Riad Chamali is a lovely guesthouse in the middle of quite a suburban area (about 20mins walk from the main square). It's almost impossible to find on your own, we arrived at dark and were actually a bit scared! It does seem to be in quite a shady part of town.
Unfortunately the Riad did not send a driver to pick us up, even though I had asked for one... maybe this was a mistake due to the language barrier, but we ended up having to get a taxi from the airport, then paying a local boy to take us to the Riad!
I would advise anyone who is booking that the staff there speak NO ENGLISH at all, not even a little bit. We struggled a bit to converse with the staff there, although this is due to our own ignorance as they spoke French, Spanish and Arabic, but unfortunately no English. This made it difficult to ask for things we needed... on the first morning we wanted to ask where things were, how to book tours etc, but weren't able to - although we did get by with my very basic French!
Our room cost €60 a night, it was a very nice room, big and with a WC/hot shower, although it wasn't as cheap as I thought it would be. I think Marrakech has been hit by the tourist boom so don't expect things to be as cheap as you would imagine!
Breakfast was lovely, fresh breads, butter and jam, with coffee or tea. The staff were all very nice and professional, but I would say if you don't know ANY French or Spanish to consider this before booking the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the historic medina of Marrakech, Le riad Chamali welcomes you in a traditional building. Masked by its unassuming facade, lies a heaven of luxuriant calm. Pass through its portals to enter the enchanted world of a traditional medina, where you will be embraced by the Moroccan art of living and overwhelmed by so much to discover. Personalized service with a caring staff to enjoy the tranquility of the nine comfortable rooms, 2 patios with swimmingpool and orange trees, and a huge Terrasse. Airport transfert, evening and traditional cooking, car rental, excursions in the neighborhood. Many services to make your stay with us unforgettable. ... more less
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