Staying at Princesse du Desert was a wonderful experience! We arrived late in the evening and were greeted with a very warm welcome and served mint tea and Moroccan pastries. We felt as if we had stepped into something from the Arabian Nights-the riad was beautiful, better than we had expected. If you want to experience real Moroccan life then book in for their cookery class. We were taken around the vibrant, local markets to buy all the ingredients needed for the class. We were taught by Youssef how to ask for different vegetables in Arabic - really good fun! When we got back we made aubergine salad, lamb tagine and orange with cinnamon for dessert. We also tried the hammam, a must if you've never had it done before. It was so invigorating and your skin feels so soft for days afterwards. A lovely experience and worth going back to Marrakech just to have it done again! Staying at this riad meant we were very close to the souks and Jemaa El Fna square, and you were really living amongst the local people. It was one of our best holidays and would not have been the same if we'd stayed in a huge corporate hotel chain. Part of the exotic experience was having to meander through the labyrinthine maze of alleyways in the Medina. The noise and colour of the stalls was like being in Aladdin's cave. Our hosts made us feel as if we were part of their family-nothing was too much trouble for Youssef, Khadija, Maria, Simone and Abdul. We'd love to go back again!
- 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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