A bit of a story behind this one. We were returning to Marrakech after a trip to the desert and we had not been accessing our emails. We therefore did not receive the email from the owner offering to pick us up from the airport where we were returning our hire car. As a result, we got a taxi and despite the driver's assurances, he had no more than a rough idea where the riad was located. He dropped us off with all our luggage and pointed in a general direction and disappeared. We were immediately accosted by three boys who assured us they knew where the riad was. We were led down many streets and alleys and the boys eventually stopped at a non descript unmarked door down a dingy street. They had been joined by more of their pals by that time. Frankly, we were highly dubious that we had been taken to the right place and on ringing the bell, a guy appeared and there was just a bare wall behind him when he opened the door. No indication it was a riad so we refused to go in. To cut a long story short, it turned out to be the right place. This was a bad start and we concede we should have made better arrangements to ensure we found it. However, we felt that the owner Julian was not particularly understanding. We had emailed him long in advance of our trip to make arrangements and he only got back to us when we had already left home.
Anyway, on entering the riad, it is very authentic. On the ground floor it has a fish pond, a splash pool that is just about big enough to do a couple of strokes, a nice shady poolside area where you can eat or have a drink and a shady bar/lounge. There is also a hammam which we tried and which was a wonderful experience without having to leave the riad.
The roof terrace is amazing, quite big and set out in such a way that different guests can be up there without knowing anyone else is there. There is also a good mix of sun and shade.
The rooms are very authentic and the beds comfortable but there is no getting away from it - they are small. Also, there is no door between the bedroom and shower room/toilet so if you like privacy in that respect, there is none! The shower was powerful and you get a good wash.
Dinner was 25 euros per person for a "surprise" menu - so its four courses and for each one, you have to guess what it is and then they tell you. It was pretty good, the main course was a nice variation on the traditional tagine and was massive.
Alcoholic drinks were a bit more expensive than elsewhere we tried in Morocco (26 euros for a bottle of Moroccan wine, six or seven euros more than we typically paid elsewhere). Julian arranged a massage for my wife, it was good but again fairly expensive.
The riad is really very nice and Julian is fairly welcoming and attentive. But it is difficult to find your way to the souks and the Djema el Fna even after a couple of tries - should be about a twenty minute walk to Djema el Fna if you dont linger in the souks but pretty impossible to find your way back. Best just to get a cab to one of the gates to the walled medina nearby and then walk from there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Les inseparables, l’un des trésors de marrakech :Un lieu unique, à la structure authentique d‘origine, inimitable, rare, où chaque espace est pensé pour préserver votre intimité, même hors de vos chambres…Vivez l'un des plus grands riad de la médina, vous n’êtes pas à l’étroit, tout l’espace des inséparables vous appartient sur 400 mètres carré au sol !Le must des inséparables :Piscine chauffée, espace dédié solarium séparé, hammam traditionnel carré, double patio, bassin ornemental planté avec fontaine, salon de massages, café snack bar entre patios, restaurant en terrasse, double salon avec cheminée en rez de chaussée, salons en étagesAlors laissez vous tenter, venez découvrir vous aussi la magie des inséparables! ... more less
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