Well I am afraid that we are unable to recognise the comments by DFJ from Brighton. We stayed at the Riad Shama for 5 nights in Feb this year and had a magnificent time. The Riad is comfortable and clean with attentive and helpful staff (admittedly you benefit from being able to speak a little French as their English is limited - but this is true throughout Morocco). The rooms are around the courtyard pool, are a good size and well equipped. It is however not a hotel, the concept of the Riad being somewhat more informal.
On our first night the weather was exceptionally cold but we lit the open fire in the room and the staff lit one in the dining room. The weather soon turned warmer and by the third day we were spending the afternoons lounging on the roof terrace with mint tea and cold beers.
We ate in a few times and were served delicious local food in a private dining room. The staff decorated the table and fountains with rose petals and the service was perfect.
Breakfast was a mixture of local breads, yoghurt, fruit salad, cheese and preserves, with fresh orange juice, coffee and mint tea.
At the moment they are extending the Riad and it would seem about that an additional 8 or so rooms will be created. There was no work in progress whilst we were present and we in fact had the entire Riad to ourselves after the second day.
The location is as you would expect (and is clear with any research). It as at the northern end of the Medina about a 15 min walk from the souks and main square, a little further from the palaces. The city is busy and bustling but actually remarkably clean for a working North African main centre. The roads are swept each morning and there is no visible dirt even in the back roads. Yes you have to pass through working districts to get to the Riad but if you wish to stay in a faceless bland hotel nearer the square then there are clearly options available, the location is part of the attraction. Clearly you have to be wary of 'over attentive' locals who are seeking to divert you to their preferred 'shops'.
We visited a part of the city each morning (the palaces are fabulous), had lunch out and then back to read in the sun mid afternoon. Even a walk into the city in the evening to eat was entirely safe and uncomplicated. For those who prefer taxis are available although we never used them once.
A fabulous break in a place we would highly recommend, just be sure that you realise it is a boutique townhouse and not a chain hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Shama Marrakech
- Riad Shama Hotel Marrakech