I couldn’t recommend this place highly enough. When I first arrived in Marrakech after a tiring journey, I was a little tense at the journey to the Riad, the fact that it was full of twisting, identical alleys and was truly a residential area with very few tourists in site. However, as my stay progressed my initial intimidation turned into appreciation for this community and the people in it. If you want a little adventure and a truer taste of Marrakech, this place is wonderful. The people at the riad are fantastic and nothing is too much trouble. They are warm and language barrier aside, very friendly and you feel very at home. They mainly speak French and Arabic but we got by on a little French and English. We had a problem with our room the first few nights (damp) but when we mentioned this we were moved immediately to a room upstairs and this was lovely. Breakfast was beautiful and we often ate on the roof terrace, watching the birds and enjoying some sun. The two ladies that cook and sort the rooms are amazing and I was nearly tearful at leaving at the genuine warmth and hugs we got as we left. This is a true home away from home. Yes it is a bit tricky to find the place and there are a few turns in similar looking alleys but we managed not to get lost once the whole week and went exploring the first night so I wouldn’t say it was that hard! It’s about 15-20minutes to the main square Jemaa-El-Fna but the local souks sold the same items at a cheaper price. You will of course on the way in and out of the area where the riad is based get approached by teenage boys and some men to see if you want a guide, to buy items etc. etc. and the teenagers can be quite cheeky and tell you alleys are closed and follow you a little way when you say no still trying but this is to be expected. A firm but friendly approach was fine for us. We enjoyed banter with the teenagers and had a laugh when they told us the alley ways were closed. They will try lots on tricks but my advice would be stay calm and friendly and don’t feel threatened as they are all locals who live in the area and you’re likely to get to know some of them a little during your walks to and from the Riad. Cigarettes and lollipops (for the kids) are great to give out to get some of them to leave! I can’t wait to go back to Morocco (I highly recommend Essouira, quad biking in the Atlas and Ouzoud Waterfalls) and will definitely be paying another visit to Abdul and co at Riad Hcekarram. Thank you for our welcome and making our stay so pleasant ps. If you forget the name of your riad, it’s just Marrakech backwards!
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- A beautifully restored guest house in 2010 by Master Craftsmen hidden in Marrakech medina, keenly priced and very chilled. Riad Hcekarram offers his guests charm, comfort and tranquility.Located in a very old quarter in the north of the Medina, Sidi Ben Slimane, the spiritual part of the ochre city, at 02 steps from the famous Restaurant Dar Zellij. ... more less
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