Getting to the Riad was an adventure for us that we will not forget. After the taxi driver picked us up from the airport, he dropped us off at a point close to the small maze like streets of the city and a sweet gentleman came up and put our luggage in his cart and said to follow him. We had not expected this and were a little confused but followed this man through tight crowded streets of shoppers, around the spice square to a deserted looking street where we found the Riad Bab 54. In the end, this added to the charm of the city.
This Riad was excellent for our needs. Having a large room to accommodate a couple with two older children was perfect. The Riad was nicely renovated, tastefully decorated and very clean. We were given tea and delicious cookies upon arrival.
M'bark the manager was very kind and patient when giving directions to our restaurant and even sent Mohammed (also very nice) to guide us to Djemma el Fna. Mohammed showed us a pay phone in the square and said to call if we were lost ...saying SOS (as we didn't speak each others languages) and he could come back to lead us to the Riad.
Breakfast was very nice with yogurt, local breads and jams.
I would recommend that visitors bring their own map of the area if you have specific places you want to visit. I realize no map will do justice in this city but the ones given at Riad Bab 54 are not detailed and not printed well making them hard to read. Marrakech is very confusing to navigate for the best of travelers. Also, I would recommend that you call to verbally verify your taxi pickup from the airport as ours was not conveyed to the manager and we were forgotten at the airport. This is unnerving especially if you do not speak Arabic or French. Airport information people are not helpful. This is why I can only give 4 stars as my rating.
Overall, our short stay at Riad Bab 54 was excellent and I would stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Bab 54 - Boutique Hotel - Marrakech Chic boutique hotel in Marrakech's medina with a stylish modern take on traditional Moorish design. One of the coolest new addresses in Marrakech. An oasis !Riad Bab 54 is a peaceful and refined 6 bedroom riad, offering great location, contemporary and traditional decoration, intimate atmosphere and great service. It is a fabulous option for any visitor in Marrakech.Situated just 5 minutes walk from Jemaa El Fna square and bordering the Souks, this riad's greatest asset is its location, you cannot be more central.... The 6 bedrooms are individually and tastefully furnished and have stylish en-suite bathrooms with designer plumbing fixtures from Italy. Each bedroom also has reversible air-conditioning (so it heats as well if required), iPod docks, books, safes as well as Internet connection. There are plenty of places to relax with a book, play games, catch up on emails or enjoy a drink. The winter lounge has a fireplace, dining and seating area. The roof terrace has a panoramic view over Marrakech and the Mountains, and offers sun beds, a open air shower and comfortable dining and seating areas. It is the perfect place to relax, sunbathe or enjoy a meal. The main courtyard is light and uncluttered with a pool. The cool and colourful summer lounge is also great place to relax. The rates include breakfast, and with half a day's notice, the in-house cook can prepare other meals as well. The manager speaks good English and French and is always there to offer personalised service, advice and suggestions to enable you to get the most out of your stay in Marrakech. Facilities 6 Bedrooms with ensuite-bathroomsReversible Air-conditioningInternet ConnectioniPod docksSafe for personal effectsShampoo & liquid soap (La Compagnie de Provence) Breakfast includedOn-site dining facilitiesRefreshments and CocktailsDining RoomWinter Lounge (with a fireplace) Summer LoungePatio CourtyardPoolRoof Terrace (with sun beds, seating areas, dining tables and a cold shower) Games, Books and Magazines ... more less
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