We have visited Marrakesh before. On that occasion we stayed at a 5* Spa hotel which was excellent but this time as we were on honeymoon we wanted to experience the intimate atmosphere of a Riad located in the Medina. We were not disappointed.
From the time we made intial contact with Riad Zolah by email we received excellent service. Before arriving at the Riad a Hamman had been booked as requested at another Riad, a day trip to Essouria on the coast (perhaps too far to go for a day until the new road has been completed) in addition to restaurant reservations.
We were picked up at the airport and once we arrived at the walls of the Medina were guided by Aziz through the maze of alleyways until we came to the Riad door.
The Riad is light and spacious. It is traditionally decorated but with a contemporary twist. It was spotlessly clean and the extra touches such as candles lit in the bedrooms at night, and rose petals scattered made it quite special.
We ate at the Riad on the first evening and the food and the wine list was very good. Breakfasts were eaten on the terrace and were varied and of an excellent standard. What makes this Riad very special in addition to its location and style is the service. Nothing is too much trouble for Ismail, Fatima and Aziz and all of the staff are friendly, efficient and extremely pleasant.
There are plenty of stylish restaurants and booking ahead is advisable. For quality and value it is hard to bet Al Fassia, a restaurant that is run by the women's cooperative and now serves wine and beer. Other favourites include Bo Zin and le Foundouk. Watching the baby storks on the rooftop terrace of the Cozybar is a lovely way to spend an hour or two, as is a walk in the Yves St Laurant gardens and lunch in their pretty courtyard.
We spent a day in the Atlas Mountains. The Riad organised everything and we enjoyed a 3 hour walk before having lunch at the Kaspah. We enjoyed a tradiitonal Moroccon meal while looking out over the snow capped mountains...heaven! We completed the day by enjoying a drink in the gardens of Sir Richard Branson's beautiful hotel at the foot of the mountains.
There are a number of 5* hotels being built in Marrakesh and whether this will spoil the atmosphere of Marrakesh in the future I do not know. For us staying in the Medina, walking through the Souks and main square and experiencing the hustle, bustle, colours and smells of this vibrant city is quite special. Returning to the quiet oasis of our beautiful Riad made our honeymoon quite magical.
Thank you to everyone at Riad Zolah.
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Zolah Marrakech
- Riad Zolah Hotel Marrakech