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Flight was bog-standard Ryanair. I bagged a window seat and thought I'd settle down for a nice sit down and chill chill with a bit of music. When two northern whales, tatted up to max and smelling like something died plops themselves next to me.....I swear the amount of rings and bangles between them would fetch a house where we were headed. Ugh. Typical brit on ...
On arrival to our Riad we greeted by a gentleman with a big smile and a pot of Mint tea. Once again the interior of the riad was breath taking. The Moroccans sure knew how to create atmosphere. After a short orientation on the Riad and a helpful set of directions to all the main areas we were shown to our room. Our host gave us a smile as he opened the door explaining the "Coco Chanel" room was the best they had. As we had come to expect the room ...
On Wednesday 4 September we left Fes early in the morning as we had a big drive down to Marrakech. We took the longer scenic route through the Middle Atlas Mountains (not to be confused with the High Atlas Mountains which have notoriously dodgy roads). The main road was quite good and a lot better than the road we took on Monday. At first we went through forest with wild olive and Atlas cedar trees. We passed through many ...
... direction you face depends upon where you are in relation to Mecca (where Mohammad preached). Each Mosque has a pole that points towards Mecca so that believers know which way to face. Prayers can be held inside the Mosque or elsewhere depending upon where you are at the time that you are called to Pray. We then toured the Bahia Palace. And now for the Snake Oil. Following our education on Islam and the Marrakech Mosque we turned around and there were the 3 ...
... ledge. We have to practically kiss our saddle to make sure we can pass safely through. We pass fruit trees and herbs and flowers. One of the muleteers collects specimens for us to smell. I am gathering quite a collection. Finally we turn our way home. The mules tongues are lolling. Poor things. Our path home is by a different route through the shade of trees. It is cooler here. Finally we arrive at Ali's house. Dismounting was much harder than mounting for me. Coordinating my ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Riad Amssaffah Marrakech
One of the best hotels I have stayed at
I have travelled a lot and this is the first time I have bothered to write a review- this hotel is most definitely one of the best I have stayed at.
The staff were amazing- they really went out of their way to help.
The decor incredible- amazing detail throughout, and also fantastic areas which just encouraged you to relax
The location perfect- just outside the hotel are the souks, and everything is walking distance. And the shops in the souks nearest the hotel were the best for bartering.
Great air con and shutters in rooms, freely available and good drinks/food if needed (more difficult to find outside hotel)
And did I mention fantastic and friendly staff?
When we arrived to stay in Marrakech for two weeks, the woman who welcomed us to this riad said, "This is your living room for the time you are here." And it was! It felt like home away from home. Our suite was comfortable and cool in the heat. We splashed about in the little pool a couple of times every day. On the evenings that we ate in the riad, the food and wine was very good, cheap and plentiful. Some other great restaurants are nearby.
We booked a week long package through travelocity. The riad is on the northern edge of the souk, a fab location for shopping and a great walk through the market to get to the square. The two sisters who run the riad are very approachable and incredibly helpful. We got assistance with taxis, booking restaurants and a day trip.
We stayed here for 5 nights arriving late into the night. Had we known before we would have arranged to get us to pick us at the airport before hand. On arrival they were almost waiting for us outside, which was great because the medina did look a bit worrying so late at night. The first night we were taken out of the riad in an adjoining smaller riad. We were told that the we were going to receive our own room in the riad with ensuite facilities as booked on the following day. We were given a tiny room with a double bed (we needed twin beds) and not toilet, only shower and sink. The shower did not drain very well so you really needed a pair of flip flops to avoid the stagnating water. There was very little furniture in it but the room was really nicely decorated in traditional Maroccan style. The room was overlooking a balcony which led to other rooms and an outside toilet. We were woken up around 4.30 by the call to prayer to the nearest mosque, so the first night wasn't exactly briliant. At breakfast in the main riad we were told that we would receive the room later in the day. When we came back we were told that they didn't have it yet and that the following day they would give us a suite (which they did the following day). Our suite was much better of course but we did miss our smaller room because the bed was more confortable and had much more light than the suite. However, we did sleep through the call to prayer during the following nights as it was more sound insulated!!
The plane was very delayed and it was nearly midnight when we arrived. But we were still met by the riad car at the airport - smiling faces and friendly concern at our tiredness. That was the beginning of a remarkably friendly stay of 5 days. The riad had a great Moroccan atmosphere and the suite was comfortable, very clean, very generous in terms of space (including the exceedingly comfortable bed) and very atmospheric - all more than we had hoped for. The staff are so friendly - breakfast with a beaming smile every day was as good as the sunshine. Advice on shopping, places to visit, etc was always there when requested. Our room was right next to where some small renovations are taking place and there was no noise until after 8am, and then only in a limited way. It took absolutely nothing away from the pleasure of staying there. It was great fun heading off through the bustling narrow streets outside each day - with absolutely no sense of anxiety over security - discovering what was going on in all the corners. We couldn't get enough. We did make one mistake - we went out most nights for our evening meals to some very special dining riads - they were good (and walked through the alleyways at 11pm with ease). But on the last night we stayed in to eat and realised that we had been missing a treat - the food was great. If you want a western hotel's ambiance and pandering, don't go here. But for what's best in Moroccan friendliness, hospitality and style, this is a must.
We've just come back from there and had a fabulous time.
I booked a last minute deal with Ebookers for my husband and neighbours. I have been travelling to Morocco for the last ten years but normally stay in a hotel.
We booked Riad Amsaffah with lastminute. The Riad is in a very poor and run down part of the Medina, a good 10 min walk to the main square Jemaa El Fna, through very narrow, crowded and often dirty streets. Not for the faint hearted. Donkeys, motorbikes, bicycles and all sorts of humanity are all around you - not easy to move sometimes!
Not quite La Maison Arabe but if you're looking for a small, traditionally decorated, riad with definite charm moments from the souks and less than 10 minutes (once you've sussed the best route!) from the Jemaa el Fna with friendly, hospitable staff, then you shouldn't be disappointed.
If you want something different from your normal 5 or 4 star hotel, come to the Riad Amssafah.
It is really traditional,interior design is so Moroccan, rooms are great, staff are so helpfull, It is right in the middle of the Medina,I MEAN right in the middle.
Getting there is like going way back in time, I even took a map out that the Riad gave me, just so I could show the taxi's and hopefully they would find it !
just get lost in the streets and you should end up in the Souks or the square.
Taxi's always seem to be 20 where ever you go but always get a price.
The trip to the Riad is freaky and a bit like Charles Dickens London, but don't worry, all the people seem friendly, but it is a culture shock. Have fun