This hotel doesn’t seem like anything special from the outside, but as soon as you enter, you feel the introduction to the other side to Marrakech.
The souks were exactly how I imagined them – overwhelmingly busy! Snake charmers, henna tattoos, monkeys doing tricks, street food, salesmen selling; textiles, pottery, jewellery, furniture, spices and obviously the hagglers and hustlers… Although some may be put off by how busy it is, I found it quite breathtaking. I definitely returned to London with a few tips from the hustlers! haha.
After spending the day travelling through the markets and interacting with holiday reps, the courteous, friendly staff and the peaceful haven the Mabrouk Riad & Spa offered was welcomed with open arms.
Once you shut the door to your quaint quiet hotel room, it is very easy to forget you are situated in the hustle and bustle of the Medina, being only moments away from the Djemaa El Fna Square with its surrounding main monuments.
The traditional Moroccan architecture in the rooms, hallways and the eating areas are beautiful and the roof terrace offers picturesque panoramic city views showing the Atlas mountains in the distance. The bedrooms are pretty basic, clean, and decorated with colourful mosaic tiled ensuites.
The hotel has free internet access and also has a restaurant attached to it, serving traditional Moroccan breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mabouk Riad also has a spa, which I unfortunately didn’t have enough time to experience.
A number of excursions where travel reps can take you on a full day excursion or multi-day tours are readily available. Gardens, mosques, palaces, markets, camel rides, desert trips, quad biking – Marrakech has to be on your bucket list of city breaks. I would also recommend going to Marrakech in the off-peak season, as the weather is a bit more manageable. After the long winter months in London, the last thing I would suggest is to throw your body into the deep end, to sit out in the blistering North African sun between May-Sep. Travelling to Marrakech End of Feb – beginning of May or Oct-Nov is the perfect climate in my opinion, still plenty of sun, but the temperature manageable enough to go out during the day. I obviously recommend staying in the Mabouk Riad & Spa. Decently priced, and a lovely traditional stay!
Words : @TheRubyMaeMoore