We are a couple in our mid-20s who stayed here for 5nights. Hisham, the manager who speaks great English, greeted us very warmly and chatted with us over mint tea. We had arranged for a private taxi pick-up from the train station and the driver was waiting with a sign of our names as promised. (we arrived from Fes on a 7hr train and opted for a private car as we knew we'd be tired. In all honesty, it is not all that necessary as the taxis are plentiful right outside the station)
The riad itself is quite lovely- nice pool, great solarium to tan on the terrace or by the pool if you wish, great location (5-10min walk to Djemma El Fna and the souks). Majorelle Gardens are also quite nice with fantastic colors and you can walk there in 25-30min? but if it's a very hot day like we had definitely take a cab which is a 10-15min drive.
We were upgraded as some suites were open for our first 3nights and then switched for the remaining 2nights since the riad was full. The switch was quite easy, especially since the 2 rooms were just across the pool from one another on the ground floor. I personally enjoyed being on the ground floor since it was next to the pool and the tables, and I could be in and out of the room if I wanted. Others may opt for an upper floor as it can get a bit loud if other guests have breakfast and speak loudly before you awake or after you go to sleep. We can sleep through anything though :)
The breakfast was pretty good and we loved how the ladies always set it up at the nearest table to our room for us before we even awoke (we are late sleepers)- the hot breads and tea+coffee were brought out after we would sit down. Complimentary tea/coffee was offered anytime throughout our stay- several evenings we bought great pastries nearby and had them with mint tea by the pool.
It was my husband's 27th birthday our first night (Sat) and Hisham recommended Jad Mahal for dancing. We had a great time. I read mixed reviews about the dinner there, but we liked their downstairs area for the club atmosphere. We took a taxi there and back (it's in the new city). One concern we had since this is a riad was coming home very late because someone would have to open the front door- we didn't want to be a bother nor to be standing stranded, waiting in a dark alley. We were glad that this was not an issue at all and it seemed Abdul (I believe that is the young man's name) was waiting up for us when we knocked once or twice at 5am! (he opened the door before we could even ring the bell) We appreciated this very much as safety is always a concern. Also, on our last day they held our bags as we explored the city before our 5pm train to Casablanca.
Overall- entire staff were very nice and accommodating (although most only speak French) and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We definitely recommend this riad.
Tip: as you will read in many guidebooks and online, bargaining is a must. I am not claiming these are the best prices, but I don't think we did too bad. Just to give some helpful figures: our taxi to Majorelle Gardens was 20dirham (wanted 50), to the train station 25dirham (wanted 50), to Jad Mahal 40dirham (wanted 60). All depends how long you are willing to bargain. Prices at night always seemed to be a bit higher.
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