The riad had no vacancies, so Theirry and Hassan offered a room in their private dar (few doors down from the riad) instead. During our 3-night stay, we got to spend some time in the Riad for the WiFi access. I can tell you both their Dar and Riad are beautifully decorated and comfortable. But beyond the decor, it's the hosts that really made the stay a super experience.
We rented a car during our stay in Morocco. Marrakech was our last stop and it was the most challenging to drive. We had to drive through the medina with crowds of walking people and scooters to find the parking lot. It was scary. But when we found the riad and was met with Hassan's friendly face, we felt instant calm. From then on, we were well taken care of by mostly Thierry, who was such a fabulous and funny host!
He made sure all our concerns were addressed and escorted us to places when needed. We took a day trip to Ait Ben Haddou, which meant a drive across the Atlas Mountains. We were fine, but upon our return, Thierry said he had called the parking lot attendant to see if our car had returned. He wanted to make sure we were okay. How caring!
To the reviewer, elterrill, I'm not sure what happened, but his/her scathing review is clearly out of the norm. I am not sure what s/he was expecting, but please know that if you stay in any Dar or Riad, you are, in essence, sharing a home with others. Sounds like s/he would have been more comfortable in a typical western hotel.
If you want an authentic Moroccan experience, stay at the fabulous Tibibt! If you're a light sleeper, bring ear plugs. You are in Muslim country, so be prepared for the daily pre-dawn call to prayer.
I miss you Thierry and Hassan and your beautiful Riad and Dar!
P.S. Just a general tip for Morocco. Do not ask random strangers or childern for directions/help--only ask the store owners. If you are driving, the parking area on Moukef is hard to get to. But once you find it, you can just park. If questioned, just tell them you're staying at Riad Tibibt. You pay the riad and they will pay the parking lot owner, so do not pay anyone when you park.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In this genuine Moroccan dwelling, the lounge offers its guests cosy cushions by the fireside. The five air-conditioned bedrooms look onto the riad whose fountain ( the bou ) will cool you down on hot summer days. The sunny roof garden is the ideal place for lavish breakfasts among the colourful bougainvillaea, hibiscus and other sun-loving flowers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Tibibt Hotel Marrakech