We had an excellent stay at Tamarrakecht and would definitely recommend it to others who are seeking an authentic, non-touristy experience in this wonderful city. We are a young, well-traveled couple and spent three nights here in January. Seamless airport transfer was arranged at a very reasonable price, taking us right to the front door (important to help get your bearings the first time around!). The Riad is located about 10-15 min walk from place Jemaa-el-Fna. At first glance the route to get there may seem confusing but once you've done it once, it is easily remembered and the staff will always come get you if you are lost! The bonus is that you get to walk through a "real" neighbourhood and get the taste of Marrakech that is lacking in the fancier Riads around the square. We walked it many times at all hours of the day/night and did not feel unsafe in the slightest -- and some of the best mules and chicken vendors were along the way!
The Riad is comfortable and unpretentious; clearly family-run and Sara and Moktar were gracious hosts, answering all of our questions and providing us with many awesome inside tips on the culture and vibe of the country (and fair price for teapots!). This is what made the difference -- you can go crazy comparing Riads but we learned that they are all basically the same, it's the people that make the difference and you will feel at home at Tamarrakecht. There are even a few adorable cats that hang around and snuggle you on request!
We rented the Bab el Jdid suite on the second floor and it was lovely and calm (note from my wife to the ladies -- hair dryer is included!) The room is authentically decorated and quite comfortable, though hot water was sporadic (common throughout Morocco, not their fault!) and the WiFi signal came and went in the room. We had breakfast each morning on the rooftop terrace and it was wonderful -- they changed it every day but it invariably included Moroccan pancakes, eggs, pastries and fresh OJ/tea/coffee.
On our last night Sara's mother cooked us the best meal we ate in Morocco -- savoury and warm Harira (soup), succulent beef and prune tajine and lovingly prepared chicken pastilla (b'stilla). We ate so much we could not move for almost 24 hours but it was worth it!!
In short, if you are looking to experience the "real" Marrakech at a reasonable price, and are not afraid to walk through a real street on the way to the main square (why some people prefer to avoid the locals while travelling mystifies me...) then look no further! Thanks again to Sara and her family!
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