We booked this Riad via Ebookers...and the location of the Riad was different to what was advertised on the website. The location was in fact in the very South of the Medina in a really derelict part of the city. For us it added to the 'adventure' and made it more interesting, as it was really safe. However, I wouldn't wanted to have stayed there if I was a lone female.
The Riad was basic (the rooms have no technology), asthetically pleasing, with large rooms and extremely accommodating staff. The staff were incredibly friendly and eager to please their guests. The cook was excellent and would make us breakfast whenever we got up, which would often be late morning! We had dinner there one night, and the tagine was great.
The room we stayed in was on courtyard level, so we could never open our curtains as we would literally be looking at someone eating there meal, which meant our room was always in darkness. Also, it was so quiet in the Riad, as there were no tv or radio in either the rooms or the communal area (which was fine for us, but sometimes you like a little background noise), so when people ate or the staff were preparing for meals, the noise echoed throughout our room. If staying here, I would ask for a room at a higher level and take earplugs!
There was one member of staff, Adbul, who was in attendance all the time (the poor guy never seemed to have any time off) and would walk us to meet taxis (as the street the Riad was quite remote and we had no clue where the taxis would be picking us up from) and help us with baggage, etc. However, in return for this 'very helpful service', he would overstep the boundary and pull up a chair to sit with us when we lounged on the Riad roof terrace...which is all very pleasant, however a little intense, as he wouldn't leave...and he would come and sit with us when we were eating our meals...not helped by the fact that we didn't speak French, so had no clue what he was talking about??
A pleasant and very basic Riad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The riad Shaloma is situated in the Medina of Marrakesh, near the Palais Royal and a few minutes away from the famous historic monuments such the Palace El Badi , the Palace of Bahia, the graves Saadiens and the place Djeema El Fna. It consists of eight rooms with privative toilets, air conditioning, casket-fort, hairdryers, bathrobes. Terrace with pergola and view on the Medina and the Atlas Mountains. Parking lot kept for 150 m ... more less
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