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Places to stay in Marrakech

I am a fairly experienced solo traveler but am a bit nervous about my upcoming trip to Marrakech. After spending a month in Spain, my plan is to fly to Marrekech for 3 nights before heading home.

I would love to have recommendations for places to stay for solo female travelers. I especially want a place that will arrange transportation to and from the airport and possibly a local tour guide. I know some women are comfortable there alone and I applaud you! I have been to Cairo and parts of Jordan with a friend and often felt uncomfortable by the attitude toward women or overwhelmed by the chaos (think crossing the street in Cairo). Still, I count seeing the pyramids and experiencing Petra by candlelight as high points in my travels. So, Marrakech, here I come! Thank you.

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We stayed at the Dellarosa earlier this year. It's within walking distance of the medina, as long as you don't mind a bit of a walk. It's also fairly convenient to the airport. The hotel will arrange a cab for you for your ride to the airport, but I don't know about coming from the airport. You'd have to contact them to find out. Even if they do make those arrangements, confirm that rate with the driver before you put your suitcase into the cab.

I don't know if they will arrange a local guide, but I suspect they can find a way to make that happen. I do think you'll feel more comfortable with a guide rather than walking the streets on your own. We were there with several other people, and one of our group was a young, single female. Even when she was with several of us, men kept flirting with her.

I hope you have a wonderful adventure!

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I highly recommend Riad Houdou. My wife and I stayed there with our daughters (22 and 19) three weeks ago and it was perfect for us. I think it would definitely fit your needs. We stayed in the large Spices room but they have several different size rooms for guests.
The owners Eric and Didier are a wonderful couple who run an amazing riad. Honestly I didn't love Marrakech, but Riad Houdou was a great oasis in the confusion. They have a driver that we hired to meet us at the train and to drive us to the airport when we left for Sevilla. It was much better than trying to use a cab and then dealing with the aggressive young men who want to take your bags to the riad. The food was excellent, the room was excellent and the service was excellent. If Riad Houdou is within your budget you should really consider it.

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Thank you both - I checked out both places for availability and price and ended up booking the Riad Houdou. I appreciate your help - RS readers are the best!