We recently made a five day trip to Marrakech and stayed at Riad 34 upon recommendation from my boyfriend who had been there previously. I was very impressed - having looked at the photos I had some reservations, but it didn't disappoint. The Riad arranged for a private taxi to pick us up from the airport (for under £30), and a member of the staff greeted us upon arrival and helped us carry our luggage down some windy terracotta residential alleys to the front door. It was very picturesque and a peaceful location, not more than a five minutes from the hustle and bustle of the main square but also safe and relatively quiet at night. The Riad is very 'authentic' Moroccan B&B style accommodation, and clean and well-kept. We stayed in a first floor room - it was comfortable for two people - not a huge amount of space but sufficient to have a shower and do all the essentials. Most of our days were spent out and about so this was great - no frills but it met our requirements.
There is a very pretty terrace at the top of the Riad where you can sit in the sun and read, looking over towards the mountains. The lounge downstairs is airy and often quiet (as most people come and go) - a great place for a Moroccan mint tea. Breakfast was from about 7-9.30am and consisted of croissants, jam, orange juice, tea and coffee, sweetbreads and pancakes. Although this was good sustenance, I found this to be the main downfall of the B&B as it lacked variety and I would have preferred some fruit / cereal. However, given that much of the food in Morocco is relatively carb-heavy, this was sufficient for a short trip. Note: the Riad also provides dinners on most evenings, though we didn't try this out.
Around the corner from the Riad is a small newsagent / corner shop where you can buy bottled water, chocolate bars etc. There is also a fantastic antique and rug shop on the way to the main street - one of the best we found in the city, and they ship to the UK :) Great for souvenir shopping and the owner is very friendly. There is also a Hammam nearby and all of the street shops only a stone's throw away.
Overall, for a short trip this was a fantastic location on a budget. The Riad has a 'sister' Riad, which I have heard is slightly more upmarket, also in the city centre and which we hope to try next time.
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