We have always wanted to go to Morocco, and decided to visit this summer. When planning the trip we saw that the Riyadh EL Cadi was very highly reviewed. We were worried when booking that we might not be able to make a reservation because it was a last minute trip, this ended up not being an issue. The staff was very responsive to our emails and they helped us book our room without too much difficulty. We stayed in the Chaouen suite, which was spacious and tastefully decorated.
As a first time visitor to Marrakesh, it would be difficult to find the hotel and the staff suggested that we have someone meet us at the airport and bring us to the hotel. That was a great suggestion! Once we landed we were met at the gate by our driver and after a short drive we were within the walls of the old city. When we got out of the car, the sights and sounds of the Jemaa-el Fnaa market were unlike anything we had ever experienced before. Due to the narrow streets, the cab can only go so far. The El Cadi had a porter meet us in the square and brought us and our bags to the hotel - about a 10 minute walk.
Once we arrived, the check in process was quick and easy and we were struck by how quiet and peaceful it was. We were brought to our room through a maze of stairs and corridors - we were worried we would never find our way back! After settling in, we took a self-guided tour of the hotel and were amazed at how beautiful everything was.
The Staff had asked us if we would like to have dinner at the hotel, which we thought would be a great idea. The food was delicious and the wait Staff was so friendly and attentive, well worth the price.
The hotel offered, an authentic Moroccan cooking class and we decided to take it. The class started with a trip to the market to pick up the spices and other ingredients for dinner. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us some background and history of both Marrakesh and the market. We then made our way back to the hotel and began to cook. The class was given by the hotel chef and translated into English for us by the hotel manager. We made two salads,a tajine, and a tangia. While cooking we were offered pastries, olives, orange juice and of course moroccan-tea. All the food was delicious, and we were provided with the recipes so we could make it ourselves at home.
Overall, we can't say enough about the hotel and especially the staff. Everyone was so friendly, courteous and accommodating. We have travelled quite extensively and we can honestly say that we have never been treated better at any hotel, anywhere in the world. We would, without any hesitation recommend the Riyadh El Cadi to anyone visiting Marrakech.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riyad El Cadi - an oasis of calm welcomes the sophisticated traveller. Riyad El Cadi is a like a private art museum, but without a trace of stuffiness. Spread over 6 houses, the riad is an elegant 'home from home' - a glorious mix of chic, comfort, hospitality and art. Wander around courtyards, corridors and alcoves and you'll discover magnificent Berber and Islamic art treasures - a true feast for culture-vultures. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riyad El Cadi Marrakech
- Riyad El Cadi Hotel Marrakech