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... contradiction: harsh and cruel and unforgiving yet nourishing, symbiotic and ultimately resilient. Our visit here was brief but long enough to flood our imaginations. Her people are generous and warm but, like so many of us, deeply stained by a narrative of plunder and oppression. Her land is open and wild, at times bordering on the mythological. Her abundance of life in incomprehensible. Unlike any ...
... who, at the age of 62, has never lived anywhere in the world for more than four years. She currently hangs her hammock in Ubud on the island of Bali. Together the three of us go to crammed seafood restaurants and boisterous wine bars. We always order a second bottle. At the Montebello Arts Centre we attend a fundraising dinner in the Garden Lounge. The band plays Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock on the marimbas. Candlelight dances under the trees. We feel the ...
... done. I wanted something on my foot and ankle and Jess went for something on her hand and up her arm. Becci managed to get a small one as a freebie as she said she’d spent all her money on wood, wish i’d tried that!
While waiting to meet up with some of the group we found a cafe that overlooks the square so had a drink there while we watched the square come to life as it got ready for the night market. The ...
... what the shock was for me was the complete contrast between the city and the small villages with no electricity and the poor runny nosed children I had seen only a few days before.
Thank God dinner that night was not a tagine as by this point I was a tad over them, but a seafood restaurant which made for a change. For desert we wandered around a night market and ended up having hot chocolate and ice cream in a little café.
The next day we didn’t really have much ...
... North African mint tea. The girls, who had never liked mint before, drank this tea up and asked for more. It was excellent. There is no alcohol allowed in the medina, so I would have to get used to their mint tea. Will it become a suitable replacement for beer? We shall see.
We stopped in some of the small shops on our way back to our riad, bought some fresh bread and a lot of large bottles of water. It will take us some time to get used to the pandemonium of the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Shemsi Marrakech
Gem of a Place!
Where can I start! The Shemsi is amazing, great value for money, very central to all attractions, we stayed in the Orange room for three nights before moving on to Essaouira. We had 2 evening meals at the Shemsi and they were both delicious. We ate on the roof terrace which was very romantic. We are both keen travellers and one thing I would like to point out is that the service is second to none. Nadia and her team organised a guide, our taxi to Essaouira and changing money for us. Nothing was too much trouble. Staying at the Shemsi feels like staying with my own family! Can't wait to return in 2008.
The amazing Riad Shemsi
What a find!! The door opens and your welcomed into an oasis in the middle of bedlam. Beautiful bedroom that was exactly as website pictures. The rooftop is wonderful, so peaceful with its own stork fly-pass! The pool perfect to cool off. The food brilliant. But the main thing is Nadia and her staff, nothing is too much trouble for these lovely people, they just cannot do enough. We were also lucky enough to meet the owner Paul, who advised and suggested places to visit and where to eat. I cant praise this riad enough, dont know what we would have done without it in this mad crazy wonderful city! Really good to be in Kazbah which is much more peaceful and a little quieter, couldn't wait to return to Riad Shemsi at the end of each day!
Our stay at the Riad Shemsi was an absolute pleasure. The staff was friendly, the room was exactly as described on the website and the food was amazing! We also had an opportunity to spend time with the owners, who were incredibly accommodating and friendly. The Shemsi was decorated in true Moroccan style, which added to our cultural experience. We plan to return to Marrakech at some point in the future and would certainly love to stay at the Shemsi again.
My two teenagers and I stayed at the Riad in the Chocolate Room for three nights in July. It was a beautiful, a lovely calm oasis in the madness and choas that is Marrakech. They arranged a taxi to collect us from the airport which was essential as it's tricky to find, and when you first arrive the whole thing is so jaw dropping and daunting you'll want your hand held! A couple of days later you'll be walking down the Rue de Kasbah like a local. We had dinner in the Riad on our first night, this was very good and a nice start to our holiday. Restaurants are in short supply here, most are to be found in the New Town, taxi's easily available at a variety of prices! (ask first!) We has left a bag at the Riad when we went on our trip around Morocco (on purpose, we needed to reduce our luggage) when we went to retrieve it we were welcomed back like old friends! Kids loved the pool, small but very refreshing and mum loved the variety of places to relax. Lovely staff, lovely rooms, good breakfasts and air conditioning - vital in the Summer.
Haven in a crazy city
What a beautiful and unique riad in a crazy and very lively city. My husband and I spent 4 days here to celebrate our 1st year anniversary. After spending the day out and about, i could not of asked for a more relaxing place to stay than riad shemsi. The staff were lovely and very helpful, the food delicious, the location although alittle out of town was great as you got to experience more of the local goings on. recomended restuarants...Bo-zin, le tanjia and narwama all had beautiful interiors and amazing food.
A Magical Haven
An absoutely wonderful experience with 8 girlfriends - a rich, and elegant but at the same time homely atmosphere with fantastic cuisine. Will certainly return - 10% discount throughout the months of July and August.
Oasis in a crazy city
This is a beautiful little Riad in a residential area away from all the hustle and bustle of this city. The little plunge pool in the courtyard was ideal to cool down in the soaring heat. An added bonus for a good-nights sleep is that it is nowhere near a mosque. Nadia, who appears to be the receptionist, is very helpful, but overall management appears to be a bit haphazard. Give it some more time as it only opened six months ago. Best to get the airport transfer when you first arrive as you'll never find this riad and locals don't know it either.
An Asset to Marakesh
Beautifully decorated interior - very comfortable rooms and charming roof terrace to relax on, after the hustle and bustle of the city. Very friendly and good service.
An Experience Not To Be Missed
We so enjoyed sharing the experiences of Marrakech from this
beautiful Riad. We certainly feel we were transported into a different world amongst such friendly and helpful people. The memories will live with us for a long time and should they fade, we will be back! A special thank you to the staff at the Riad for making our stay so delightful and attending to our every need. We thoroughly recommend Riad Shemsi, situated in the heart of the Casbah, to anyone wishing to relax in a very tasteful and authentic setting. The meals are cooked from organic, freshly purchased produce to a very high standard and are delicious!
We were worried about booking this riad because there were no reviews, but it only opened at Christmas so pretty new really. Nadia who was there everyday was very helpful and spoke good English. The breakfasts were huge and really good. Location was pretty good 15 / 20 mins from the square - buy the rough guide map to Marrakesh (you really need it) the streets were well lit at night. Everyone says that you don't get any hassle in Marrakesh - they are probably right but I don't think I would want to walk back to the riad alone. Inside is nicely decorated and the terraces are lovely. We had the Vanille room which was basic but still very nice. In retospect i would say that the extra money for the Chocolate sweet would be worth it. The room was very cold but when we told the staff they brought us a heater and then fitted a new aircon system the next day! There is no safe in the room and it doesn't lock but stangely I wasn't worried at all - it felt really safe. We stupidly left our passports at reception for 3 days while we were in the mountains and they were waiting for us when we returned. No complaints very nice few days.