My daughter and I had a wonderful time here. We were in the Emerald Suite on the ground floor. The decor was exquisite as was everything in the riad. The bathroom quite amazing. Lovely and cool room with a sitting area, many satalite channels including BBC World, a US Asia channel and Aljazeera for when the signal went down! The room is adjacent to the small pool....yes we took little swims. No need to be embarrassed! The breakfast was so carefully prepared. Freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade vanilla pannacotta, orange pancakes, muffins, other goodies, selection of preserves including a yummy fig jam and chocolate spread. Omelette on offer but we we too full by then....
Mohammed was the main man operations wise and was totally devoted to taking care of the guests. When I asked where the nearest pharmacy was he offered to escort us there. Issy was suffering from what I think was an allergic reaction to the dust. The manager Paulo, Mohammed and the smiling Ishmael all asked after her. As two female travellers we felt totally safe and cared for here, and this felt priceless as the medina has its challenging aspects. If you get lost poeple will guide you and then ask for money. We came unstuck as we were relieved of money and left lost! If in doubt ask a policeman (there are many) or take a small taxi.
We loved the Cosybar (fab food and serves alcohol in the medina) and the Bains de Marrakech. Re latter pre book on their website before travelling. Wonderful experience, exceeds London alternatives and they have great prices.
The riad arranged a trip to Essauria...well worth it, but you will be taken to a carpet co-op en route. Great if you want to buy a carpet from a worthy source. We had a private driver and this felt very good, i.e. all very professional and comfortable.
The only downside of Marrakech is everyone is trying to get a living and you do feel a bit at their mercy. Best to give in to some extent. As it's only a few dirhams we can afford. What bugs me is when you know you are being conned!
If you like to drink buy duty free on the way! I was shocked that none of the restaurants served wine. A lot of people are happy on water, Pepsi and coffee! Paulo is an absolutely charming and thoughtful italian manager and he anticipates such wishes. There are mini bars in the rooms and you can order moroccan or italian wine in the riad. It is lovely to sit on the roof terrace supping as you listen to the mingle of birdsong, errant mopeds, the call to prayer, the flutes of the distant snake charmers and children playing.
If you want or need anything you will be advised. This is excellent value for money. Thank you Paulo, Mohammed and Ismael for all your kindness.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enter Riad 58 blu, discover this little treasure, this relaxing oasis in the very earth of the lively medina, just a few steps from the excitement of the famous Jema el Fna square.Let yourself be captivated by the magic of its Moorish style and by the warm welcome of Paolo and Cinzia: Paolo Lombatti, its Italian owner who, after ten years experience in Morocco, will suggest you to take advantage of your stay in Marrakech and how to discover its surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad 58 Blu Marrakech
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