We have just returned from a fantastic three night stay in the Riad, located right in the heart of the medina in Marrakech. From the moment we arrived to moment we left we had a wonderful trip made all the better through the accommodation and service at the Riad.
We booked a transfer from the hotel and an executive car whisked us to the nearby parking lot where we were met by Massimo to guide us through our first taste of Marrakech!!
First impressions are where are we going!! If ever the phrase "Dont judge a book by its cover" was appropriate it was for accommodation in Marrakech. Hidden behind tall walls and austere doors lies an oasis of calm and beauty. The Riad is stunning, with beautiful attention to detail by the owners. On arrival we were offered mint tea and pastries together with a detailed overview of the city - must do's and maybes of a city that has a magnificent history most in tact to this day.
Our room was lovely with everything in place that you would need. Fluffy gowns and local toiletries were complimentary and air conditioning was available. Having said that our room was used for sleeping only, the riad has a wonderful terrace with a small pool and loungers. Plenty of loungers are available and the staff are happy to provide towels and sun hats.
Breakfast was a traditional affair of fruit, yoghurt, breads and jams together with a cup of fresh brewed coffee. Very filling, in fact we did not need to take lunch while we were there.
A special mention to the team at the Riad. Massimo and Giorgina have assembled (or the team have assembled themsleves!!) a really genuine welcoming team of locals who cannot do enough for you. Nothing is too much and the attentiveness of the team really add to the experience of the trip.
We went for a long weekend, and felt that Marrakech was probably more than 2 nightsbut probably 5 nights would be enough. The place was amazing and I will not try and describe the culture and atmosphere the city presents, other than if you enjoy experiencing things different to that of the UK or US then Marrakech is a must do!!
A final word to Marrakech. If like me you enjoy a drop of beer or wine then bear in mind it is virtually a dry country, very few places serve alcohol (although it can be found). My top tip would be to take in a couple of bottles of wine or a bottle of your favourite spirit together with a few double measure bottles from the plane. Fill them up every night and enjoy a "Cola Light" with your own added extra tipple while sitting watching the world go by in Jmaa el Fna.
Always happy to answer specific questions, but would not hesitate to recommend the riad as a base. Please see my other hotel reviews.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a narrow street of the Medina of Marrakech come and discover Riad le Clos des Arts: a charming Arab house renovated in pure Moresque style. Be seduced by this fascinating oriental atmosphere, be tempted by the authenticity of traditional Moroccan flavours, be refreshed by a plunge into the small pool on the terrace.The riad offers 4 suites and 2 rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms and the possibility to have dinner on order. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Le Clos Des Arts Hotel Marrakech