Riad el Faris is such a beautiful and peaceful little Riad. The rooms are traditionally furnished and very comfortable with air con and the dining area is beautifully light and airy, with no roof, just an open patio. It's a complete contrast to the streets of Marrakech which are noisy, busy and vibrant all day and night, as the noise of the city can barely be heard from inside the Riad other than the call to prayer which echoes from all directions throughout the day. The sun terrace in perfect for sun worshipping tourists, as there's not much chance to sit in the sun and read a book in peace and quiet anywhere else.
The staff at the Riad were welcoming and friendly and ensured we were comfortable during the whole week we stayed. The rooms were cleaned almost everyday to a good standard, and the riad's owner made the breakfast himself everyday, and offered us dinner, which we accepted twice. The food was all delicious and traditional, a nice way to experience local food without the trip out to a restaurant.
The riad's only downfall is its location, which is a shame but wouldn't put me off recommending it. However, it is very difficult to find a direct route to anywhere in marrakech's old city, and being a half an hour walk from the centre gave us too much chance to get lost. In the days this was fine as it meant we got to explore a bit, but at night, being lost felt a little unsafe and we got a cab home a few times.
Overall a fantastic Riad, if you're not afraid to risk getting lost every now and then, it's a perfect, peaceful escape from Marrakech's madness.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Haven of peace nestled in a quiet alley of the Medina, the Riad El Faris offers warm Marrakesh hospitality and luxury Riad accommodation inside a small Arabian Nights palace. Its suites and guestroom boast a refined décor taking from the traditional Moroccan architecture. This 4-star Medina guesthouse allows guests an unforgettable stay in Marrakesh, an authentic travelling experience that will delight all your senses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad El Faris Hotel Marrakech