Having read several other reviews on this site I was nervous about staying at this Riad.
However it was a excellent old building and as such being approx 300 years old its by no means a 4 star Hotel. In fact if i was to compare it to a UK standard it is a very good B & B.
So if your after a International; Standard Hotel. Also if you have mobility problems due to where the Riad is and the steep stairs up to rooms this is not suitable.
Our Taxi dropped us off 5 mins walk away as the streets are narrow alleyways and its very difficult to get cars down .
Breakfast is very basic, just some bread rolls jams and pancakes most days with coffee and fresh Orange Juice.
Fatima is a gem thou and her map once used a few times helps you not get lost , providing you with 2 ways to get to the Main Square.
We found the night version is best and gets you to the main square in just 20 mins . Whatever happens don't ask locals for directions as they will offer to show you for free or not mention a cost. Then will demand massive sums of money off you , if you really get lost and need help then ask in a shop as they people can't generally leave there shops so can give you advice for free.
Also you will see plenty of red signs on side of buildings and if you follow theses they can lead you to the main square as sign posted.
Also make sure you haggle on all items brought in Souks as you will find many more stalls selling same items . Generally i paid 50 % of original asking price, althou you can get up to 70% of the starting price as they find it a game so lease smile and enjoy the fun art of haggling but be polite and have fun.
Another good tactic is to walk away after your last price as they more often than not call you back , if like me you fail to speak basic French then take a calculator with you so you can key in the amount of Dirhams you want to pay .
Also its a closed currency so you have to buy Dirhams there, we found thou at Stanstead Airport they offered to sell your Dirhams, please don't buy here as its a terrible rate and you only meant to take into the country a maximum of 1,000 Dirhmas into the country , this also applies when leaving morrocco.
So do all your exchanges at the Airport in Morrocco, you will need to keep your receipt and show Passport . This is very important as when you leave country you need to show proof of how much you brought into country .
All in all was a brilliant different Holiday if you can put up with loads of oily spicy food and if at a total loss this is a KFC by main square and another one in the new part of Marakech alongside a Mcdonalds.
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Amssaffah Marrakech
- Riad Amssaffah Hotel Marrakech