We came to Marrakesh for a belated honeymoon and were initially planning to book an all inclusive hotel out in the Palmerie. We decided that to stay somewhere like that would be like staying 'anywhere' and felt a riad would be more authentic and more of an experience. Also we didn't want to be reliant on a taxi everytime that we wanted to go out.
I had read that the riad was down an alleyway, it certainly was, more like 4-5 alleyways and at first it was daunting. It's actually very easy to navigate and the location is ideal for getting out an about. Whats even better though is the peace inside the riad when you close the door behind you!
All staff were very friendly and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. As the riad only has 7 rooms you can be guaranteed of a more personal service. We booked on a half board basis thinking that we would still eat out for a few nights but the food was so good that we never did! Lovely tagines and cous cous. We paid for our drinks every evening so that we wouldn't have a final bill at the end (except for the tourist tax) although it wasn't initially made clear that we needed to pay for the mint tea. Even so, the mint tea was so nice that we still ordered it every night!
I think others have commented on the bed - a concrete bed base does make it quite hard but I understand this isn't unusual. You do hear the calls to prayer at 4am ish but I got used to it and sometimes slept through it (I am a very light sleeper). We were very happy with the breakfast, fresh juice, coffee, breads/jams, yoghurts and either crepes/moroccan pancakes/madeira cake which certainly beats cereal at home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 2 minutes de la célèbre place Jemâa-el-Fna et du Minaret de la Koutoubia... N'hésitez à pousser la porte de ce ryad... C'est dans le quartier El ksour (ksour pluriel de ksar qui veut dire palais) que se trouve ce charmant ryad. Son emplacement, vous permettra de profiter de l'ambiance des souks et de l'agitation de la place, mais également de l'attrait du quartier européen de Guéliz (10 mn à pieds) On vous proposera de prendre un verre de thé au bord du bassin, sur la terrasse, ou dans le salon marocain au coin de la cheminée.... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad La Croix Berbere Hotel Marrakech