We traveled with our 2-year-old to Marrakesh in October and were delighted to find that Riad Shemsi met our family needs perfectly. We've heard that small riads can be tough to have toddlers in (since sound carries so well), but this was a lovely riad with the perfect sized pool and terraces for a little one. The staff was fantastic with our daughter and made our stay that much better. Breakfast on that beautiful terrace is wonderful!
We took a wonderful cooking class with the sweetest, kindest chef and shopped for all ingredients beforehand with the staff. They also arranged for a tour of the city with an English speaking guide which we thought was wonderful - but didn't realize they charged by the person and ended up paying twice as much as we expected. Oops! And don't let the guide not walk you home, telling you the riad is 'easy to find'. We were lost for a good hour at night before we found our way through the winding medina back to Riad Shemsi. This location is in the newer part of the Medina (by new, it's not 'new' - you're still in authentic Morocco) but is a short walk to the main souks. Out of the hustle and bustle. Our only criticism might be the decor - very classy and modern but I was hoping for something much more Morrocan (the boxy velvet furniture could easily be updated with authentic decor). Overall we felt incredibly safe and were happy to have found this riad!
Thanks to Peter for helping to arrange our stay! And for joining us for part of the cooking class!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Shemsi is a beautiful and elegant Riad in the heart of the Marrakech Medina. Situated in the Royal Kasbah, it is in easy walking distance of all the principal sites including the main square and the myriad souks. All the suites are delightfully presented in traditional Moroccan plasterwork and Marrekchi furnishings. The views from its elevated terrace are stunning. The celebrated Shemsi cuisine is sourced locally everyday from the freshest ingredients. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Shemsi Hotel Marrakech