My friend and I were travelling through Morocco and we did extensive research regarding a guy and a girl travelling together so we wouldn't be offending anyone. We ended up needing separate rooms, so we wanted to find a hotel quality place with a reasonable price. I believe we found it in Riad Lena. The streets of Marrakesh are often hot and crowded, and the Riad was a perfect little oasis away from the heat, rush and noise. On arrival, we were shown our rooms then told to go to the terrace for our complimentary welcome Mint Tea and Pastries. My room was beautiful and facing the courtyard and pool. The terrace was just stunning, and the mint tea was exquisite. Abdel, the owner of the hotel, refers to mint tea as Moroccan whiskey, and he was so right. We could not get enough of it.
Here's a quick breakdown of the pros/cons I can remember:
Very glad I wasnt sharing a room as there was no door to the bathroom area. Shower is essentially a stone dugout at the end of the room with no lighting, so it requires some extra care and would not be appropriate to people with mobility issues.
Also there was a leftover smell in my bathroom that was awful, but when I told the manager he put scented sticks in there and the whole room smelt magical after that.
AC is loud and set to freezing, but considering the outside temperature I was okay with it.
Place is a little difficult to find, but if you read the instructions to get to the drop off and then ask a local boy to lead you on foot as directed, you will get to the Riad just fine.
Abdel and his staff were very informative. I'm sure they get a lot of stupid questions from ignorant tourists, so Abdel was quite adept at being a tour and culture guide, and gave us a lot of advice and information.
The hotel can hook you up with a Hammam visit- although do your research because it is a VERY different experience to a European Spa. If you prefer spa-like quality, the Riad Lena staff can direct you to a more appropriate choice for you.
Very relaxed and quiet atmosphere during our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nora, Philippe, Abdellatif welcome you to their house, ideally situated in the Medina near the DAR BACHA Palace and eight minutes from the markets and Place Jeema el Fna. The riad has been traditionally renovated with much thought given to your comfort. The riad consists of 10 air-conditioned bedrooms, furnished in pure Moroccan style. All rooms look on to the patio and the swimming pool permitting you to cool down after sunbathing on the terrace with views of the High Atlas mountains. A first class riad in the heart of the Medina and markets, with terraces, a swimming pool and easy car access.. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Lena Hotel Marrakech