We were greeted in the small square just by the gates of the Medina by the House Manager and staff member who would show us to the Riad and help us with our bags. We soon disappeared into a maze of alleyways on the outer edge of the souks. Quickly we came across the impressive looking door to our Riad.
Inside the quality of the decoration continued - Buddhism clearly played a part when brainstorming and the subtle colours used where very relaxing. Sitting in the courtyard Hosin handed us Mint Tea and talked us through the main sights in Marrakech and how to navigate the alleyways.
We stayed in the Casablanca Suite, which had its own staircase. Inside the room was huge, a very large bed took up the back wall and there was plenty of storage space and a fridge to keep drinks cold. The unique feature of this room is the mezzanine floor, three walls of comfortable seating, a large TV, sky and DVD player. It was a very sureal moment when turning on the TV to see Emmerdale pop up...so if you want to catch up on your soaps whilst away from home you have the ability here. Personally there was so much to see we didn't spend much time here but it was nice to be able to relax in for an hour or so whilst getting ready to head off out again in the evenings. There was a library just off of the courtyard should you wish to borrow any books or DVDs.
The terrace was of a reasonable size and did have a rooftop dipping pool - although whilst we were there it didn't contain any water (there is a second one down in the courtyard as well).
We had dinner on the terrace our first night there - a mixture of vegetables and bread to start, a tagine to follow and finally pancakes with banana and chocolate. Great meal and a wonderful location to eat in - I would definitely recommend the terrace as you also get to hear the last call to prayer over dinner whilst the sun is setting which was an experience.
Breakfast was also very substantial - fruit and yoghurt, breads with jams, crepes and eggs. One morning we even had what appeared to be a whole cake added to the table! The eggs are cooked to your liking as well and you will be asked each morning how you would like them. The coffee and orange juice here were very good and set you up for the day ahead well.
With only five rooms the staff are always on hand to provide great service. This riad is definitely a boutique gem!