Stayed here in September 2013 with my partner. The Riad is hard to find so make sure you book an airport transfer which will cost you 15 euros. This Riad only accepts euros as cash payment for drinks and food so bring some with you for this or pay at the end on card if you prefer. The food is excellent with traditional Moroccan cooking on request for dinners (they get the food fresh so you have to tell the staff if you want dinner. Breakfast is simple but very tasty local breads and jams with yoghurt and coffee.
The staff are very helpful and attentive always on hand 24/7 to make you teas or coffees and do their best to help you with any problems or requests.
Do not be fooled by first impressions of the immediate area outside the Riad, you are on the edge of the central market district inhabited by the locals rather than tourists, the staff will show you how to get to the souks and main square if you ask and after one trip I realised just how central we actually were with only a few streets to cover before you are in the middle of the markets.
The roof garden is beautifully maintained and a lovely quiet place to read away from the hustle and bustle only a few streets away.
The rooms are well equipped with satellite tv (although don't expect much in the way of English channels if you are a fellow brit like me) and air con to keep you cool after a day in the souks or on the roof relaxing. The spa is also an added bonus with massages and Hammam steam room being a fraction of the price you would get in the UK.
I would urge anyone who is looking for the real Moroccan experience to forgo the more central hotels and relax in the quiet friendly atmosphere of this Riad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Riad Dar Foundouk & Spa Hotel is a traditional Moroccan house, located in the Medina (ancient city) of Marrakesh close to the famous Djemaa el Fna Square and the Souks. One of Riad Dar Foundouk main assets is its excellent Moroccan food, especially Marrakesh specialties. When ordered one day in advance our Chef will cook delicious meals meeting the same standards as in the best restaurants in town.With easy access by car, you’re very close to the golf courses and on foot you can visit the Marrakech museum and the Mederasa Ben Youssef before ending a perfect day at the on-going spectacle at the famous Jemaa El Fna squareSome guests may wish to enjoy their meals on the roof terrace where all guests may relax and unwind. The helpful team at the guest-house will also be happy to plan a range of activities on your behalf such as Massage, Hammam, cooking lessons…Hotel Rooms: 5. ... more less
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