We recently spent 5 nights in the riad Assouel and found it to be the friendliest and most accommodating accommodation we have ever stayed in. Also one of the most beautiful. Tucked away at the top end of the souks is this little gem of a riad, our first impressions were wow how amazingly beautiful and tranquil it is. Moouta and her staff who run it will do their upmost to make your stay a memorable one, nothing seems to be too much trouble.The rooms are just as amazing as the web site photos show and you feel as if you have been whisked away into a different world. The food is lovely and you can have a cooking lesson which is great fun. I would also highly reccommend the hamman and massage which where excellent.
The area around the riad does take a bit of getting used to staff will guide you through it initially but as I had read before hand if you get lost just look as if you know where you are going and eventually you will get there. I did feel that we had seen a small part of the real Marrakesh not just the touristy parts.
One of the things that worried me and many other previous travellers was what I could wear, as it was very hot but I did not want to be disrespectful to the locals. Well I need not have worried any normal holiday clothes for hot weather are fine just be sensible you do not need to cover your arms.
The evening meals at the riad a lovely and the house red wine is very good.
We hired a guide/driver for 2 days Jalil, he was fabulous the first day was around Marrakesh and the second was into the Atlas mountains, I got his details from trip advisor forum and he helped to make our stay so memorable, he spoke excellant English and went out of his way for us, he also got very good deals for our meals whilst we were with him.
If we go back to Marrakesh I would not hessitate to stay here again and I would reccommend it to anyone wanting to stay in a beautiful riad who wanted to experience a bit of real Marrakesh hospitality