I selected this Riad from Trip Advisor comments and was not disappointed. The Riad is owned and run very efficiently by Jean Pierre-he could not have been more helpful, not only in preplanning our visit, but, also during our 4 night stay. He arranged transport to and from the airport-this is essential-there is no way you could navigate the alleys of the medina without prior knowledge. He also arranged a meal for the evening of our arrival in the Riad so we had our first experience of real Moroccan cous cous in Riad Charlott. I never got to know the name of our "waitress" and I must aplogise for that but she was charming as was Ahmed-a kind of general factotum. Make sure you take time for mint tea-enervating in the heat of the day !
We-my daughter and I-stayed in the Pierre Suite-the pictures are all on the web site. It was comfortable , beautifully furnished (exquisite chandelier ) clean and cool ! Flat screen TV but very few English speaking channels-but, who goes to Marrakech to watch TV? My tiny gripe was about the bath-a steep climb in and out-I did mention it to Jean Pierre on leaving and I'm assured he'll provide some steps in time for my next visit ! Breakfasts were lovely-yogurts, pastries, sort of flat crumpets with an array of Rhiad made jams-even a sweet potato jam ! Now, if you want the all American type buffet breakfast, swimming pools and sanitized, anonymous hotel rooms don't stay in a Rhiad. But, if you want to stand on a roof top in the centre of the walled city and hear the Muezzin call the faithful to pray book into a Rhiad.
Rhiad Charlott' is set in a maze of narrow alleyways but armed with Jean Pierre's clear maps you will be fine.The main square is about 10 minutes walk away but the walk is so fascinating-it is a step back in time-the sights, the smells are amazing. Do not be intimidated-Marrakech struck me as friendly and safe -I would prefer to be there to my local city centre which I would not walk through after 9pm ! Spoken French is useful but the stall holders have English too and are everready to give you a "special price" "cheaper than Asda ! " The banter is friendly and funny-tell them it's your first day and suss things out, but, do haggle-it's expected and no one is offended providing you don't go ridiculously low. Remember, we are rich to these people !
We really enjoyed the hop-on and off bus tour which gives you a good insight to the city. You need cash-dirhams-which are obtainable there in the medina or from holes in the wall. The souks and small market/ square cafes and restaurants do not take credit cards-cash is king and much more negotiable.
August is very, very hot so be prepared. You need sun cream, hats and plenty of water-bottled water avilable everywhere. Marrakech is a wonderful place-so much to see and do-it is ideal for a city break and I have no reservations in recommending Riad Charlott.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A riad magnificent allying Moresque architecture and contemporary decoration, 5 vast rooms in the sophisticated decoration, one of the most beautiful brings down of the medina of Marrakesh offering a wonderfull view on the city and the Atlas. Swimming pool-Jacuzzi, hammam and massage room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Charlott` Hotel Marrakech