I recently visited Marrakech for the first time with my father-in-law. We had such a lovely stay with Gilles and Dominique and I would recommend everyone to stay with them when they visit.
The Riad is a little difficult to find, but it is very centrally located in the Medina. We only found it by paying a local boy to take us there once our cab dropped us off. I would recommend taking up Gilles on his offer to provide a driver to pick you up and bring you there. But once there, Gilles and Dominique were wonderful hosts. They welcomed us by inviting us to sit down and offering us a cup of mint tea and Moroccan pastries. As we talked about our plans and what they recommended for us to see, they pulled out a map and showed us exactly where everything was and how to get there.
That night, we opted to have a traditional Moroccan meal prepared by their cook and served right in the courtyard. It was absolutely delicious- vegetable pastilla, tagine chicken with lemon and olive, and this desert of layered pastry, delicate sweet cream, strawberries, bananas, and nuts. It was really nice not to have to worry about where we were going to eat or how we were going to get there and we could just relax with a bottle of Moroccan red wine.
Before we went to bed at night, Gilles asked what time we wanted breakfast and whether we preferred coffee or tea. When we awoke, we went down to the courtyard to a table set up with mugs, fresh coffee, bread, homemade jam and honey, fresh squeezed orange juice, yogurt, and eggs made to order.
The Riad itself is exquisitely decorated. It was the little details that really stood out for me- rose petals on the beds when we first arrived, orange blossom shampoo, body wash, and lotion, a lounge area outside the rooms with couches and tables, and a rooftop deck with lounge chairs, towels, and straw hats provided for use. The rooms and bathrooms were large and clean.
I chose this hotel for the location and because of the great reviews. We walked across the street and got lost in the souks and then found our way to Jemaa El Fna square at night and easily walked the 15mins back. It’s a quiet, charming place in the hustle of the Medina.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The riad has 5 rooms for 2 to 4 people, they are air conditioned. They all feature a sitting area, a private bathroom, storage cabinets, a safe. Towels, hair dryer, shower gel, shampoo and body lotion are available to you. The wi-fi is available throughout the riad and a computer station is available. The riad owners resident on site, they can help you in the choice of sightseeing or activities: excursions, sport and physical activities, exploring Marrakech ... All these activities have been tested and validated by your hosts. We strive for here, you feel at home. ... more less
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