Positives - We came in the off-season for 4 nights and Oussama was really nice about giving us a good rate. All the ladies who work there are sweet and helpful and work their tails off to make it nice. The dinner we had there, beef and prune tagine, was absolutely delicious, and we licked every drop of sauce from the bowl, but I felt that for 30 euros (2 ppl) there should have been more than 3 pieces of beef. Breakfast was very good and comprehensive, and the breads and pancakes were delicious, as were the fig and apricot jams, and eggs done just right. The room was clean, the air conditioning was MARVELOUS and our saving grace in the July heat. the riad itself is just gorgeous. just gorgeous. and the roof terrace is comfortable, though i wish we could have seen over the high walls. our bathroom was enormous and i loved the open style of the shower and the brass sink. no noise at night, either.
Cons - i won't say "difficult to find", because everything is hard to find in the medina. it is actually quite easy to find -- get a cab to bab laksour, walk straight until the mouassine fountain, turn left just before, take your first left again, bear right around the curve and walk straight under the arch until you see the potted tree outside the door--about 5 mins walk total. i did find the hotel's airport transfer pricey at 20 euros plus tip, since you can get a taxi for between 4 and 7 euros [standard price] depending on your haggling ability. or call Taxi Vert, who are honest and use meters. for the little they actually cost, and even less for locals, i feel that airport transfers should be free for stays of 3 days or more. also, when i inquired about rental cars, i was quoted a price ten euros per day higher than i was able to find on my own; quoted 30 euros per day for an economy car with NO aircon when i found a midsize dacia logan for 25 per day, tax and insurance included, on my own. i won't speculate about why since I am sure having the right contacts was not the issue. finally, we got a bit of pushback about paying by credit card, but all was sorted in the end.
bottom line: this is a gorgeous, clean, quiet riad with great food and within 5 minutes walk from djemma el fna, close to the souks, but do your homework before booking any extra services if you do not want to overpay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Riad (Princesse Du Desert ) Samira opens her new oasis in the heart of the medina Just a few meters from Jemaa El Fna, you will cross a few streets to the famous souk area "Mouassine" to arrive at the Riad. The charming home of Samira and her team will give you immediately the feeling of being with family. You will experience magical moments, like a tale of 1001 nights,The geographical position of Riads is perfect. ... more less
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