When my girlfriend and I decided to take a last-minute trip to Marrakesh, she immediately thought of Riad des Droles, where she'd stayed a year and a half ago. Even though Muriel and Didier, the owners, were away and had planned to close for a week, they welcomed us with open arms and arranged everything -- transportation, keys, breakfast, etc., etc. -- via Ibtissam, the gracious, efficient, ever-smiling caretaker.
I was charmed from the moment we walked through the door. The place is a beautiful old riad built around a lovely little courtyard with a fountain in the middle. There are cozy little nooks and crannies at every turn, and the rooftop is a splendid place to sprawl out under the Marrakesh sun or stars. We stayed in the Grain de sel (red) room, which was very comfortable and, like the rest of the riad, beautifully decorated, with mosaic tile furnishings in the bathroom and Moroccan furniture and art everywhere.
The moment you step outside you're immersed in the tangled maze of the medina, and it's a short walk to the Jemaa el-Fna at the heart of the city.
I'm already looking forward to staying here again.