After being dumped by the taxi driver at the gate of the Medina, we eventually found the Riad with help from a couple of locals. Unfortunately it seemed closed, but after a short wait and a phone call, Ali came to let us in. It happened that the man (Hassan) who normally takes care of things had taken his wife to the hospital. Ali's welcome was lovely with mint tea & biscuits.
The Riad was charming and clean, with large rooms and en suite bathroom. There were many traditional fittings and furnishings. With the lovely touch of rose petals strewn on surfaces in the bedroom and bathroom.
The Riad is situated in a quite street in the Kasba, but within 2 or 3 mins you will arrive in the busy streets of the old town with traditional Moroccan butchers, food and craft shops. (Watch out for the mopeds that whizz pass, Ali says to walk with your back to the traffic and leave it to the riders to avoid you!)
Ali was a good host and very kindly escorted us into the main square (Jemaa el Fna) and back with endless information on the way. The square is a good 15 minutes walk and I would suggest you wear some comfortable shoes. The sights, sounds and smells were amazing. He also organised a taxi for us to be collected the next day and transfered to our next destination of Ouirgane in the Atlas mountains.
After a comfortable nights sleep, a very nice breakfast was served in the courtyard and consisted of pancakes and bread with jam, coffee and fresh orange juice. Hassan even cut down some bananas for us from the tree growing there!
Although our stay was pleasant, we were the only people there and it lacked atmosphere, I would have liked to have sat on the roof terrace and read, but all the beds had been packed away. having said that, I'm sure if I had asked, Ali or Hassan would have obliged.
- 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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