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... overloaded drive which had our eyes aching from the exposure to such natural rugged beauty.
Having come down through the mountains we took the opportunity to enjoy the serenity a little longer by stopping for lunch at a lovely cafe by the side of a dry river, with views up to yet another hillside village.
It wasn’t long before we were driving through the walls of the medina and checking into our riad, the delightful La Maison ...
... and pillows, the individual compartments also had doors you could close, and the toilet had toilet paper, soap and a hand dryer. As I write this now it seems like a really silly thing to get excited about but after 2 months in India we have come to expect nothing from anywhere and always carry our own toilet paper and hand soap. Each couchette compartment had 4 beds in it and so we shared ours with a local man who spent most of his night not in the ...
... night at home with Rupes playing dealer and lots of alcohol flowing.
The next day Scotti joined us for a day trip out to Atlas mountains. On the way up we were ushered to a little place where they made Moroccan Oil and a nice little restaurant next to the river. Hinesh was also fined 100dirhams for not wearing his seatbelt (boo to the taxi driver who said nothing about it being compulsory to wear a seat belt). The trek up the Altas mountains was not as easy as we thought. ...
... in return for this and some offering to take you there themselves. Likewise in other counties I've visited, the locals are continually hassling you. I understand this is their culture however I believe they'd do just as well if they didn't hassle the tourist until they ran away. Stay in a riad!! I was extremely pleased with our choice in riad over hotel. A riad is a traditional Moroccan house with a central courtyard, the word comes ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Azzar Marrakech
Far From the Maddening Crowd
Riad Azzar is so conviniently close to Jemaa el-Fna yet, when you enter it, you feel so removed from the outside chaos. I arrived in the medina exhausted from the long journey and did circles in the medina, and souks, looking for the riad. Finally I called and they sent someone to meet me in the square. We traveled a little into the souks and then took a left down an alley. As a woman traveling by myself, I was at first concerned that the riad was off an alley but it was never a problem.
The Moroccan hospitality at Riad Azzar is fabulous. I was brought fresh orange juice upon arrival, served mint tea every afternoon, wine in the evenings upon request, and always had fresh roses in my room and bathroom(the towels even smelled scented). The staff is excellent and helped me arrange a morning tour of the medina, and a day trip to the Atlas Mountains. Fatima's cooking was very good. You can also arrange for a massage at the riad.
The public areas in the riad are on the small side but this adds to its intimate feeling. I used the dipping pool one night, with large moroccan lanterns lite on each corner, and an incredible starry sky above. The roof terrace, where a simple but tasty breakfast is served every morning, is a great place to unwind at the end of the day. I loved looking at the other roof tops and hearing the call to prayer.
I stayed in two different rooms, both of which were beautifully decorated with Moroccan details. "Zemmour" was my favorite of all the rooms!
On the down side I have to say that the mattress in Mediouna was on the soft side. Also, the staff(other than the owners) speaks very little English, and my French has gotten very bad so this was frustrating for me at times.
For a reasonable lunch, checkout the wonderful salads at the Alhambra Restaurant close by in the square!
Excellent Riad, Friendly Hosts
Riad Azzar is simply stunning. After walking through the hectic square to get to the Riad its like a beautiful, tranquil haven. So much thought and care has been put into all the decoration and at night time there are candles and fresh flowers everywhere making it seem incredibly romantic.
The best aspect of the Riad are the hosts; Marek and Cees - nothing is too much trouble for them, they will happily offer to book you a restaurant (it took them ages to find one with room for us as it was a Friday night - exceptionally busy and booking ahead is advisable). They take care to give you pointers when shopping in the souk and generally seem interested that you have a good time while staying with them. After staying with Cees and Marek my partner and I headed to the Palmery for 4 more nights stay - the hosts were non exsistant and we longed to return to the good nature and fantastic location of the Riad Azzar!
When we return to Marrakech there will be no other place to stay!
Value for your money
We were for the fourth time in Marrakech and now we find the best place to stay: Riad Azzar. It's a beautiful and very quiet riad, only a 5 minutes walk from Jemaa el Fna. Great rooms, friendly people.
Real value for money!!
Frieda + Aad, Netherlands
What a splendid stay!
What a fantastic place Riad Azzar is.Whe, my wife and I, where during the first week of March 2006 in Marrakesh en we booked for this wonderfull Riad.
With very friendly people who helped with everything we asked, weather is was the rental of a car or booking a nice restaurant in the Medina, everything was well arranged and handled with a smile.
The cooking was great with very good Marocan food.
In our view a perfect place for a relaxed stay.
Fantastic - great location, comfort and friendly staff
We have just arrived back from a few days in Marrakech and stayed at the Riad Azzar. As soon as we arrived in Marrakech we knew we were going to love it and after being dropped off by the taxi in the square and having our cases put on a hand drawn cart we were taken through the twisty streets of the Souks to our accomodation.
We arrived at a door in a sidestreet and were met by Cees Van den Berg, the owner of Riad Azzar. As soon as we entered it was like being in a completely different world - tranquil courtyard with small pool leading to our room which was beautifully decorated and comfortable. Then we went up to the roof terrace which looked down on to the courtyard and was so quiet which was amazing as we were so close to everything. Breakfast is taken on the roof terrace - a great start to the day ahead and all of its sights, sounds and smells.
Maryk and Cees helped us plan a trip to the Atlas Mountains which is highly recommended and also were there to help with any questions we had. The staff at the Riad are very helpful and it was like staying with friends.....a very personal touch.
We hope to return to Marrakech soon and stay again at Riad Azzar.
Riad Azzar is the place to stay!!
I have just returned from a wonderful 10 days in Morocco.My final stop was Marrakech and the the best was revealed, a stay at Riad Azzar. From the moment one enters the beautiful door you are captivated by everything therein. (The hospitality of Maryk and Cees began even before I arrived in their helpful corespondance in planning my stay and wondeful suggestion). I cannot say enough about the proprietors, and the engaging, comfortable and elegant space they have created for their guest. The rooms are beautiful, not only each individual bedroom but all the public areas. Every detail of the riad reflects care, comfort and attention.Throughout my stay I felt like I had been taken care of in the most
caring way by everyone on staff. Visually it is simple, elegant, tastefully done with its beaufiul furnishings, art,the pool, and more! To spend the morning with a delicious Moroccan breakfast on the upper patio, viewing the Atlas mountians while eating the most beautifully prepared meal. Cees and Maryk go out of their way to assist with every question, directions, where to shop, suggestion for exploring the medina,the city and more. It was effortless being there. The Riad Azzar provides an oasis within the bustle of the medina. Its location is superb-- a real selling point for ease of getting there and finding your way. The main reason to be at Riaz Azzar is to experience the contrast of the life in the Medina with your every need met. I only wish that I could have remained longer. I know I will back and Riad Azzar will be my destination.
One of the reasons I chose to stay at Riad Azzar was by reading some of the good reviews from this website. I was not disappointed. Riad Azzar was one the highlights of our trip to Marrakech. Maryk , Cees and the rest of the staff at this Riad are so friendly and helpful. The food was great. The room was perfect.
I am already looking forward to the next time I can stay here.
Home away from home
When I first arrived in Marrakech, I was overwhelmed by the hubbub of this African-Arabian-European city. Colors everywhere, noise, smells, great bargains in the Soukh, where should I start? I therefore was very happy to enter the quiet, clean and beautiful patio of Riad Azzar. Just a few steps away from the Soukh and in the centre of the busy old city, there's this oasis of hospitality. Riad Azzar is the dream come through of a Dutch couple, Maryk and Cees van den Berg. They combine Dutch hospitality with Moroccan warmth and, never to forget, Fatima's cooking! There's no greater pleasure than to sit down at the roof terrace after a day of shopping and walking the city, and to be treated to a tasteful Moroccan meal. The rooms are decorated in European-Moroccan style, so all comfort the traveller needs is provided for. It's also a great place for a honeymoon. Maryk, Cees and their staff do their very best to create great memories.
Ida, The Netherlands.
You'll feel at home in Riad Azzar
We recently spent the winter holidays at Riad Azzar, where the hosts, Maryk and Cees van den Berg, could not have been more welcoming. The place is beautifully decorated, the staff friendly, and the atmosphere delightful. Nothing was too much trouble to make our stay memorable. Our experience proved that hospitality truly is part of the Moroccan culture.
Fantastic Riad-Highly recommended
We have just arrived back from a wonderful weeks stay at the Riad Azzar in the heart of the Medina in Marrakech.
You arrive in the frenzy of the Place Djemaa El Fna and then enter the Medina itself following your luggage as it is wheeled on a hand drawn cart through the twisty streets of the Souks. At this point as you pass half naked children, scrawny cats and piles of donkey pooh you start to worry about what accomodation you have booked. Suddenly you arrive at a battered looking, low, wooden door and step into an oasis.
Riads are old townhouses in the Medina built around a totally enclosed courtyard. The Dutch couple who restored the Azzar have highlighted the original features whilst instilling a funky comtemporary theme. The courtyard contains a beautiful emerald green plunge pool.
Within minutes of arriving we were sipping mint tea and eating home made pastries on the roof terrace with its views of the snow-capped Atlas mountains. Our hosts Cees and Maryk are keen to make their guests feel like they are visiting a private home-there are no keys for example and they are helpful and welcoming without being intrusive.
Our room was gorgeous although simple with a courtyard balcony, four poster and log fire(nights are cold)
The great thing about the Riad is the staff who are all incredibly friendly. Evening meals are cooked to order on request and the food which can be eaten on the terrace, in an elegant dining room or in a rose- scattered berber tent on the roof were superb.