Stayed for 5 nights in the second half of May , and booked the Bab Doukala double room on the first floor ... the one with the copper bath tub . Lovely room , well furnished and very comfortable .
This is a fairly new Riad which opened as recently as Nov 2012 or thereabouts . The refurbishment work has been done very well , and it is a beautiful small Riad with about 6 or 7 rooms. Its best to get a room on the first floor giving the view down over the centre of the Riad
The terrace on top of the building is stunning and most definately 5 star . There are sun loungers , umbrellas , shaded day beds , and a Berber tented area to relax in the shade . All very well done . A great place to relax in late afternoon after a day out in busy Marrakech .
The location is also good being just 400 metres to the North of the Souks whilst still being in the old Medina area . So you easily get everywhere in the Medina on foot .
This could become a wonderful 4 star boutique hotel one day , but first it has to find its feet and work out how to cater for international travellers . Here is a few of the problems we encountered which they could easily fix if they wanted to :
- Breakfast is mostly cereal , bread , cake and more cake . No eggs , no cheese , no cold meats , no fruit . Just carbs and "stodge" , day after day . So if you like fresh bread and fresh cake daily this will be heaven . The other option is to do room only and get your breakfast at Le Jardin for Dh 70 including omelette .
- They offer free WiFi but it doesn't work very well , and most of the time there is no signal and no internet access . Most of the cafes around town had good WiFi so why not at this Riad ?
- There isn't much space to store clothing and they provide only 2 hangers per person which is hopeless .
- It was mostly quiet and peaceful in the Riad , but you may not get a full night's sleep . One night there was a wedding next door and a raucous party all through the night . Hotel residents are not given a key to the Riad and when they come in at night they have to ring a bell . So when residents come in at 2am and ring the bell , and then ring the hotel phone to get in as the hotel staff are all asleep , then everyone is awake .
- All bills have to be paid in cash as they do not have a credit card machine which is incredibly inconvenient .
These problems , and others like them , could mostly be attended to . Idris and Yaseen are very helpful and do what they can to attend to problems . But there is no Hotel Manager on site at any time to monitor guest experiences , so it may take some time before this wonderful facility reaches its full potential .
Some eating out experiences .....Le Jardin ( for breakfast ) , Riad Donab (5 star Riad nearby for dinner ) , Al Fassia ( top class in new town for dinner ) , Cafe Arab ( drinks only ) .