Riad Amirat Al Jamal has a very good staff – nice, honest, very helpful and with good hearts. We all enjoyed ourselves throughout. The Riad itself is decorated with a collection of some of the nicer items you'll see in the Souks such as African masks, rugs and ceramic vases. And the walls and tiles and floors are beautifully done with respect to interior design - lots of character. There are two small roof top terraces that are a comfortable place to lie in the sun when you need down time. And in the center of the Riad is a small garden-pool where you can also relax. The morning breakfasts which come with the price of the Riad were fabulous - with beautifully decorated tables decorated differently each morning in stylish colors, and fresh home made food. For us, the beds felt unusually comfortable. Plus, they have a nice small library with interesting books on the culture and landscape and styles (tiles, homes etc) of Morocco. The location is close to the heart of the center of the Medina, the Jemaa El Fna, down a nondescript alleyway nearby.
We ended up seeing lots of the historical and cultural icons in Marrakesh like the Saadian tombs, although I know we barely scratched the surface. The culture in Morocco is vibrant and it was fascinating to be exposed to it. The Jardin Majorelle (gardens of Yves St. Laurent) was a favorite highlight for its brilliant primary colors and hip design and style of buildings and grounds. And the owner Peggy will tell you about her favorite places to shop.
With advice from Hamidou at the Riad and Peggy, we ended up taking a day trip to Essaouira on the coast and had a great time. The freshest-of-fresh fish down at the harbor was fabulous - the best meal we had while in Morocco! Another day trip to Casbah du Toubkal up in the Atlas mountains, at the foot of the highest peak in northern Africa (Jbel Toubkal), was also a great experience. We opted to hike the short distance up to the tea house rather than go by donkey.
Many thanks to the owner Peggy for all her great advice, and to Hamidou and Sayed – we were all well taken care of. We have enormous gratitude for all their help, and especially thank Hamidou and Sayed for translating when needed, and guiding us through the labyrinthine Souks when it was otherwise difficult to find a particular artisan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury, authenticity, impeccable service, convenience, and comfort—Riad Amirat al Jamal offers everything a client needs for a relaxing stay in Marrakech. Part of an Alaouite Dynasty palace, this riad features five air-conditioned chambers, individually decorated with Berber artifacts and Moroccan artwork. Two minutes from Jemaa el Fna, the riad boasts three terraces, swimming pool with fountain and massage jets, salon with fireplace and library, satellite television and DVD, and computer for client use. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Riad Amirat Al Jamal Hotel Marrakech
- Riad Amirat Al Jamal Marrakech