Marrakech in August is probably not the best time to go because of the mad heat but we went anyway, taking the early morning bus cutting a two-night break out of a week in Essaouira. It's a bit of a tale which I won't bore you with but we arrived at the Dar Saad for two nights and were offered a choice of rooms, taking the sizeable Darouiria room. The riad is actually two separate properties knocked together (or was it three?) which gives it some size and our room was in the more modern and stylish white part of the building. It is inside the Medina, about ten or twelve minutes walk from the magnetic and super-hectic square Jemaa al Frna.
The general atmosphere reminds you of a peaceful religious order of quiet contemplation. An escape from the outside world. It is calm and restful with comfortable lounges and smaller spaces where you can pass your time reading or playing cards or similar. There is no TV to distract you. There is, however, a small plunge-pool to help you cool off next to which you can recline on sun loungers or simply rest on the soft furniture around the open pool space. A large, attractive roof terrace was completely unoccupied because of the excessive heat, even under shades, except when popular for al fresco breakfast. The friendly staff were always helpful and on hand to serve up drinks and pleasant but simple snacks as required. You can order more substantial food but we preferred to dine out.
The riad functions very well as a retreat from the exhausting 45C heat; the building is about twelve degrees cooler than the outside world. We enjoyed our stay there and would suggest it to anyone seeking a calm haven tucked away from the hurly-burly of Marrakech at large.
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