Stayed at Riad Al Jazira for 3 nights in Feb 2014, and was not disappointed. Marrakesh can be very hustle bustle, but this Riad offers you a unique peaceful getaway once you step inside.
Beautifully restored, we found it to be clean, with our room tidied everyday, and towels changed daily. Our room had a standard AC unit which helps as it can get a little chilly during winter seasons. At night it is very peaceful, with hardly any noise within the riad (mostly couples staying), and even less coming from outside. The only sound you'll hear is the dawn call to prayer around 6am, but its not too bad as the nearest mosque is a few blocks away.
The riad is slightly tucked away in the alleyways, but at no point did we feel threatened or scared for our safety. Some council estates in the UK are far more scary! Once you've ventured out a couple of times, its easy to familiarise yourself with the neighborhood.
On one occasion we did get lost walking back, on our first night out, but one of the local kids walked us back, and we gave him a £2 tip. Its always worth remembering that everything is open to negotiation. They may ask for generous tips, but slash off 80% and you're still being generous. Be firm, and polite with a smile, and you'll be ok. I always find if you can make them laugh or smile... you've won the battle, and can get away with paying on your terms, be it in the shops or anywhere else.
The main Jamaa El Fna square is roughly 15 mins walk away, or a 4-5 min cab ride and we paid no more than 50 Dhirams for a ride back to the riad.
We emailed the Riad before arriving to arrange our transfers which cost €15 each way. We were picked up in a nice clean space cruiser, and our driver Hafi was polite & non intrusive. He pointed out some landmarks along the way, and was happy to make suggestions for places to visit.
At the riad, the service from Hamid (during the day) & Umar (evenings) who both run reception, was polite & attentive. They we very helpful in suggesting restaurants, excursions & booking spa sessions outside of the hotel. Khalid who attends to the guests, was always keen to see to our needs, bringing us breakfast to our room everyday, and carrying lunch up to the roof terrace!
I'd highly recommend staying at this riad, simply because of the warm welcome from the staff, and their polite nature.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 15 spotless, blisteringly white guestrooms are hidden behind heavy wooden doors and layers of linen drapes. Airy central covered courtyards have comfy seating areas: red rugs on golden brick floors, leafy palms over wooden chaises and – spectacularly – a colonnaded swimming pool in a setting reminiscent of great Carthage. Colourful accents are provided by red or purple cushions and kilims, and artfully arranged rose petals. We like this riad. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Al Jazira Hotel Marrakech