This is a small Riad (only four rooms) with a very homely, Moroccan feel. We were greeted by a very helpful man who did everything we could have hoped for, including arranging transport and even holding our room for a few days, free of charge, while we visited Essouira. Also, on one occasion we returned two days early from a desert trip (as it was not had we had expected) and he arranged a refund for us that we had not asked for or expected. What a great guy!
Breakfast is a lovely selection of fresh bread, Moroccan omelette and fresh orange juice, tea and coffee. A perfect start to a day of wandering around the souks which surround the Riad.
The riad is located within the souks of Marrakech, walking distance from all major sights. It is hard to find if you have not visited the city before so i would reccomend takig a taxi form the airport. Despite its central location, the riad is surprizingly calm and quiet. There are also nice views from the roof terrace.
The riad contains four en-suite rooms; two large double rooms with views from the windows onto the small central courtyard, beautiful when the flowers are in bloom. I wouldn't recommend the other rooms unless you are travelling alone as they are small and cramped with no air conditioning, just a ceiling fan. The price difference is minimal (or was when I stayed) so it is well worth opting for one of the larger rooms.
I was interested in staying in a "real" Moroccan riad so this was perfect for me. If you would like all of the comforts of a larger hotel, such as a pool, bar, etc then this isn't the place for you. The small dipping pool in the courtyard did not tempt me as it is overlooked by the other rooms and looked like it hadn't been used for a long while.
We had a couple of minor incidents where the local children/teenagers followed us and pinched our bums or asked for money. We were two young women travelling alone and although we didn't feel in any danger, this was intimidating and made us feel uncomfortable. However it would not stop me from staying in the riad again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Riad Ineslisa is situated in close proximity to Jeema El Fna Square, in the Medina of Marrakesh (an ancient part of the city). Push open the door and experience life in calm and peaceful surroundings.Each room, welcoming and comfortable, has it's own individual and tasteful decor. There is a traditional bathroom and toilet in every room.On the terrace, lie back and relax on a chaise lounge with cushions and mattresses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Ineslisa Hotel Marrakech