My friend and I went to Riad Sidi Omar for a cultural week away in Marrakech. We decided to pick this Riad because of the brilliant reviews it had received on Tripadvisor. We were 100% delighted with our choice - this Riad made our trip. Omar and his family run the Riad and it really does have a family feel to it. He told us that he wanted us to feel at home and we really did. Omar and his brothers took it on themselves to make us feel very comfortable at the Riad and they would bring us traditional Moroccan mint tea and even fruit if we felt peckish. They would also come and socialize with us in the evenings, if we wanted to, and we met some other travellers in the Riad because Omar and his brothers introduced us to them (we later went on a camel trek with that group of people). Omar's mum made us an incredible Moroccan dinner that we had in the Riad for a very reasonable price - he even walked us to the public baths to show us how the pot was buried in the ashes from the furnace and slowly cooked all day. As other reviewers have said, Riad Sidi Omar is a haven of tranquility in the craziness that is The Medina and it really did feel like we were coming home to it every day after trekking around the city in the heat. Finally, I want to point out that we met a 19 year old Australian girl during our trip to the desert who was travelling on her own and didn't have anywhere to stay. After our desert trip she was very ill with quite severe sunstroke - Omar, after asking his other guests, helped accommodate her for the night so she wasn't wandering around Marrakech sick and on her own. I would 100% recommend this Riad purely for the family-like care and atmosphere. And for those who like to know about the rooms, food and price, the rooms were beautiful, the complementary breakfast was the best I have ever had in a hotel and the price was fantastic and well within most people's budget. Thanks Omar from Rachel and Zanny!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The bougainviller on the patio of the riad gives an added value to the beauty of the riad. ... more less