We were met and guided to Riad Papillon through the narrow streets and alleys of the Medina,which was just as well because we would never have found it ourselves.Over mint tea we were given a map on which main routes and points of interest were marked and explained.This proved to be really useful.We were also given a dedicated mobile phone in case we got really lost,a distinct possibility in the Souks.
The Riad had an air of just emerging from winter hibernation with the open courtyard covered with a large see-through plastic sheet,and the plunge pool was cleaned and refilled during our stay ,complete with floating rose petals which made it far more attractive.
Our ground floor room was probably the smallest in the Riad with no storage space but it was functional if a little cell-like,having no windows.I can imagine in the summer it would be a welcome cool retreat in the heat of the day. The roof terrace was a lovely place to start the day with a relaxed breakfast.
The Riad is ideally situated in an interesting part of the Medina and easy walking distance from all the main attractions of old Marrakesh.It also provided an oasis of calm after time spent negotiating the hustle,bustle and hassle just a few minutes away.
The staff could not have been more helpful,welcoming or friendly.