I cannot say enough about the amazing service from the moment I booked the hotel, until the time we left. Ines was fantastic and providing information before we even arrived so that we could have our arrival and first day planned and make the most of our time. We decided to book the transfer from the airport, as I had heard that it was so easily to become lost in the Medina on your first day and from the moment we arrived in the square, we knew we were in good hands. We arrived quickly and had a quick bite to eat (we had a very early morning flight) and then we went on a tour of the Medina with a guide they recommended (all pre-booked thanks to Ines!). I highly recommend the guided tour of the Medina if you've never been to Marrakech before, it would have been completely overwhelming with out it. Looking back, the only thing I wish we would have done is ordered dinner at the riad for the first night (you must order it in the morning so they have time to prepare it), as going out that night in our exhaustion proved too much for my son.
I highly recommend booking the tours through the riad, as they have many options for you, and it's so much easier to charge everything to the room and you don't have to haggle with anyone over prices. We chose a few tours: the tour guide in Marrakech, a drive through the Palmeries and a camel ride (not my favorite, but my son loved it), and a trip to the Atlas Mountains on the backs of a mule to the Kasbah de Toubkal for lunch (my son's favorite). Lunch at the Kasbah has two options: a set 3 course meal (which requires a reservation for 30€) or a la carte with 2 options-couscous or brochettes de poulet (chicken skewers) with a salad (20€ for adults, 10€ for children). Thankfully we didn't have a reservation, as the a la carte was delicious and the perfect amount of food for us (it was actually our favorite Moroccan meal of the entire trip). I am so thankful that the riad could arrange all of these adventures for us!
The riad itself is so relaxing from the moment you step inside (the lovely water fountains and lounge area), and the rest of the riad is exactly as pictured on their website! Our favorite thing to do at night was sit by the fire, have drinks and a snack and just relax! By the end of our stay, the staff knew how much we loved the fire, and they kept it burning all night for us until we arrived home from dinner! The riad was clean, comfortable (even the bed!), felt like home (with fresh linens, bathrobes and slippers) and the staff really did treat you like royalty. Anything that you may need or want, they were happy to oblige. Here's the an example of the extremes they would go to: I really loved the serving dish that they used to serve nuts/olives in when you ordered drinks. Instead of simply asking them where they bought it, I spent the entire last day of our trip searching the souks for such a dish (I thought for sure it must be common in Marrakech). When I didn't find it, I finally asked the manager about it and he told me that they have an artisan who makes the dishes for them, but he said maybe the artisan would have additional pieces in his studio. He called the artisan to find out if he had any in the souks, but he didn't remember the piece, so the artisan came to the riad to look at the dish (arriving only 15 mins later), but confirmed that he only made the dishes for the riad (darn!!). I just thought that it was so amazing that they would even offer to go through all of the trouble for a client. I have traveled all over the world and have never experienced service like this!
I cannot recommend this Riad enough to anyone visiting Marrakech who would like to stay in the Medina!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Abracadabra is the most recent opening in Marrakech. Perfect location: only a two minute walk from the burning Jemaa el Fna square. Traditional housing transformed into an exclusive, singular and pleasant hotel. Its 8 rooms make this flirtatious hotel into a familiar place. The devestations of modernity are not felt yet and local life is perceived in its entire simple charm. Hotel looking style: the whole wise combination of Moroccan tradition and colonial comfort combines with immaculate white surroundings. ... more less
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