Le Coq Fou is a wonderful oasis that just has this warm welcome feel to it. Excellent service and staff!!!
If you take a taxi from the airport (15-20 euros) depending on how much the taxi drivers feel like hustling you for, you’ll be dropped off at the Phamarcie Populaire. Walk down the road, and turn right once you past the line of shops and get to a “clearing”. It was a bit hard to find at first, but after you turn right, go through the alleyways until you find #40 with a tiny sign “Coq Fou”. The riad has its own shuttle service too. I would recommend taking the shuttle upon arriving. It’s worth the extra few Euros.
Larsen greeted us at the door and once we walked in, it was absolute peaceful and calming. The housekeeper (sorry I forgot her name!) spoke limited English, but was very kind and friendly and served us mint tea when we arrived.
Our room (“Of the Fossils”) was on the ground floor that opened to the courtyard. The A/C worked so nicely in the hot weather, there's free wi-fi, the room and bathroom were clean (although one of the towels smelled). The doors and windows aren’t sealed completely (it used to be a house), so it was a different experience for us staying at a riad, especially our ground floor bedroom, because you can definitely hear what’s going on outside and in the morning when other guests are having their breakfast.
The only complaint I have is that when we checked in, they were looking for the key to our room. (Our room already has a door latch that closes the door, but no key to lock the door). When we asked a second time if they found the key, Larsen said the previous guest lost the key. We still had the key to the front door of the riad itself, but if there were untrustworthy guests or unwelcomed visitors, anybody could have just walked in and out of our room. But, we accepted it and just tried to trust the riad and the employees.
The rooftop terrace was intimate and cozy. A great place to hang out during the day and take a break from the overpowering heat and sightseeing. At night, it was a beautiful experience to listen to the prayers from the mosque. We also met other guests as well as guests from the other connecting riad Le Coq Berber who are the same owners and where Larsen works also. He saw us one night and brought us complimentary coke and water. Very nice.
The riad is right is at the northern part of the medina, near the middle of the souks. The paths may be confusing at first to the Djemaa el Fna, but just ask the store owners for directions. Do NOT accept help from the locals who suddenly appear and walk with you and act as your friend. They will ask for money. Asking the store owners is a better way because they can’t leave their stalls.
We also tried to come back to the riad early (10pm or earlier) because the streets become more deserted and darker and I’m not sure how safe it can be. I’m sure if you’re traveling in a large group, it should be fine.
I would say if you are a bit on the adventurous side and don’t mind being amidst the hustle and bustle of the medina and occasionally being asked for money, then this place is definitely worth the money. The medina can be a bit overwhelming and the streets confusing. Know what kind of traveler you are. If you are the adventurous type who doesn’t mind getting lost and roaming streets as part of the experience, then it’s worth it to stay in Medina. If you are the type of traveler who likes organized tours, top notch amenities, and aren’t as adventurous, then this may not be the place for you.
If I come back, I would definitely stay here again. The whole experience here was great!!
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