We stayed one week in this Riad and had a fantastic stay!
- rooms are simple (no fancy items like radio or TV), but very clean (towels are changed daily, beds are made up daily, no crawling animals besides the cute turtle in the courtyard) and decorated lovely in traditional Marrocon style
- bathroom is very clean, comes with flush toilet and hot water with good water pressure
- beds are firm and queensized
- the inside of the riad is very clairaudient (if people come home late or have conversations in the courtyard or terrace), however there are only 4 bed rooms and the clientele is seeking rest and peace anyway, so we never felt disturbed or annoyed. Amazingly, no noise from outside the riad can be heard (even the Muezzin in the morning is hard to hear)
- in hot summer the rooms and the courtyard are surprisingly cool and well ventilated, if not sufficient the aircon can be switched on (though not tested if working well and how noisy it would be)
- the breakfast is served between 8.30 - 10.30h on the terrace and is for French style pretty diversified: hot drinks (coffee, tea, hot milk, cocoa powder), a glass of fresh orange juice, toppings (cream cheese, butter, jam), baguette and every day a different add-on (boiled egg, croissant, crepe, donut, local bread etc.)
- a 3-course dinner can be ordered as well (latest till 10.00h on the same morning); there is little choice but very delicious and enormous portions, the price of 11-14 EUR is comparable to restaurant prices
- wireless internet is available in the courtyard, however it is not very strong and unfortunately does not reach the rooms or the terrace
- the staff is very friendly and supportive, sometimes the language barrier can be a bit strenious (French very necessary, sometime English helps)
- it is impossible to find the riad on a first visit, as the old town (medina) is a maze and hosts numerous riads even the locals do not know (including taxi drivers!) so it is strongly advised to use the offered airport transfer of the riad (15 EUR). The last meters have to be covered by foot anyway, as no cars can pass the small alleys. Once you have orientated yourself, you can take the bus or taxi back to the airport (from Djemma 3-7 EUR). At night the last meters might be a bit frightening for single travellers, although the alleys are lit and the neighbourhood is small and seemingly friendly
- payment can be done in cash either in Dirham or Euros (we payed on check-out)
- within 1 walking minute numerous small shops and market stalls can be reached, normally serving between 10 and 22h (irregular openings is a standard), within 5 walking minutes the big square (Djemaa) and the souks can be reached. Be prepared to get lost and to share the tiny roads with crowds of locals, mopeds, bikes, carriages and mules. You will be overwhelmed with annyoing shopkeepers and waiters trying to convince you of their services and numerous random locals showing you the direction to the big square (however, only half of the directions lead to the actual direction...)
Conclusion: the riad is perfect for people seeking rest and peace with charming Maroocon atmosphere, while being close to the big square and the souks; it offers good value for money!
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