5 nights in february in the Oeuf room, (marie makes the booking process a breeze and very informative) a luxury oasis in the midst of the hurlyburly that is marrakech. Very much as specified, you are welcomed in the tranquil courtyard, the rooms are comfortable and charming and utterly individual, and you can eat the rashidas legendary meals in the dining room by a log fire, your room or reclining like a Pasha on the fabulous roof terrace while the muezzin calls the faithful to prayer all around the medina. Be hungry - it's 3 substantial courses, and good moroccan wine is available; prices compare favourably with city restaurants.
Breakfast is a feast, again taken when or where you like, and you may relax on the roof or courtyard, where Hassan will have lit log fires against the cool of the evening, a courtesy extended to our room on request. The manager, Moad, speaks perfect English and dispenses excellent advice which is worth heeding; he could and would fix anything given notice. Do use the riad's facilities, the hammam is well worth the experience, and the plunge pool a delight - if you like your water warm, give moad 2-4 hours notice and it will be so. Do also avail of the driver service, we were collected by Abdul from the airport, taken on a trip to the atlas mountains visiting a berber market, house, oil producers, restaurant and guided trip to the waterfalls and delivered back safely with no fuss. He is a true gentleman and speaks some English - when it's time to go you can be dropped to the airport. Always on time, no haggling, and typical of the 02 the riad and services conspire to deliver a stress-free visit - the city itself is noisy, busy and ever stimulating, and you will treasure the haven you are staying in after a day in the souks or jmaa al fna. My advice? Brush up your french, sit back, enjoy and be soothed - hospitality is legendary and a duty in the Arab world - you'll find it alive and well at the riad 02.