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Marrakech | After we landed in Casablanca, we directly headed for Marrakech. After a long drive across gorgeous pale yellow brown with dashes of green, desert geography we reach Marrakech. We had pre booked our tour with Mohammed of choice1tours. We did get quotes from Memphis tours as we travelled with them in Egypt but this time things and requirements didn’t work out per our likings. We really wanted to stay in Riads, the old houses and mansions spread all across Morocco that are now being used as homestays and guest hotels. Riads are known for their excellent hospitality, personalized service and ancient heritage architecture.
Note: French and Arabic are the primary languages of the country, so a little knowledge of French can come in very handy. I just regretted for not having gone for level-2 of my French speaking.
After a long flight and drive I was asleep to do anything eventful in the evening, so missing the gorgeous night (market also popularly known as souks) of Marrakech known for its sea food stalls amidst raw rugged warm colored sand like walls and pillars I chose the bed and long deep slumber.
The choice of Riad by Mohammed was Riad la Croix Berbere Hotel, Marrakech. It’s a 19 century house, just 100 meters away from the Jamaa el Fena Square (main square). It’s restored to maintain the traditional charm.
Mohammed had instructed Riad’s staff to prepare vegetarian meal for us. Our room was gorgeous with earthy maroon colored walls, equipped with all the latest facilities and dinner was a big spread with two fresh salads with generous use of mint and green olives, a big fruit platter and “Tagine” a main dish made in olive oil, vegetables and veg broth served with rice and local bread.
Breakfast was not so fancy, rather disappointing. No fruits, no omelets, no milk or cornflakes/musili. Just butter, cheese and varied breads. The server acted to not being able to comprehend our simple English words, however on requesting to show us a better room for our next day stay and a few pictures he understood those very English words brilliantly.
Great guy that helped us taste the most authentic morocco flavors all in great selection of seasonal vegetables, olives and refreshing mint. He was our tour organizer and went with us across cities singing, talking and showing us his country. Anybody interested in exploring Morocco should contact him for great personal tour with chauffer driven XUV and tending to the most random requested stopovers.
Find Riad la Croix Berbere Hotel, Marrakech here
My rating of of Riad la Croix Berbere: 3/5
My pick from the stay: Their Tagine is divine for a hungry traveller soul.