I travelled to Marrakech, female and solo, and phoned Ursula at Riad Enija at 9pm Tuesday while on the train from Casablanca airport. They were block booked but very charming and offered to see me at 10.30am the following [Wednesday] morning. I stayed in a cheap but functional Riad that night, but didnt even use the shower at that establishment as i couldnt really see what might be lurking. From the moment i arrived at Riad Enija, collected by the owner in the square, i was treated as an honoured guest and seated in the gorgeous central courtyard filled with more trees and birds than my city has in its botanic gardens hothouse. I immediatly relaxed and was given tea, home made brownies and then a tour of the stunning and unique rooms by Latifa. I was told that I could take my pick as it was midweek. The subject of money was almost an aside, but in the arab fashion i left it to my potential hosts. I was graciously offered an excellent price for ANY room at the riad and chose 'Prince' on the upper floor for the the soft cool colors, claw foot bath/shower and private terrace which appealed. I had also spent the previous night in a ground floor room at the other Riad and wanted more privacy and coolness. I will not say how much [little] i paid at the time, except to say it was a super generous reduction, but would highly recommend any traveller going to, or arriving in Marrakech to make inquires midweek as this riad is block booked many weekends leaving a potential for excellent value midweek. In fact i was so spoiled in Riad Enija i was forced to take a 5* room in Seville on my way home so as not to ruin the good effect [and high standards]. It didnt quite match up.The owner Bjorn chatted to me and quickly 'we' :) organized an all day trip to the Atlas mountains, which was right up my street and i really enjoyed the motorbike ride through the medina to the tour car. I think i was the envy of the tourists there and i felt very 'local'. I loved buying Argan oil beauty and health products from the 'Feminine co-operative', supporting women and ecology, near the film locations for Gladiator and Babel to name a few. I spent my other days in the Riad sun bathing at 36 degrees+ on the terrace and then taking the private back stairs down to the fabulous roman style marble bathing pool on the ground leval where the cold made me gasp and then relax in the sun. I could happily have never left the riad but ventured out to the magical main square to enjoy the drums, crazy singing, and bustle of a real market. I informed Latifa that i would love to buy Saffron and spices but had no time to do their fabulous cooking course so she kindly lent me a staff member to bring me to a spice shop to get the real thing, not a poor copy, but without the need for a guide. She also sorted things out for me when i forgot to check in for my return ryanair flight, eek!, with such serenity i have taken more from Marrakech than wonderful spices and memories, soon to be repeated, inshallah. Fabulous!
- Also Known As:
- Riad Enija Hotel Marrakech