We arranged a taxi through the riad to collect us from the airport, the driver took us as far as he could then guided us through the streets and dark alley-ways, we felt very vulnerable & a little intimidated by all around us especially when the driver seemed to be lost and had to ask for directions. Eventually with the help from some local children we found the riad. We were greeted by the lovely Samata, he explained that the riad was owned by people who lived in France & that he along with the help of his sister managed the riad.
Our room was nicely furnished with moroccan features and had a lovely ensuite. The rest of the riad was tastefully decorated & we found it to be very comfortable & inviting. The roof terrace was very nice with sunloungers and a table with chairs - very peaceful and a great suntrap but the walls were so high that there was no view!
Each morning we were woken by the bird song which was lovely. Breakfast was not what we are used to but was fine & consited of moroccan pancake, bread served with butter + jam & or a madeira type cake. The coffee was great!! You will get lost the first time you go out, with the help of Samata's map you will recognise the landmarks and will soon know the place like the back of your hand!
Samata was always happy to answer questions or offer advice he suggested a great daytrip to the Ourika Valley to see another side to Moroccan life (about 400Md each including lunch). We had a very enjoyable 5 night stay here before moving to a hotel on the outskirts of town that we'd prebooked.
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