I recently stayed at Riad Siwan with my boyfriend for three nights and we both have mixed reviews. it's quite long, so skip to my summary at the bottom if you want a quick answer!
It started off well; we had a transfer from the airport organised for us and a man carried our bags through to the hotel. The location was amazing as you went from the hustle and bustle of a lively town to a very quiet hotel. We were greeted by the general manager of the hotel, as well as one of the owners who took us through a guide to Marrakech and suggested a few places to visit, most of which we did. (i would definitely suggest Topsis for Morrocan food, and Contoir for a bit of belly dancing!) They then prepared us an amazing lunch where they brought you items rather than ordering off a menu - a really nice touch.
However, there were a few things that didn't quite work, some of which are just due to our tastes, others which I think wouldn't suit anyone's tastes. We were the only people staying in the hotel so it was quite eerie and didn't particularly make me feel relaxed as I felt like you had to be very quiet and were being watched everywhere you went! However, there were a few times where it was so quiet, but the staff were being so noisy that it echoed around the building.
Then there was the bed. I don't mind a sturdy mattress but this bed was like sleeping on a metal table. Every morning we both woke up with lower back pain (I'm only 25!) and did not feel well rested. I quite like to sleep in a cool room but the air conditioning unit was so noisy that it made it difficult to sleep.
Finally, there were no locks on the doors which I understand it quite common in Riads but there also wasn't a safety deposit box in the room. It would've been nice to have this explained, or reassured when we got there about the safety of the hotel.
Location - amazing
Food - really good but would possibly get bored of it if we stayed longer than 3 nights
Room - basic
Bed - awful!
Staff - very knowledgeable about the area, friendly, attentive.
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Siwan Hotel Marrakech