Our Riad ordered suggested this and it wasn’t too close – so we walked to the square and took a taxi here for 20 dh (about £1.50). We were advised it was close but that it made an easy journey.
Fantastic and a great break after a long day walking the day before.
We had the tonic treatment – I’d suggest you book for about 1:30 – we had 2:30 so missed the storks landing at Kosybar, but a must is to have the spa then walk across to Kosybar for a relaxing view as the storks roost along the place walls.
Our Riad suggest the club sandwich for lunch - en route – at the hotel Les Jardins de la Koutoubia – which we didn’t have time for so did the following day. If you’ve had your fill of tagines then this is the place to go – great food and an nice pool to laze beside. Actually we loved Riad Meriem but if walking to the square doesn’t appeal then this place may be worth considering staying, if you like a premium European style hotel – but I’d highly recommend Riad Meriem and plan to go back there. If we do, I’d repeat the Les Bain de Marrakech too – whilst my guide books suggested hitting a traditional (public/local) hammam – I got my fix simply having street food in the square after a couple of margaritas in Kosybar and walking back along rue Riad Zitoun Kedim (up-cycle alley to you and me)
A perfect day: in summary – day 2 (following a day of lots of walking around the souks)
Arrive at hotel Les Jardins de la Koutoubia ca 11 after a troll throug hteh souks and watching the snake charmers in the square
Noon lunch at hotel Les Jardins de la Koutoubia – great club sandwich and cobb salads
Taxi from there to Bab Agnaou / Les Bains de Marrakech – maybe a stoll around the Kasbah (we have a coffee at a roof café opposite the mosque on the rue de la Kasbah and watched a few storks
Tonic spa treatment Les Bains de Marrakech
Leave and stroll to Kosybar – margaritas and stork watching
Amble up rue Riad Zitoun Kedim (up-cycle alley to you and me)
Street food at #1 to remove any guilt from the club sandwich / cobb salad earlier
PS – if you’ve buying real saffron (strands) don’t get taken to the nearest place and pay 100dh/gram – 40dh/gram will buy good stuff and 20dh/gram is the cheapest you’ll get.