We arranged our airport transfer through the Riad before arriving (20E each way) which was well worth it as we were met in Djemaa El Fna as the taxi couldn't go any further - it really would be a struggle to find it on your own the first time! Cath130s directions below are great and we wrote these down before leaving -- leave the square by Cafe De France through the covered alleyway, walk straight down for a couple of minutes until you see a red/brown building 'Patisserie' on the right...just before that on the left is an entrance to another alley, go down this and it's the second alley on the right. The first door on the left and there is a little sign confirming it's Riad Radia.
We were given mint tea on arrival and as there was only 1 room occupied when we arrived so we were shown each of the rooms and able to pick which we wanted. All seemed very similar other than a suite just below the terrace which was larger/more private.
The location was great as we found it a good base to explore the medina and were able to walk everywhere we wanted to see. Sitting on the rooftop terrace at the end of the day, watching the sun go down and listening to the hussle/bustle without being part of it was our favourite bit.
Whenever we returned to the Riad in the afternoon we were offered tea/coffee - once we took her up on this and asked for it on the terrace. On our last day we were asked for 2 euro for this - not sure if it was because the additional tea was not included in our stay as we had thought, or if we had to pay because we'd asked for it on the terrace.
The breakfast is plentiful and served whenever you get up - mint tea/coffee/fresh orange juice, porridge, eggs cooked in a tagine (very nice!), breads, pastries, spreads.
There is a nearby mosque so you will be woken up at 5.30am with the call to prayer - our first morning (a Sunday) this seemed to go on forever, although it does sound quite beautiful (and reminds you you're not in Kansas anymore Toto!). Even with earplugs it woke me up and you'd hear it wherever you stayed in the city.
Only tips would be to brush up on your French as they don't speak English and we struggled at times to get our message across. Also, the stone floors in the rooms were very cold so you may want to bring some slippers or warm socks.
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Radia Hotel Marrakech