Stayed here with my friend for three nights, we're both in our 20s and had a brilliant time.
I would say that's enough time to see the city but you could easily spend much longer if you fancy doing some excursions or exploring outside Marrakech.
Definitely take the airport transfer if you can, a great service and means you get led right to the front door which could otherwise be a bit hard to find at first! It's a good location and close to everything but it's helpful to get a few tips on directions etc before heading out into the Medinah.
Said and Yousseff are absolutely lovely and couldn't do enough for all the guests.
As two girls on our own we did find the Medinah a little intimidating at first so be prepared for that, but it's great to be right in the heart of things and see the real Marrakech. We personally particularly found this when walking after dark when there is a slightly different atmosphere.
We had one incident where a taxi took us to the wrong place and we ended up calling the hotel late at night. Said said to hand the phone to the driver and spoke to him for us to make sure he came to the right place before walking out to meet us and taking us safely back! Definitely above and beyond and we were very grateful.
The next night when we were planning to go out they organised for their driver Abdul to take us and bring us back so we wouldn't be worried at all.
The riad is lovely, really cosy and so calm compared to its surroundings, you feel relaxed as soon as you walk through the door. The roof terrace is a real sun trap and we spent many happy hours up there on the loungers!
We were lucky enough to be there when the owner Shona and her husband Ronnie were also staying and they gave us lots of brilliant tips for where to go and what to see. Shona is constantly emailing guests and will be happy to help with any questions you have!
The food is lovely - breakfast is homemade bread and pastries which will fill you up all day, and if you choose to have dinner here you won't be disappointed either. Make sure to book a few hours in advance though as they do prepare it all to order!
All in all we had a really great holiday and would love to go back to the Riad Shaden.
Best things about it are the lovely welcoming atmosphere and staff, and the rooms and terrace are all beautiful too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in a traditional area in the east of the medina, yet only a 15 minute walk from Djemaa al Fna, Riad Shaden is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The property has a total of 6 bedrooms (2 suites and 4 standard double/twin rooms). All rooms are ensuite, with reversible air conditioning, flat screen TVs, complementary toiletries and safes. There is a spacious central courtyard, a cosy living room and a sunny and secluded roof terrace with sunbeds and parasols. Breakfast is included in the room rate, with additional meals available on request. Cookery lessons are available, which include a shopping trip to the local market. Riad Shaden's staff speak English, French and Spanish and are available 24 hours a day. They are happy to assist with booking day trips, golf, restaurants and hammams, as well as providing general advice about what to see and do in Marrakech. Riad Shaden's English speaking driver is available for airport transfers, as well as day trips and longer excursions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Shaden Hotel Marrakech