As two female students we decided not to go for a big hostel and went for this budget riad instead. A free airport pickup was included. We had to wait a while, but we had no hold baggage so maybe longer getting through the airport is normal. Hassan, the driver, took us to Ben Saleh square (closest the car could get) and we were met by Hasfah for the walk to the riad. Take this option! Though no problem when you've walked it once, it would be hard to find on a first visit.
Despite me speaking very little French, and my friend none at all, we got by. The owner is French and the staff French-speaking. The friendliness was wonderful. We were even walked back to the square and pointed in the direction of Jamaa el-Fna the first time we ventured out. The owner made sure we had her number and knew the best routes.
We were stuffed with breakfast - little pastries, bread, jam, pancakes, coffee, mint tea, orange juice. Simple but plenty of it! We took dinner here one night - absolutely delicious! More food than we could handle but absolutely fantastic. Wine is available, though not written on the menu.
Our room was a simple twin on the ground floor - no complaints! Shower tends to soak the bathroom unless the balance is just so but the water was always hot. Daily housekeeping was good, and there is attention to detail. Our first breakfast we didn't have any tea - the next day they didn't put any out, only coffee and milk.
All in all we had a great time! It is basic, but you are welcomed with smiles and tea, the shower is hot, the room heaters work, and the terrace is nice for sun. It is maybe 5 minutes more walking than other riads in the Medina, but honestly you don't notice it with the amount of walking around sight-seeing you do. We always felt safe leaving things in our room, and were not hassled in the immediate area, only the main derb dabachi to the main square.
Really enjoyed our stay - thanks Dar el Calame!
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