We had our first trip to Marrakech and Morrocco. Thank goodness for Trip Advisor. We found the Riad through BA holidays and it's also recommended by Mr & Mrs Smith. (Incidentally, note that the Mr & Mrs Smith website has the Riad significantly misplaced on their map - very unhelpful!) Ensure you visit the Riad's website to get the low down and also to talk to the owner Nickolas who is a Parisian and speaks English well. Following the tips from TA we did the right thing and spoke to Nickolas in advance of departing to organise a taxi to collect us from the airport. The driver met us with the Riad name on a board as we came through arrivals. The Taxi took 15-20 minutes to get into the crowded Medina (behind the city walls) characterised by narrow streets that are poorly labelled. We parked up and the driver walked us straight to the Riad which was indistinguishable from the outside save for a small unobtrusive nameplate - easily missed. To be honest if we had followed the hotel instructions we would also, likely, have found it - (I'm pretty good with maps) but we might have got hassled en route whilst we were carrying bags and the method we used was definitely the best stress-free method. All for 20 Euros. The Riad was delightful. Its hard to avoid the phrase 'Oasis of calm' used by so many others. The Medina is fun but busy, crowded, confusing and intriguing. We found we needed cafe stops to escape the madness and the street hassles, and several returns to the Riad to recharge our batteries and to recollect ourselves. We ate out in the Medina during the day but found the Riad so pleasant that we ate there in the evening - we found no real need to go out and hte other guests were nice to chat to. It was relaxing and the eating spaces were calm with an intriguing arty/boutique feel. Shoestringers - do note that the food and wine prices are more akin to UK prices than those of Morocco - it mattered not to us. Also please note if you're looking for a Riad with a pool this one is not heated and at this time of year the water temperature is coldish. Some tips: Getting lost in the backstreets was fun - stay calm and head for the Medina walls to find a gate and then navigate back to where you want to be. But note we did get to several areas that were very dense with men - at one point in a crowded area packed sky high with furniture we estimated 1,000 men to one woman. My partner who is very robust and confident felt distinctly uncomfortable that men were staring at her ankles so we had to go back to the Riad to get changed. Covering up in this muslim country means long skirts or trousers are best.
- 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