We stayed here for the last week in August! When we arrived we were served with mint tea - a very nice welcoming. The Riad is beautiful! An oasis in the middle of the medina. There is only 5 rooms, the top terrace, open like lounge/courtyard on the ground floor. Really relaxing to sit a read a good book. We didn't use the small pool, but did have have a hammam (body scrub) and massage, which was amazing - just over 600 Dh for both. Breakfast is very good - best at 9am when it is just done! It is either served in the courtyard or top terrace. The rooms are lovely, we were in room two, the shower was lovely and had air con.
The hotel does price everything in euros, there isn't a menu as such about they do have water and other drinks for 2 euros each. There isn't any fridges in the room so we did find it better to get water from the hotel one big bottle at a time.
The hotel does sell some excursions, and they have access to more if you ask. We did do an excursion to Zagora in the desert for 2 days - amazing experience. However, we did not book this through the hotel although we could have - depends whether you want to try negotiating. We told the hotel we were interested in doing a cooking class, as they arranged this for us! Definitely worth doing. The owner also runs another hotel that is bigger around the corner, where he is based, we did the class there. For about 500 Dh we went to the market and watched how the locals bought their food. We then went back and watched doing little bits of how to make a tagine, a potato cheese ball thing and three salads/veg dishes. We then were served with a three course meal.
Hasan is a star!! He speaks good English and was so kind and helpful!! Any questions we had of where to get places he helped! When we when on our two day trip even though we didn't book throu the hotel he still arranged with the other staff for us to get breakfast at 6am. He even escorted us through the souks to help us get good deals on our more expensive gifts, do ask him for help.
Other tips, there is a safe for 1euros a night and a local tax of 3 euros per person per night. The riad has a brilliant location, but print off the map from the riad website before going. Email to book a taxi through the hotel 86 Dh each, or get bus 11 or 19 from the airport at 30dh and then get a taxi from there - be aware they rip off tourists. This is less than transfers.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Riad Dar Foundouk & Spa Hotel is a traditional Moroccan house, located in the Medina (ancient city) of Marrakesh close to the famous Djemaa el Fna Square and the Souks. One of Riad Dar Foundouk main assets is its excellent Moroccan food, especially Marrakesh specialties. When ordered one day in advance our Chef will cook delicious meals meeting the same standards as in the best restaurants in town.With easy access by car, you're very close to the golf courses and on foot you can visit the Marrakech museum and the Mederasa Ben Youssef before ending a perfect day at the on-going spectacle at the famous Jemaa El Fna squareSome guests may wish to enjoy their meals on the roof terrace where all guests may relax and unwind. The helpful team at the guest-house will also be happy to plan a range of activities on your behalf such as Massage, Hammam, cooking lessons...Hotel Rooms: 5. ... more less
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