4th visit ti Marrakesh, have previously stayed in Les Jardins de la Koutoubia, Jnane leila, and Moroccan house hotel. I wanted to experience staying in a riad and I was not disappointed.
Christophe arranged for a taxi to pick us up from the airport and he showed us right to hotel door. We were greeted by a young man who showed us to our room up one lot of steps to the rooftop and then down another set of steps to a courtyard area where we found our delightful little room which was softly lit by pretty lilac animal skin lamps. Had a look around the room and was mortified to see the bathroom area had no door. (poor hubby had to leave the room every time I wanted to 'go')
We went straight up to the rooftop to lie in the very warm afternoon sun before heading out to the souks. We ate a the busiest looking stall in the El fna square and very nice it was too! Tried to find our way back to the hotel and got completely lost . Many young men were eager to show us the way and I'm afraid we had to succumb. He did ask for a small token at the end but we only gave him 20 dirhams, he asked for 50 but we declined. He took the money and wished us well.
Next day we again relaxed on the rooftop and witnessed many sheep being sacrificed for the celebration of Eid.
We ate at the hotel the second night and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are a few very friendly cats and they sit under your table just like a dog.
Third day we ventured out with the intention of dining at the Indian restaurant within Les jardins de la koutoubia hotel. We walked the main road way which was much easier and first of all had a spicy burger in Mcdonalds and then a beer in a bar before strolling back to the souks in 38 degrees to purchase a lantern. Then off to have yet another enjoyable meal.
Very much enjoyed our stay in the riad and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
We would definitely return to this hotel, it is charming and ideally located for a real cultural experience.
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