I hesitate to write this review because I really wanted to love Riad Meriem and, judging by the other reviews, my fiance and I are the first people ever to not be blown away by our stay. The positives: great rainfall shower, comfortable bed, good breakfast. The negatives: everything else. When we arrived, the guide they sent spoke only Arabic (no English, no French, so if you had any questions you were simply out of luck), our room smelled heavily of cigarette smoke, and we were not given any information about the amenities (wifi, breakfast) or given a tour of the Riad. Obviously, we're independent travellers so we could do without any of this this, but these details were the absolute minimum customer service we received at three other Riads throughout our stay in Morocco. As for the decor...much has been made of the Thomas Hayes design. Let me tell you the reality: the door to our room had no lock whatsoever. The bathroom also has no door. The windows do not close competely, so you can hear EVERY noise from the courtyard. The "romantic" lighting is so dark you can barely see enough to put in contacts, let alone apply makeup or shave. The furnishings in the room are so minimalist (not even a nightstand) so your belongings end up strewn about the room. So, in all, this place is not terrible by any means. Especially if you are staying in one of the two smaller rooms, I believe you will get your money's worth. However, having received twice the service/amenities for the same price elsewhere I simply felt compelled to provide my honest thoughts here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Meriem is (in his own words) "a labour of love" for the New York designer Thomas Hays. He has created it with the art lover in mind with a fusion of oriental textiles, exquisite paintings plus his own Fine Art Photography. This exclusive boutique hotel has been entirely crafted by Marrakchi artisans to ensure that it retains its authenticity whilst using the talents of the best local craftsmen. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Meriem Marrakech
- Riad Meriem Hotel Marrakech