Compared to the other riads we stayed in while in Morocco (Dar Azaouia in Asilah, Riad Harmonie in El Jadida and Al Atik in Fez - all fantastic choices), this riad was the worst of them all by far. I'm not sure how it compares to other riads in Marrakesh - maybe the standards are lower there. We stayed in two rooms because we extended our stay by one night at the last minute. We stayed in the Dakhla Suite the first night - hardly a suite but a room with a loft. The showerhead broke from the pressure of the water at 9 pm on the first evening, and when I demanded an immediate replacement, the Frenchman (the owner? a friend of the owner?), who was lounging around in his underwear, was very rude and said we'd have to wait until the morning to get it fixed. "Come on," I said, "this is Morocco. People sell things 24 hours a day." In the end, Said, the man who actually works there, brought us a new one. The second and third nights we were in the Sahara Suite, which was big and nice but had no outside windows, so it felt like being in a cave. The bed was comfortable, but the kids had to sleep on couches. The terrace is very dirty and not very comfortable - the spiral stairs to the top looked ready to fall off at any minute. The padlocks provided to lock the rooms were an absolute joke - our suitcase locks were stronger! The breakfasts were OK, but in general the same boring things every day. Nothing homemade except for the orange juice. The decorations were a bit funky, and the gallery of pictures of the French owner looking like a movie star (maybe he is) was a little discerning. WiFi worked only in the lower courtyard. On the positive side, the location was excellent, though it is quite hard to find, and the air-conditioning worked very well. All in all, I am sure there have to be riads in Marrakesh on the level of the others we stayed at in Morocco. I wish we had had the luck to find one.
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