As others have said, this riad is very unique and beautiful. Our room was small but perfectly fine. The shower was a bit dark, but the details in the bathroom (lights, sink, etc) felt very authentically Moroccan and I liked it overall. However, Abdel the manager is one of the only ones who speaks English. My husband and I sadly do not speak French, so occasionally we had a hard time communicating. But everyone was very friendly and tried really hard to communicate with us. Unlike some other reviews on here, we didn't have any problems with overcharging. We only ate breakfast there one of the mornings because we discovered we could get many of the same things much cheaper out in the souk. We did eat dinner there one night (which, as others have said, you must arrange in the morning). The food was very good, and I was surprised that they had wine, which can be hard to find in the medina, but which I appreciated greatly. I would recommend dinner there at least one night.
They also helped us to arrange a hammam at the spa across the little alley, which was probably a highlight of our trip. So relaxing, but, yes, definitely very different from more "European" massages, so make sure you know what you're getting into.
Finally, as noted by others, it is a bit difficult to find at first. But we had no trouble getting picked up from the airport - our flight was even a bit delayed but the gentleman was still waiting there for us when we arrived, and then another person was waiting at the entrance to the back alleys to walk us to the riad. Just make sure you arrange it beforehand.
Overall - not for everyone, probably, but unique and a great location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Philippe and Celine 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