The owners of this riad – Paul is American and Véronique is French – only occasionally take in guests. We had reserved the top floor suite, the Green suite, with a kitchenette and deck but upon our arrival in early June we were told it was too hot (??) on the roof top and we were put in two separate rooms on a lower floor opposite the owner’s apartment. Upon greeting us, the first information Paul gave us was the name of the local doctor for “when we got sick”! I was utterly amazed as I had previously been to Morocco and never gotten ill. But at this riad, the products served at breakfast (breads, oranges for juice, etc) are bought locally just around the corner in this very run down part of the Medina. Sure enough, a couple of days later, I came down with the “tourista” and was out of commission for 2 full days. Fortunately my husband and children were not sick.
As guests are only an occasional business, the rooms are not particularly well maintained such as torn shower curtains, problems with TV, etc.
The pool was not heated and being on the ground floor of the courtyard where it does not receive much sun, the water temperature was probably around 20°C. Too cold for me but the kids went in anyway in the late afternoons.
The best areas to stay in the Medina are North and North-west of the Place Jema Fna in the Bab Doukkala quarter. This riad is a good 15 minute walk north-east of the Place Jema Fna beyond the tanneries and one does not see very many tourists along the way. Riad Puchka
is an eerie place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Puchka was originally built for ourselves and as you can see, it is a veritable little palace. We spared no expense fitting it out in the purest of Moroccan tradition with the finest and most expensive materials. You have free access to the swimming pool, heated spa, mini-gym, sundeck and barbecue. Live and eat like kings and queens at very affordable prices. Contact us directly and we’ll take persoanal care of you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Puchka Hotel Marrakech