My partner and I have just returned from a 5 day (4 night) trip to Morocco during which we spent 3 nights in Riad Dubai in Marrakech. I want to thank everyone at Riad Dubai (especially Said, Mustafa and Hassan!) for making this one of the most incredible holidays we have ever had!
The Riad itself is beautiful and since it's quite small (approx 6 rooms), it feels very homely and special. We stayed in the Joumana suite which was beautiful and though i can only speak for this room, im sure all the other rooms are equally as lovely with their authentic Moroccan design. The riad has a very nice roof terrace which we frequently used for breakfast, dinners and early evening drinks. It was a little cold during November but I think that's fair enough and it was nice enough that we still sat up there in the evening and the team will bring you whatever you need. But if you prefer there's a small lounge with a fire in winter next to the gorgeous courtyard which the Riad centres around. In terms of food, the quality was excellent and as other reviewers have mentioned, Mustafa and Hassan are superbly attentive to your needs and will happily cook whenever you require. wine and beer is also available at reasonable prices.
The best thing about this place is the friendly and helpful service. We had opted to do a Saharan desert excursion (2 day/1 night) during our trip which we booked through the Riad and I had planned to propose to my girlfriend (now fiance!) on the trip. Having spoken to Siad about it via email beforehand, he had arranged to have the room decorated with roses and have a bottle of champagne ready chilled in the room for when we arrived back. It was a great touch to end an already special trip. They are also really helpful in terms of helping you get your bearings. The Riad is about 15 minutes away from the main square and is somewhat hidden in little windy streets although
it's well signposted from one of the main gates and we never got lost, but the team will happily come and get you if you call them and on the first few outings will offer to walk you to a main junction and point you on your way. Really reassuring and you can take a mobile number for emergencies.
I would also recommend the trip over the Atlas Mountains to the desert though it's a long drive they do stop quite a lot - if you don't like slightly rickety old minibuses though it might not be your style but it was so worth it for the scenery and the wonderful night in the desert with the Berbers - the 'tents' are very solid, electric lighting, clean decent toilet facilities and lots of blankets on proper mattresses so don't think English camping style - but it still feels peaceful and special.
My only negative memory was that our planned transfer arrived late to pick us up from the airport which was slightly un-nerving. We called the Riad and someone arrived within a few minutes which was great but its probably worth double checking the transfer and flight times with the Riad beforehand. They hadn't forgotten though so just give it a bit of time before you worry.
Overall the trip was fantastic and was made even more special through the efforts of Siad and the rest of the guys working at the Riad and therefore would happily award it 5 stars and would recommend it to everyone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the heart of the Kasbah of Marrakech is our beautiful Riad Dubai, 5 different beautiful suites with every comfort, air conditioning, safe, bath & shower, mini bar, SAT TV, internet wifi. Said the owner will prepare a special Moroccan cuisine for you, a terrace is waiting for you to relax and unwind, we organize all kinds of excursions in Marrakech and Morocco, a shuttle service to all airport transfers. Said and his wife Malika are waiting to offer you a pleasant and impeccable holiday . "Welcome to Riad Dubai" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dubai Hotel Marrakech