I chose this Riad based upon the great ratings and reviews it has on here; I wasn't disappointed!
This was my first holiday without parents and I went with my girlfriend for a week, which I would say is a good length of time to stay for. We decided not to book through a company and directly e-mailed the Riad using the link on here. Manuela replied promptly and it was incredibly easy to book and place a deposit down. She also was quick to reply and very accommodating; even organising additional trips for us, such as a private 4x4 trip to the Atlas mountains and camel riding with an exclusive meal at a local house. Both trips I would fervently advise doing!
We arrived late in the evening (typical Ryan air) and were promptly picked up from the airport to the Riad. Unlike hotels, where you have to deal with booking in and collecting keys before you can relax, the Monriad immediately welcomed us and had already set the table and prepared dinner. After giving us time to relax and unwind after a stressful day of travelling, they then gave us information on Morocco and Marrakech itself. They showed us, on a map they provided, places of interest depending upon what interested us; for example I love history and so they showed us historical monuments and museums, but my girlfriend loves shopping and so they told us about the souks and showed us where the best markets were.
Manuela, Hossny and all of the other staff are incredibly friendly, easily approachable and genuinely nice people. The Riad, like a lot of reviews already say, really was like a sanctuary and provided a direct contrast to the manic hustle and bustle of the Jemaa el-Fnna, which was only a 3 minute walk away. We always felt safe and secure in the Riad, on the last day the cleaner, who always had a smile on her face, even ran after us with my phone which I'd accidently left behind! The terrace was beautiful, and due to the modest size of the Riad, we were often the only ones up there.
Breakfast was lovely, and included: freshly baked bread, Moroccan pancakes, freshly squeezed orange juice, roasted coffee, homemade yoghurt and jam. It was a wonderful start to every day and they served from 8ish to 10ish and so you could make your way down at any time. The dinner they also made was absolutely fantastic too! However, Manuela also showed us her favourite places to eat in the city, which were equally as nice. I would also advise eating at the stalls in the Jemaa el-Fnna because they were very quick, very cheap, and very nice .
All in all, I cannot praise and recommend the Monriad enough, its as beautiful as the pictures and really has a feeling of a traditional Moroccan home with each room decorated differently. If you're planning on visiting Marrakech, I would definitely advise avoiding hotels and always opting for a Riad. And I personally think that the best Riad is undoubtedly the Monriad!
I hope I have done it justice!
We will definitely be returning some day!
Ciaran and Francesca
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- MonRiad is located in Marrakech’s medina, a 5-minute walk from Jamaâ El Fna Square. It offers en suite rooms, a lounge and patio. Free Wi-Fi is available.MonRiad features traditional riad details including tedelakt tiles. Each room is air-conditioned and has a private bathroom.Guests are invited to relax in the riad’s living room, which has a fireplace and satellite TV. There is also a interior patio with a whirlpool fountain.MonRiad is 200 metres from Bahia Palace and 10 km from Marrakech-Menara Airport. There are a variety of sites in the area including the Berber village of Essaouira and the Ouzoud Waterfalls. ... more less
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