We spent 4 nights in Riad Tzarra in a traditional part of the Medina, but close to the Souks where you will experience everyday local Marrakech life. Once inside away from the Derbs it is quiet and tranquil. The decor and cleanliness is superb. All the staff were very attentive and were on hand to help. I looked forward to my breakfast each day from Meriam, with lovely Moroccan pancakes (Beghrir) and fig jam. I actually made a batch of around 40 this morning and we had a Moroccan breakfast at home! We didn't eat there in the evening but the other guest there did, and complimented the food.
Mohammed was a lovely charming host, who spoke beautiful English. He also taught us about Marrakech and its people - this was most interesting as we were there during the holiday of Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice. Each day he would help us decide where to go and make recommendations, including the best way to navigate the Derbs and Souks! Be prepared to get lost, it seems everyone does :) I would have loved it if Mohammed could have showed us around on the first day, but apparently they are not allowed to, so I would recommend a walking tour guide on your first day. Also be aware that walking home in the dark is different to the day time when all the landmarks change due toe the Souks closing. The night porter, was a cheery fellow who always offered to come and find us if we were ever lost - which is reassuring.
I used the Hammam and massage, which was smaller than i was expecting only having been in Turkish hammam's but suitably relaxing, and excellent value for money, especially if pre-booked with discount. We had a traditional Moroccan first night dinner on the roof terrace at Dar Hanane, which was faultless and so tasty. The chef spoke French or I would have asked for her recipes!
Mohammed arranged for a talented lady to come and do some Berber Henna tattoos which was preferable to the getting one in the square. You need to be organised with your meals if you want to eat at the Riad. Aziz was a star, and surpassed my expectations one evening when we had not pre-ordered food, I was hungry, too tired to go out (as we had been out all day) and it was pouring with rain (read monsoon!). He managed to source some Moroccan take away from a local restaurant of tasty Kefta, Moroccan salad and bread - which washed down with a bottle of wine from the honesty bar was just what was needed. I can see a good idea for a partnership there with a local restaurant for snacks and last minute meals.
I would recommend Riad Tzarra and their lovely staff on your visit to Marrakech.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peaceful, beautiful, refined. Riad Tzarra is an elegant house in one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Marrakech. Lovingly restored by the renowned architect, Christophe Siméon, Riad Tzarra offers guests a comfortable and serene home in the centre of the Medina, close to the Musée de Marrakech and the Medersa Ben Youssef and only minutes from the entrance to the Souks and the Place Jemaa el Fna. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Tzarra Marrakech
- Riad Tzarra Hotel Marrakech