This Riad could easily be a 3 star or a 5 star experience so I'll go with 4, however I think my problem was that I didn't quite know what to expect when staying in a Riad. To an extent I was comparing it to everything I'd ever known about holiday accommodation, but a Riyad is in a category of its own.
It is essentially a guest house/b&b with no reception or 24 hour assistance. You'll have a key to the front door but your room is opened and locked using a standard bolt lock with no key.
Despite some confusion over my booking on arrival, the lady that runs the Riad was very helpful, she will go out of her way to help and provided me with all the information I needed during my stay. The only thing I would say, is that I didn't know how to find her if I needed her, at times there was nobody around which meant I was without assistance. Nonetheless, she was a brilliant host.
Breakfast was very nice, but it would have been welcomed if they were able to offer the option of food throughout the day.
The room was actually brilliant, I was very comfortable and it was both traditional and well maintained. The only thing I would say, is that any movement outside of your room you will know about. But this was never a problem as it was always quiet at night and never loud or disruptive.
Location is really good, 3min walk from the markets and 5-6 min walk to a taxi point. I did get lost on several occasions however, and had to seek local assistance to get back. Lots of people are on standby to help you find your way back provided you are able to tip them fairly! (But be careful as not everybody can be trusted especially at night)
This Riad was a very nice place to stay, I don't regret choosing this Riad at all and would recommend it. Other friends of mine who were staying at other Riads around the medina did have 24 hour assistance and food, while others did not, so it seems that each has its own unique level of service. If you plan on being out all day, this shouldn't be an issue. In the unlikely event I returned to Marrakech, I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Cherihane is a cosiness house ,quiet and combining modern and tradition, it offers you a quality accommodation. Its ideal location in one of the best squares in the Medina, offers proximity to the all importants monuments of the city. this Riad has 5 beautiful heated and air-conditioned rooms, quiet and refined with king size beds 180/200 inviting you to relax ...Its magnificent high terrace with a beautiful garden in flower where you can enjoy your breakfast or diner with the 360° view. ... more less
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