Hard to review this place...but I'll give it a try. First off, this riad was VERY cheaply priced, and had a good Tripadvisor rating, and having visited Marrakech twice before, we kinda knew what to expect from a B&B in the Medina. We booked for 3 nights. We found the reception staff to be friendly and helpfull. Yes, they want you to pay up front - which is kind of dodgy...but then it is cheap. The room was clean and serviceable - however 105 has the loudspeaker for the Mosque outside the window and so you are blasted out of your bed at 5.30am when the Mosque man (Meuzzin) sings for prayer. You can even hear him breath..!!
The TV only has two English speaking chanels and it's wall to wall Movies, 24hrs a day. Wifi only worked in the restaurant for us, which was a pain. Don't know what reception is like in other rooms though.
The shape of the Riad means it is a noisy place - and to us it looked a little battered an worn (especially the sun terrace) and the jacuzzi was never on and was stone cold, but then....it's off season and the hotel was cheap. The cooks and housekeepers were nothing but polite and helpfull to us. It is about 15min walk to Jaam El Fna square, and about 20 mins to the New City where there are more restaurants that will sell alcohol. The only supermarket we found was about 15 mins walk in the New City - it was very hard to find food otherwise. We wouldn't stay here again if we were to return to Marrakch, but for the money, it was good value.
Here you are staying among the hard working and POOR citizens of the Medina - you see, hear and smell it all. An experience some will love and some will hate.
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