Stayed at Riad Magellan for four nights. The location is excellent as it is within a short walk of the main square and is close to most visitor attractions in the medina. The airport pick up arranged via the Riad was excellent, culminating in a short walk through the alleys of the medina as night was falling - very atmospheric. Had dinner in the Riad on the night of arrival and the food was good and reasonably priced. I stayed in the Blue Room which opens directly from the central courtyard, and slept very well each night. The room does not have air conditioning (I think all other rooms have) but a fan was provided immediately and proved more than sufficient. The room is small but the decor is very interesting. A few small touches would make it even nicer, such as a better shower curtain, but I was very happy with the room. The staff, particularly Mr Mohammed and the ladies servicing the rooms and serving breakfast are very welcoming and helpful.
I wish the Moroccan Tourist Board would do something about the far too aggressive vendors in the main square and in the souks, as well as the 'tourist guides' on every corner. Having lived, worked and travelled for many years in developing countries, I'm not seeking a sanitised experience. However, the level of aggression and harrassment leaves a negative impression. Thankfully, the Riad Magellan provided a welcome respite from this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegant Riad located in the best district of the Medina (Mouassine), 5 minutes walking distance from Jemaa el Fna main square: 6 en-suite rooms in a casual atmosphere mixing traditional elements and contemporary furniture. Riad Magellan offers a plunge-pool in its courtyard and a free access wifi connexion ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Magellan Hotel Marrakech