Review in one line: Cozy stay in perfect location!
I heard or read somewhere that “riad” would translate to “little palace”, and while I’m not certain that this is true, I find it nevertheless a very fitting description for Riad Zarka. It's a small place of refuge right in the heart of the historical old city, or medina. And saying it’s inside the medina in this case really means inside, not just close by as you’d usually assume from other hotel’s advertisements. On the other hand, this also means that there is no access by car to the riad and you’ll have to walk a few minutes through the bazaar, but the staff will help you with your luggage when you arrive/leave. By the way, arranging for airport pickup is a must – it’s close to impossible to find on your own. We just sent a quick email and had their staff waiting for us at the airport.
From my experience Marrakech is best explored by foot and anywhere you want to go is easily within reach of the Medina or Riad Zarka – and if you are lazy you can always take a cab ride or horse carriage. Returning from our excursions through Marrakech Riad Zarka was always a great place to rest for us. We spent a few early afternoons on the roof terrace just relaxing on the sunbeds. The rooms are also cozy, fittingly decorated and it’s very calm in the evening. If I had to nitpick a little thing, it's the lighting in the room that could have been a bit brighter when we were packing bags the last evening. But other than that there was nothing that even put a tiny dent in my very enjoyable stay at Riad Zarka. When I come back to Marrakech, which I dearly hope, I’ll very likely stay there again!
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Zarka Marrakech
- Riad Zarka Hotel Marrakech