Getting to the Riad was an adventure for us that we will not forget. After the taxi driver picked us up from the airport, he dropped us off at a point close to the small maze like streets of the city and a sweet gentleman came up and put our luggage in his cart and said to follow him. We had not expected this and were a little confused but followed this man through tight crowded streets of shoppers, around the spice square to a deserted looking street where we found the Riad Bab 54. In the end, this added to the charm of the city.
This Riad was excellent for our needs. Having a large room to accommodate a couple with two older children was perfect. The Riad was nicely renovated, tastefully decorated and very clean. We were given tea and delicious cookies upon arrival.
M'bark the manager was very kind and patient when giving directions to our restaurant and even sent Mohammed (also very nice) to guide us to Djemma el Fna. Mohammed showed us a pay phone in the square and said to call if we were lost ...saying SOS (as we didn't speak each others languages) and he could come back to lead us to the Riad.
Breakfast was very nice with yogurt, local breads and jams.
I would recommend that visitors bring their own map of the area if you have specific places you want to visit. I realize no map will do justice in this city but the ones given at Riad Bab 54 are not detailed and not printed well making them hard to read. Marrakech is very confusing to navigate for the best of travelers. Also, I would recommend that you call to verbally verify your taxi pickup from the airport as ours was not conveyed to the manager and we were forgotten at the airport. This is unnerving especially if you do not speak Arabic or French. Airport information people are not helpful. This is why I can only give 4 stars as my rating.
Overall, our short stay at Riad Bab 54 was excellent and I would stay there again.