This review is for the Riad Zitouna at No 26 Derb Ihihane, Sidi Ben Slimane, Marraakesh AND NOT Riad Zitouna, 5 Derb Rami Zkak Labghal, Fes.
The link for 'professional photos' on the Trip Advisor 'review' page for this Riad shows the correct photos. There are a couple of Riad Zitouna's and our holiday booking was made, based upon the other one in 'Fes' in error.
We stayed at this Riad in Marrakech for 4 nights from 2nd Jan 2012. As many people state on these pages, the Riad is VERY hard to find. If you do not get a pick up from the airport arranged by the Riad itself you will NOT find it easily and you could also easily be quite intimidated by the people and the area in which the Riad is in.
We are experienced travellers, having extensively travelled the world but initially the local area where you would be dropped off could slightly worry you. Once you have found the place and get a feel for the area it's not so bad. Many people will offer to show you where the Riad is (from where the taxi drops you) but they will take you on a longer route to justify the money that they will demand from you for showing you the way. Ten Dirhams would be an absolute max to pay the locals for this.
The Riad itself is quite old and whilst the days were really warm in January, the nights were very cold and the only heating in the rooms was a small portable, electric, convector heater which was insufficient to make a noticable difference. A walk into the souks or main square will take you about 15 minutes although it's not a particularly 'nice' walk as it goes through a lot of 'run down' area.
A taxi could cost you anywhere from 20 to 60 Dirhams (£1-50 to £4-50 ish if you're from the UK). This price in the main was based upon pure luck, the taxi driver, the time, taxi availability and your bargaining ability or your will to walk away.
The breakfast was OK, not big or lavish in any way but simply 'just enough'. The people at the Riad were always helpful and smiling and we had no cause for concern with any of them at any point during our stay.
My marks out of 10 for the staff would be 8
My marks out of 10 for the location would be 1
Overall, two days would be ample time to spend in Marrakech. In this time you would easily see everything it has to offer. There is not a lot to do at all.
On this occasion, with just having a mini-break I felt like I had totally wasted my time in coming here. It's nice to say, 'yes, I've been to Marrakech' but the reality of the place is actually so disappointing. I would never recommend to anyone to come to Marrakech!
Hopefully the photo I have attached to this post will be of help to anyone travelling to the Riad Zitouna. It is a scan of the arab script given to us by the maid at the Riad. It should get you to within 50 to 100 metres of the Riad and would be worthwhile printing out.
It is at Rue Bab Taghzout (Street of the door of Taghzout) but the taxi driver will not be able to read English?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Called after the giant olive tree reigning inside the central courtyard, this unique place has another mistress, Lalla Khadija, whose smile welcomes all our guests with the purest Moroccan tradition. This little 5 rooms ryad in Marrakesh is ideal for families and appreciated by kids who love to toddle in the plunge pool. Remarkably situated within reach to all the biggest traditional parts of the medina and its notorious saints, there is nowhere better to sip a mint tea than on the Dar Zitouna top terrace admiring gorgeous orange sunsets and listening to the Voices of Marrakech. Magic times await for you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dar Zitouna Hotel Marrakech