Situated in the Kasbah, the Riad Ksiba is a delightful escape from the madness of the main city. Once behind the imposing front door, you enter a little sanctuary. The Riad is very close to the Bab Ksiba, a main gate into the Kasbah and for those too lazy to walk 15 minutes into town, they can readily pick up a taxi anywhere.
Our visit included a week out trekking in the Atlas mountains and desert. We suggested an itinerary and the staff found us an excellent guide in Mohamed Amzil at www.tizitrekking.com. After an exhausting but exhilarating week, the riad made a great place to unwind.
The nice thing about being in the Kasbah is that you see real life. I didn’t fancy a luxury spa/golf resort myself and walking into town is a bit of an assault on the senses dodging mopeds and horse drawn carriages, curious locals and food bars, but isn’t that the charm of staying in the thick of it? Tiny shops line the main lane into town and after a few days we seemed to be recognised buying in regular and cheap supplies.
The staff are particularly helpful, suggesting trusted and affordable restaurants and cafes. The breakfasts were simple but great and we particularly liked the local pancakes. There were sweet touches such as fresh rose petals scattered around. The roof top terrace is a great place to chill out and the communal areas are filled with lovely artefacts and soft furnishing which make this a real special place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Hayane with 6 rooms has been recently renovated with passion and enthusiasm, while maintaining its authentic architectural structure. It is located in the Kasbah area of the Medina of Marrakesh, close to the Royal Palace and unavoidable tourist places (Saadian Tombs, the Bahia and El Badi Palace). The famous Jemaa El Fna Square and the souks are reached in 15 minutes walking. The riad is easy to find (ask the Bab Ksiba). To go out in the city, taxis just waiting for you at the door. If you have a car, parking is 60m from the riad (20 Dhs per day or 1.80€), the airport is at 10 minutes. Emilie & Franck - the host - and the entire team of Riad Hayane are at your disposal to ensure you a memorable stay and guide you to explore the richness and effervescence of the city of Marrakech and its surroundings. Welcome home! ... more less
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