I don't think I have ever written a bad review before. And, I must admit that my attitude is heavily colored by the overall unpleasant experience of staying in the Medina itself. Upon exiting the taxi in Marrakesh my traveling buddy and I were guided to the Riad via filthy, crowded streets. In fact, later on, we used a pile of trash as a marker of sorts when we got lost in the labyrinth. I must say that entering the door of the Safa was a welcomed relief from the squalor of the neighborhood. The owners of the Riad were "out of the country" and we were "hosted" by what we call in the States an "Inn Sitter," someone paid to run a bed and breakfast in the owners' absence. Perhaps it was just off season, but one got the impression the place was just sort of left to run on its own. No real personality. The deal killer is a Mosque loudspeaker that is literally aiming directly down into the Riad's Courtyard. Now, I have traveled extensively throughout Northern Africa and have a deep respect for all customs, including the "Call to Prayer." But, I don't recall ever staying in a place where the Mosque speaker was practically in the room with you. There was no escape! I can see why the owners went on holiday, to get some sleep. So, perhaps sleep deprivation and an overall dislike for the specific area of the Medina still colors my view of the Safa. But, nonetheless, it was not what I expected or read about in other reviews here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome at Riad Safa, a true haven of peace in the exciting Medina of Marrakesh.Riad Safa is located in one of the last authentic parts of the old city (medina), with some of the major cultural institutions just around the corner, and ten minutes by foot from the famous Jemaa el Fna square.Safa means serenity or pureness in Arabic, and it is our aim to provide you with a feeling of pure wellness during the longer or shorter time you stay with us. The atmosphere therefore, is very quiet. Even at the moments that the Imam of the neighbouring Mosque spreads his prayers over us; then you feel the mistery of the East and the presence of the languorous city.We speak English, French and Dutch and we love to help with everything you would want to be assisted with; whether it is a transfer from or to the airport, the booking of an excursion, or to have you accompanied safely home through the myriad of narrow alleys by our helpfull staff, after a 1001-night dinner in the medina.We want you to feel comfortable, and at home with us.Affordable luxury, that is what we want to offer you.Marrakesh is a bustling and buzzy city, so it is nice to know that after a tiring day of shopping in the souks (covered markets) or a visit to one of the palaces, you can immerse yourself in the lovely quiet of our Riad, and relax in one of the intimate "salons" or, during spring and summer, cool down at the small rooftop pool with a dewy glass.At night we offer a delicious "table d'hotes" in a romantic setting on the roofterrace, or indoors, just as you prefer.In-house hammam & wellness • we have a small hammam on the rooftopterrace, which you can book• on demand we can arrange for scrubs, massage, facials, pedicure and manicure. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Safa Hotel Marrakech