We were greeted at the airport by our taxi driver who took us to the riad. It was 10 euros for the journey which was very reasonable seeing as you would not be able to find the riad on your own from the main street without a little human offering their help in exchange for money!
The porte rouge opened into a beautiful hallway followed by the courtyard. It was lovely and quiet unlike the main street leading to it. We were greeted by Karen and her team. They were very welcoming and made us feel at home. We were shown the quickest route to the medina and to recommended restaurants which was very useful as the riad is not very central. You are also introduced to the popular mint tea which becomes a significant part of the trip! We arrived at around 8 pm and were given the choice of eating at the riad or venturing out into the square. We decided to stay at the riad and have our first tagine on arrival. Food was very good and value for money!
We booked the Narjisse which is on the ground floor however on arrival we were upgraded to a bigger room upstairs for the same price! Bonus! The rooms are beautifully decorated and very romantic! Our first night was an experience. You forget that Morocco is a muslim country and there is a mosque at every street corner. At 5.30am we were woken by the calling for prayer followed by the birds singing away! However the riad is still very peaceful and the staff do not rush you out the room to breakfast as there was no time to be at breakfast. We tended to slowly make our way downstairs for breakfast at 10.30am/11am. Breakfast consisted of fresh orange juice, coffee/tea, an assortment of sweet breads/cakes, yoghurt,jam,bread and a dash of rose water with most items! You get used to the floral tastes in moroccan food very quickly!
The riad has a terrace that is great for relaxing with a good book. There is also a lovely jacuzzi -definately recommended in the evenings after a long day of walking. Alcohol is also served at the riad and the staff are always available to serve you. Recommend trying moroccan wine - its cheaper than the foreign wines.
The riad was a great place to escape and hide from the hustle bustle of Marrakech and you certainly wind down when you return at the end of the day.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay despite the prayer calls and would recommend this riad to anyone wishing to experience the true Morocco!
Thank you to all the riad la porte rouge staff - we couldnt have asked for better service!