Our children's school recently opted to extend the school day, giving them two weeks off at Halloween instead of the usual one week. This second week proved extremely good value to go away on, for both flights and hotels and so we chose to head for a few sun drenched Winter days in Marrakesh.
We stayed at Riad Dar M'chicha, a very comfortable Riad in the Souks. Our family room, consisting of a double bed and two singles, air con and our own bathroom came to around £120 for 3 nights (bargain) - including a hearty breakfast each morning and free (very good) wifi.
(Just for the record we paid fully for our stay and this post is not compensated in any way).
A Riad is a house with a courtyard garden, this means that we could sit on our beds, with the lovely painted wooden shutters open and see the blue sky above the palm tree growing in the centre of the courtyard. Kitty loved sitting on the balcony 'people watching' and spotting the brightly coloured birds hopping about looking for crumbs.
Our host was very friendly, conversing with Oscar in French, who very much enjoyed this challenge! Breakfast consisted of homemade breads, jams, yoghurt and pancakes, along with fresh juice, coffee and chocolate milk for the children (who literally lost their tiny minds over the opulence of choccy milk at breakfast time!)
Our bedroom was comfortable, with original mosaic tiling and though we had air-con, we didn't use it, favouring to keep a window open instead. Despite the high temperatures outside, 40 degrees in the day time, the room remained perfectly cool, making it great to return to for as a family to re-charge our batteries in the late afternoon before heading out for the evening.
Location wise, Riad Dar M'chicha is well positioned, a ten minute walk through the Souks from Jemaa el-Fnaa. At the end of the alley to the Riad are stalls and shops on the outskirts of the Souks, selling fresh fruit, water, local breads and pomegranate juice (which you can watch being squeezed).
We booked our airport to riad transfers in advance, for sheer convenience which we'd recommend to any family travelling.
More on our Marrakesh adventures soon!
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