My husband and I stayed at Ryad Amiran for 5 nights and really enjoyed our stay. We arrived at the Ryad around lunchtime and Fatima was there to welcome us with some refreshing mint tea. Whilst we enjoyed this and took in the peace and beautiful interior of the Ryad, Fatima took our bags up to our room. We had the Saphir room which was decorated in a mix of traditional Moroccan décor and modern luxuries all with a hint of turquoise, the small details like to matching keyring was also a nice touch. The room had a large double bed, possibly even king size, a desk with stool, a sofa, small fridge and an alcove to hang your clothes, there is also air con. The bathroom was beautifully decorated with a gold metal sink and gorgeous tiled walk in shower which had great water pressure. All the 5 rooms are off the landing that overlooks the mini pool and dining/relaxing area below. Our room was closest to the stairs and whilst you could hear people going up and down the stairs and also if they were talking downstairs it wasn't excessive and it didn't cause us any problems whilst trying to sleep etc. There is also a roof terrace with sun loungers, table and chairs and a covered sofa area which was nice to retreat to in the evenings once we had returned from the hustle and bustle of the medina.
The breakfast was really good, freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee (I don't like coffee and asked for tea and they happily gave me Liptons tea every morning), yogurt, Moroccan crepe (really tasty and can be eaten as sweet or savoury), omelette and baguette with jam. This definitely filled us up until lunchtime. We did eat dinner in the Ryad on our last night, Fatima cooked us a beef tangia which was delicious, we had enquired about dinner at the beginning of our stay but were slightly put off by the price, 300 dirhams per person for 3 courses, but after experiencing mediocre food elsewhere during the week and after our final meal at the Ryad we wished we had opted for this earlier during our stay. A couple of evenings, after returning from the Medina we decided to go and relax in the seating areas downstairs and ordered drinks, the staff were always around to assist you.
The staff were really attentive and friendly, even understanding my dodgy French! Amin, the manager, speaks really good English and the other staff understand a little but mainly French.
The Ryad is located about a 30 minute walk from the main square, but the distance from the square is worth it for the peace when you get home. We got lost on our first day trying to locate it but I guess that's all part of the Marrakech experience, we did have some children try to show us back to the Ryad and demand money but that only happened once! After meeting Amin on the 2nd day he gave us great directions to both the Souks and the Square and after that point we didn't get lost, he really knows his way around. The Ryad is only about a 5 minute walk from Bab Yacout where you can get a taxi to the square or other places if you didn't want to walk.
We were also lucky to meet to Ryad owner and his wife and he explained about how he completely renovated the whole Ryad and he definitely put lots of thought into the small details which make a stay here memorable. The Ryad also has free WiFi which was really useful, especially for checking the weather before deciding what to do each day!
I would not hesitate in recommending Ryad Amiran as we had a really enjoyable stay here. Thank you to all the staff.
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