The Riad AnaYela is a wonderful 300-year-old small palace in the heart of the old town of Marrakech. When you enter from the medina, you find yourself in the fairy tale of 1001 nights. Vintage Moroccan and incredibly elegant. Behind the inconspicuous entrance door an oriental dream awaits you. The whole place is lovingly designed to the very last detail. Everything is about the story of 16-year-old Yela. “Ana Yela” means “I am Yela” and takes up the story of the young girl who used to live here: whoever speaks Moroccan, can read Yela’s story on the room doors. A PLACE OF INSPIRATION – Andrea Bury and Bernd Kolb definitely hit the motto.
What I especially liked about the hotel:
– Service and staff! I still keep in touch with some of them. We were even equipped with our own mobile phones from the hotel, in case we would get lost in the medina or wanted to be picked up. We also had the opportunity to make an individual trip to Casablanca with our own driver. This was something very special.
– The hotel doesn’t feel like a hotel at all, as the riad has only five rooms in total. This ensure a very welcoming and home-like atmosphere.
– The breakfast beyond amazing! And every individual wish is taken into account. This is coming from a person which skips breakfast on a regular basis.
– The atmosphere is something you must have experienced. The fact that the rooms have no doors and that you hear loud prayers every other hour, felt a little foreign at first. However, this helps you entering into a completely different world. I love that – that’s what I travel for.
– The roof terrace overlooking the medina and the city is beautiful: from up here you once more realize that you are really in the center of this vibrant, historical and unique city.
What I didn’t like much about the hotel:
– The medina is a labyrinth especially for non-locals. It was sheer impossible to find back to the hotel for the very first days. Might sound adventurous during the daytime, however, in the evenings I felt exhausted and uncomfortable – especially without the accompany of a male.
– In the medina, donkeys are still the main means of transportation. So it comes with no surprise that the smell is quite noticeable. At some point you do not register the smell anymore, but it does take some time to get used to it.