This fantastic riad has just 4 rooms so you get excellent (and a very personal) service. The rooms are well appointed and spotless! All are ensuite with an excellent shower, Valérie (the owner) ensures that your trip will be memorable and safe! She gives each customer a local mobile phone so that you can call her if you have any problems whilst on your travels (e.g. if you get lost in the souks!). Every time you want to go somewhere particular she'll draw maps to show the best way of getting there (without getting lost!) or will organise a local taxi from one of her 3 trustworthy contacts (Abdou was great). A huge continental breakfast is part of the price and we challenge anyone to finish it - the homemade yoghurt and jams are a delight (as are the pancakes!). With advance notice you can also have an excellent dinner cooked by (the ever smiling) Saâdia which was one of the best meals we had in Marrakech. All of the staff (Valérie, Saâdia, Izza and Halima) are excellent and very welcoming.
Valérie also helped with organising trips - the highlight of our stay was a day trip to the Atlas mountains - she organised a good English speaking driver (Hussain) who organised an excellent English speaking guide (Omar). Our 3 hour walking trip (good shoes/hiking boots recommended) ended with a great lunch on the terrace of a local hotel, Kasbah du Toubkal, in the village of Imlil - the best view (of the Atlas mountains) that you could possibly have for lunch.
In all we spent 6 nights at the Riad which gave us plenty of time to explore Marrakech and the surrounding area with Valérie's help. The Riad is located in the Medina so great for exploring Marrakech - rather than the new town which is a little sterile. Riad Cherrata is excellent for couples, a small group of friends, or even if you are on your own. We can't think of a better place to stay!
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO VALÉRIE, SAÂDIA, IZZA AND HALIMA!