I booked a trip to Marrakech for my boyfriends birthday - I had no idea where to stay but I was told we must stay in a Riad (having been I certainly agree). Make sure that where ever you do choose to stay it is inside the Medina which is the walled city. There is much less of a Marrakech feel outside of the Medina, if you are going to Marrakech you need to be right in the thick of it all!!
When you arrive in the taxi he will take you as far as you can get into the small windy streets, then he will take you to your Riad by foot...I would definitely book a taxi with your hotel/riad on the way there, it will be about 150-160 dirhams but I would recommend getting a taxi back yourself. Once you know your way round and have got used to haggling you can get a taxi for 100 dirhams, maybe even less!
Walking down the windy street on arrival, all you can see are the small streets and bricked buildings with no windows and then you arrive at the Riad which is nothing to look at on the outside but once you walk through the door you are welcomeed with a wonderful sense of peacefulness and calm.
The beautiful fountain in the centre, the open roof as you look up and the smell of Mint Tea to Welcome you!
The Riad is in a perfect position, it is so close to the main square (Jemaa el-Fnaa) but it is so peaceful, you can not here a sound of the outside chaos.
The rooms are very pretty, there are even Rose petals in the toilet and the roof terrace is very nice, especially on a sunny morning.
Breakfast is a mix of cakes, bread, pancakes and omelette - I suggest filling yourself up on this and then go out exploring.
The main square is both weird and wonderful, you will see Snake charmers, men with Monkeys, acrobatics, beggars, children trying to sell you a pack of tissues and lots more crazy things.
Make sure you experience it all - the best bit about our trip was getting lost in the Souks. There are so many stalls in all different directions, but don't worry you will always make your way back to the main square.
Some people will just point in the direction of the square without you even asking, they just assume you are lost.
We did get caught out one time and followed a man saying he would take us back to the square but it turned out he was taking us to a Tannery (which turned out to be very interesting but smells terrible!!!!) so after we had been in the tannery, visited the guy who crafts the leathers into shoes, rugs, bags etc, brought some souvenirs and paid them for showing us round we were eventually sent in the direction of the square!
Never pay the asking price - always go for half the price, start low and work your way up - if you walk away they will shout prices lower and lower until you turn around and say OK!
There is a nice restaurant on the side of the square, it is called something like Glass house, they do a very nice hot chocolate. You can sit for hours just watching the goings on in the square - it is never ever silent!
Be prepared to be woken up at 5.30 am by prayer time, there is no getting away from it as it comes out of loud speakers from all the tall towers dotted around the City.
We went from Wednesday (arrived at 11am) and left on Saturday evening which was a perfect amount of time.
On Fridays and Sundays the king goes out and you can visit Agdal Gardens, you can walk through hundreds of Olive Trees and go to the large pool to see all the massive Carp - be careful of people just walking up to you and start talking to you about where you are, they just want your money, if you kindly give them a few dirhams they will even say I would like more!!
A tip for young ladies...even if it is hot wear trousers and a t-shirt. Don't go out with hot pants and a revealing top on, you need to remember you are in a Muslim country and need to dress accordingly!!
November is a great time to go, we had no rain, just lots of sunshine and about 23 degrees each day!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palais Des Princesses is located in the heart of Marrakech's medina, a 2-minute walk from the famous Jamaa El Fna Square. It features an indoor swimming pool, Spa & Wellness Centre, where there is a hammam, hot tub and massages available upon request. The guest rooms are located around a central courtyard with flowers and trees. The bright, spacious rooms have air conditioning, a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi internet access. Some rooms have a 4-poster bed. Riad Palais Des Princesses provides a daily buffet breakfast that is served on the terrace. The hotel restaurant serves traditional Moroccan cuisine. Set within the Riad Zitoune El Keddim district, the residence has easy access to the city's many sites. Public parking is available nearby for guests arriving by car. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Et Palais Des Princesses Hotel Marrakech