My husband and I visited Marrakech on our honeymoon and this riad made our experience both magical and memorable.
Youssef, Simu, Khadija, Samira and the rest of the staff went above and beyond to make this experience a great one. They were all so kind and friendly.
I e-mailed the riad months in advance to organize events and activities, to include a spa visit, temporary henna tattoo, lunches, dinners, tours, and belly dancing shows.
When we arrived in Marrakech, a driver met us at the airport and took us to the riad where Youssef and Khadija greeted us with traditional Moroccan mint tea and cookies which were incredibly delicious. Youssef then gave us a map and then gave us a guided tour around Marrakech where he made suggestions about where to and not to go. A few hours later, the entire riad was treated to a traditional Moroccan dinner and show, as we pre-booked this activity.
The show was absolutely amazing, as were the traditional Moroccan tagines. It was our first time having traditional Moroccan food and we were not disappointed to say the least! The food was so flavorful and the meats were cooked to perfection. We were treated to appetizers, tagines, deserts, and drinks during dinner. Once we were almost finished eating, the show began. The dancers came in and performed for a few minutes and then encouraged the entire riad to participate. One by one, the dancers shared a dance with every riad guest who wanted to participate. It was essentially one big party where the entire riad was invited. We danced well into the night and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. To let the older couples sleep, we took the party upstairs on the terrace and still had a good time.
The next morning, we ate a traditional Berber breakfast and it was delicious. Khadija and Simmu served breakfast to every couple individually and were not upset when we asked for more or less of something. They were very accommodating with all meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
We stayed in the Suite Rubis which was absolutely beautiful. It was nicely decorated and was incredibly charming. It was located on the first floor and was very spacious. We even had a small A/C unit in the room when it got too warm, but we really did not need to use it, as the temperature was just fine. The room also had its own private bathroom and the doors opened into the courtyard on the ground floor.
This is a wonderful riad for couples looking for romance and charm. There is even WiFi access! Although there is no spa or jacuzzi in this riad, they have them in their sister riads which are within walking distance. They will even let you partake in these amenities in their other riads as long as you inquire about them and no one else is booked for the jacuzzi or the spa at the time that you want to go.
Overall, all of the staff went above and beyond to ensure that we were comfortable and had everything that we needed. There was no request too big or too small for the staff. We even asked to use their washing machine, as we did sweat through a lot of our clothing. My husband preferred a very specific type of juice and Simmu went to the market to get it for him each time he asked. I even asked Youssef to teach me how to write my name in Arabic.
If you are ever in Marrakech and looking for a place to stay with charm and a lovely staff, this is definitely the place for you!
This will be the only place that we stay whenever we return back to Marrakech in the future!
- 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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