I booked a week at El Farah for my husband and myself at this small, but perfectly formed Riad. I can honestly say we enjoyed every minute. The Riad has only four rooms to let, which gives it an intimate feel. We had a standard double room with an en suite bathroom, which was perfectly adequate for our needs. It was spotlessly clean and decorated in the spicy colours of Morocco. The only thing I would say is that it was quite dark. The Moroccan lanterns, although beautiful, do not give out much in the way of lighting. But, in the overall scheme of things, this is a minor consideration. The roof terrace is lovely and I spent many lovely mornings up there watching the storks on an old building opposite and writing my blog. There is a lovely little nook with a banquette, table and chairs and also a couple of sunbeds for those wishing to bake in the sun. Our host, Mohammed, could not have been more helpful. From advising us on the price of the taxi from the airport (100 dirhams at the time of writing) to meeting us by the Tombes Saadiens and escorting us, via a maze of little side-streets, to the Riad - pointing out landmarks as we went. Breakfast was fine, bread, Moroccan pancakes, delicious strawberry or apricot jams - oodles of fresh coffee. On our arrival, Mohammed made us mint tea, which made us feel very welcome. Later that evening, he took us and another English couple, who were also staying at the Riad for dinner at a restaurant owned by a friend. Wonderful! The morning after our arrival, he escorted us to the Palace El Bahia and then the Saadien Tombes. He will also organise excursions if you wish. (Note, if you are going to Ourika in the Atlas mountains, there is quite a long and arduous trek - you will need proper walking shoes or trainers. Sandals and flip-flops are no good on the mountainous terrain. I would advise you ask in advance about the type of terrain on any of the excursions, so you come fully equipped.) Riad El Farah is perfectly situated in the medina and close to all sorts of beautiful historical landmarks and souks. The main square is Jemaa El Fna - it's about a 10 minute walk away from the Riad. For the money, El Farah is right on the ball and if you want an evening meal, you can arrange that with Mohammed too. I have no hesitation in recommending El Farah and, in fact, my son and his girlfriend are planning a trip to Morocco and no guesses where they will be staying. If you want to hear more about this and, indeed, Marrakech in general, check out my blog on taramoore.com.
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