Riad Le Perroquet Bleu is truly an amazing place and very well maintained, with beautiful furnishings & decorations throughout. It is actually 3 Riads merged into one. It is incredibly cool inside when you come in from the scorching Marrakesh sun. There are three separate roof terrace areas for you to relax on and a small pool on the ground floor which unfortunately isn’t heated, and because of the cool interior of the Riad it is ICE cold, so it’s more for decorative purposes than anything else I would say. (maybe the pool warms up later in the year though?) The Riad staff were absolutely wonderful, friendly, warm and caring people. Simmar who seems to work night and day was there to tend to our every need.
We booked dinner at the Riad on our first night and I can honestly say that we were served the best food that I have ever eaten in Morocco! It was absolutely delicious and I would highly recommend it. Marrakesh has many high class restaurants that cost an absolute fortune, but none of the food was as good as the meal we ate at the Riad. Thank you once again to the lovely female chef whom we also thanked in person.
A couple of negative points are that the Riad is in a very busy/noisy neighbourhood and right beside a Mosque – the 5 am morning prayers are the loudest I have ever heard in my life! This is of course absolutely to be expected in a Muslim country, it’s just a point to take into consideration when booking Le Perroquet Bleu. I've never stayed at a Riad right beside a Mosque before, so I'd no idea how loud the prayers would sound. The prayers wake up a neighbours cock at 5 am who is in big competition every morning with the Mouaddine (the prayer reciter) – the prayers stop but the cock continues for hours!
Unfortunately we didn’t experience the “Wow Factor” breakfasts mentioned in some of the previous reviews. Although breakfast is served until 10h30, there was never anything left at 9h30 when we arrived. We were of course brought orange juice (fresh one morning, processed the next), coffee and Moroccan pancakes if we wanted them, but when we asked for the cheese plate & bread to be replenished, we were told both mornings (at 9h30) that there was none left. If something is provided for breakfast, surely there should be enough for whom ever wanted it, instead of a small daily quota? (To answer your comment to my previous review Anissa - all of our group arrived for breakfast each morning by 9:30, so you were misinformed about our tariff arrival for breakfast. We bumped into you one morning at 10:30 when we had all finished breakfast & we were meeting downstairs to leave the Riad for the day).
The Riad is also a good distance away from Place Jemaa El Fna – a fast pace 20-30 mins walk once you negotiate the busy streets. Those who wrote 15 mins walk in a previous review must have ran the entire way! ;-)
One point which unfortunately left a bad taste in our mouths is on the last day when we were all paying our bills, as we had an early start the next day – the manageress was extremely interested (obsessed even) with whom we tipped in the Riad. She asked our group who they had given tips to and how much! She said that it’s better if we give our tips to her and she would distribute them, as we don’t see the people behind the scenes. Even if this were true, it is entirely your own business whom you choose to tip. We found this totally unprofessional and not to mention impolite & it naturally came across as dishonesty to our entire group of 12 people. In all my extensive travels, I have NEVER been asked to discuss whom I tipped with an establishments manager. We are an extremely generous group when it comes to tipping, I know so many people who never tip a penny when travelling. We made sure that we tipped the amazing & gracious chef & other behind the scenes kitchen/cleaning staff with euro & bags of chocolate. What you tip the staff is none of the managements business & they have absolutely no right to quiz guests about whom they tip! So please make sure that you DO tip the VERY deserving staff personally & discretely, and never give it to a Riads manager to distribute! I would be very happy to discuss this point further (& privately) with the Riads owner, as this episode unfortunately very much tainted our experience at Le Perroquet Bleu.
Having said the above, this is a truly beautiful Riad and well worth a visit – pay extra for a suite, as some of the standard rooms are a bit small, ask for a room not on the road side and bring some ear plugs with you! ;-)
If you’re looking for airport transfers, taxi journeys, excursions etc. for small or big groups, look no further than my good friend Nejjari Mohamed aka “Simmo” whom I hire every time I go to Marrakesh. Simmo provides a wonderful, reliable, trust worthy service at very reasonable prices. Simmo goes the extra mile every time to ensure that you are looked after like royalty! Simmo can be contacted by e-mail: email@example.com
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