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Riad in Marrakech and Fes

Old Jan 22nd 2007, 10:10 pm
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Andrew Scheer
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1. Any recommendations for a riad in the above cities, from those who have
stayed in the past 1-2 years?
Not sure what you get but expect to pay about 700 +dirhams (60+ euros)?

2. In Marrakech, we arrive at the airport & need transport to a riad (how?).

3. In Fes, we will arrive by train & need transport to a riad (how?).

4. Are guides readily available (I'm guessing that the riad owners will
know) and what is reasonable payment for (say) half day?

Advice on any of the above will be much appreciated.

Thanks, Andrew from Oz.
 
Old Jan 22nd 2007, 10:29 pm
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Gianandrea Gobbo
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On 23 Gen, 12:10, "Andrew Scheer" <[email protected]> wrote:
> 1. Any recommendations for a riad in the above cities, from those who have
> stayed in the past 1-2 years?
> Not sure what you get but expect to pay about 700 +dirhams (60+ euros)?
>
> 2. In Marrakech, we arrive at the airport & need transport to a riad (how?).
>
> 3. In Fes, we will arrive by train & need transport to a riad (how?).
>
> 4. Are guides readily available (I'm guessing that the riad owners will
> know) and what is reasonable payment for (say) half day?
>
> Advice on any of the above will be much appreciated.
>
> Thanks, Andrew from Oz.

Well, if you want to save a little many but still stay in a nice and
warm riad/hotel please check the hotel Gallia:
http://www.ilove-marrakesh.com/hotelgallia/
We stayed that 3 nights in November, and it's cozy and relaxing.
Moreover it's very central, let's say less than 5 minutes walk to the
Djema El Fna.

g.
 
Old Jan 24th 2007, 2:11 pm
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Marie-Aude
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Le Tue, 23 Jan 2007 21:40:40 +1030, Andrew Scheer a �crit :

> 1. Any recommendations for a riad in the above cities, from those who have
> stayed in the past 1-2 years?

Marrakech, Riad Sidi Ayoub, Riad Boussa

> Not sure what you get but expect to pay about 700 +dirhams (60+ euros)?

Good double rooms are around 900 dirhams with breakfast. For less than
that, you'll get cupboards, or fake riads.

> 2. In Marrakech, we arrive at the airport & need transport to a riad (how?).

Any decent riad should be able to organize the transfer. Reason being they
are often quite hard to find in the medina, and prefer to send their own
people pick you up.
If not, they should give you a clear meeting point, outside the medina, and
take care of you.

Transfer from the airport to marrakech center costs, for local people,
aprox. 50 dirhams. That's the second reason why the riad should take care
of it : avoid stupid price discussions...

> 3. In Fes, we will arrive by train & need transport to a riad (how?).

Same answer.
Basically, you'll find many small taxis in the train station, check that
the fare counter (?) is ON and NEVER EVER accept a "forfait" price.

Nevertheless, be aware that the medina of Fes is "pedestrians only". So the
riad should take care of you and the transportation of your luggages.

> 4. Are guides readily available (I'm guessing that the riad owners will
> know) and what is reasonable payment for (say) half day?

Well yes - no.
Guides can be useful in Fez, which is quite complex to visit. In Marrakech
they are definitively not necessary.
A guide costs around 700 dirhams a day (count at least one day, one 1,5 day
in Fez, to see the must). But... that's not his main revenue. His main
revenue is the commission he gets from your purchases in shops. So be sure
to make it clear : no shop harrassment, and he helps you to escape if you
don't want to buy, and then he gets a good tip at the end of the day.

The fact that the guide is chosen by the hotel is no proof at all he will
behave correctly.

We know a reasonnable guide in Fes (working by word of mouth, and prefering
to get this way many customers, and not to harrass them), none in
Marrakech, but I really heard awful stories...


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Marie-Aude
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www.oasisdemezgarne.com
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Old Jan 24th 2007, 10:35 pm
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deserthotel
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Blue Men of Morocco advises some nice ryads but they cost more than 60
Euros.

Are you suggesting 60 Euros oer person r for two people?

Some ryads arrabge trabsirt included or extra

On Jan 23, 12:10 pm, "Andrew Scheer" <[email protected]> wrote:
> 1. Any recommendations for a riad in the above cities, from those who have
> stayed in the past 1-2 years?
> Not sure what you get but expect to pay about 700 +dirhams (60+ euros)?
>
> 2. In Marrakech, we arrive at the airport & need transport to a riad (how?).
>
> 3. In Fes, we will arrive by train & need transport to a riad (how?).
>
> 4. Are guides readily available (I'm guessing that the riad owners will
> know) and what is reasonable payment for (say) half day?
>
> Advice on any of the above will be much appreciated.
>
> Thanks, Andrew from Oz.
 
Old Jan 24th 2007, 11:07 pm
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deserthotel
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Blue Men of Morocco co organizes riads and official guides in fes and
Marrakech besides other tours around the country.

www.bluemenofmorocco.com

Be sure there is the issue of accountability so you are treated fairly
by the guides and the ryads.

The cheaper ryads will not pay the cost of the transfer to the ryad
from the airport.

This charge is extra.

(You get what you pay for).

Sometimes, the official guide will accompany taxi driver to the airport
to assist clients.

Not all taxi drivers know where the riads are.

On Jan 25, 12:35 pm, [email protected] wrote:
> Blue Men of Morocco advises some nice ryads but they cost more than 60
> Euros.
>
> Are you suggesting 60 Euros oer person r for two people?
>
> Some ryads arrabge trabsirt included or extra
>
> On Jan 23, 12:10 pm, "Andrew Scheer" <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>
>
> > 1. Any recommendations for a riad in the above cities, from those who have
> > stayed in the past 1-2 years?
> > Not sure what you get but expect to pay about 700 +dirhams (60+ euros)?
>
> > 2. In Marrakech, we arrive at the airport & need transport to a riad (how?).
>
> > 3. In Fes, we will arrive by train & need transport to a riad (how?).
>
> > 4. Are guides readily available (I'm guessing that the riad owners will
> > know) and what is reasonable payment for (say) half day?
>
> > Advice on any of the above will be much appreciated.
>
> > Thanks, Andrew from Oz.- Hide quoted text -- Show quoted text -
 

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