Five of us recently stayed here for 2 nights on our first trip to Marrakech. We booked the Ourika Suite (which sleeps upto 4 people) & M'goun standard room for 2 nights. It was a great experience at excellent value for money.
The Riad itself is simply beautiful in decor, tucked away on a quiet street in Marrakech with easy walking access to the Souks and main tourist square in the Medina/ Old town. We choose to stay at a Riad rather than a large branded hotel on the outskirts of town as we wanted a more authentic experience.
The first piece of advice would be to arrange for the staff to collect you at the airport which is what we did based on previous reviews. My husband & I are extremely well travelled however finding this Riad would be near on impossible especially if you have never been to Marrakech before.
First impressions of Riad Assouel were fantastic. The decor was beautiful throughout, with a small swimming pool in the centre of the courtyard. Painted in beautiful white paint with traditional Moroccan furnishings. The hospitality of Muhammed was simply first class. We were warmly greeted with Moroccan Mint tea & pastries, along with local maps and the priceless local knowledge that Muhammed shared with us including local restaurants and the 'do & don'ts' in Marrakech.
Food at the Riad was also of great quality. We had breakfast daily, a light lunch on arrival & we eat dinner in the courtyard on our last night. Breakfast was fresh OJ, Coffee, fruit, Yoghurt, bread, jam, Moroccan pancakes etc. It was perfect to start the day.
The rooms itself were wonderful too. Each room decorated differently in traditional decor. We loved the room however this is what prevented the hotel from scoring maximum marks. We had 2 plug sockets that were not working, hence side lamps not working, and having to constantly fight over plugging the heater in (it was cold), camera charger, lamp in, proved to be a let down as we only had one plug socket working. Also although the decor is old & traditional throughout the Riad, some aspects in our room, such as the shower really could do with being thoroughly cleaned.
The rooftop area on the Riad was beautiful too. Although obviously closed off when raining, we were able to enjoy this on our last morning when the sun made an appearance. It was the perfect place to relax with a book in the sun.
During our stay we all had a Hassam (traditional Moroccan scrub) and a Full body massage at the riad which was a fantastic and relaxing experience.
Overall this was a great stay. The service throughout cannot be faulted. Our impressions of Marrakech were completely different to what we expected, it can only be described as a 'senses overload'. Definitely the most confusing place I have ever travelled to. This riad was a god send at the end of a long day walking the souks/ medina, and we all looked forward to returning here to relax at the end of the day. To be honest unfortunately Marrakech would not be somewhere I will return to in the future, however wouldn't hesitate to recommend this Riad to others.