I am just returning from a 4 night stay at the fantastic Riad Mur Akush. As anyone that wants to visit a Riad in Marrakech may know, there are many many many to choose from. After doing extensive research on what seems like 100s of properties, my partner and I decided upon this one for the detail and ambiance that its rooms appeared to offer.
Upon arriving at 2 AM, we were met at the airport by a member of the wonderful staff who brought us to the riad. When we arrived at the riad, it was quite late so we rent to our room. Originally, we resevred the Suite d'Olive but we were brought to the Suite Yassine instead. I was a bit confused by this, as we were not advised before hand, but apparently it was an "upgrade" and due to the late hour, we stayed in the room as we were told we would take care of it in the morning.
The next morning, my partner went to discuss the situation with a member of the staff before breakfast and we were told that we were upgraded to this room (on the first floor) because there was another party in the Suite d'Olive, but where we were now was better because there is less noise (the Suite d'Olive is on the patio level, where many people tend to eat breakfast). However, we were told if we were not happy, we could take a look at the Grand Suite Amel, and if we like it, we could stay there at no extra cost. I decided to take a look because although the Suite Yassmine is certainly lovely, we did rent the Suit d'Olive because of its very different amenitites (the bed area appeared to be straight from 1001 Arabian nights). However, words cannot express that absolute beauty that it the Grand Suite Amel, a real gem, with a separate sitting room with fire place, a huge luxurious canopy bed hand carved from wood, impeccably decorated. So, we changed rooms. There was no question.
Our time in the Grand Suite Amel and Riad Mur Akush was extraordinary. Every moment felt truly magical, it could have been a honeymoon. Every detail in the room is extremely well though out. The bathroom is extremely large, with two sinks which is great when you have two people that need to be ready at the same time. The room has three large floor to ceiling door windows with a fantastic view, and it also offers the easiest access to the marvelous rooftop terrace that the riad has. The bed was over-the-top fantastic, with some of the softest sheets I have tried to date. The sitting room was also a nice treat. After long mornings discovering all the souks and the surrounding have to offer under the hot sun, it was nice to be able to come back to a sitting area that has a really powerful air-conditioner (we visited near the end of the June and the heat was already over 40ºC).
In the morning, you can choose to have breakfast anywhere in the riad, although we chose to enjoy breakfast in the cool shadow of the patio. Breakfast was extensive and caringly served on wonderful festive plates. Breakfast (for us at least) included each morning, coffee and fresh squeezed juice, with homemade crepes, cakes, bread, cheeses marmelades, a nice way to start the day with energy.
When leaving, you have the option to leave the key at the door (which we did) and at any hour of the night or day, a light knock will advice someone to open the main door to the riad (usually Rachid met us with a smile). Lastly, we decided on our last night to have dinner in the riad, in which we ordered a started with a couscous and we finished it off with some lemon. Everything was lovingly prepared for us that day, and served under the soft moonlight on the patio (though you can specify where you would want to eat).
We also had quite a late flight out (after midnight), so we asked to remain in the room for the day, and they allowed us to at a discounted price, which was a great decision. After touring all morning, it was nice to be able to shower/relax/not rush when packing and organizing to leave. So, thank you for that also.
All in all: Next time we visit Marrakech, there is NO DOUBT that we will DEFINITELY stay here!
Pros, absolutely beautiful, impeccably decorated, a fantastic rooftop terrace with a lovely view of the city, great location in the riad (10 mins. walk from the "touristic" center), wonderful food and really caring and friendly staff. Truly truly truly, I could not have imagined our small get-away anywhere else. I feel like we had a true "moroccan" experience, and it was definitely due not only to the riad itself (which I cannot say enough niceties about) but in no small part to its staff (which is truly the lifeblood of this institution, demonstrating the true heart of Moroccan hospitality and generosity).
Cons: there seems to be an echo in the patio, in which you tend to hear everything. I am a heavy sleeper, so this was not a problem for me in that respect, but I tend to be a loud talker, so I suppose everyone can hear even the smallest of conversations.
Again, thank you, to the entire staff that truly took care of us. You really made us have a lovely stay.
Definitely choose the Grand Suite Amel, it may be a bit more but it is worth every cent!
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