The purpose of our trip to Marrakech was to celebrate a family member's 40th birthday. We both had never been to Marrakech before, although Merilin had been to Morocco (visited Casablanca and Tanger many years ago).
We had couple of days before the birthday celebrations just for two of us and we decided to splash out on a hotel and stay more central with easy access to all the tourist activities.
So for our first stop we stayed at the Hotel & Riad Art Place right by the medina.
Its a great location for a short visit as everything is walking distance.
Hotel & Ryad Art Place Marrakech
Our stay was from Thursday to Saturday and cost €401 (Junior Suite) for 2 nights (breakfast included).
We arranged an airport transfer with the hotel for our convenience, but we found out later that it was a rip off so do not do it, or make sure the price is right.
The hotel charged us €25 for the transfer from the airport to the hotel.
They added it on our accommodation bill and they paid the driver themselves, which makes it easy for them to take the huge cut.
Moroccon currency is Dirham.
1 MAD = 0.0924423 EUR
1 EUR = 10.8176 MAD
We found out later that they have a set price for local taxi drivers and it also has to be displayed on their car window together with the rates. From Medina to airport it was set at 100 Dirham (~€10). We paid more than DOUBLE!
We were not happy about it!
Our Junior Suite was lovely and service was very friendly in the hotel. They had a porter who brought our bags in our room. They gave us refreshments on arrival and we also had refreshments in our room.
The place was very clean and even though it was right by the busy and loud medina, we didn't hear a thing when we were in our room.
There were no windows in the hotel room by the way. Probably due to the hotel being right at the centre and very close to other buildings.
Roof top had a small but nice pool. They provide slippers, sun loungers and towels. No alcohol served at the hotel, but they had lovely non alcoholic cocktails (which we spiked with the spirits we brought with us ).
Breakfast was lovely and was included in our room rate. They had fresh juices and freshly cooked Moroccan pancakes made to order.
Selection was great for breakfast and it set us up nicely for the day.
We had dinner only once at the hotel and it was fairly good as well.
Top Tips when visiting Marrakech
Before the trip we did little bit research about dos and donts in Marrakech, but this is what we experienced ourselves during our visit:
Secret Garden - Medina Marrakech
One of the places that we accidentally found while walking the streets was a Secret Garden Le Jardin Secret at the heart of Medina in Marrakech.
This place was also recommended to us by our hotel.
The entrance for both of us was 120 Dirhams, which is about €6 each.
They also had a lovely Cafe overlooking the garden inside the complex.
We had a little stroll around the garden and took some pictures in there.
The Palais Clementina Marrakech
After spending 2 days by the Medina it was nice to venture little bit out of Marrakech. Birthday celebrations were at The Villa Palais Clementina & Spa and it had a huge garden and pool.
Birthday boy had arranged everything for our stay there. We had belly dancers, fire show, live music and camel ride during our stay there.
We dressed up in local clothing for the main party night and felt like true Moroccans.
During our stay we saw lots of people travelling with children as well so we would like to come back with our boys in the future.
All in all we had a great stay and recommend anyone to visit Marrakech.