Had a great stay here in April for 5 nights.
Were well looked after and this Riad is truly a calm oasis within the frenetic hustle and bustle of Marakesh!
Location......... Superb. 5 minutes walk from the central Jemaa El Fna square where it all happens both day and night! Also great location for walking around the souks, the school of koranic art as well as the simple sport of "wandering". I am truly good at that!
Staff.......... All helpful and polite. Both the lads (Ahmed and Abdul) were very friendly and courteous as were the girls who do the cooking and cleaning etc
Patrice and Charlotte very friendly and helpful. Thanks to Charlotte for the lend of a hat which saved my bald pate and sunburnt forehead.
Riad building......... well thought out accommodation, welcome pool ( I only sat my blistered feet in it!) great roof terrace and lovely public areas with little lounges etc
Food............ we ate here once and it was lovely. Breakfasts more than enough, simple fair but we specially enjoyed the poratha like pancakes and fresh orange juice.
Alcohol is not served openly in Marrakesh so it is welcoming that this Riad offers beer and wine.
Eating out....... Avoid the tourist restaurants around the square, food is average tourist fair.
Take your life in your hands and eat at one of the stalls at night in the main square, avoid stall 100 but go for stall 30. Best guide is to look for a food stall with plenty of local Moroccans sitting down. Avoid the ones with only tourists eating.
A very good but incredibly simple and basic restaurant catering for locals as well as tourists who know of the place is "Oskars" on rue de marine just down from the post office building off main square. Simple menu but great food at a good price! Look carefully, it can be easily walked by and missed!
What more can I say? The other reviews have said it all and this Riad lives up to all comments.
Great place, great stay!
Thank you to you all who made us so welcome.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at only 2 minutes( 0,300m) on foot from the famous Square Jemaa El Fna, taxis and at the entry of the souk and close to the main monuments, Medersa Ben youssef, Palace Bahia and Baldi, and at the entry of the souks, this authentic and magical Moroccan guest house combines the peace and quiet of a local side street and the bustling excitement of all types of interests in the heart of the picturesque Medina and close to the centre of "Gueliz", the modern city. This splendid Riad is the oldest neighborhood, it was completely restored in 2008 with elegance and modernity by Moroccan craftsmen in the respect for tradition. " Riad Itrane" provides four courtyards, with threes, flowers, 2 fountains, and a superb counter-current swimming pool pool heated in winter, many terraces with sun deck where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Medina, the Atlas mountains and the koutoubia mosquee. Comfortable living rooms and a spacious dinning room equipped with fire places will offer you a combination of relaxation and delight. Within this unique setting, a particularly attentive team is at your disposal 24/24h to provide you the highest standard catering services which contribute to the excellent reputation of this guest house. French, English are fluently spoken here. Breakfasts are plentiful and varied, and our delicious lunches and dinners are on demand before 11h00 AM, and at a reasonable price. Special birthday dinner with a birthday cake made by the best pastry of Marrakech. " Riad Itrane" welcomes you in the heart of Marrakech to make your dreams come true within a peaceful and unforgettable setting..." " Itrane" means " star" in Berber language, this "star's guest house" will therefore make your life more radiant! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Itrane Hotel Marrakech