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Casablanca-Marrakesh-Essaouira

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A November 2005 trip to Morocco by challey2ny

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Quote: A road trip during which my spa editor friend and I stay in an old guesthouse in the Medina and at a high end resort.

Casablanca-Marrakesh-Essaouira

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Overview

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Morocco is a mixture of savory and sweet, like a good tagine. When I first got there, I was disappointed at how dirty it was. I was convinced that the national cash crop was plastic bags because there were so many of them lying in the fields. That was the (un)savory part.The sweetness was discovering peaceful courtyards with fountains in the middle of the chaotic medina; driving up hairpin curves into the Atlas Mountains by myself, then turning off the car and realizing that I was the only thing making a sound for miles; seeing row after row of vibrant blue scarves hanging in the souk; and watching the medicine men at work in the square.Quick Tips: November is a great time to visit—...Read More

Riad Kaiss

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Hotel

Riad Kaiss Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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My friend and I booked a room at this guest house located in the medina in Marrrakesh before we left for Morocco—it was very easy to do by email. We had a map and rough directions, but we found the place by accident—literally. We were driving in circles around the medina, arguing because we both think we have outstanding senses of directions. She took what I thought was a wrong turn and we wound up at a dead end parking lot, where she proceeded to back into another car. When we got out to look at the damage, a man from the Riad floated up to us out of nowhere and led us through the maze and noise of Marrakesh to the ethereal calm of the Riad Kaiss courtyard. He sat us on some low couches near a bubbli...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 29, 2006

Riad Kaiss
65, Derb Jdid - Riad Zitoune Kedim
Marrakesh, Morocco 40000
+212 24 44 01 41

Amanjena

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Hotel | "Amanjena Spa"

Amanjena Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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After 2 days in a Riad in the medina of Marrakesh, my friend and I drove 12km outside town to this luxury spa which usually sees the likes of Sting and European royalty. I felt scruffy being there. Plus, I could have been anywhere—it didn't feel like Morocco at all. In fact, we stayed in a sumptuous private compound—privacy is at a premium in places where the rich and famous cavort—that felt like a fancy prison. The marble tub was splendid, and the wood-burning fireplace and private patio complete with bubbling fountain were grand. But I felt trapped in the middle of all that pristine beauty.You can visit Amanjena for a meal, also quite expensive, and sit by the pool for far less m...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 29, 2006

Amanjena
Route De Ouarzazate, Km 12
Marrakesh, Morocco 40000
+212 24 403 353

Hotel Marocc

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Hotel

Hotel Maroc - Room Photo, Essaouira, Morocco
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The most memorable thing about Hotel Marocc is the dinner that is served in the various mini-parlours throughout the maze-like hotel, which has five or six floors and is a built around several courtyards. You pay extra for dinner, but it's worth it for one night. We sat in front of a fire for hours while we had a tasty three-course meal. The pumpkin curry soup, I remember, was fantastic.The rooms are tiny, but tidy. Ours was white-washed with blue accents—it reminded me of Greece. The things that bugged me most were the small, rough towels in the bathroom. The prices seem a little high for that. But when it comes down to it, you can't beat the central location—right off the harbor—...Read More

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Stall #91

Restaurant

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There are lots of stalls in the Djemaa el-Fna square, but this one stands out from the rest. You can get amazing lamb tagine, but there are also plenty of vegetarian options, salads, soups, and sublime grilled fish.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 29, 2006

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challey2ny

challey2ny
Brooklyn, New York

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