We stayed here for 7 nights at the beginning of June. We were glad we pre booked a taxi with the hotel before we arrived in Marrakech, as it may have been a little difficult to find otherwise. Joyce the owner had arranged this at our request and so we arrived at a fairly underwhelming doorway which when it opened revealed an absolutely beautiful Riad. The staff in the Riad were very welcoming and helpful, the only slight barrier we had was our limited grasp of the French/arabic language, however Joyce or Mohammed were always available in person or on the phone if we needed anything.
We made great use of the sun loungers and Jacuzzi on the roof which were most fantastic for relaxing after a busy day shopping in the souks. The jemaa el fna is a 10 minute walk away with plenty to see (and eat) along the way there is also a really good place to book your day trips (towards the middle on the right) follow the busy street to the end, as signs point to the other way however it's quite residential slow and boring ). we felt safe enough to walk around (however my girlfriend did always dress fairly conservatively) and we weren't out when it got really dark (except once when we got a carriage home).
This Riad Is a great find and nothing will prepare you for the second that little grey door swings open and invites you into its cool, relaxed little paradise. A particular highlight of ours was the delicious breakfasts, eagerly consumed in the Moroccan sunshine on the rooftop seating area of the Riad
Joyce was so welcoming and could not do enough for us, we were certainly sad to leave. Mohammed was also very helpful and always on hand to ask for directions, book a cab or just to chat too about what price you should pay for a tagine (FYI the really big ones do go on as hand luggage.......if your lucky, smile sweetly at airport staff and nobody checks).
As mentioned it is a walk away from the hustle and bustle which is a complete welcome break after bartering in the souks and avoiding the very persistent (however quite charming) restaurant touts.
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- The riad la rose d’orient will receive you in a traditional ambiance of the riads in the magical red city.You will be taken by the magical aspects of the place , sculptured materials by local craftsmen, mosaiques ,gibes stone, wood , flashing lights of the thousand and one night, harmony of colors. ... more less
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