Very pretty, well-kept small Riadh in the heart of the Medina in Marrakesh, which is surprisingly peaceful and tranquil, given its location. The facilities are basic (there's a tiny swimming pool which looks more like a pond in the courtyard and a very small hammam we only got to know of on the last day since it is used to store luggage!), but they don't leave anything to be desired. A large-ish roof terrace is available with sun-beds and tables and you can ask to have breakfast there, which we did.
All the rooms look onto the main courtyard, as is typical of a Riadh. We were given a suite for the first night as our reserved normal room was still occupied. We were not so happy to have to change rooms, but I have to say it turned out well as, although our room was on the ground floor (and the suite on the first floor), it was cosier and not as noisy as I had first imagined. The bathrooms are quite large and very clean, shower gel and soap are available, and there's one small travel hairdryer with the "receptionist" which can be borrowed if needed.
One complaint I'd have about the rooms is their very dim lighting ... although very romantic and created atmosphere, it was sometimes frustrating to look for things in the luggage!
Breakfast is simple Moroccan fare (delicious fresh orange juice, tea or coffee, Moroccan bread, butter and jam, and something sweet, which was different every day). It was quite enough for us in terms of quantity, but it would be a good idea if some cereals and/or yoghurt could also be made available.
The staff at the Riadh are extremely helpful and friendly. They were always on hand to answer any questions we had and, on one day when we had to leave for a very early excursion, they even provided us with some bread and cheese in lieu of breakfast.
Going through the madness of the Medina to get to the riadh was the only downside really, as the chaos or noise and people was a bit too much for our liking. If we had to go to Marrakech again I think we'd prefer a hotel outside the Medina.
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- Only a stone's throw away from the picturesque markets of Marrakesh and the famous Jemaa El Fna Square ! ... more less
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- Riad Les Hibiscus Hotel Marrakech