We stayed for 3 nights as a family of four, mother, sister, daughter and myself. The transfer to and from the airport was booked through the Riad. You cannot be dropped off directly outside the Riad as the streets are too narrow, a young man met us and helped us to the Riad with our luggage. He did ask for a tip but unfortunately at this point we had no cash, our plan was to tip on our departure but we had a different person. On arriving at the Riad It was like stepping into an oasis, with the smell of orange blossom and the sound of water. The decor and furniture was beautiful, a real mixture of Morrocan and French, I have never stayed somewhere so unusual. A refreshing change from your normal large hotels. We had reserved 2 twin rooms but on arrival was told that only a double and twin was available, a twin room would not become available until the evening. Me and my daughter decided to take a look at the double and agreed to it there and then. We stayed in the 'Coupole' room which has a four poster bed and a large open ensuite. The open ensuite isn't ideal but there is so many areas to sit and read, sunbathe or watch tv, whilst the other person showers so it wasn't a huge problem for us. My mother and sister stayed in the 'Orient Express' which is situated up on the terrace, in comparison to our room it was very basic but they were happy enough with it. Ismael was very helpful and gave us a map with directions to the square. He did tell us that if we got lost there is always young boys willing to show us the way back but they do expect paying and that its best to agree a price first. We also realised that initially they will try and direct you in the wrong direction and then offer their help. We did do this once on the first night, and we paid a boy 20 Dirham (about £1.60) but after that we did manage between us to find our way back to the Riad. We felt safe the whole time we were there. Breakfast consisted of pastries, breads, orange juice and coffee served up on the terrace looking out at the Atlas mountains. My only complaint was there seemed to be a really bad wasp problem, so rather than breakfast being a relaxing affair, we tended to eat it as quick as we could with serviettes placed over all the food. For convenience we ate lunch at the hotel a couple of times and sampled one of their delicious cakes. Eating in the souks and the square is very cheap, we tended to eat there most days and return to the hotel for a few bottles of wine. We also had lovely massages at the hotel. The hotel provides towels and straw hats for sunbathing on the terrace. The staff were very nice and friendly and when the owner arrived, he came and introduced himself. We also liked that we pretty much had the rooms until we checked out. We all agreed that should we return to Marrakech then we would not hesitate in booking this Riad. Also worth a mention, the guys that work in the herbalist shop a few metres down from the Riad on the left hand side. (we also used this as a landmark) Very friendly and if you get lost, or want directions ask them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Riad is located in central Marrakesh, in the Medina and a 10-minute walk to Jamaa El Fna Square. It has 3 swimming pools, a hammam and a panoramic roof terrace. Each of the Riad De Charme's guest rooms has a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi internet access. The Moullaoud's restaurant serves traditional, regional cuisine which can be enjoyed on the hotel terrace and patio. Guests of the Riad De Charme can enjoy massage treatment and relax in the Hammam or on the sunbathing terrace. Golf is available nearby. Riad De Charme Moullaoud is just a 2-minute walk from old markets, souks and guests can visit the nearby Ben Youssef Medersa, and Jemaa El Fna square. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Moullaoud Hotel Marrakech