Riad La Porte Rouge is down a little alleyway off a busy road and looks rather inconspicuous from the outside but once inside the Riad opens up and you are filled with a sense of calm opposed to the busyness of life outside.
Our host Karen was very welcoming and we were given complimentary Moroccan tea and a selection of delicious dainties that looked homemade. She also took the time to point out highlights on a map and how to get to the main square and Souk from the Riad.
The room we stayed in was called Warda, a large room, with gorgeous décor and a lovely red theme.
We decided to walk down to the main square Jemma el Fna late afternoon to check out the shops and food stalls. Immediately upon exiting the Riad a young Moroccan boy of about 8 attached himself to us to show us the way. Unfortunately we can only say hello, thank you etc in French and he didn’t understand or didn’t want to understand English so we couldn’t get rid of him. He came with us half of the way and then asked for 1 Dirham which we gave him so he would leave.
Jemma el Fna is very walkable from the Riad, it can look a bit daunting as there seems to be no sign posts but take a map for a layout of the streets and you should be OK, it took us about 20 minutes.
We were originally booked into Riad La Porte Rouge for two nights but after underestimating how long and tiring it would be to drive from Merzouga back to Marrakech in one day (about 8 hours) we broke our journey on the way back which left us one night in Marrakech. We had made a non-refundable booking through Booking.com so knew we would not get anything back for the unused night. However Karen organized us complimentary taxi transfers from the airport and back, which she was under no obligation to do, so we certainly appreciated that.
On our last day we had lunch at the Riad before our flight. We had a vegetarian tagine and beef and prune tagine, both came out piping hot and absolutely delicious. The breakfast was very good too.
On the roof there are tables, sun loungers and a hot tub which we would like to have relaxed in but didn’t have the time.
We highly recommend Riad La Porte Rouge.