The start of our stay in Marrakesh was a bit chaotic as flight was 2 hours late and we made the mistake of not booking our transport through Joelle (which you should always do). The taxi dropped us and we had to walk to the riad only to find we had to go to another one. But Fatiha met us and professionally took us to where we were supposed to be and immediately served us with tea and cakes.
We actually stayed at the Riad Anwinati which is managed by Joelle as well. It is conveniently situated in the Kasbar and walking distance to all the souks and restaurants. Also convenient for taxis to come and go when arriving/leaving from airport or going on excursions.
The riad is very comfortable and clean. The room was a little small but very comfortable and adequate and was at the back of the riad which made it quiet even though still could occasionally hear the call for prayer at the crack of dawn! The shampoo provided had a wonderful scent of orange and was so gentle on the skin.
Joelle herself was so helpful in arranging tours and answering questions. Her knowledge of Marrakesh was good and gave us a good insight to where we might want to go. Interesting to chat to as well and her command of English is very good.
Her two staff members Fatiha and Hasnaa were brilliant. Even though we didn't speak good French and very little Arabic we all made ourselves understood and there was nothing that was too much effort for either of them.
Breakfasts were served up on the pretty terrace with pots of flowers etc. and were really interesting as you didn't know what delights you were going to get each morning and it didn't matter what time you went for breakfast. There was always a crepe, fresh fruit, yoghurt, either a rice pudding or chocolate/coffee pudding, cheese and at least 2 different baked goods which had all been baked in house by Fatiha, who I understand really loves to bake, and they were really good. Even if you had a pot of tea during the day you were always treated to one of the baked delights.
Fatiha also makes a really good couscous and well worth trying but please be hungry as she does spoil you with rather a large portion.
It looked as if the girls were there all the time but they do definitely have time off (witnessed it)and know Fatiha is coming up for some now so hope she enjoys and relaxes.
Joelle arranged with her driver Omar to take us up to the Atlas Mts which was a great day out. Omar was very interesting in telling us little bits of history on the drive up there and stopping at a pottery factory and a typical Bedouin house (always remember to have some change with you for these stops).
I have no hesitation in recommending this riad to anyone and if I should return to Marrakesh it is where I would stay again. Thank you Joelle and ladies for such a pleasurable stay.
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