Having done much on-line research, my wife and I chose Riad Joya for our first three nights in Marrakech. This was an excellent choice. The Riad is hidden away in the Mouassine neighbourhood, in the heart of the Souq area/Medina, only a few minutes walk from 'The Square' (Place Jemaa El Fna). We were met at the Airport by Noureddine (aka Nordin), who continued to look after us throughout our stay. He showed us how to reach the Square, and the souqs, and local restaurants. Nothing is too much trouble for any of the staff. One morning we, alone, took breakfast on the rooftop terrace. There are only seven rooms. We were shown over most of the rooms, and had chosen the Ottoman, which, like all the rooms, has windows facing the Courtyard, and is on the ground floor. The rooms are spacious and comfortable.
Nordin suggested that we use the 'hop on and off bus', which is easily accessed at bus stop 15 near the Square. This was excellent advice and we purchased a 48 hour ticket, during which time we were able to use the buses (every half hour) as often as we wished. Another tip! - a very short walk away is the popular Cafe Arab. There is a superb rooftop terrace, from where we watched beautiful sunsets whilst enjoying great cocktails - in the distance the Atlas Mountains.
We had a marvellous time in this Riad, and thoroughly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Joya is a luxury intimate retreat nestled in the very heart of the Medina of Marrakech in the historical and protected area of the Mouassine, just few steps from the Djemaa el Fna square, the main monuments, the souk and the most exciting attractions of the “red city”.A gem of timeless beauty and sophisticated atmosphere, where discrete luxury fuses with eclectic style.The property reflects the traditional architecture of the riads, built around a small courtyard which is an oasis of tranquility, and features two stylish salons and a panoramic roof terrace.The roof top is the best place to savor a sumptuous breakfast, unwind during the aperitif ritual or surprise the one you love with a romantic dinner under the stars. ... more less
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