My boyfriend and I stayed at this riad last week for 3 nights. We loved it. The riad has 6 rooms, so roughly 12 people are staying maximum. Our room (we stayed in Amarillis) was really quite spacious, with a good sized double bed and a big bathroom, as well as space for our bags etc. The bathroom did develop a bit of an old water smell, but we did have heavy rain and nowhere in Marrakech seems particularly prepared for rain. The rest of the building is equally lovely. There's a pool, though we didn't use it - it's in the center of the riad, around which the rooms are, so it is mostly just for show. We did however make use of the sun terrace, which is lovely - a real slice of peace in a manic city, and the restaurant area (only for breakfast, but it was very good - plenty of food to start your day). You can also buy wine in the riad, which is good, because bars are few and far between in the city.
The staff are the real selling point though - they're lovely, very friendly and helpful. In a city like Marrakech where everybody seems to be trying to trick you out of money, it was lovely to meet a group of locals who love their city and are happy to help.
The riad itself is slightly out of the main souk area, which is good because it makes it easier to find (it's down a somewhat dodgy looking alley, but it only seems that way when you first arrive - it's really very safe) and quieter. I was woken up once by the call to prayer, but I'm a light sleeper. The riad itself is quiet at night. The rooms seem quite close to each other, and the building is quite open plan, so we were worried about noise but mostly noise from ourselves!
Our one concern prior to stay is that we weren't asked to pay a deposit - we neednt have worried. We paid everything when we left, and there was no problem whatsoever. That's just, it seems, how they do things.
I highly recommend this riad.
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