Well where do I start, the Riad Dubai is a must if you are visiting Marrakech. We arranged a transfer from airport via the hotel, the taxi met us and took us to the Riad which is set in the walls of the Medina. Housni came to meet us at the end of the street and helped us with our baggage. When we entered the Riad, we left the craziness of the streets and walked into a tranquil haven where we were seated with a lovely glass of Peppermint Tea and given a brief on the local areas, where to go and not to go etc. We were introduced to the staff and were welcomed "home" which is how it felt. The place is very safe and we would even go out with our door unlocked.
Our room was lovely, we were dubious about room 1 after reading reviews but it was fine and Housni even said if we were not happy he would try and resolve.
The rest of the staff were amazing, Abdul and Hassan providing us with amazing breakfast and dinner. The tagine's and skewers were to die for. We used to take breakfast quite late so it lasted us and this was never a problem and we would sit up on the roof terrace which was a joy. The sun was blazing, there was a berber tent which you could go in for shade or lovely sun loungers if you wanted to take in some warmth. The evenings were pleasant but sometimes you needed a light cardi just over shoulders.
The personal touchers were excellent, on the first morning, drying my hair, my hairbrush broke and Housni even went as far as going to the shop and buying superglue. Faultless.
The only thing I would suggest is if you take the Ourika Valley trip, be prepared, it doesnt state that it is quite a strenuous walk, two of our party from the coach couldnt make it and myself and another person went up and it was very strenuous, very rocky - almost rock climbing in parts, it was fantastic and well worth it but if you decide to go, take very good grip footwear and be prepared for a climb.
The Riad was located near the palace and therefore only about 10 min walk to the Old Square, in the evening it was quite overwhelming with the amount of locals around but there is a lot of guards dotted around and there is no trouble what so ever, just takes a bit of getting used to.
For anyone travelling to Marrakech, this is definately a place to stay, we did bed, breakfast and evening meal, but even if you only eat there a few nights and experience eating in the square, but definately recommend tagines in the Riad with Chicken and Citrus, Keftas(Koftas??), lamb tagine, morroccan salad being a must.
- 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