A little bit of paradise in the Medina
Posted Oct 24, 2016
We had a truly happy time staying at Riad Zara. Monique unfortunately wasn't there when we stayed but had left the Riad in the care of her friends Kim and Michel, who were the best of hosts. Although our inbound flight was delayed for around an hour, they stayed up to welcome us and provide a light meal. Throughout our stay, they did everything possible to make our stay comfortable, from booking taxis to warning the drivers not to rip us off and giving us advice on how to walk through the busy lanes of the Medina or fend off hasslers. They made us feel like family.
Riad Zara is situated at the eastern edge of the old town and therefore about a 20/25 minute walk from the main square, Place Jemaa el Fna. It is very much a place for the locals and walking along the lanes nearby is probably much the same as it was in medieval times (barring the mopeds and motorbikes you need to beware of!) with everything being sold from fridges to live chicks! Monique left us wIth a guidebook of notes on how to negotiate the roads, helpful tips for getting about Marrakech and coping with a very different culture. There is a variety of excursions available which can be booked via the Riad management and they have a driver who will come to the door and escort you to the meeting point as the road is inaccessible by cars.
The Riad itself is charming, every bit as pretty as the photos and kept very clean and neat by the young housekeeper Jamila who also served the light breakfasts with a smile ever