Zamzam Riad is a little off the beaten track , not too easy to find and accessed through a tiny unmarked passage way. And that's what makes it great. Zamzam is to Marrakesh what speakeasys were to prohibition: hidden from view but stocked full of exactly what you want.
At the North end of the Medina you wont see many, if any, other tourists but the tiny streets and passages are bustling with life and everyone one has a broad smile and a "bonjour!" as you pass.
Inside Zamzam British owners Marcus and Emma have taken great care and effort to make it both very comfortable and entirely authentic. Everything from glassware to beautiful beaten bronze lampshades are chosen with care. The central courtyard is cool ( the heat outside was 35 degrees on the days we visited) and a fountain plays in a plunge pool strewn with rose petals. Our room - the Palm Suite - was comfortable and well-equipped with a large, firm bed, high quality linen and towels and a powerful walk-in shower and air con.
There is a full Hammam and massage service ( we didnt try but heard from others that it was great) and a great roof-terrace for sunbathing with comfortable loungers and even straw hats for guests.
The staff led by Imane and brilliantly supported by Faysal are unendingly helpful - pointing you in the right direction on adventures in to the Souks or to great local restaurants and helping with taxis, trips and great advice on how to extract the maximum fun and interest during your stay.
The food is prepared by two lovely women in their small kitchen and is both entirely authentic and as good as anything we ate in the city. The Zamzam zamwich with Kefte ( meatballs) is a new contender for Last Meal.
If you like pool-side service and five star luxury chain hotels then this isn't for you. If you want an authentic and immersive experience of the true Marrakesh then I STRONGLY advise you to stay here.
- 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