We chose the Riad based on all of the reports that we had seen.. and the night before we left, having seen that every previous write-up was amazing, we then spotted the 'huge disappointment' comment from Keith. Well, we must say, if there had been any issues, then they have all been resolved!...we have travelled to many places and always sought out small boutique hotels or accommodation that give a friendly welcome and this Riad gave everything we were looking for. We arrived at the airport, having booked the transfer (15 euros each way), and were welcomed by a friendly guy who transported us to the Riad. On arrival, a mere 10/15 minutes from the airport, we were welcomed by Noura who was absolutely perfect in making us feel welcomed. She took us through the places to go .. things to avoid (I shall expand in another post).. but this was to become a magical experience..
We booked the Chocolate Suite - on the upper level .. and we almost always had the terrace and roof garden area to ourselves. The Chocolate Suite is exactly as it shows - amazing.. value for money and exquisite in its own right .. if you like different from the run of the mill hotels then this is superb. The Kasbah Is a more non-touristy part of the city - about 15 to 20 minutes walk into the main square.. but a scenic if not different walk to get there... don't expect that you are walking along a beach.. everything that you may expect is around every corner.. but safe as safe can be.. daytime or night time...
All of the staff at the Riad (you may want call it a hotel but this is a very special place with just 6 rooms) were absolutely brilliant.. if you get involved they will give back to you.. Mohammed was just adorable.. we came back every day and asked for ice.. and it was there ready for us. Breakfast was, as it said, .. simple but homely.. and served with a smile every time.
Having been to many places - I can truly say for the both of us that this was possibly the best break we have ever experienced .. and we have been to many places in search of this kind of destination..
Marrakesh is a very different destination and the Riad deserves to be noted as one of those places that makes this a magical experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Shemsi is a beautiful and elegant Riad in the heart of the Marrakech Medina. Situated in the Royal Kasbah, it is in easy walking distance of all the principal sites including the main square and the myriad souks. All the suites are delightfully presented in traditional Moroccan plasterwork and Marrekchi furnishings. The views from its elevated terrace are stunning. The celebrated Shemsi cuisine is sourced locally everyday from the freshest ingredients. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Shemsi Hotel Marrakech