I stayed for a couple of days at Riad El Kenz and I can resume it in one word: SUPER !!!
Upon arrival at Marrakech airport the owner arranged a private transfer: i recommend this to everybody if you dont want to be harrassed by the local and unfriendly taxi-drivers. Dont forget that Riad El Kenz (which means "the Tresor" btw) is located in the old medina and local taxidrivers dont always know this precious hidden diamond.
The rooms are very spacious, clean and all have a nice decoration (I prefer the African suite on the first floor) and the beds are really heavenly.
Every morning you are surprised by a generous breakfast: fresh orange juice and a choice between continental or morrocan breakfast (just tell the cooking lady what you like the evening before and she will do all it takes to impress you). Breakfast can be taken in the dining room or at the enormous terrace.
As the riad in general offers bed and breakfast, you have the choice to dine out in the evening or you ask the cooking lady to prepare you a typical local dish. And honestly, the best diners i ate at the riad: with her Berber background the kitchen has no secrets for her and she prepares the best couscous and tagines you can imagine.
However if you prefer to dine out and want to discover another restaurant, ask the owner upon arrival for the places to be: she lives already for many years in Marrakech and can recommend you the best places to go (sorry, but i forgot the names of the restaurants where i went to except one: Al fassia, which is really a must, but difficult to make a reservation as it is almost full house every evening).
The location of the riad cant be better; ok, in the beginning it gives the feeling that the medina is a real labyrinth, but you get used to it. After a 10 min. walk trough the souks, you will reach the "Place Djemna El Fna", the heart of the city. Go on one of the sunny terraces and take a mint tea or a fresh orange juice and just watch the people as it is one big circus :-).
Marrakech is also the city where you can shop till you drop... i hope you are good in negotiating prices :-). You really find everything you can imagine, except one thing: the cute pork statues you find in the riad...but also in this case the owner revealed the secret where i could get it.
If you stay a little bit longer than a couple of days, make a day trip to the coastal village of Essaouira. Although it is a 3 hours drive, the relaxing atmosphere and the many art galleries make it worthwile.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Articulated in a traditional way around its bright patio and around its pool, our riad counts 5 suites decorated with taste and simplicity and each equipped with bathroom and ac. the terrace and moroccan salon sound of the haven of peace and tranquillity. guaranteed charm. ... more less