I'll admit, I was a bit apprehensive about visiting Marrakesh. It all seemed too bustling, exotic, and foreign to anything I had experienced before and I was a little worried I'd have difficulty adapting to such new and unfamiliar surroundings. My apprehensions grew when the car service dropped us off right in the middle of a busy intersection, teaming with mopeds, donkey carts, cars, and taxis; all of which seemed to be in an awful hurry. My concerns quickly disappeared upon meeting Laurent, who was waiting there to greet us. Smiling and genuinely friendly, he welcomed us and told us we were just in time for breakfast. He explained that the riad was a short walk through the spice market and instructed us to follow him. Within five minutes, after navigating our way through the twists and turns of the spice market, we were standing inside what was to be our home for the next seven days...a beautiful, well-maintained and decorated, peaceful little palace. I have never in all of my travels felt so welcome, calm, and instantly at home checking into a hotel as I did upon checking into the Riad Noos Noos. The whole place exudes a sort of 1930's charm that I was instantly drawn to. We were shown around, taken upstairs to our room, and then escorted up to the roof where a nice breakfast was made available to us. Afterwards, we were given a very helpful briefing on where to go, what to see, and how to negotiate purchases. Then we were left alone to discover Marrakech. Throughout our stay, Laurent and his super-friendly staff were there to answer all our questions, see to all our requests, and suggest (without being pushy) fun and exciting options to make our stay pleasant and unforgettable.