Location: the hotel is very central, within the Old Medina, a short walking distance (approx 10-15 min) from the square, amongst the locals, cars, motocycles and donkeys - no street noise in my room.
The Riad itself: a very good first impression, a traditional historical Riad (approx 15? rooms), with a beautiful centre piece of a small swimming pool in the middle, surrounded by columns and traditional Maroccan artifacts, with a restaurant/ lounge area next to it.
The room: on-suite, not very big, but with very high ceillings - that gave an impression of space; however, there were no windows in there- that kept the room warm in chilly November, but got very stuffy at night. There was an AC in there but did not use it as noisy and too difficult to sleep with it on. All clean and tidy, traditionally decorated; as the room was on the ground floor, very close to the restaurant, the service and other hotel guests made it noisy in the mornings...
Pool/ 'hot tub' - hot only in the summer from the sunshine- they are not heated as advertised! Considering that the trip was happening in November, having a hot pool/jaccuzzi was quite important deciding on a choice of a hotel. Some other guests fell for it too...quite disappointing in that aspect!
Outside space- loungers and the jaccuzzi tub on the top floor, with panoramic views of the city; highly enjoyable but not in the winter - not usable as not heated.
Overall I would stay in the Riad again, but definately not in the winter time. I think the location and the service were good, cleanliness and value for money to be excellent.
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- Ryad Laarouss Hotel Marrakech