My wife and i have just return from this lovely 6 bedroomed Riad(March 2012) Away on a 3 night 4 day break.We booked via "Voyage prive" Who only select top qulity accomadation,so we knew it would be good.I would also agree with all previous reports on the Riad.on TA.
In my report i will try not to repeat what has been said pior .All that has been said is true .
Before you travel you may have done you homework about Marrakech ?
The Riad is in a very safe part of the old town walls " Madina" .we were given a great map of the area/souks /square and soon found our feet.However is the town is too much for you ,Adele (guest manager will arange a guided tour for you , small cost )Alcohol not served due to licencing issues ,but we where welcomed to bring a bottle back to drink in the Riad.
After a day out we just sat on the roof terrace ,reading in quite ,drinking fresh mint tea.or in the cool POLO room (,where i ended up havind a afternoon nap on ,but that holidays for you !)
A fresh shower and we were ready for our meal out,however,The Riad can provide a good evening meal or snacks.But we wanted to explore the Colourful Town.and resturants and souks /square.(some advised by the Frank,we mostly used ,CAFE ARABE,as it was about 5 mins walkfrom the Riad and en route to or back from the crazy square,also the smaller SOUK CAFE,)
We where lucky to meet the owners during our stay as they are very much involved in the running of the Riad,ensuring the quality of staffing ,food ,decor,hygiene and your total needs during your stay.A real pride in there operation,they call your "home" during the vist,something you would not get from a large hotel chain.
Frank (French owners) spoke good English as did all the main staff.The welcome we had was fantastic ,a welcome mint tea and biscuits was relaxing.Any trips ,tours and spa booking can all be made the the Riad( all quality checked by them prior !)
There is not direct car/taxi acces to the Riad ,this is the norm in Marrakech old town . I strongly advise to get Riad to collect you from the Airport and return you to the Airport !!!
Do ,nt gamble with unkown taxi driver and there ad hock fees !
Towels in room,hairdrier,free bottled water,free safe,shower gels.no tv ,air con. Clean, good size room , ensuite large .We stayed in the Mexican styled room.we where able to leave suitcases in the Riad and return to Riad to change clothes, after checking out due to late flight time.
We would definitely return,and recommend this Riad.
..........The sun was hot ,the staff warm and friendly, the whole trip was a" cool" time ..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the Marrakech Medina, in the area of Bab Doukkala, easy to reach by car or a ten minute walk from the JEMAA el FNA Square and beautifull Majorelle Gardens, this 17th century Riad has been restored with full respect to the Moroccan tradition, keeping its original characteristics: a patio shaded by trees, the coolness of its very old marble fountain, peaceful living-rooms and a beautifully planted terrace where you can enjoy the Sunset and the view of the Medina... The RIAD ASRARI is a traditional riad with wonderful moroccan craftsmanship such as sculpted plaster ceilings, exquisitely carved Cedar doors, colorful tadelakts and zelliges skilfully composed of delicate oriental patterns. You will be welcomed with traditional pastries and Mint tea by our thoughtful and discreet staff. You will discover peaceful places to rest: the terrace and sun-beds, comfortable sofas and the kaidale tent under which you can have your breakfast. You can also relax, read and dream in our beautiful living rooms... On the patio, you will be enchanted by the magestic pace of our two tortoises as they follow their daily sunbathing ritual If you are patient enough you might also see our chameleon who plays hide and seek in the trees ! The furniture and decorative objects were procured during the owner's numerous travels, or were designed and made on site by Moroccan craftsmen. Many Primitive Art pieces are exhibited throughout the riad... All of these well considered elements have been combined for a perfect getaway. In the RIAD ASRARI, you can forget television and noisy pools...You will discover another Marrakech, in the heart of the Arabic Tradition: authentic and refined ... more less
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- Riad Asrari Hotel Marrakech