We stayed in riad Palmier in May 2013. If you want to experience real Morocco staying in a traditional riad is a must. Riad Palmier is very well situated, not far from the main square Jenaa el Fna (a pleasant 15-20min walk pretty much along just one street), and we never got lost. The rooms are small but charming, truely Moroccan style. Very friendly staff and the owner who is French gave us a thorough explanation on arrival of all the nearby attractions and also provided a map. I also loved the storks nesting on the nearby walls of the palace's ruins. Breakfast is continental (juice, yogurt, pancake, coffee), but quite good. We also had a complimentary pick-up at the airport.
Some general tips:
Riads are former "rich-man" houses transformed into boutique hotels. All rooms are overlooking the internal yard that usually has a small pool and some lounge chairs. Perhaps in terms of riad who your neighbours are matters a bit more than in a normal hotel, as its like staying all together in one big house. We were lucky as other people in our riad were quite and friendly. Also, I recommend to rent a more expensive room on the 1st or 2nd floor, as the ground floor rooms' doors and windows open into the common lounge area and they are less private and noiser (everyone passes by them).
A bit of warning to people suffering from allergies: it can be triggered by the antique furniture and natural-feather pillows that are common in riads (happened to us).
All in all, I recommend riad Palmier as a good base to explore Marrakech. We also stayed in the new part of the city but if you are after a proper Moroccan experience I would recommend to stay in old Medina for at least 1-2 nights. Also dont pay too much attention to the horror stories of being constantly harrased on the streets, Moroccans are really polite and good mannered compare to some other arabic countries. Noone was aggressive, and the only time we were pestered was in Atlas mountains valley by some boys selling palm-leave camels, and even that wasnt really much
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