We went to Marrakesh in November 2007 for a long weekend, whicle visiting Spain. From Madrid there are 2h flights with Easy Jet, very cheap.
I wanted to stay in a traditional marrocan house, a riad, not in a modern hotel. We stayed at Riad Quenza.
The riad was not bing, about 6-8 rooms, each with a name and a flagrance of a spice. We stayed in the ZAAFRAN room, the shafron.
Everything looked so authentic, I realy felt like in Scheherezade. Each night we dinned inside, they prepared traditional maroccan dinner for us.
The city is a very strange combination of smells: spices, leather, smoke and dyes. Most of the time, you don's like the smell. It's so easy to get lost on the streets, there no street names and they all look similar. We paid a guide to show ua arround, expecially goind in the Medina.
Don't buy too many things from there, you will end up having a bad barging, even though they convince you it did a good job barganing.
My husband was repeteadly told...he has a berber smile...he hot good prices. Not true! Decide from the begining how much you are willing to spend on anything that you want to buy and don't ever pay more!
When you start negociating for the price, start with ofering 10% of what they are actually asking. The real price is somewhere around 25% of their asking price.
Overall, I liked the experience. This was my first trip into a arabic country.
- Also Known As:
- Riad Quenza Marrakech
- Riad Quenza Hotel Marrakech