We stayed a few days with friends on the outskirts of Marrakech, but also wanted to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the medina. This is my fourth time in Marrakech but the first time in a Riad, we chose well. This beautiful haven only a ten minute walk from the Djemaa el Fna square through narrow streets and busy, colourful souks, was perfect. My husband and I went with two daughters to celebrate the 21st birthday of one of them and we stayed in the Douria suite, two double en suite rooms, beautifully decorated, very ethnic with the traditional Moroccan balcony a mashrabiya overlooking the internal sitting room with tv, music facilities etc. and our own roof terrace overlooking the hundreds of other roofs of the medina and the most beautiful seating, eating area under a carved wooden canopy. The roof area and the swimming pool area were comfortable places to sun worship and the architects nightmare, designing a swimming pool on the first floor was just so right, the temperature was perfect and it had a jet to swim against.
The breakfast was cake, pancakes, fruit salad, yoghurt alternating each morning. We're an odd family and have a few food intolerances sadly, so my daughter was allowed into their kitchen to cook porridge !!!! but the Moroccan version of eggy bread was amazingly delicious. We went out to eat on two nights, once just up the alleyway to a stall selling 'fish and chips' - boned fried sardines, fried aubergines and cold chips, which we had as take away with an awful chocolate muffin and went back to our lovely sitting room and played games. The last night however, we ate at Dar Housnia on the main terrace for a change, just such a warm friendly atmosphere with comfortable seating and a very tasty lamb tagine, and apple tart for desert. All the staff without exception are happy to help and are very friendly. I wish we had made use of the massage, but never seemed to have time. Initially, when you arrive by car on the outskirts and hear that you have to walk through the streets with luggage don't be concerned ! A man with a cart will be there, he takes your luggage, you follow him (keeping out of the way of speeding mopeds and bikes) and five minutes later you are entering a happy, tranquil home with tea being offered.
Thank you to everyone at Dar Housnia, it was a pleasure.