Just finished our stay in marrakech, me and my girlfriend stayed for 4 days in the riad, and we have only good words to say about it.
I will start with the only issue we had, we were meant to be greated by a taxi arranged by the riad but when we arived he was no where to be seen, quite a scary for us as we are a young couple (21) and this was our first holiday away together, but anyhow i managed to get us a local taxi out side after the taxi drivera fought over who would take us, the taxi driver spoke no english but some how i managed to get him the phone number of the riad who then called ahead, so when we arrived at the edge wall of the medina we were greated by mohammed, who was a welcome sigh as he spoke perfect english, at last i could relax.
Mohammed kindly took us through the narrow passages until we areived at the riad, as we walked in we were both a little taken back, wow this place is beautiful, so peacful, mohhamed apploigised for the disruption and for this he kindly offerd us the bigger room for no extra charge.
Once we had gone to our room for a little lie down, Mohamed prepared dinner for us, (which i do suggest you do on your first night if you are arriving late, if you have never been to Marrakech before you will get lost, i promise you will, so be sensible and eat In the first night) the dinner was fantastic,
Five plates of different salads, and then the tagine of lemon chicken and olives, i have to say it had to be the beat tagine we had of the trip. We brought our own wine from the airport as it was on offer but the riad can source some wine if you notify them before your arival.
As it was late mohhamed left us alone and said good night, we had the place to ourselfs, a little scary but it gave us a chance to have a look around the riad, and plan our day ahead.
All off the rooms are beautifully decorated, we stayed in the douiria which is on the first floor overlooking the courtyard, i do suggest booking this room as it is slightly larger than the afican room and the idn batutta room on the ground floor, and more private as it has its own little staircase, but i would have been happy in any of the rooms.
The next morning we awoke to the chirping of the birds on the tree in the courtyard, dont worry the birds are not annoying at all :) the room was still nice a cool, downstairs the housekeeper had prepared us breakfast, which i can tell you is amazing, fresh morrocan panckaes (msemen) youghart, bread honey coffee tea freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh omletes surved in a little tagine all in all you wont need lunch if you finish it all. (My advice dipp the pancakes in the yoghurt, dont dismiss it till you try it :) )
After breakfast mohammed brought us out a map on which he directed us where to go and where we were on the map, i promis you it takes some time getting to know where you have to go and where the riad is, once you walk it a couple of times you wont need the map. Mohamed the kindly walked out of the allyways to the main road and directed us how to get to the jemma el fna( the big square). I was confident in my map reading skill but no we got lost, thankfully a kind local said he would take us there not before we stopped off at his sisters chemist and were given a lecture on argon oil and stuffed some random black powder up my nose, but hey ho he showed us the way.
The riad itself is located about a 20 minute walk away from the square, it is in a quieter part of town away from all of the tourists, this is to its Advantage it provides you with a quiet oasis away from the madness of the souks which i promise after a long day bartering will be a welcome rest.
Being away from the toruisty bit provides you and insight into local life and another side to morroco,
I will defiantly go back, next time with more people as the riad got abit quiet with just me and my girlfriend, maby next me and all my friends and rent the whole place
I recommend visiting the yeves sait Laurent gardens, and the palaces
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An oasis of calm in Marrakech, Riad Porte Royale dates from 1750. Lovingly renovated, it has a plunge pool in the courtyard. Rugs, textiles and objets d'art from the caravan routes of Africa and Asia accent the white rooms. Sleeping 10 to 12, it is perfect for the discerning traveller, families looking for a home from home, or a group booking a special occasion. Excursions and meals can be arranged, and airport pick-up is complementary ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Riad Porte Royale Marrakech