Friends finally got me to write this review to "share the wealth" since I never write reviews but use Trip Adviser all the time. We loved our stay in Riad Souika, an authentic Medina (old city) house --or riad--in Marrakesh. Through a narrow door from a rather forbidding narrow alley, you enter into a magical place. You can rent either the entire house or one of 3 separate double bedrooms, each with private bath. Built around a traditional open courtyard, Riad Souika is very comfortable and cozy. It's not luxury but has all the critical comforts--good beds, cozy reading nooks, a fabulous roof terrace, lots of hot water for baths in bathrooms that are not modern but make you feel like you're in a traditional turkish baths, air conditioning for the summer and heat for the winter. And the food.....
Aziz the on-site houseman takes amazing care of you, and his cooking is "superbe." (easier to communicate if you speak French). I tried to copy his recipes but can't make them taste as good. The Moroccan colors and interiors of Riad Souika are stunning. From the roof, you see the spires of all the minarets and hear the call of the muezzins. You are close to the royal palace and so can see the palace walls and the city's famous storks. You are about 10 minutes walk from the main square (depending upon how lost you get amongst the narrow walkways of the souk!). This is the real Marrakesh--you walk amongst the real people--and even though we are American and not well-loved in this part of the world, felt nothing but friendliness (although the ever present pressure of the souk vendors can get a bit tiresome). One comment, it's not a great house for old people since there are quite few stairs with uneven steps. We were there with our grade-school daughter who found the place magical.
The people from Best of Morocco can arrange pick-up from the airport and tours both within and outside of Marrakesh.
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