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lodging review: zamzam riad in marrakech

Kate ParrishComment

marrakech was our second to last stop in morocco and we were looking for a cozy place that was near the action – but not too near the action. riad is a term you'll hear often in morocco, meaning a traditional moroccan house [or palace] with an interior garden or courtyard. you'll find them everywhere, some more special than others. zamzam is one of those special ones – it really, really feels like home the moment you step through their doors.

our taxi dropped us as far as the road would take him and we were pleasantly greeted by faysal, the evening manager, on his motor bike. he walked us through the small streets where only pedestrian and bikes are allowed, into a quiet cozy neighborhood where zamzam is tucked. the riad is a bit hard to find, i'll admit, but that also made it fun and faysal gave us tips on how to always find our way back. after a mint tea in the open air courtyard we were shown to our room which was so tastefully covered in classic moroccan decor. everything about it was comfortable and we also peeped our heads into a few other rooms, and loved seeing how unique and special each one is. 

some of our favorite things about zamzam were: the exceptionally warm staff, the roof terrace, the delicious breakfast included with each night's stay [french pressed coffee, moroccan pancakes, fresh fruit, eggs], the well-priced traditional hammam offered in their spa, the homey vibes and the fact that it was off the beaten path, yet walking distance to almost anything [the main market is only 10 minutes away on foot].  rooms start at about $100/night. 

and if you're visiting morocco for a longer time, zamzam also has a desert & beach camp that we are so eager to visit, however we just barely missed their opening date [october]. camp adounia offers many retreats and packages that you can read a little more about here and here. channeling the peace and serenity we felt at zamzam now!

* this stay was part of a collaboration, all feelings and opinions are my own.