Just back from 4 nights at the Riad Hadika Maria in Marrakech. We had booked a transfer from the airport directly from Alexandra who runs the Riad. It is essential to do this for 15 Euro as you will never find it on your own. The transfer minibus drops you on the outskirts of the median and then your bags are transferred to smaller cart and you follow the man through the narrow passage ways to the Riad. Have some change available for a tip. The Riad was an oasis of calm in amongst the hubbub of the Medina. The location is further out towards the north of the Medina and the approaching passages are not well lit at night. It is 15 minutes walk through the Souk to the main square. Other Riads May be closer to the main square and easier to access at night. The passageways are intimidating at night. One young man staying was mugged at 11 pm trying to find the Riad. He lost his money and cards and had grazed on his face. He spent most of the night talking to Police who weren't` helpful, and knocking on the Riad door without success, also ringing the telephone which woke us up but went unanswered for ages by the security guy. Despite the location the Riad is good value for money. The individual rooms are clean and comfortable, all have ensuit, breakfast is very good with fresh orange juice, cooked pancake or flatbread, bread, jams and fruit with tea or coffee. We had a couple of meals which weren't brilliant. Chicken very stringy and a one egg omelette, but the staff try really hard to please. They were polite and very helpful. Alexandra is full of information and booked our trip to the coast and made sure the Riad ran fairly efficiently. She has good English and checked in with her guests daily. Marrakech is not for the feint hearted, an experience that some will enjoy, but others may find overwhelming. The young men who offer to show you to the main square should be ignored, they will take you miles out of your way and then demand money. We got caught out a couple of times especially when we first arrived. Everyone is on the take, and this attitude is tiring after a couple of days. Still we enjoyed the experience but will not go back to stay in the Medina. Others staying in New Marrakech had a different experience and felt safer at night. It is really an individual choice about what trip you want to make.
- 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