Riad | 9 bedrooms | sleeps 22
Beautiful Dreams is a traditional Moroccan Riad located in the old medina of Marrakesh just a two minute walk from the world heritage site the Djma el Fna.
Built around a covered courtyard, on the ground floor there are 3 double rooms and one family room (double bed plus bunk beds) with en-suite facilities. The first floor has 3 hostel type bedrooms with bunk beds, only one of which has a bathroom en-suite - the rest share bathrooms. Moroccan style breakfast is included in the price for the room but if you want something different or would like to arrange a home cooked evening meal, just ask the local manager (English, French and some German spoken).
The Djma el Fna is a huge open square close to the famous souks where it sometimes seems the whole world gathers. By day you can wander through the crowds, grab a freshly squeezed orange juice, have your fortune told, get a henna decoration, buy some traditional medicine or avoid the snake charmers and street dentists! In the evening restaurant stalls open and the crowds gather round story tellers, musicians, acrobats and dancers. Leave the Djma el Fna behind and walk into the labyrinthine souk where you can buy anything from the kitchen sink to a silk tassel. You can haggle for a beautiful leather handbag or just spend hours window shopping and people watching. Marrakesh also has exquisite Moorish palaces to explore and the fantastically chic Majorelle Gardens. If you are looking for a touch of luxury, visit the new town where there are upmarket shops and restaurants. You can also spend a day at the beach – yes the beach – Marrakesh has waterparks with man-made beaches where you can soak up the sun. End the day with a trip round the city walls in a horse drawn caleche.
We are also happy to arrange longer trips for you: into the High Atlas Mountains to enjoy the amazing wildlife, out to Essaouira on the coast where you can enjoy fresh fish or head south for a camel trip into the Sahara with a night under the stars in Bedouin tents.
Morocco is a fairy tale with 1001 enchanted nights – just relax and enjoy!
|Size||Sleeps up to 22, 9 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Essaouira (3 hours by Supratour) Agadir (4 hours|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Menara 10 km, Nearest railway: Marrakech Railway Station 5 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 5 En suites and 3 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (16), Double beds (4)|
|Further details indoors||
The Riad is a traditional Moroccan home with rooms off a central patio. We have preserved the original features and it has not been possible to install bathrooms all the rooms.
On the ground floor there are:
-Three double bedrooms with en-suite. They cost £40. pr. night
-One family room with 1 double bed and 1 bunk bed (2 bed) and en-suite bathroom. This room costs £50 pr night
First floor has 3 hostel style rooms with 7 bunk beds - Own sleeping bags needed
-Two rooms with 2 bunk beds in each, shared bathroom
-One room with 3 bunk beds, en-suite bathroom
If you want to have the exclusive use of a hostel room you will have to pay £10 for each bed in the room. We will then supply bed linen for beds.
Moroccan Breakfast is included in the nightly rates, if you want more, you can arrange it with the manager for a Fee.
Homemade Moroccan Dinner can be arranged with the Manager Filali
|Further details outdoors||
Cars are not allow on Djma-el-Fna after 13.00 and in the Souks - but most places are within easy walking distance.
There are plenty of Taxi's if you want to go further and there are also the Horse Carriages a great way to tour around Marrakech.
Beautiful Dreams is newly opened, very clean and offers the adventurous traveller an opportunity to see the real Morocco at a budget price but at the same time promising a safe and trouble free experience.
The Marrakech/Essaouira region
When should I come and what can I do in Marrakech?
These are questions that I am often asked. Morocco offers so much variety that it is really hard to give a precise answer – it always depends on your own personal preferences and what you intend to do.
The climate is generally better than the UK or Europe the whole year round, the further south you travel the warmer it is and of course summer is hotter than winter.
In the mountains it is colder and you will find snow (some skiing close to Marakech) from (at least) December to February. This year (2013) Ramadan is from 9th of July and last about a month, and although tourist areas operate much as normal, if you are travelling independently you might find it easier to avoid this month.
High on a plateau, Marrakesh can get unbearably hot in high summer and quite chilly in the winter months. If you want to have the energy to visit all the sights by foot then it is best to avoid July and August. Conversely if you are looking to enjoy the full sights and sounds of an evening in Djma el Fnaa then December and January (especially midweek) can be a bit too quiet (although as it is not just a tourist event there is always something to be enjoyed with the locals).
At the foot of the Atlas Mountains. Marrakech is a travellers delight. Take a walk in the open air of the Medina's largest central square, Djma el-Fna. Visit the palaces of Bahia and El Badi and learn about the history and ancient architecture of the city. While here also visit the Majorelle Gardens, Koutobia Mosque and Minaret, Museum of Moroccan Arts and Saddian Tombs. The evenings are cheerful with multicultural musicians and performers performing at the square. A holiday in Marrakech will be a memorable experience.
Morocco has a rich cultural heritage, especially music and there are lots of excellent (some free) music festivals that are definitely worth planning a trip around. For example Fes hosts an annual Festival of World Sacred Music ( June 19, 2013), Essaouira holds an annual Gnaoua Music Festival (June 20, 2013) while in Agadir there is the Timitar Festival (June 23, 2013), Tangiers an annual Jazz Festival (usually held in September) and Rabat has the Mawazin World Music festival (end of May).
In fact there are a whole host of festivals throughout the year – ranging from the world famous Marrakesh Film Festival (November 30,2013) which all the big movie stars love, to the annual Camel Fair in Guelmin in the Sahara… you choose!