Myself and my two friends found this hotel to be very warm and welcoming, a real haven in the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. We found the Riad to be in walking distance of pretty much everything we wanted to see in Marrakech, and more importantly for me (I have no sense of direction) it was really easy to find, even though it was hidden away. To my friends delight they also had WIFI (though slightly sporadic, but when you're on holiday do you really need to be glued to the internet?). The rooms were cleaned daily, with fresh towels and if you ever needed more they were more than happy to provide.
Aziz (the manager) was always smiling and nothing was ever too much trouble for him. If you wanted, Aziz could arrange trips for you, sometimes taking you himself to show you a bit of the real Morocco. Though there was never any pressure to do this with him, as we also hired a private guide to see the sights through someone elses eyes too. When we did take a trip with Aziz we found him to be delightful company, giving you space to be on your own, or acting as guide. The staff themselves wouldnt have been out of place in an English 5*. As with Aziz, they were always ready to provide whatever you wanted with a smile, speaking a selection of languages (far more perfectly than I speak French) and somebody would always help you find what you wanted.
Having not stayed in Morocco before I have no idea if this is the kind of service that is provided in all Riads or if it is special to Riad Al Mansoura, but when I go again (which I will as there is always more to see) I know I won't be staying anywhere else. I cannot recommend this Riad enough if you want to be treated like royalty without having to blow your whole holiday budget on you accomodation alone. As with all Riads / Hotels in Morocco, there is a goverment set tax that has to be paid (it is set by the government and not the Riad) but at only 1 euro a day it isnt much.
The only tip I would give anyone who isnt used to the amount of people begging money is avoid those that chase you for cash as they hand their money over to their big boss at the end of the day. Instead, look out for the people that the shops, cafes etc give food to ,or to the old men and women who are still working past 70 ish. These don't ask for money but gratefully receive it (a tip our guide gave us as a way for him to decide who to give his change to). When we did give money we also found ways to give it as subtly so as not to be descended on by everyone!
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Al Mansoura Marrakech