We arrived from the airport in the taxi booked for us by Samata before we left England. We were so glad we did too. We would never have found it otherwise, tucked down a maze of alleys in the Medina. The taxi took us as close as he could, then Samata came to meet us and walked us to the Riad. We were slightly worried about what would greet us as we wound through the dusty maze, but all our fears dissolved as we entered the Riad. What a magical little place!
Samata was very helpful and attentive. He explained where we were and gave us a copy of his famous 'Magic Map' and showed us how to get to and from Djemaa El Fna square. The first walk into town was quite an experience, but with his map we magically found our way back. You have to navigate some of the less tourist trodden paths which for a family with two young girls was quite scary initially, but by the end of the week we couldn't pass through without being stopped for a chat by friendly traders and locals. We really started to feel at home.
What a treat is was every day though to return to the calm of the Riad. It truly is an oasis, and always so peaceful. Samata was always happy to advise us on etiquette or for finding places. His advice on pricing in the souks was invaluable for our first haggling experiences. If we needed anything booking he would always happily do it. The service he gave was far superior to some I have received in expensive hotels.
There are so many good points of this Riad it is hard to list them all here. There are the little 'sparrows' that live in the Riad. They sleep in little wicker baskets put up by Samata, and greet you for breakfast most days. The cleanliness of the whole Riad far exeeded my expectations. Samata and his sister do an amazing job. I was also surprised that there was none of the usual 'wildlife' that you find in hot climate hotels. Bar a couple of ants, we saw NO insects inside the place at all! Something the girls were glad of.
The rooms are not huge, but we didn't spend long in them anyway. Most of the time we were on the lovely little roof terrace. The air conditioning came on in the bedrooms in the evening which gave us a lovely nights sleep. We didn't want it on all the time as it would mean re-adjusting to the intense heat everytime we went outside. The 5am call to prayer was a shock the first night, but you soon sleep through it.
Breakfast was simple but enjoyable. We ate out every night so didn't try the evening meals (available on request).
By the end of the week we were really sad to have to leave. We will certainly try to get back to Riad Attouyour again. If you are looking for 5 star facilities/activities this might not be for you, but if you want a charming, peaceful, relaxing escape from the bustle of Marrakech this place is top of the bill!
I am so glad we chose Riad Atouyour, it really made our holiday.
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