My stay at Sherazade didn't get off to the best start - despite this, I am still unequivocally giving it an "excellent" rating. My rough start happened due to some miscommunication regarding an airport pick-up. I was a single woman traveling alone, arriving in Marrakech by air at 9:00 on a Saturday night. I arranged through the hotel to have a driver pick me up….I'm not sure what happened, but no driver appeared even after waiting over an hour. I hired a taxi (a board outside the airport lists the established fares for taxis to/from the airport so check this out before bargaining with taxi drivers). The taxi dropped me off as near the square as they could get. From there I hired a local young man to walk me to the Hotel Sherazade as I had no hope of finding it on my own that first night. I was a bit stressed upon arrival at the hotel, but was greeted by a nice man who apologized for the confusion and kindly got me some water and showed me to my room. I never found out what the mix-up was, but "all's well that end's well" and my stay at Hotel Sherazade couldn't have been better. Bachiir, at the front desk became my "personal assistant" during my 5 day stay in Marrakech. He is an exceptional young man who speaks 5 or more languages and is very well-organized. He made recommendations and arranged everything I needed; a visit to a local Hammam, a group day trip to the Kasbah Ait ben Haddou, a camel ride in Palmerie. The hotel is beautiful, full of character and has many nice common spaces for sitting, reading, sunning and relaxing. My room (20) was charming, had a private bath and was big enough for 3, for about $60 per night. There are less expensive rooms available, but this was the only one available for my entire stay. (book ahead during high season). The hotel is in a great location in one of the "derbs" (alleys) about 100 meters from the Djemaa el-Fnaa square. Breakfast (extra cost) was good and could be enjoyed on the beautiful patio. The hotel was safe and secure; I felt very comfortable staying here as a single woman. Overall, the hotel is quiet but there is a minaret right next door with a 5:00 am call to prayer over the loudspeaker - I found it an enjoyable part of the overall atmosphere, but recommend earplugs if you are a light sleeper. I found the hotel to be a peaceful, charming space right in the heart of the fascinating, albeit sometimes crazy, medina of Marrakech.
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- Also Known As:
- Sherazade Hotel Marrakech