Imperial Plaza Hotel
Travel Blogs from Marrakech
... get on that vino sharon. I despair... Touch down! And it's thunderstorming....for like 10 mins of downpour. Met Lara who had to wait while my passport controller went for a cheeky slash and a mint tea, holding up the line for a good 30 mins. Shared a taxi to the place jemaa el fna, met a helpful young laddo who took us to the road....who also asked for a tip, ...
... It was lavishly decked out with Moroccan stylings, gold trimmings and the beautiful aromas of flowered incense filled the air. To really set this room above the rest there was a sitting area with an open roof. Like all Riads it had been built traditionally and despite what some might say as primitive, their age old techniques were fool proof in keeping the heat out. Our open air sitting room was a cool haven where we could enjoy the natural light. ...
... too. It wasn't long before the sun got hot and we came to more dessert like landscapes. It was a long day but we arrived in Marrakech mid-afternoon (minus one hub cap and plus one speeding fine!).
We found a secured car park at one of the entrances to the Medina and in broken French organised with the guardians to leave our van here for three nights. Well I think we did anyway. They have someone there to watch over ...
... I talked to later who was much nicer!). We had a brief argument, and I refused to pay, so we quickly walked/ran away, mildly terrified of been followed! We later discovered that the same lady had done the same thing to an American girl in our hostel room. . . They had paid her and felt really ripped off. Bit of a downer. However it meant the next time I got badgered for henna I could wave my hand in their face as an excuse not to get it!
We had a bit of drama in ...
... after the removal of the top three layers of our flesh was finished. Moroccan men and women go to the hammam at least once a week, so their skin is very smooth and they have a chance to catch up with friends.
While the hammam experience was a wonderful way to end our time in the city, overall I was disappointed in Marrakech. Even though the balmy weather, date palms, and pink buildings reminded me of Palm Desert, California, and even though no trip to ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center