This riad is a very ornate, authentic Morrocan guesthouse. The communal areas were elaborately decorated and fitted with Morrocan style fittings and fixtures, which made for a good chill out area and meeting place. The communal areas were the only places we found to escape the intense heat of Morroco. The pool is decorative at best but you definitely would not swim in it!
The staff in the most part were really helpful, especially Aziz who is jack of all trades and always a source of a smile.
The breakfast was passable - yogurts, bread, spreads and jams, coffee, orange juice and some random cooked item (croissant, pancake etc).
The room was a major let down - the mattress sagged a lot in the middle which meant for an uncomfortable nights sleep. The air conditioning unit did not work which meant that the room was permanently hot, even during the night. There was a hole in the wall stuffed with a tissue, which after further examination turned out to be hiding a bare wire! The doors and windows were old and poorly fitting and so didn't give a sense of security. The bathroom was ok and cleaned each day - the light above the mirror was gaffa taped to the wall though!
Location wise, the riad is ideal if you want to be in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. It is literally yards away from the main souks. The downside to this is that you can't leave the hotel without getting confronted by the locals which we found really tiring after 5 days.
This Riad is so central that you have to walk the last 10 minutes to get there as only bikes and mopeds can get down the narrow streets.
Personally we would not return to the Riad, we did enjoy aspects of it and appreciate it could be really nice but it lacked too many comforts that we look for in a holiday.
- Also Known As:
- Riad Amssaffah Hotel
- Riad Amssaffah Marrakech
- Riad Amssaffah Hotel Marrakech
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