So much to say about this cozy riad set in a quiet back street 5mins from the utter madness of the main square where you'll find fresh orange juice for 40p a glass, snake charmers, street performers, and a huge mass of people!
1st - make sure you book a pickup from the airport. Unless you've been here before, you'll never find it alone! Well worth the 20 Euro! The airport pickup was there ready and waiting. Very friendly driver, spoke good English. The driver had to drop us 5mins from the Riad (pedestrian only street), on the side of the road which is where we were met by a charming guy who promptly loaded our bags into his cart and escorted us through MADLY busy crowds to the Riad. He spoke no English at all but managed to make us feel welcome and safe amongst the immediate madness that is Marrakesh! A small tip for him and the gratitude was immense. (We've since seen him daily, and even though it's not needed at all, we've asked for him to escort us back to the taxi on the return home in Friday.).
Greeted very warmly at the Riad, shown around, and immediately given the famous sugar loaded mint tea along with a map and some hints/tips. I can't fault the Riad hospitality. WOW! Nothing is too much trouble. They recommend a SUPERB Hammam at Les Baines Des Marrakesh - superb value at 170 Dirhams for a basic Hammam. Day trips also available but we didn't take them up on this.
Our room - basic but suited our every need - a VERY COMFORTABLE double bed, a safe, desk, toilet and shower. A BIG selling point here is the complete black out in the bedrooms via shutters if you want it dark. A small negative - easy to be woken up by noise outside from early morning, but nothing ear plugs didn't fix so bring some!
Riad breakfast - very similar every day but with a slight variation. A traditional Morroccan breakfast is carb-heavy (pancakes/waffles with jams) so if you're after a healthy option, stay in a hotel with a buffet (and no culture or ambience I'm sure!). Riad dinner - not bad at all. Fairly basic menu, nothing to shout about, but perfect for a quiet night in after a hard day out in the souks!
The souks in Marrakesh - be comfortable with getting lost. The locals all want to know you so chat, enjoy, barter, but most of all, SMILE. If you do get lost at any time, any local will help you AND take you to where you need to be. However, be aware they'll expect a small tip for their services and all of 80p later you'll be pleased you did - their local knowledge will get you to places you never expected. My biggest lesson - Trust them. They're not trying to screw you or murder you! They just want to earn a few pennies so go with it and support the local economy whilst you're at it!
For service with a big smile, a comfortable stay, daily housekeeping, good food, a jacuzzi on the heated terrace, and a crazy Marrakesh experience on your doorstep, this riad is perfect!
Haven't checked out yet (I'm using their free wifi to write this in bed!) But highly recommend!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is in the fascinating shrine of the Medina, sheltered from too much modernity, that you will find this welcoming house that was a traditional Marrakchi family mansion until 2006It took 2.560 trips by donkey drawn carriage to bring all the new materials needed to renovate the house and make a dream come true. But all our efforts have been rewarded and l'Heure d'Eté is now a lovely ryad proud to combine the discreet comfort of stylish modernity with the best of age-old Moroccan traditions. 13 rooms and a suite are distributed on three different levels around a glass-roof patio-lounge that can be opened at will to enjoy the best of the season.L'Heure d'Eté is located in the vicinity of Jemaa el Fnaa Square (3 minute walk) and will provide you with all the expertise and comfort you need to enjoy the unforgettable beauty of the red city. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- l Heure d Ete Marrakech