Perfect location, half way between the souks and Jemaa El Fnaa; there is a somewhat intrepid 3 minute walk from the main street to the riad, down tiny alleyways and one especially dark tunnel. This does mean it's nice and quiet. Opt for an airport taxi; a car will drop you a 5 minute walk away and a man with a trailer will take your bags to the front door.
My girlfriend and I were there out of season (in early March) and were the only people staying, so I can’t comment on what it’s like having other guests around. It is relatively new, and as you can see from the number of reviews here it is less well known compared with other riads which have hundreds of reviews.
An excellent, filling breakfast is included: fresh fruit & yoghurt, bread and jam, tea, coffee & juice and a further option that changed every day (pancakes & banana cake were the best.) It is served on the roof terrace, which is surrounded by the greenery of a royal garden. We were told by Philippe, the owner of another riad (Magellan) that this was unique and that all other riads have views of other buildings. It's a really lovely spot.
Youssef was very friendly, spoke good English and was on hand at all hours to help us work out what to do each day: which hamman to go to, the best time to visit Jardin Marjorelle, how much we should expect to pay for all kinds of things, which food stalls to chose in the main square. Day trips to Essouira and Ourika Valley can also be arranged.
The room was very clean and tidied every day, as was the whole riad. The bathroom and shower were also very good, though I should add that, while I got a hot shower every time, I never really understood how!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at the heart of the Medina in the charming and sought after Mouassine district, the Riad Majala provides an oasis of peace and tranquillity. A total restoration and refurbishment was completed in 2011, providing all modern comforts, whilst preserving all the historical and cultural features of a traditional Riad. In this exquisite setting the staff at Riad Majala will warmly welcome you and ensure that your stay here is truly memorable. In this calm setting, just a 5 minute stroll to the place JEMAA el FNA and to the avenue Mohamed V, your stay at the Riad Majala will enable you to enjoy all the aspects of the Medina. ... more less