We stayed at Riad Maroc for 4 nights Sat 6th to Weds 10th August 2011 with 2 of our teenage daughters, 15 and 18, our visit was during Ramadan. We knew it would be too hot (it was!) and that Ramadan may impact us (a little) but Riad Maroc made our stay perfect. We continued on to Essoiria for 6 nights which is an ideal combination in the hotter months.
At the end of a winding street, "just another 2 corners" said Jalil with a huge beaming smile (he had met us at the airport) as we twisted and turned some more, and we stepped inside to a sanctury. Exactly how you expect a riad to be, bright paintwork, wonderful tiling (some repaired in a charming higgledy piggledy style) and purple bougainvillea cascading through the central atrium. That's what we loved, not overly manicured but extremely comfortable and in keeping. The berber shaded seating area on the roof top, perfect in the evenings after sundown. Interesting books on the bookshelves.
The house was so peaceful and fresh, we spent quite a bit of time there, venturing out in the morning and evening to cope with the heat, try the food stalls in the main square, great fun. If you join in with the banter and bartering it is not aggressive, just keep smiling, and speaking some French helps a lot. In fact we found Marrakech to be less aggressive than our only other visit just over 3 years ago.
Jalil and Amina are the kindest, most professional and welcoming of hosts, they do not live at the Riad but visit daily, so you wake to a superb breakfats, freshly squeezed Orange Juice, crosissants, eggs, Morroccan pancakes, fruit and yogurt, we didn't need lunch. On the first night we had arranged to eat in, and a marvelous Chicken lemon tagine with about 5 salads were waiting for us, eventhough Jalil and Amina didn't eat or drink all day, that did make us feel bad! One daughter doesn't like tagine but she loved Amina's, by far the best we had all holiday.
Our 15 year old also had a cooking lesson on our third day, again in sweltering heat Amina was fantastic, the two of them made lamb and apricot and walnut tagine for our dinner and salads, and Amina also showed her how to make Morroccan pancakes, that we had for breakfast the next day.
Booking the whole house is even more economical for 6-8 people, some people may find the bathroom/bedroom arrangements in a small riad not private enough if fully booked, but that's the riad style and it doesn't bother us.
For a budget price we had a luxury holiday and experienced a little of real Morrocco, superb value for money, 10-15 minute walk from the main square but an incredibly quiet location is the reward.
We highly recommend Riad Maroc to everyone who wants to experience the real Marrakech but in comfort (but perhaps not those with small children or mobility problems!)