A quiet comfortable oasis in the Medina. You are in the old city and so should expect to see an old city and we are not talking Rome. The Riad was very comfortable inside - and a huge contrast to the outside. The staff were wonderful and couldn't have done more for us both in the Riad and helping with touring. The massage / Hamaam was a real experience as well as very refreshing and relaxing - a cultural must do! Food was typically Moroccan for the three nights that we ate in and the rest of the time the staff and the owners steered us towards really great places to visit and eat. You will need Ibrahim the Guide to show you around the Souks (market) and you will get lost on your own afterwards but it won't matter because everyone will want to show you the way home for 50 to 100 Dirhams. It's their way of making a living but I did find it quite intimidating to begin with until I got used to it and learnt how to say no politely and yes when I needed the help (I'm just too British!).
We stayed for a week and I think could have fitted in a two/three day trip into the desert quite comfortably - there is only so much market shopping you can take! We did the journey to the Toubkal Kasbah, in which you will visit every type of craft 'shop' you can think of. Spend the money - they need it - but haggle like there is no tomorrow - they love to win and they always do but you'll feel like you did well.
I really liked the people of Marrakech and the hardest thing was overcoming my ignorance. At the end of every day the Riad was a haven of peace, tranquility and comfort in which to consolidate the day's experiences and plan the next.
Thanks to Marcus (owner) and Imane and Faisal for their kindness and understanding.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Zamzam Riad is a luxury boutique hotel and spa with concierge service, hosting 7 bedrooms and suites over the ground and first floor. A number of stylish French and Moroccan antiques furnish the bedrooms together with hand woven Moroccan carpets and artifacts sourced locally and globally. Come and taste our superb Moroccan and International fusion cuisine! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zamzam Riad Hotel Marrakech
- Zamzam Riad Marrakech