We were looking for a place to stay for a long weekend in Marrakech, We did not wish to stay in the adjacent modern city, but wanted to get a taste of authentic Marrakech in the medina. This property came up with many highly positive ratings which was the reason why we chose it.
The property is elegantly decorated in traditional Moroccon style. It is accurately depicted on their website. The staff were very friendly and accommodating, nothing was too much bother. It was remarkably quiet given the location in a busy city. Breakfast was different every day, based on local cuisine and served at a time that suited you. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. We could have stayed at a big hotel, but I would go for this location again and it's personal service without any hesitation.
The only challenge was finding it in a maze of paths and alleyways. We used a Bushnell Backtrack GPS device (checkout Amazon), very simple to use and not expensive. (It indicates direction and how far away a registered point is, it also has a compass built in). Once we had found the Riad, recorded it's location in the GPS device, we could comfortably get lost in the Medina and always find our way back home. I am reasonably well travelled, and have not been to any city quite like this before. I downloaded satellite images of the area and maps, neither were very comprehensive. Many of the alleyways are not detectable from a satellite image because they are covered over, particularly where there are shops. Something you don't appreciate until you are there. There are a lot of passageways not recorded in the guidebooks and it is easy to get lost. We ended up using waypoints (GPS recorded locations) for the Riad front door, the turning off of the main drag to the Riad and the centre of Place Jemaa el Fna. While it may be hard to believe while we were getting oriented there we could not initially locate Place Jemaa el Fna from the Souks. So an independent device that shows you which direction and how far turned out to be very useful.
Don't be put off by the fact that you can get lost. It is an amazing place with something different around every corner. It is a very safe city, we could see evidence of plain clothed police or officials in many locations, they were not obvious, but security is being taken seriously by the Moroccan Government. They are also proactively promoting tourism.
GETTING THERE: We took the Number 19 bus from the airport terminal (runs every 30 minutes), and got off at Bab Doukkala Gate. Facing the city wall take the right hand entrance through the city wall and head down Rue Bab Doukkala. As you pass each turning to the left look at the wall on the corner of the turning about 3-4 metres up. On one of the turnings is a sign pointing to Riad Sable Choud 150 metres. This is the route we used. The website has a downloadable map which was useful. Places we visited that are worth a look: Place Jemaa el Fna particularly in the afternoon and evening. It changes radically through the day. The souks, Maison Tiskwin, Palais El Bahia,Place des Ferbantiers, Palais El Badi, Saadian Tombs, Kasbah, Majorelle Garden, Madrassa Ben Jouseff, Musee de Marrakech, Koubba el Baroudiyn. A restaurant we would recommend on the major square Place Jemma el Fna is Restaurant Le Marrakchi. Also eat in the square at night time "number 1" is recommended. The tanneries are mentioned in guide books, we went to that region, while there are a few tanneries, our experience was that they were small, and unless you could get high above the tanneries to get a photograph from above it was not worth the effort. The guidebook we used the most was Insight Guide to Marrakesh Step by Step. This had some self guided walks which were useful.
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