Riad for a night

Back in 2014, I went on an adventure with my American friend to Morocco.  We flew in to Marrakesh where we stayed one night in the most amazing Riad (it means hotel), Riad Tamarrakecht.

Photo May 17, 9 10 12 PM

We arranged for the riad to pick us up from the airport. This is a good idea if you aren’t familiar with Marrakech. We found our driver waiting for us just before we exited the airport. He made his way through the overcrowded and winding roads to a drop-off point. The streets are so narrow and crowded, the taxi couldn’t get all the way to the riad. But to be able to see the everyday life of Moroccans was really interesting… Traffic jams included donkey carts, motorbikes, bicyles and pedestrians. It seemed a bit sketch at first, especially us being 2 American girls in a Muslim country.  But we were safely picked up by the son of the family that owns the riad (sorry, I forgot his name! But he’s extremely nice and helpful).

Photo May 17, 9 11 06 PM

Upon entering the Riad, we were greeted by Sara and asked to sit and enjoy some mint tea and delicious pasteries. The riad gathered our paperwork and Sara sat down with us to discuss what we wanted to do on our trip. We only stayed at Riad Tamarrakecht one night, but Sara was willing to spend the time mapping out the old town and new town and giving us suggestions as to what we should see while in Marrakech. She organized a private 3 day mountain/desert tour for us through a company she is familiar with. If you are planning on doing a mountain/desert tour, I highly recommend asking this riad for help.

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Click here to see more about our 3 day tour, once I post it!

The riad itself was exquisite. So many rich colors and lovely decorations. It was clean gorgeous. The rooftop was a pleasant place to eat dinner and breakfast. Both meals were delicious and made in house by Sara’s mother. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was big, especially compared to the small German bathrooms I’m used to. I thought the walls might be a little thin as I could hear other people outside of our room, but I am a light sleeper and came prepared with earplugs. The in-room fridge was stocked with drinks and bottled water was provided in the room, free of charge. The seating area outside the rooms was inviting and if we spent more time at this riad, it would have been an excellent retreat from the craziness at the souks. Great place. Great people. Great time.

 

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