Tuesday, December 28, 2010

COMING: Riad Libiti Bito, Marrakech

When revisiting Marrakech, I ended up wondering where to stay on my second visit. The alternatives were, once again to book a resort outside the city, or to choose a classic Riad or guesthouse in the Medina. I and my friends used a long time going through websites, booking sites and tripadvisor to make up our minds, but when we finally booked a room at Libiti Bito there were no doubt in our minds.

Last year I had a brilliant stay at Eden Andalou Hotel & Resort 15 km (10 miles) outside the city. This exquisite resort offered both the convenience of staying outside the city as well as full access to Marrakech through an excellent free limo-service.

This time I leaned towards going back to this fantastic hotel, but I was equally tempted by a stay at one of the legendary Riads found in the old city centre.We started to look through several sites in quest for the ultimate riad.

There are a few things to consider when booking hotels in Marrakech. The most important is location. If you book a riad, there will be no problem, as most are located within the walls of the Medina and just a short walk away from everything. As we booked last year Eden Andalou Hotel was given a wrong location on google maps and we thought we were booking a hotel in the city. Although staying at this hotel ended as a success, you must consult other sites to double check the location.

Another thing that you may have to consider is hygiene. As we looked through tripadvisor, double checking our alternatives, hygienic conditions were one of the critical points many remarked on. Tripadvisor is a great site in this respect as you may get confirmation from other guests that you have made the right choice or take the warning signs. 

Back to Libitobito. There is no end of tempting offers from different riads, with tempting photos. I think it was my friend Øyvind that found the Libiti Bito, and sent a link. The reviews were stunning. Ranked as number 50 out of 708 guest houses it was ranked as excellent from all 16 guests that had stayed there. It has just 7 spacious suites, but it has a restaurant, cocktail bar, and small swimming pool, The best thing was the price. Paying 69 Euros per night I could believe my own luck - I can indulge in luxury in my own personal suite for a whole week.

It is located close to the Almoravid Quobba, Ben Youssef Mosque and Marrakech Museum, a short walk away from the Djemaa el Fna.

We finally booked and September 21st we got a mail from our hosts. It said:
Thank you for your reservation via Booking.com.
For your comfort, from 5 nights and more we are offering the return transfer airport/riad. In order to beneficiate of this service, could you please provide us with your arrival time as your flight number. Our chauffeur will be at the airport to welcome you with a sign “Riad Libitibito”.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any queries.
So for all of you - if you book more than 5 nights, you get free transportation to and from the airport as well.

Well my stay is just weeks away. I will keep you posted and provide you with information if Riad Libiti Bito is worth the price. Having read what other guests have written, I am convinced it is.

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