Do not be worried by the approach via the chaotic street market, the jumble of people, donkey carts, cars, taxis and dozens of motorcycles spewing out clouds of unsavoury exhaust, nor by the cobbled street with its gaping pothole on the Derb Taht el Khochba a few yards from the Riad door.
Once through that modest door you enter another world. Sybille, Saad and their staff are always there to welcome you and you do get treated as personal house guests. The courtyard and inwardly facing rooms provide a quiet haven from the bustle of life outside. Sybille is particularly good at catering for guests requests, providing excellent meals and arranging tours. She is an excellent conversationalist in English or French as well as other languages.
Days can start early with the call to prayer from the neighbouring mosque at or before sunrise and a chorus of birds chirping in the courtyard. Breakfast is served on carefully laid out tables inside or outside according to the weather. The choice of fruit juice, yoghurt, pancakes, bread and pastries along with coffee and mint tea makes a light but refreshing change from the fried breakfasts and cereals offered in many large international hotels.