First up a sign outside the Riad would be good - there is not even a written or painted message - this does not help in relocating it after going out or to know you are at the right place in the first instance. Leaves you open to the 'boys' who want to help you find it and then expect exorbitant fees for the task - something most people are only to happy to offer travellers in their country for free! TIP: Learnt to ask a woman - she doesn't charge :)
Otherwise location was good just be aware it is Bab Tharzouk you need to say find it not Ben Slieman as the owner instructed/told me.
The riad is in dire need of some general TLC - whilst nothing was completely dreadful - doors in rooms were not aligned and hence very hard to open or close. Window shutters had a similar problem. Outside environ needed some care - small things can make all the difference to the appearance. Like pool should be clean even if not used. Shower leaked and not really great to use.
NOTE: Had to ask for Hot water as apparently they run on solar - when that doesn't work they need to switch it over to electric. So our first morning was with cold showers!
There are no toiletries supplied other than a bar of soap - not even a spare toilet roll :( - good thing we came prepared.
Breakfast was adequate - but not what I would call full ... no fruit or yoghurt only 1 muffin and 1 Moroccan pancake, no cheese or olives or savoury just strawberry & Apricot jam! We had to ask for fresh 'hot' tea as what was offered was undrinkable - even for Morocco.
Bedding was fine and linen ok.
Pick-up service was offered and accepted but I felt the charges (without notice) were somewhat excessive. The driver was really great, (only reason why we rate service 4) we really appreciated his care and attention and thanks again to him for that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- RIAD LA PERLE DE MARRAKECH THE PEARL OF MARRAKECH RIAD BIENVENUE WELCOME Au cœur du centre historique et culturel de Marrakech (Mohamed Ben Slimane el-Jazouli était un grand mystique du XIV ème siècle et aujourd'hui un des sept saints patrons enterrés à Marrakech. Il a donné son nom à la fontaine ainsi qu'au quartier où elle est située.) à 10 minutes de la place Jemaâ-el-Fna, vous découvrirez le charme du Riad la perle de marrakech. ... more less
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