One word: amazing! My friend and I spent about a week in Morocco and traveled between a few cities, and this riad was without a doubt a highlight. My bags decided to stay in Casablanca overnight (thanks, Royal Air Maroc!), and Valerie was kind enough to make all the phone calls to identify when it arrived and schedule a taxi to go pick it up (customs doesn't allow delivery). Because all my toiletries were in that bag, she was even kind enough to give me a kit with rose water, cotton pads for my face, and Q-tips. Shampoo and the like were already included in the room.
Then there was breakfast. My dear…sweet…Jesus….SO delicious! There wasn't one thing on that table that wasn't homemade. The yogurt was DELICIOUS, the jams were insane, and I think she ruined orange juice for me forever. It was so fresh and sweet…I've spent the last week in Spain and want to throw all other orange juices in people's faces. (j/k) But the best part were the pancakes. The staff would alternate between a moroccan pancake that was flaky (recommend you smother in honey) and one that literally translated to "1,000 holes." My friend and I were sure that Valerie's staff would comment on the sheer amount of food we ate. It was all fabulous.
The riad itself was probably the most beautiful boutique hotel I've ever been in. The decor is gorgeous, and they always light candles at night by the pool which gives it this beautiful ambience. We loved spending nights laying out on the oversized pillows by the fire and chatting for hours -- so gorgeous! The rooms were simple, but I was in love with our bathroom. If I could build the same thing in the US, I would. No more tiles for this gal! And my favorite part was that there was no TV. I spend all day at work in front of screens -- three computer screens, iPhone ringing, with some news channel on in the office. I just want to unplug when I'm on vacay, and that's exactly what Valerie and her team were able to help us do.
I forgot to mention her AWESOME recommendations. There was a hammam she advised we go to, and it was by far the BEST of the two hammams we went to while we were there. And super cheap compared to the states. Just ask her for recommendations on everything…she won't steer you wrong. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
Tip: just arrange ahead of time to have Valerie get someone to drive you in the first time to the riad. The streets are very maze-like, and if it's your first time in Morocco, it's easy to get lost. After that, she'll give you a map to get around. Well worth the extra money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Cherrata is ideally located on the edge of the medina, at 10 minutes walk from Jemaa El Fna Square and 8 minutes drive from Golf Amelkis, Golf Royal and Golf Al Maaden... Reachable by car, a car park is available nearby. The sober elegance and a discreet luxury appeal to this little Riad. Everything has been though to make your stay a true pleasant and refined experience : a meticulous decoration, a range of tasty Moroccan Cuisine (on request). You can also savour a traditional mint tea with Moroccan pastries by its refreshing small pool and fountain. THE PATIO This little house privileges intimacy where << Tailor-Made>> is a philosophy. We do wish to answer our guests' desires and make them enjoy the best of our wonderful mythic city of Marrakech. Riad Cherrata is the perfect alliance between the tradition of architecture, noble materials of Morocco and modernity, providing a serene and calm atmosphere. The lounge, the cosy elegant rooms and the three terraces (including one with panoramic view on the Atlas Mountains and Koutoubia Mosque) are such a haven of peace. THE ROOMS Every room is equipped with all modern comfort : Split Air conditioning & heat system, individual safety box, plasma screen TV (on request), and a particular attention was given to the quality of beds. SABRA Junior Suite : Is the largest double room, with a sitting area, located on the first floor (no lift) - Double bed (Baldachin) - Extra bed available - Split air conditioning & heat system - Individual safety box - Bathroom with shower - Hair dryer Decoration combines refinement, comfort and tradition. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Cherrata Hotel Marrakech