My friend and I had a wonderful time in Marrakech and a big part of that was down to the Hadika Maria. The staff are extremely helpful, walking us to local restuarants and helping with directions etc- they speak very little English but we were able to get by in our dodgey French- but if you speak no French at all you might struggle! We had the airport transfer which I would recommend because the riad is a 5 minute walk from the nearest road access so you will need someone to guide you.
The riad itself is beautiful and very original, there are lots of lovely places to sit and relax...the pool area is particularly stunning. Our room was also beautiful with a lot of attention to detail.
The breakfast was good, bread, pancakes and fresh orange juice and coffee- we didn't ever manage to have an evening meal because we preferred to venture out into the medina (!)
On the slightly negative side the location might be scary for some less intrepid travellers and I definately wouldn't want to stay there as a solo traveller! To get back there from the Souks and the main square is tricky (easy when you know how, we figured it out after getting lost a lot, but that's part of the fun!) and involves some rather poorly lit passageways and tunnels...though to be honest, because the riad is so wonderful it is worth it!
On a couple of mornings we were woken up by the staff in the riad shouting ( actually talking but just very loudly!). This wasn't a major problem but it was a little annoying.
We also had a bit of hassle from the children playing in the street in the immediate vacinity of the riad, but I guess this is typical of most of Marrakech...worth knowing though, they are not as innocent as they look!
Overall though, the place far exceeded my expectations, it was an amazing place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The riad Hadika Maria has 8 rooms around two patios, the one with fountain, the other one with swimming pool. The charm of this riad is characterized by its decoration traditional Moroccan and its numerous trees and plants.Situated in a family and quiet street of the Medina, you will be woken by the birdsong in the morning!!! The Moroccan traditional breakfasts are served on terraces brightened up for winter periods or at the cool at the edge of the swimming pool for warmer periods.The riad has a service snack bar at any time but you can also taste earthenware cooking pots and others couscous, made by Halima our cooker who fetches fresh products to the market every morning. The meals in private can be served to the lounge in front of the fireplace. You will find on the spot a service of shuttle airport or station, a massage room, an office of excursion, board games or coloured pencils for the children and books. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Hadika Maria Hotel Marrakech