I just came back from Marrakech. I absolutely loved the trip. As usual, my holidays would be filled with extensive research before I go to save time and money. And to feel safe.
So my top tip #1 is definitely stay at a Riad. A Riad is apparently a house with a ‘hole’ in the middle. ‘Hole’ being like a balcony part the house.
We stayed at Riad Nesma. I did a 2 week research on this, I am not kidding you. I didn’t want to stay at a hotel as I wanted to experience culture. However, it did prove very difficult as there were sooo many Riads out there. They are very affordable and go from the very low range ( which I found rather dodgy 😅) to the very high range. I had to go through each reviews of the Riads I liked. Anyway, long story short I found this Riad to be Top rated, safe, family friendly, centrally located with a swimming pool, not to mention caters for my family of 5 for 1 room with excellent customer service. So I went ahead and booked this one.
It was one of the best choices I made. If you have high taste and need to be in a 6 star hotel, maybe this isnt for you but it was perfect for family budget travellers like me.
The decor was beautiful. Plus, the had the most beautiful rooftop terrace that you can have breakfast in. All photos taken with my iphone 6 and not edited.
They do offer room service, and also advice on excrusions in and out of the city. The manager Mr Zuhayr was charming and humble. He even let us stay at an empty room after check out as my familu weren’t feeling well and we didnt feel like travelling while waiting for our flight ( which was at 8pm!).
We were also taken care of so well by the staff there including Mohamed, Rachid among others. The breakfast and cleaning ladies were also excellent. I treasure great customer service and they certainly were! I read a lot of reviews that said Morrocons were very hospitable people and I totally agree. They all also spoke good english.
Breakfast were pastries ( everyday was a little different) with yougurt and a fried egg, orange juice and coffee. Delicious! ( although the coffee wasn’t really to my liking). You can order dinner and lunch as well but you need to tell them in advance as they need to prepare. We had dinner the first day we arrived because I knew my family would be exhausted when we arrived. It costs €15 per person. It was nice, although I felt that you can get better outside.
The location was perfect! Very central. I felt safe walking up the alleyways, even on my own- even safer when I bring my baby as they tend to leave you alone as opposed to walking alone. One of the staff convinced me that I was safer as a tourist than a local! He was right I think.
The huge market ( Jamma elFina) was just a 5 minute walk right at the door where you pass an alleyway with plenty of stalls and food joints. Beautiful and rustic scenary I thoroughly enjoyed and the left was a central roundabout with shops, taxis and restaurants.
The room we chose was the quadriple room. It was a two double bed. One king and one queen, perfect for my family and I was very happy. It was cleaned everyday and towels changed everyday. It has heating/air-conditioning. It was cold during our visit so we switched on heating. The windows were double glazing, so it wasn’t too noisy at night. The showers provided hot water and was good pressure.
They also offer a jaccuzi and swimming pool at the rooftop ( swimming pool was too cold for the winter so my kids were entertained with the jaccuzi. They also had a room service spa, but I didn’t have time to try any.
They also do group and private tours to outside of Marrakech. We took the private one. As I have had previous bad experience with big bus tours, so I never opt for them. I would recommend the private tour for €80 ( per car 1-4 persons). With this tour you get to choose or personalise the trip. We went to Ourika Valley, which I will write late on.
I would definitely recommend a Riad, paticularly this one, to stay in Marrakech.