The highlights of this Riad are the people who run it. Raffik (excuse my spelling) and Abdul were always available but never intrusive and made us feel very welcome and well-looked after. Their calm and understated approach made you feel at home instantly in this quirky little Riad within the old City walls.
The rooms were clean and generously decorated and the inner courtyard was shabby but chic. We stayed in November, so maybe if it was a little warmer I could imagine it being enjoyable to use the courtyard for relaxation but we found ourselves only using the Riad for sleeping and breakfast and were out for the rest of the time. For that it was perfect, but don't expect a typical European hotel experience with television and swimming pool, there is none of that here so bring your own entertainment or go out and find some.
As others have said, yes it's hard to find at first, but once you're orientated the Riad is in a brilliant location, 15 minutes walk from the main square, 5 minutes from the City walls and it's easy to grab taxis to the Kasbah and beyond. It's not in the usual cluster of tourist Riads and the surrounding 'streets' are pretty rustic places where the locals go to shop, so you might want to prepare yourself for the fish gutting and chicken plucking around every corner but it's worth it to also see the piles of herbs and fruits and Marrakesh residents going about their daily business. You also won't be pestered to buy things every five feet like you are in the more touristy ends of town. We felt quite privileged to be staying here when we walked past goggle-eyed travellers who had clearly journeyed to the area just to take some photos.
No toiletries, so do take your own and a word of warning - this seems to apply to nearly all indoor spaces in Marrakesh - it is very dark in the rooms so putting on makeup etc. can be a real challenge!
Breakfast was delicious every day.
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