We booked our trip to Morocco through Peggy, owner of Morocco Custom Travel. Peggy planned our 9 day trip to maximize the site seeing while allowing us some rest time at both her riad and other 5-star local hotels. We spent a total of 5 nights in the riad, not contiguously, and went to Casablanca and Rabat (staying over in Rabat), then to Fes for two nights, back to the riad in Marrakech and then to Essaouira for one night. We finished with one more night at the riad before flying to London on our way home. The riad itself is sublime. It's inside the medina (old town). To get to it you go down a couple of very small streets/alleys and then come to this beautiful door. Once inside you experience a true Moroccan home (Peggy's home) that's been restored and kept true to its roots while affording modern conveniences. We had two rooms between three of us, and had full use of the rooftop where we had a beautiful view of the Koutoubia Mosque and could hear the call to prayer from there and others. Even the rooftop is beautifully decorated. Peggy could be an interior designer if she weren't busy with her travel business. In the riad Peggy has two employees, Sayeed and Hamidou. They were like family by the end of our stay. They greeted us in the street when we arrived with the driver who also works for Peggy. Mustafa picked us up at the airport in a very clean Mercedes van that was ours for the week. Sayeed and Hamidou took care of our bags, cooked us breakfast and three dinners, and Sayeed waited on us and kept our room very clean. At the riad it was up to us whether to eat dinner there and what we wanted. Peggy and our guide, Rachid, who works with Peggy, suggested the lemon and olive chicken. Our chicken was walking around that morning. Hamidou prepared it. They are all Berbers and could not be more kind, respectful and efficient. Peggy runs a tight ship and it shows. We learned so much from Peggy and Rachid, who accompanied us on our entire trip. Rachid has a Master's degree in tourism from the oldest university in Morocco, and is very proud of his heritage and his country. HIs passion shows in every interaction. During our trip to other cities,we sometimes chose to eat at our hotel (prices there are not high in the hotels like they are in the USA), and when we chose to eat out, Rachid made our reservations and Mustafa drove us and waited for us, then took us back to the hotels. We were safe, happy and healthy the entire time. Peggy and Rachid pick only restaurants where they know that no one has been sick. They have a clean track record since 2008 and it didn't break with us. I can't say enough positive things about this experience. People have been asking me would I go to Morocco again. My answer is simple - I would if I did it through Peggy and had not just any guide and driver, but the ones we had. There was no smoking, our van was always stocked with water and tissues, and while Mustafa focused on safe driving, Rachid was free to answer any and all of our many questions about the country and its unique culture.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury, authenticity, impeccable service, convenience, and comfort—Riad Amirat al Jamal offers everything a client needs for a relaxing stay in Marrakech. Part of an Alaouite Dynasty palace, this riad features five air-conditioned chambers, individually decorated with Berber artifacts and Moroccan artwork. Two minutes from Jemaa el Fna, the riad boasts three terraces, swimming pool with fountain and massage jets, salon with fireplace and library, satellite television and DVD, and computer for client use. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Riad Amirat Al Jamal Hotel Marrakech
- Riad Amirat Al Jamal Marrakech