sights and memorials that you can visit. Taxis can drive you up to 100m from your doorstep. ... more less
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