Positives - We came in the off-season for 4 nights and Oussama was really nice about giving us a good rate. All the ladies who work there are sweet and helpful and work their tails off to make it nice. The dinner we had there, beef and prune tagine, was absolutely delicious, and we licked every drop of sauce from the bowl, but I felt that for 30 euros (2 ppl) there should have been more than 3 pieces of beef. Breakfast was very good and comprehensive, and the breads and pancakes were delicious, as were the fig and apricot jams, and eggs done just right. The room was clean, the air conditioning was MARVELOUS and our saving grace in the July heat. the riad itself is just gorgeous. just gorgeous. and the roof terrace is comfortable, though i wish we could have seen over the high walls. our bathroom was enormous and i loved the open style of the shower and the brass sink. no noise at night, either.
Cons - i won't say "difficult to find", because everything is hard to find in the medina. it is actually quite easy to find -- get a cab to bab laksour, walk straight until the mouassine fountain, turn left just before, take your first left again, bear right around the curve and walk straight under the arch until you see the potted tree outside the door--about 5 mins walk total. i did find the hotel's airport transfer pricey at 20 euros plus tip, since you can get a taxi for between 4 and 7 euros [standard price] depending on your haggling ability. or call Taxi Vert, who are honest and use meters. for the little they actually cost, and even less for locals, i feel that airport transfers should be free for stays of 3 days or more. also, when i inquired about rental cars, i was quoted a price ten euros per day higher than i was able to find on my own; quoted 30 euros per day for an economy car with NO aircon when i found a midsize dacia logan for 25 per day, tax and insurance included, on my own. i won't speculate about why since I am sure having the right contacts was not the issue. finally, we got a bit of pushback about paying by credit card, but all was sorted in the end.
bottom line: this is a gorgeous, clean, quiet riad with great food and within 5 minutes walk from djemma el fna, close to the souks, but do your homework before booking any extra services if you do not want to overpay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Princesse du Desert Nothing is too good for her. Equidistant from the " Jemaa El Fna " and " Door Dar El Bacha " , the location of Riad Princesse du Desert is exceptional especially since it offers beautiful calm and tranquility. Nestled in the Medina, the small alley that leads to the riad is a wonder with warm colors that contrast with the blue sky and vegetation that is rare in the Medina which can give the feeling of a Provence in Marrakech. Additionally beautiful decoration, attention to detail , arches , columns and moucharabiehs , lace white stucco ceilings, zellij ( tiled ) walls and featuring an alchemy of colors and smells with refined bath products (jasmine and amber ) make this a wonderful place to be . Additionally, not forgetting comfort alongside the beauty, each of the 6 rooms feature air conditioning, soft bedding and luxury linens. Breakfast is included in the price and we offer complimentary Moroccan mint tea and coffee with homemade cookies at all times. ... more less
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