My husband, 2 teen daughters and my sister and I travelled to Marrakech for 3 days, in April and stayed at the Riad Puchka. A beautiful, welcoming place; stunning tiling and carved wood, an inviting pool (though v. cold water), a bubbling spa, some lounge chairs to relax in by the bar and very welcoming and helpful staff.
We stayed in the Blue Room and my sister and two girls stayed in the Yellow Room. Of course the rooms were as stunning as the rest of the riad - ornate paintings on the ceilings and furniture, well equipped bathrooms with copper basins and the largest bath anyone has seen! Fluffy towels and robes are provided too. The mattress in the blue room is extremely hard, which at first I baulked at, though my aching back did not hurt throughout the stay! The doors to each room get a lock for the outside, so they are very secure.
The riad included airport transfers with a maxi-taxi - the driver led us to the riad through windy dusty streets - I'm sure we looked a sight pulling our wheelie bags behind us. Once there, the location of the riad is shown to us by the manager on a map, and although confusing initially, the many times we walked into the souks and the square, we never got lost. Look for different corners to turn, landmarks, even a graffittied heart on the riad's own lane helped a lot! People will call out to you if you look a little lost - "Square - that way!" Local people encouraged us to see their shops, but a simple and friendly "Non, merci" stopped any harrassing. My sister taught us all some Arabic phrases of greeting, which went down a treat! Learn a few phrases and it will impress! One that was used to great effect was "Shame on you" - a'aub alayk was needed once and to a woman who was aggressive and swore at us!
We did take great pains though to dress modestly and appropriately covered - feeling at the end that we were treated with great respect, as we showed respect for their culture. I do feel disappointed at some Westerners who dressed in no sleeved, low cut tops and shorts had no understanding of where they were, or who they were interacting with.
I feel very sad for the people of Marrakech since the recent bombing - it will hurt their tourism badly I feel. This is a shame as it is a fascinating place to go - we were amazed and exhausted by it - we only got a little taste of Morocco, but it was well worth it!
I nearly forgot - make sure you order a home cooked meal by the lovely ladies of the riad one night - it was the best food of the whole trip!!!!!
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