My Daughter and I stayed at the Riad La Porte Rouge in March of 2013 We had such a fabulous time. It has taken me so long to review due to unforeseen events. Firstly the Riad is wonderful. especially the staff so lets start: Said: the consummate professional who administers the best of customer service, his knowledge and willingness to share about his culture and religion (only when asked as he is very respectful) is facinating We learned lots from Said and appreciated his amazing spirit and attention to detail especially when we asked about the times of call to prayer (which was the most amazing sound around the city) The lovely ladies who clean the rooms and prepare meals were so happy and welcoming (even though they didn't speak English ), we never felt like guests just part of the Riad. Karen who owns the Riad is so friendly and helpful, she organized and cancelled a trip for us without hesitation (we loved her) My early morning friend Moustaffa who when everyone was sleeping was still happy to serve me coffee and a warm smile (he is a gem)((I am an early riser 5 a.m), he also served us supper in the evening, he is a gentle soul and a true blessing to the Riad. Max the cat is a treasure, he cuddles with you and takes the empty seat beside you when you are alone. I could go on about the warmth of the Riad and the wonderful staff but I think you get it. Proximity to the souks is about 10 minutes walking distance...not to long but far enough away. The food at the Riad is amazing, we ate in a few restaurants on our trip (a few lunches and a dinner) however most of our dinners we ate at the riad (by choice, it wasn't part of our booking( as they were far superior to what we had experienced. My favourite dish at the Riad was the Rfissa it is delicious, I could have eaten this every night however you have to order in the morning if you want this dish as it takes quite a few hours to prepare (7 or 8 approx.) the tangines are delicious as is the royal couscous. The rooms are spacious and quite traditional (very quiet)with ensuite bathrooms. The roof top patio is a tranquil oasis from the bustle of the median(wish we could have spent more time there). I could probably go on for longer about this Riad however it sells itself, I am only hoping that when I want to book it again (which I will) they will find space for me.
Karen I hope you enjoyed your granddaughters visit.
Lots of love and great wishes, Janice and Cassie Hornby (Canada)