It has taken me almost a month to write a review for Riad Laksiba because I was genuinely concerned that I would not be able to properly represent all the things that this Riad deserved. The review is pretty long but I've made sections so you can scroll and read about what's important to you!
Location: First, Riad Laksiba may seem a little far away from the action, but I found this is exactly what was necessary to make my few days of vacation the best I have had in recent memory. From the Riad, you can walk to pretty much EVERY tourist attraction in 30 minutes or less and the main square, El Fna is a brisk 10 minute walk away. It's nice to be able to escape the insanity that can be Marrakech and walk into a cool, calm, and relaxing place where you'll feel right at home. Most importantly, it's so easy to get back here, you don't have to worry about getting lost, day or night. The souks, however, are a different story ;)
Getting here: Extremely easy! Simply ask your taxi driver to take you to Bab Ksiba (pronounced 'baab seeba'). It's an entrance through the wall of the old city. From there, you take your first right down a residential street, the first left and then another left down to the end and the door is on the right. If you want, and you ask really nicely, Mellak can probably meet you at the main entrance by the wall and walk you to the Riad but it really isn't necessary. All the neighbours know where the Riad is so if you just ask for Riad Laksiba people will point you in the right direction - they might even walk you there!
The area: The Kasbah where the Riad is located is very safe and situated South of the main tourist areas. The people here are extremely friendly and helpful so don't hesitate to ask for help in your best French. This also means the area is very safe both during the day and night so there is no need to be concerned about your safety - of course regular precautions apply. There are also many services in the area including a number of stores and small markets so if you need anything it's close by, and more importantly, all available at "local" prices!
The Riad Itself: Simon, the owner, spent over a year completely rebuilding this place and has done a stunning job. From the natural cooling effect of the building, to the very nicely appointed Moroccan rooms, this place has it all. The roof top terrace has sun chairs and a set of stairs that you can climb up to look over the entire city. All of the wood work was all hand made and custom made for the riad. Simon even insisted that the walls be done in a manner which makes it look like the place was built 50 years ago - spectacular! There's also a small splash pool right in the centre courtyard which I'm sure would be a welcome relief in the summer.
The Rooms: Simply appointed but large with lots of space and a nice layout, the rooms are great! Bed was comfortable with a small space to hang clothes on each side of the bed, plus a chest of drawers and two chairs. The washroom is a good size and included a wet shower and toilet/sink. It's all combined, but this suited me just fine.
Food: Touria was always up early in the morning making mint tea, tangerine juice and Moroccan pancakes for breakfast. Simple but delicious! I didn't eat at the Riad for any other meals but I hear the tagine is excellent!
Staff: This is what made this place a cut above any other place I have ever been. Seriously. For starters, Simon and Mellak waited for me, in the rain, to arrive. My taxi driver was pretty terrible and wouldn't listen so I actually snuck up behind them from the opposite direction. Mellak was quick to make me mint tea on a cold wet day and I sat down with Simon who asked what I wanted to do so he could help plan out my few available days. It turned out to be Mellak's first day so we ended up going out as a group to see some places and try some of Simon's favourite restaurants. Simon and Mellak know Marrakech like no other and we went to places I'm sure some locals don't even know about. They're seriously THAT good. Mohammed Mellak, Touria and Abdou are all extremely well trained and will go out of their way to help you in any reasonable way they can!
Overall, this was in the top three experiences that I've ever had at a smaller hotel/ b'n'b like this and I would say a good contender for first place. The staff go out of their way to make you love the city, the people and the culture, and get to know all of the off-track places that tourists would normally never get to see. It's clear Simon has worked extremely hard at making relationships with only the best and most honest people in the city and he knows someone for anything you can imagine on your list, from tours outside the city, to rug stores and speciality items in the city.
If you've made it this far, why wait a minute longer? Book at the Riad Laksiba, it would be impossible to be disappointed.