November 5, 2012

Marrakech: Stay ~ Eat ~ Do









Marrakech had never been high on the list of places I want to travel to, but we were in Europe during winter and looking to extend our trip in a warmer climate. Morocco is close to Germany (when you live in California!) and after researching Marrakech I got really excited about going there. It's easy to get to Morocco from Europe. There are many flights a day, especially from Paris, and it only takes about 2.5 hours. 


View of Marrakech from our Royal Air Maroc flight






























I am nearly as passionate about planning trips as I am about going on the trips themselves. I'm a reader, viewer, pinner, and collector of information, ideas and itineraries about nearly every place in the world. 

STAY

My personal taste leans toward 'design' hotels that still capture the spirit of the place - smaller hotels, often minimalist or modern in design, and ideally, that are known for good food. My hotel short list for Marrakech is mostly properties located in the medina:


My ultimate choice in Marrakech was P'tit Habibi. We loved the just off-the-beaten path location, chic 70s-ish style, gracious staff, and homecooked meals. P'tit Habibi is an intimate little riad with just four rooms.


P'tit Habibi, Marrakech
White Room's private "b'hoo"
Courtyard at P'tit Habibi
White Room's patio at P'tit Habibi

EAT

  • Grand Cafe de la Post - Cheesy website aside, this French bistro in the newer city was our best restarant meal
  • Djemma El Fna - the famous night market, head to the stalls most crowded with locals
  • Al Fassia - Well-known and regarded
  • Le Foundouk - Fancy, yummy and worth a night out
  • Home cooked tagine at P'tit Habibi were the most delicious of our trip...

Homecooked dinner at P'tit Habibi

Breakfast at P'tit Habibi
Cinnamon, dried flowers
Community oven





























DO

  • Get lost in the souks of the medina - Two words: GOOGLE MAPS
  • Shopping - Carpets, poufs, textiles, lanterns, ceramics, tagine, leather...
  • Walking tour - Arrange for a private guide through your hotel or online. This was the highlight of our trip- three hours 'behind-the-scenes" in Marrakech. Schedule for day one to set the scene and help get your bearings.
  • Hammam - We spent an afternoon at Les Bains de Marrakech. See Tripadvisor review here. Perhaps I was a little too harsh.
  • Jardin Majorelle - Designer Yves Saint Laurent's former manse and gardens
  • Bahia Palace
  • Ali Ben Youssef Medersa
  • Explore Djemaa el-Fna - fortune tellers, games, snakes, general chaos and color
  • Dar Si Said
  • Badi Palace












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