This review is a little late as I completely forgot to add it! My boyfriend and I went to Puchka last July 2010.
We organised a transfer from the airport to the riad with Mustapha through emailing which was great. The trip was bumpy to say the least but was great to get the first glimpse of Marrakech. When we got the riad we were blown away. The alley to get there looks like a normal, dark alley but when you get in it really is like a whole other world. It's decorated in traditional Morrocan style which amazing colors everywhere.
Mustapha met us in the riad and sat us down to talk about everything. He gave us bottles of cold water which was nice in the 40 degree heat. He talked about the riad, the surrounding area. He also gave us a map and circled the riad and everywhere he thought we'd want to go to. He was so friendly, asked us if we wanted to know anything and was just generally amazing. He also gave us his mobile number in case we ever needed him which was lovely and very reassuring. He understood the Marrakech can be a bit overwhelming for the westerner and was very reassuring. Throughout our stay he was always on hand for any questions we had like was it ok to be taking photos of the Moroccans. He could have been English because his English is so good.
We stayed in the Blue Room was was amazing. The ceiling was tiled and lovely, the bed was quite firm but very comfortable. There was a television but it didn't have any English channels, not that we minded too much. The bathroom was amazing. There was the biggest bath I've ever seen, it can easily fit two people! There was also a separate shower. Again everything in the bathroom was traditionally Moroccan.
The maids in the riad were lovely and cleaned our room very nicely, especially considering our mess! They spoke french so it was always nice to say hello to them.
The pool downstairs was really nice in the 40 degree heat, but be warned it's not heated and can get verrry cold. It's a big pool, from what I've heard most riads have plunge pools but you could swim in this one. There was also a jacuzzi but we never really went in it.
The breakfasts were nice but a bit samey for a week. This is the only negative I can think about for the riad and it's not even that big. You got fruit juices, tea, coffee, traditional pastries, yoghurt, bread and jam. It may have been because it was so hot but we found this a bit heavy for the mornings. It was all lovely though.
The riad is fairly easy to find as the alley to get to it has a shop opposite. The shop keeper here was lovely and spoke french and some english so was very handy to get snacks and things for lunch. Sometimes the alley had boys down there just talking. At first this was a bit intimidating but they were very friendly and said hello .
We found 99% or Moroccans were very friendly. The only bad experience we had was when we told a henna lady we didn't want any and she swore at us. Apart from this though we think everyone there was friendlier than the majority of the English.
Overall we absolutely loved Riad Puchka and especially Mustapha. We also loved Marrakech. If this is your first visit it can be a bit overwhelming but stick with it and you'll fall in love!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Puchka was originally built for ourselves and as you can see, it is a veritable little palace. We spared no expense fitting it out in the purest of Moroccan tradition with the finest and most expensive materials. You have free access to the swimming pool, heated spa, mini-gym, sundeck and barbecue. Live and eat like kings and queens at very affordable prices. Contact us directly and we’ll take persoanal care of you. ... more less
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- Riad Puchka Hotel Marrakech