We booked this Riad originally for 5 nights on a friend's recommendation no problem by e-mail. The owners Dominique and Gilles, a French couple, arranged a very inexpensive pick-up for us from the airport. The Riad is located very conveniently in a quiet side alley from a very busy and happening part of the Medina, very picturesque and local indeed.
Once arrived, Gilles greeted us with Moroccan tea and cookies making us feel right at home. That night, we ate a fantastic home cooked dinner at the Riad made by a superb Moroccan cook, who exclusively works for Gilles & Dominique. The food was incredible and included starters, made course, wine, dessert, etc! The dinner was free for us because we booked a 5-night stay, otherwise it would have been for pay at a reasonable price.
The Riad only has 4 guest rooms, so the atmosphere is very intimate and relaxed. The owners both live in a room on the base floor. The rooms are great and come with shower gel, shampoo, body lotion, towels, fruit basket etc. Wifi internet is available in the entire house. A really nice rooftop deck makes for a great spot for sunbathing, reading, or enjoying a small whirlpool in the midst of the Medina.
But by far the best about this Riad are the owners themselves. Gilles made breakfast consisting of home made bread, cake, Moroccon pancakes, eggs, tea, coffee, juice and jams every morning at whatever time we would request - no matter if 4am or 12pm! Gilles and Dominique booked restaurants for us - even though we made them go through the trouble of cancelling them later on several times!! - showed us what places to see; Gilles even bought some Moroccan tea for us on our departure day because we ran out of time to do so by ourselves!
We also left the Riad to go to Essaouira by the coast. While in Essaouira, we decided to extend our seaside stay from 1 to 2 nights on very short notice, and even this was no problem for Gilles & Dominique. In fact, because they had been so incredibly nice and helpful to us the entire time, we wanted to pay for the one night we cancelled on them on short notice (during high season!), but Gilles refused to let us pay for it! When we managed to at least tipp a generous amount extra, he put the money in the jar for his staff (cleaning lady, cook, drivers, etc.).
Overall, our stay in this Riad was absolutely amazing! Unfortunately, we did not speak French well, but Gilles & Dominique compensated for it, so we could converse in basic English.
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