This was a lovely riad which we found on Mr and Mrs Smith but managed to book on booking.com (because Mr and Mrs Smith Family do not list it and their couple section have a rubbish website for booking with children!)
Anyway the riad itself is gorgeous! Beautifully and lovingly restored. It feels modern but there are lots of traditional touches.
We stayed in the Sarah suite with our two girls aged 9 and 10. It was more than large enough. They had two little beds and we had a huuuuge bed which was a delight to sleep on. I didn't even wake up for the 530am prayer calls as I slept so soundly. The air conditioning in the room is icy cold and it is spotlessly clean. However if you get this room, be careful of the heavy ras shower which fell on my foot on the first day when I put the water on. The water pressure makes it jump out of its resting place so we had to secure it with a hairband!
The pool is larger than other riads from what we saw and is a wonderful way to cool off in the Marrakech heat. At night it is lit with wonderful lamps so there is a lovely atmosphere just lounging around.
There is a bar and you can get good wine and beer at reasonable prices. It's all added to your bill which unlike other places we stayed in you can settle by credit card.
There is also a hamamm which my husband and I both used. He had a massage and I had a traditional hammam which was really nice for 20E.
The staff are lovely. They don't speak much English so you do need to be pretty good at French. There was also a French man called Jerome who was very helpful about places to go.
The challenge is finding this place. Book a petit taxi even if you are driving because the street names change all the time and this 'derb' is a tiny tiny street off a tiny street! The are two entrances. Use the front one vs the back if you are driving as it is closer to the parking which we paid 20 Dhms per day/night for. Taham knows the parking chap very well so make sure he comes with you to get that price.
The breakfast is comprehensive but the same everyday. Some variation would have been nice as we were there for three days. The dinner is a must have. We paid 20E for a fantastic three course meal which was a mixture of French and Moroccan. It's just served at a lovely relaxing pace and tasted amazing. They were really happy also to split one adult meal for my girls which always goes down well with me. No fuss. Everything was a yes.
There is also a lovely rooftop area for relaxing and a living room with comfy sofas, rugs, throws and a fireplace.
Would certainly stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Feeling, trueness, shift, these are what you shall enjoy at Riad Anyssates.As well as our “Table dhôtes” and our fill hammam services.The riad is between the exciting section Bab Doukala and the Riad El Arouss and the city remparts.The riad is ideally located between the souks, the famous *place Djema El Fna and the new city Guéliz with the taxis and guarded parking.The riad provides you with toplevel comfort, with a charming, warm and family atmosphere.With large volume and huge 380 m2 superficies, the riad provides each host with intimacy and friend meeting facilities up to 20 with exclusive reservation.To day the riad offers 4 rooms and extended terrace and space devoted to hammam and care services.The bar Lounge is open to 2 galleries, one in front the swimming pool, the other opening on the garden. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Anyssates Marrakech
- Riad Anyssates Hotel Marrakech