We got our flights and didn't book anywhere to stay until about 2 weeks before we went, by which time most of the riads in the medina were fully booked or ridiculously expensive. We booked here because it seemed about the right thing for the right price. It certainly was.
Upon arriving we were met by the owner, who gave us mint tea and and a large amount of (exceptionally useful) information between our GCSE French and his similar standard English. He was very friendly and warm, as were the rest of his staff. The riad was amazing to look at - the pool looks incredible at night (be warned, it is not heated so beware if you go in November!), the breakfast is lovely, the beds are big and comfortable, our room had an air con system (we didn't use ours), the decorations are strange but somehow work (top of a 6 million dollar man pinball machine hung on the bathroom wall?!), and generally I can't fault anything about it, apart from how far it is from the medina, but it costs a maximum 20 dirham (£1.30ish) to get a taxi, which is easy. And part of the Marrakech experience in my opinion.
In some ways the distance is a good thing: it is very close to the Jardin Majorelle; stuff (eg. water) is very cheap as it's not too touristy; and the only thing we could hear from the riad was the call to prayer from the Minuret and a cockerel crowing in the morning so it is very peaceful. Just be careful of getting scammed for big money by taxis on your way back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to the Majorelle garden, a street, lined with orange trees, leads you to the Villa Bleue. This artist-owned villa offers you a magnificent stay and an enriching cultural and human experience. The shimmering water, the lemon trees, the doves, the painting and drawings on the walls... a longing to varied sensation! From the patio to the lounges, from the terrace roof to the hammam, everything accounts for a keen choice of colors, materials and objects. ... more less
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