This very well located Riad certainly ticked all the right boxes for me. I came here in late October with two friends and enjoyed every minute of it! I recommend booking the airport transfer as it would be very difficult to find yourself for the first time although having said that once you have got your bearings it is less than ten minutes from the main square and literally on the doorstep of the souks.
Please do not be put off by your initial impressions when you arrive, you have to walk down a couple of alley ways and you might well wonder where you are being lead to but as soon as you get in the door you have found a lovely oaisi of calm and friendliness in the heart of Marrakech.
The Riad is based around a small central courtyard with a lovely rooftop area with over-sized cushions upon which you can relax. Breakfast each day is served in teh courtyard area and it was always fresh and cooked to order. The homemade natural yoghurt, jams and Moroccan pancakes are divine and we looked forward to our leisurely breakfast each morning.
It is however the staff who give this place the 5 star rating in my opinion. Run by a French lady she has a team of four local Moroccan staff all of whom went out of their way to be helpful, charming and very informative about what to see and do in Marrakech. You are met from your taxi in the main square and personally escorted to the Riad. One night we wanted to go to a restaurant to the night receptionist walked us there himself then came back when we were ready to walk home. On another occasion we wanted to find a nearby cafe so again we were personally escorted by the man who is on duty in the day. Yes of course we tipped them but you found that this was all done much more in a genuine desire to make their guests feel safe and welcome rather than the desire to extract a few more tourist dlrhams from us! The same goes for the two ladies who worked there, the cook an dthe housekeeper, charming, unassuming and friendly,. I really felt part of a "family" the five nights I spent here and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this Riad to anyone looking for a traditional Moroccan experience in the heart of Marrakech.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Dollar des Sables is a nice traditional guest house of 6 rooms ( 3 doubles, 2 twins and a very romantic Suite for two and can be transformed into a triple with an extra charge ). The ideal location inside the Medina allows you to explore the city easily. The Riad is located at the entrance of the main Souk,called "Smarinnne" and the famous Square "Jema el Fna" only at a 2 minutes walk. Upon arrival, we recommend you to book our airport pick up, especially by night , to avoid the fake guides; we can also meet you at the Square , or pick you up at the airport, for an extra charge (220 Dhirams :2 guests or 150 Dhirams for 1 guest) so don't hesitate to contact me , giving me your flight details so that I can arrange this service with my private driver.Our driver will drop you at jema el fna Square within 10 minutes, and we will be there to meet you. As soon as you get inside the House , you will be touched by the enchanting atmosphere of Riad Dollar des Sables. The whole staff is welcoming you with a smile, and a special attention : coloured candles, fresh roses petals at your feet, delicate flavor in the air and oriental music..just to make you feel in the mood and comfortable.Passing through the corridor, you will discover the peaceful courtyard and its fountain made of traditional mosaics.On its terrace, Riad Dollar des Sables offers a relaxing and traditional Hammam ( run with wood) and massages for a very good price;First, you will be invited to share with me (Cathy) a sweet refreshing mint tea and moroccan pastries.As I'm living all year long in Marrakesh since 2006, I know quite well the city and shall be happy to share with you my experience , giving you all the useful information and good adresses to enjoy your stay .We shall give you a map to sign the main monuments to visit or restaurants around. We can also provide moroccan meals at the Riad and cooking class with my cook Mouna; ... more less
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