This was our first time in Morrocco and we decided to opt for the Riad experience having read various reviews on Tripadvisor. We arrived at about 10pm, the closest the taxi can get is to the mosque which is about a 3 or 4 minute walk away. The area is inhabited by the locals and it is full of tiny shops selling anything from sweets to fresh meat and poultry. It is extremely busy with motorbikes, cars, pedestrians and donkeys travelling in both directions. The riad was down a dark alley and at first we thought that we were very dubious and were reluctant to follow a local man who offered to lead us to the Riad from the taxi. However another local standing in the alley noticed our apprehension and confirmed that we were being lead to the Riad Bahja.
Omar opened the door after a couple of minutes of waiting and we entered the courtyard and met Rafiq, the owner. It was fairly dark, our party of three adults and two young children were told by rafiq that the he was only told about the suite for two adults and one child! So we all ended up bunking the suite. Rafiq was very helpful and arranged for an extra double bed in the Suite. The other room became available on our third and final night. The rooms were large and beautiful. They were very morrocon in decor with rose petals scattered over the beds and in the bathroom. However, for Decemeber they were cold and the shower was a warm trickle but it did the job!
Breakfast in the courtyard fresh orange juice, tea/coffee, croissants, yoghurts and the morrocon crumpet style panckaes. Although rafiq and Omar were lovely and very helpful one couldnt help but feel reluctant to make specific requests it felt as though we were causing inconvenience. The Riad was very intimate unlike a hotel where you meet many guests at breakfasts, here, we were the only ones.
The room was always cleaned by Rashida and fresh rose petals scattered. Rafiq arranged a for a driver to take us to the Atlas mountains and to the airport. His drivers were punctual and very reliable. I asked rafiq about certain spices and he went out of his way to get them for me. On our departure he gave us a box of delicious morrocon pastries.
The Riad was very pretty but for a family with children i dont think it was very appropriate. If i was a lone female travelling with friends i'd reluctant to stay here due to its very location.
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Bahja Hotel Marrakech