Riad Sidi Ayoub was a great find and I'd definately reccommend it and I'm so pleased to have chosen it. We were 2 female travellers and when we first arrived I was a bit wary that it is in the medina down a warren of little streets but we soon realised that it you not a few landmarks and be respectful (we sometimes used headscarfs) to people it was absolutely fine. The 2 cousins who manage the Riad cannot be more helpful and took us to places to show us the way if we were concerned. It took about 10 minutes to walk to "La Place" [Jeema de Dna] but the route was quite straightforward with lots to see along the way.
The service is good, they cannot do enough for you - one thing to note is that if you want dinner there the night you arrive, you may want to let them know (e.g. by email) in advance as they only cook upon request. Top tip may be if you are an English tea fan - they do have it but may run out so maybe take a few teabags for them. They will arrange an airport pick up for you – expect to pay 150 dirhams (about £15)
We had a double room, it was very clean and comfortable with ensuite shower and toilet. There are no luxuries like a TV in the room, nor a kettle (there is a tv room - we took a portable dvd player though) but drinks can be brought to your room.
There is a call to prayer from the mosque which can be heard every day at 5am (I doubt there is anywhere in the medina where it can't be heard as there are loads of mosques), and some rather loud birds in the beautiful orange trees in the Riad's courtyard. I took earplugs and was fine, my friend said she got used to it after a night and found it quite soothing.
Other recommendations in the Souks:
-Eating on Stall 22 (seafood) in the centre of La Place
-The Medina Spa for a tame Hamman (off Rue de Banques by La Place 250dirhams pp/hr)
-Cafe Arabe (http://www.cafearabe.com/) for hard to find drinks (pricey though)
-Cafe Des Espices for good cheap food and fresh orange juice you can stand your straw in (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g293734-d909314-Reviews-Cafe_Des_Epices-Marrakech.html)
Other top tips
- Pick up a free map at the airport and get a phone with GPS tracker on it (iphone worked a treat even in the backstreets)
- Learn to just walk past people, not even saying a No Thank you.
-Learn to laugh when haggling
-Take a brolly and jumpers in March
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