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Got 1st class tix. had compartment to ourselves for awhile--laid down & slept. In Meknes 2 others came in.
Nice driver took us to the Cottages. Difficult to find, but he was very nice.
Got in our cottage, Sylvain showed us around. Went to the pool.
Laid down, not feeling well. A/C not working. Sylvain couldn't get it to work, so we moved to another cottage.
Dinner: chicken & couscous--delish.
We walked. It was hot.
Lunch at (name coming) on way to Jardin Majorelle. I was dying for some iced tea. Of course, there was nothing like that on the menu. I saw someone at a table with a glass of ice, and it occurred to me that I could make my own.
We ordered Salade Variee and The Noir with glasses of ice. The server looked at us with confusion, "Verres? Avec glacons?" Oui. He went over to make the tea, which was right in front of where ...
... which is great.
We went out and about again at around 6 pm, ready for dinner. We walked around quite a bit, looked for Jmaa El Fna, but never found it. We tried to find a cafe or something a little more "authentic," but nothing was open that we could find. We decided on this restaurant at a hotel (name coming). I was afraid it wouldn't be very good, but we walked in, and I mouthed to Hunter, "Wow." And she vigorously nodded her head.
We sat by the ...
... with the A/C on. I ended up taking 1/2 an Imitrex for my migraine, which seemed to help.
Hunter went down to find out where we could go to get something to eat. We were starving since we hadn't eaten anything since breakfast on the plane. So, we went to Cafe Arabe. We sat upstairs on the patio and enjoyed the misters, since it had definitely warmed up. We ordered iced mint tea and iced citron tea to drink and tagines (beef kefta and chicken with ...
... from every direction. It was quiet with all the shops locked up and the world locked out. It felt like everyone had escaped into the safety of their homes and we shouldn’t be out here wondering the streets. We sat on the roof for a while till the majority went off to bed, but me, Abi, Pav and Gill sat up talking until the early hours. The nights had started to feel cold and tonight was no exception and only when it came too cold we went off to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Zolah Marrakech
Magnificent Morrocan Riad
A perfect oasis from the frenetic hub of the Djemaa el Fna the Riad Zola is one of those rare hotel experiences that manages to combine all the luxury of a 5 star Hotel with the intimacy of a guest house. The moroccan design & detail of the rooms made us feel as though we were staying in an authentic family home and the Staff provided invalueable travel tips & local advice. Make sure you eat at the hotel at least one night, we found the food was on par to anywhere in the square & you've a rooftop view from which to enjoy your tajine as you watch the sun go down & the hear the minarets burst forth with their call to prayer!
Wonderful, peaceful paradise
Our experience at the Riad Zolah was out of this world. The email contact, transfer from the airport, first moments in the Riad all started an experience we will never forget.. Ismail, Omar, Aziz and Fatima could not do enough to make our stay perfect. They were unobtrusive but always near at hand. The rooms were beautifully decorated and many little touches of luxury were appreciated. We had dinner in the Riad and from the rose petals on the table to the excellent food we wallowed in the feeling of being nurtured. The plunge pool was beautiful and so cool after hours in the souks. We often returned to the Riad to drop off our purchases, have another glass of delicious orange juice and cool down in the pool. The Riad itself is so close to the souks that we found that we would turn another corner and be back home. Do try a massage in the Riad. Cannot praise this enough!
Would recommend unreservedly the Riad Zolah to anyone thinking of staying in Marrakech.
Take our advice - Go there!
Just got back from a week stay in Marrakech in the Riad Zolah. I found the Riad online and it looked great from its website so I contacted them and made my booking with a lot of helpful advice and questions answered both by Jeremy Smith the owner and Ismail the Manager. This personal contact really gave us confidence as two females travelling alone and we were really looking forward to getting there. We were definitely not disappointed, the riad is beautiful, it is the perfect blend of modern and traditional, immaculately kept and well run and right in the heart of the souks, one minute walk from Jamaa al Fna square. The staff are amazing, basically, your wish is their command, they are always happy and smiling and enjoy a joke! Ismail the Manager and Fatima his second in command speak very good English and are never fazed whatever you request to do, such as finding us a belly dance teacher to come to the riad to give us a lesson around the pool, (she even brought costumes)! We also had a cooking lesson with Fadila the chef on making pastillas, which was educational and hilarious! The two waiters, Omar and Assiz (Ihope that's spelt right) were lovely, they were up and down the stairs at our every whim and always cheerful and smiling. Another wonderful experience was the Hammam in the riad, sitting in a warmed room being scrubbed and washed, it leaves you feeling amazingly clean and soft. To sum up, the total experience of Riad Zolah is of being in a luxury home being pampered and well fed. We recommend it to anyone.
Tranquility in the center of Marrakech
My wife and I spent 5 nights at Riad Zolah and were swept away by the beauty of this little hotel and the amazing attention to detail.
We have stayed in numerous 5 star hotels all over the world (Sydney, Egypt, Manilla, Crete, Paris, London, New York amongst others) and this was on par if not better than many of them.
Firstly, our room was so beautifully appointed with a nice blend of modern ammenities (Bose sound system with ipod docking, new air-con, etc...) and traditional Moroccan furniture. The bathroom was large and particularly stuning with a wonderful shower- perfect after a long day at the markets.
Secondly, all the staff were very charming and more than happy to help give directions or aid us with any inquiries we had.
Thirdly, a very nice touch was a complementary mobile phone for the length of our stay. This was very handy when the Riad needed to contact us to confirm our day in the Atlas mountains.
Fourthly, this Riad is one of the best located Riad in the whole city, located right in the middle of the markets (souks) of the old city, yet in a most tranquil back street away from all the noise.
Our only dilemma each day was whether we'd continue shopping in the markets or lounge in the tranquility of the Riad.
Well worth considering if you've got a few days (or more) in Marrakech.
I cannot begin to tell you,how amazing our stay was.Ismail the manager,and his team made it extremely special.They were all extremely helful,polite,professional,and jovial.The location was great,right in the middle of everything,food even better,and the service with a genuine smile was awesome. I definitely recommend this to anyone going there.We were there last week of May,and it was not hot at all.
A friend and I stayed in the Riad in May/June 2007 for 6 nights. It was my first trip to Marrakech and the Riad was the perfect calm contrast to the hustle and bustle of the souks.
The staff were really friendly and helpful, going out of their way to help with anything we might need, booking excursions, taxis, making restaurant reservations and even escorting us to our destinations when we were unsure of the way! It was always a relief to come back after wandering the souks as we knew that someone would be on hand with cool towels and mint tea. The food in the Riad equalled and on many occasions bettered that which we ate in the restaurants. We were also treated to a wonderful breakfast with fresh produce every morning on the roof terrace.
The room I stayed in was lovely and it was a welcome touch to be provided with dried fruits and nuts to snack on each day.
Having never visited Marrakech before, I now know that I would like to return and also see more of the country. I am sure that has a lot to do with the wonderful hospitality I experienced at the Riad Zolah. It felt like a home for a week which was a welcome change to 'stuffy' hotels I have stayed at in the past.
I could stay for a month!!
We had such a lovely time at Zolah. Its position is excellent and they seem to have thought of everything - from the pre-trip information and then being met both at the airport and in the Medina, to being given local mobiles and having a fridge of water bottles! However the best bit was the loveliness of the Riad and the staff - they really made it relaxing with nothing too much trouble. And the food is excellent! Friends of ours staying elsewhere even ate there and loved it! We'd love to spend a month there - luxury and relaxation together. An oasis in a magical city! Ben & Clare
Oasis of calm at Riad Zolah
Wow, what an experience! The riad was impeccably decorated, very comfortable and the food was fantastic.
The roof-top terrace was a great place to enjoy breakfast and you could retreat into the cool of the courtyard downstairs when the sun got too much. Riad Zolah is located off the main road so although Marrakech is a lively, noisy kind of place, you would never know that from the inside of the riad because its so quiet.
The staff were very friendly and helped us book a day trip to a lush green valley in the atlas mountains with waterfalls (amazing for what I thought was an arid, semi-desert country!) Our highlight in terms of the sites to see in Marrakech was probably Palais El Bahia -try and go early before the touist coaches arrive.
An Oasis of Tranquillity
My wife and I stayed here in mid-May 2007 for 4 nights. In general we had an extraordinary time - the riad is literally in the midst of the old town - on the edge of the markets and about 3 minutes on foot from the central square (that is if you don't get hopelessly lost trying to get there - which seems a virtual certainty for anyone new to the city!). The riad itself is incredibly peaceful, calm and relaxing - set around 2 central courtyards with only 6 (i think) rooms in total. What amazed both my wife and I was not only how loud and "in your face" the city was, but how quiet, and how isolated from everything you felt, inside the riad. The staff, particularly the director Ismail, were fantastic - friendly and informal, but extremely professional at the same time. The service was really personal - we got the feeling they were really going out of their way to look after us. The food was definetly one of the highlights of our trip. We were very dissapointed with "Dar Zalij" - one of the more expensive restaurants strongly reccomended by our guidebook - I think largely because it compared so poorly to the meal we were served in the Riad itself - candlelit in the central courtyard. We were so impressed that we ate there again on our last night. Marakech is *really* hot in May (and we were told it gets even hotter in July / August), and when we went they were still finishing off building their plunge pool - so we missed out on being able to cool off there - but the sun terrace was awesome, and we spent most of the hottest part of the day sweating in the shade there instead with a good book and freshly squeezed orange juice. All in all it was an incredible experience - and judging by the other tourists we met in the city itself, Riad Zolah is without a doubt one of the best located Riads in the city for the central attractions. Highly reccomended!