We were based in the Riad Dubia in the Kasbah district of Marrakech. This was about a 20 minute walk to the main Jemaa El Fna market square in Marrakech.
The city wall around Marrakech is quite extensive and our transport from the airport dropped us off at one of the gate openings in the city wall, where we were met by the Riad manager. It was fortunate the manager met us, even with our map at hand we would never have found to riad on our own. The typical narrow maze of streets and alleyways is very confusing and no street names! Anyhow we arrived at what looked like a very typical Riad (boarding house). It only had 6 rooms for guests. The Riad and room were clean but basic.
The Riad manager was very welcoming and gave us very detailed guidance on where and where not to go on our travels etc.
Our room did not contain a wardrobe, which I thought was unusual so we had to hang our clothes we had brought for evening on a coat stand. The thing is we never used these clothes. Marrakech is very casual, and people do not dress up at evening.
The showers was constructed of skimmed concrete or similar. It operated well and looks worse than it is.
There was a roof terrace for sun bathing and relaxing and breakfast could be taken up there.
One point I found a little annoying concerned hotel costs during stay, meals drinks etc were priced in Euros, but when I came to check out I could only pay in Dirhams local currency, with my credit or debit card. Therefore I was at the mercy of the Riad managers exchange rate!
There is no pool at the Diad Dubia, but a sister Riad Qodwa has a pool. The Riad Qodwa is about 40 minutes drive out of Marrakech, however the Riad manager offers free transfer arrangement to and from the Qodwa. You can take this trip as many days as you want. You will only probably get about 4 hours at the Qodwa each day since the journeys have to fit in with drivers schedule. Normal journey time during our visits say leaves Riad Dubia at 11am and leaves Riad Qodwa return journey about 4pm
- 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