This was, in our family's opinion, impossible to beat. You only to have to stay in other roads to realise how perfect Riad Shambala is.
The location is really convenient, 20 minutes interesting walk to the centre of the medina and as far (less interesting walk) to la villa nouvelle. The rooms are comfortable with very restful beds, amazing plaster work and overall a homely yet luxurious feel. There are plentiful areas to sit - the terrace, poolside, balcony, dining area. The wifi is really efficient. But above all, the place is memorable for the staff.
We were a family/friends group who met up as a planned surprise for some members. The team at the road got completely involved with the mystery and plotting, getting disguises and similar sorted with joy and enthusiasm. There were endlessly inventive breakfasts, attention and advice about any requests, and Mohammed creates an intimate yet expansive world of peace within the walls of the place.
An unhesitating recommendation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This beautiful RIAD is located within the walls of Marrakech Medina or, as it is also known, the ancient part of the city.Inaugurated in September 2011, the hotel represents the realisation of Carlos, its owner´s, dream."Carlos' Dream" as it is known (which is inscripited in Arabic on the door of the Riad) brings to life his artistic interpretation and vision of a traditional Moroccan Riad.Every single detail, from the construction, the location, style & furnishings of the Riad are recreated in the classical & traditional manner which is typically Moroccan and one that the locals would recognise and admire as a typical Moroccan RiadThis vision enables the guests to engage themselves and appreciate the beauty and passion of this beautiful city with surroundings that bring to life of an era long forgotten but brought to life by the traditional settings of the Riad.During the Riad's construction only traditional Moroccan materials were used, such as Tadelakt plaster (concrete hand polished stone), Bejmat (baked clay), all of which was hand produced individually using traditional tools producing a complete piece of artisan work.Relax and enjoy drinking cocktail's or mint tea in its lounges or by the swimming-pool; far away from the hustle and bustle of the streets in the heart of Marrakech Medina, with the backdrop of the magnificient snowed Atlas mountains, or watch a beautiful sunset over the city at the end of the day, the choice is entirely yours.Do not miss the romantic experience of arriving at night at the Riad and going up to your room with a traditional candle lighting the way, whilst in the morning awake to a wonderful breakfast which can be taken in any of the Riad's charming locations or terraces.If you wish so, book your evening dinner at the Riad, you will certainly not forget the experience of tasting wonderful original Moroccan food on the patio or one of the many terraces, all set in a complete relaxed atmosphere enabling you to forget about the worries of the world. ... more less
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