Before continuing I would like to make a remark about the review posted by a fellow guest ‘AlsterHamburg’ with whom my stay at the Riad happened to coincide – in a word ‘ A load of Tosh!’ This ancient city seemed to have not spruced itself up enough for my fellow guest, who was perhaps hoping for a Disneyland version, rather than the real thing. Perhaps a faceless corporate chain hotel would have suited his needs better, though I suspect his temperament is best suited to avoiding foreign travel and simply staying at home.
This Riad is an exquisite gem! A calm and peaceful oasis with tastefully decorated suites/rooms leading off a delightful courtyard, and situated a convenient ( and easily retraceable) 10 mins from the main square . More a bijou boutique hotel, this is the perfect location to explore the bustle of the medina, in the knowledge that your cool and tranquil oasis is within easy reach and you can escape at any time to a sunbed on the terrace or to sip mint tea by the orange tree in the courtyard.
What makes this Riad a standout however is the warmth, hospitality and effortless grace of its staff. With professional ease, the manager Hicham hand held through my ATM traumas- cheerfully acting as an unflustered concierge/PA. The always willing to attend to your needs Badre, conjuring up a delicious breakfast at 6am, then personally accompanying you with your baggage to a waiting taxi across the square. The excellent culinary skills and charming smiles of Asna and Khawala. We also tried the food in a couple of recommended restaurants but the food in the riad was far superior.
If you want to experience the magic of Marrakesh, then you could do no better than staying here at Riad Granvilier and asking Hicham to book a local tour with an excellent English speaking guide (I think his name was Mohammed).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Granvilier is a luxury hotel in the heart of the old Medina of Marrakech. It has been tastefully and lovingly restored with great attention to detail. Decorated with the finest traditional materials, exclusive, hand-crafted furniture and contemporary Moroccan art. It is ideal for people looking for personalized service. Riad Granvilier is the perfect base to enjoy the wonders of Marrakech. You will live an authentic and unique Moroccan experience! ... more less
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