Arrival at night is a slightly scary experience - probably anywhere in the medina that does not have direct vehicle access - as this involved leaving the safety of the car without actually knowing where the riad was. As the surrounding area is inevitably very scruffy and badly lit it requires a certain leap of faith to vacate the vehicle. A baggage cart quickly arrived however and led us for several minutes to the door of the riad, altho one could walk past this and never know it was there as it is completely unmarked.
We were warmly greeted by Ouafa, Beatriz's assistant, and shown to our suites which rather than being 2 separate suites for the 4 of us, was one 2-bedroom suite with a huge communal sitting area and lovely fireplace. Although this suited us very well it would be worth confirming the configuration if you want more privacy.
A room key could not initially be found which we were told would not be a problem here as it was perfectly safe and this served to underline the very warm feeling of 'my house, your house'. This was further demonstrated by a very helpful approach to our wish to have breakfast here, there and everywhere!
The two suites were almost identical altho one faced the road and was very noisy and the other faced the inner courtyard and was quiet.
The sitting room was a fabulous and unique experience that we shared with our friends meaning that we could have a late evening drink by the fire without feeling we were keeping anyone up.
Bathrooms were large with double basins (altho one basin had come away from its cement edge) but I found the showers to be very tight on space with completely temperamental water and very basic dingy lighting - it was not a nice experience. Toilets also were basic, with seats unattached and one of the toilets only flushed if the whole toilet bowl was pushed into position!
We asked for a meal to be provided for our late evening arrival which was adequate home cooking, but not special. A further meal was of similar quality.
It is off the beaten track and we got completely lost trying to find our way back from the medina, so I would advise only going out (and back!) with a guide. This might be said of many other riads though.
The people are what make Riyad Edward special - from Beatriz who offered use of her laptop and showed us how to negotiate our way around the medina, to Oufa and the other staff who were always so cheerful and friendly and totally accommodating of all our needs.
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- Also Known As:
- Riyad Edward Marrakech
- Riyad Edward Hotel Marrakech