As so many previous guests have said, Bernard makes you feel like a long time friend who has come to visit. From his insistence on personally showing you how to find your way to the main square and other local attractions for the first time, to his 'fatherly advice' on what to do when you get lost (because you WILL get lost), what to see, who to trust and who to avoid, where to eat (unless you are enjoying the excellent cuisine at Riad Menzeh) etc, etc, he is a star. And his staff (more like his family really) are cut from the same cloth.
The Riad itself is beautiful, comfortable, clean and relaxing. Our room was spacious with a large bathroom and very comfortable bed. Breakfast was a wonderfully relaxed and non-calorie conscious affair which could be taken from 8.30 "until when you want…..you are on holiday….take it at 6 in the evening if you want!" My wife and I never quite managed 6 but we were often still being offered more coffee and pancakes at 11.00am. I also sampled the Hammam on the roof of Riad Menzeh which was also excellent.
To be honest, 3 days was probably enough to explore the old town of Marrakech, which although (in the main) delightful, is relatively small, but there is still a vast area outside the city to be explored on another visit. The streets of the old town are extremely narrow (some are no more than small alleyways) and can be very busy, but although we were approached on numerous occasions by both children and adults offering to "show us to the market, or the main square, or the tanneries etc" we never felt threatened. But as Bernard always said as we went out of the Riad front door…"just as in any other holiday destination, always be aware."
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Menzeh is located in a small and peaceful street in the heart of Marrakech old city. 10 Minutes walk from the well known Marrakech main square of Jemaa el Fna, Riad Menzeh is the perfect place to enjoy this amazing city. Bernard and his staff will be happy to help you discover Marrakech the Red City of mysteries, sounds, smells and flavors. Activate your senses in this unique part of the world. Above all, we'€™d like to share with you our passion for this stunning and colorful city and its people, incredibly nice and friendly. Indulge yourself in a traditional spa massage over a steam bath and warm pore cleansing with scented black soap and ghassul (clay) in our private Hammam. ... more less
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