We stayed at the Riad Chalymar for a long weekend and I couldn't fault the place. I'd definitely go back and recommend to any of my friends/family wishing to visit Marrakech. The location was great, 2 minutes walk to the nearest bar/restaurant and 10 minutes walk to the Jemaa el Fna square. Ideal location, and very peaceful within the riad despite being so close to the hustle and bustle of the centre. The riad is hidden away down some narrow streets but very easy to find. If you book for 3+ nights they offer free airport transfers.
The staff were amazingly helpful and always happy to help with any requests. Staff spoke both English and French. We arranged to have a meal cooked in the riad one night and it was really lovely, they cooked exactly what we requested (there's no menu as such - we opted for a vegetarian tagine) and it was really tasty. It's also possible to get alcohol in the riad (which is lovely when sitting on the terrace roof watching the sunset) - just ask for what you'd like and if they don't have they'll pop out to the supermarket to get it for you.
While we were there, we went on a tour organised by the riad to the mountains (and 7 waterfalls) and ended up with personal service - the riad owner took us there in his own air conditioned car, meaning the trip could be totally tailor made for us (we could stop wherever we wanted along the drive for photos, to pop in to shops etc). It cost slightly more than some tour operators in the town were offering the trip for but in my opinion the personal service (and not having to be on a big hot tour bus) were worth the extra.
The riad is very spacious. I believe it has only about 5 rooms, but plenty of communal areas. There's the roof terrace with about 6 sun loungers, a sofa and a couple of comfy chairs, and a double sun lounger. There's another area with sofas to seat about 12 people on the 2nd floor. And on the ground floor there's a small pool, a table for 2 (for breakfast etc), and a sofa lounge with TV and a larger dining table. Plenty of space for some privacy if you require.
It's a useful note that if all the double rooms are booked you can book one of the twin rooms and they will push the 2 beds together and provide the appropriate bedding (it also works out a bit cheaper!).
I can confirm that the hotel is also gay friendly.
I'd highly recommend this riad to any friends/family wishing to visit Marrakech.
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