A couple of weeks before leaving for Marrakesh i was doing some research online into where to stay for a night or two before heading to the North of the country. Looking through the reviews on Hostelbookers, Riad Marrakech Rouge seemed like a good place to hang out. I placed my booking for a dorm bed in a 6 bed room, received confirmation emails etc and thought no more about it.
A few days after making my booking i was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from the staff at Riad Marrakech Rouge with directions of how to walk there from the Jemaa El Fna and some other useful contact details. The best way to travel there from the airport is to take the Number 19 bus which waits just outside the terminal on the left, takes around 30 minutes and drops you at the Jemaa El Fna. Cost of the bus is 30 Dirhams one way and departs twice an hour.
The hardest part after leaving the bus was wandering through the Jemaa El Fna Square, where there was much distraction. A totally new exotic experience. The strange sounds of the snake charmers flute, noise of drums, people milling about everywhere. The square is so big, it is the biggest in Africa, that you cannot even see the other side of it. My directions to the hostel started from the Cafe De France. Now all I had to do was find it !!!! In the end i asked someone who pointed me in the right direction.
Once at the Cafe de France following the directions was easy.
And so i arrived at a bright Red Door, rang the bell and Ali the owner, welcomed me inside. A pot of tea and some delicious Moroccan biscuits, an explanation of the best sights to visit from Mohammed, a free map and i already felt at home. I went up to my bed and unpacked. There are lockers available free of charge, so i secured my electronic gadgets and returned downstairs to soak up the atmosphere of the Riad.
The whole interior of the Riad is very colourful, murals having been painted on the walls and all the doors individually decorated. There are many quiet corners to chill out scattered around the Riad with couches to sit on and read a book, use the free wifi to get online, or sit and chat with a new found friend and exchange travel tales. You can even join in smoking a Shisha pipe.
Breakfast in the morning is between 06.00 and 10.00 and is served in the downstairs communal area. I really enjoyed the pot of coffee which is spiced up with cardamon. There were also a selection of various breads and honey or jam on offer. I found the breakfast to be ample and it set me up for the mornings walk around Marrakesh. They do not offer other meals but you can easily find something to eat close by in the Medina or on the Jemaa El Fna Square.
I found Riad Marrakesh Rouge to be a very friendly and welcoming place to stay and a nice quiet oasis to retreat to from the noise and bustle of the Medina at the end of the day.
Phone number (00212) 627262566
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