If you want to go on a relaxing, luxurious, stress free holiday to put your feet up, get away from it all and unwind, then don't go to Marrakech. Read no further, go and book an all inclusive 5 star in Spain or Turkey. This is not the place for you.
Now that I have the attention of those who are up for an adventure, up for something out of the ordinary, don't mind walking around endlessly, talking to locals, seeing how people really live in this city..I can continue with telling you how absolutely amazing our stay was at this Riad. Marrakech is a place where all your sense come alive. But it is not for the faint hearted. If you are the kind of person that gets really annoyed by being hassled constantly and doesn't like trying different kinds of foods, then honestly please don't come here. I came across a few too many tourists that constantly complained about their experience and this was one of the only things that ruined my stay here.
Me and my boyfriend came here in September 2012. The Riad is beautiful and is placed in the heart of the hussle and bussle. It is initially quite difficult to navigate around the area as the streets seem to look different at night. However, the staff are so friendly and go out of their way to help you. All you need to do is spend an afternoon walking around to find your bearings and you will be just fine. Also, don't be afraid to just speak to the other people staying at the Riad as you may find it really helpful taking advice from people who have been there for a few days. If you look lost, the locals will try to confuse you by telling you to go the opposite direction to where you are coming from, which can be off putting at first, but try to ignore it. Once you are confident with your navigation skills, you will find it really funny. Well we did any way. They just like the banter and I'm sure it's a funny - 'confuse the tourist' game for them. But honestly, I don't believe that these people mean any harm, and if you seriously get annoyed by any of the hassle, then just be stern and they will leave you alone.
The breakfast was really filling and kept us going through to dinner, which is a bonus if you're on a budget. We didn't eat dinner at the Riad, but we were told by a couple who had that the food was quite pricey and could have found something similar for much cheaper. Cafe Souk is an awesome, cheap and tasty place to eat about 5 minutes from the Riad...Ask Fatima to point you to the right direction. You will not be disappointed if you eat there.
When we arrived, we were given a choice between two rooms. One was a twin room, but was bigger than the double and had a fridge, so we chose that and just pushed our beds together. The bed was comfy, air conditioning worked and we had hot water every night except for the first night. Sometimes the water didn't run at all, and we had to wait until later for a shower, but this is something you need to expect if you're staying in a place like this. IT IS NOT SUPPOSED TO BE A 5 STAR LUXURIOUS STAY...so please don't expect that.
Don't be put off by the negative reviews of this Riad. The photos don't do it justice either. I would definitely come back to this Riad, it's in a perfect location and is just wonderful. However, it does take a certain type of person to really enjoy this kind of holiday. So please make sure you are 100% aware of what you are getting yourself in for. Read reviews, look at pictures, talk to people. If you're aware of what to expect, can handle a bit of hassle from locals and will find the funny side of getting a bit lost in a hectic city, then you'll have an amazing time. I'm so jealous that your adventure starts here. ENJOY!
- Also Known As:
- Riad Amssaffah Hotel
- Riad Amssaffah Marrakech
- Riad Amssaffah Hotel Marrakech
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