My sister and I stayed in the Riad Lapis-Lazuli in May for 4 nights, and we both couldnt recommend it enough. I had booked the cheapest room in the Riad however on arrival we ended up being put in one of the more expensive rooms at no extra cost, no one else was staying there when we were there so we recieved excellent service. We arrived late one night after taking the hotel up on the offer of taxi transfer, we were met at the airport by a lovely gentleman who showed us where to get our money changed before leaving for the Riad. The Riad is a good 15-20 minute walk to the main medina square however it is certainly an insightful walk and you do actually get an excellent view into real life in Marrakech and not just the tourist trail. We saw amazing things on the way to and from the Sqaure and the locals do love to chat and throw compliments around! As long as you take them with a pinch of salt and ignore them you will be fine, alot of the locals will try to trick you into getting lost by telling Medina is shut or you cantgo that way anymore - please ignore these, they merely want to get you lost and then sell you things! my advice would be to not look lost when walking to and from. Lawrence from the Riad took us to the main square on our first morning as it is a lot like a maze they also provided us with a little map showing us where we could get a taxi to and from on a night and how much we should pay. The really provided us with an excellent service and helped us with everything we requested. Every morning a lovely breakfast was provided, sometimes fresh pancakes. toasted fresh bread and jams and mint tea and coffee and of course the delicious orange juice.
i would stay here again in an instant! whilst yes it is a bit far out, it is completely worth it to be in peaceful surroundings onthe night. The sun terrace is gorgeous and we spend one day sunbathing up there. on our last night we had our tea at the Riad we chose the chicken with lemon tagine and it was absolutely beautiful! it came with fresh bread and it was so delicious. You could get wine however we did not drink whilst there. I certainly would not say the area was rough I would say it is just the real Marrakech and the locals just want to get on with their lives, the men in the market stalls are hillarious and some can very good fun indeed whilst looking at their items. we chose not to walk back on most nights this was mainly due to us being shattered after sightseeing so much during the day. Please take a chance on this Riad as I promise you wont be dissapointed. It was spotlessly clean and the bed was very comfortable, one night we were actually shown round every room in the Riad which was lovely to be able to have a nosey round!