I came across Riad Zara when browsing on Tripadvisor - the great reviews and positive comments on Monique and the place made me send an email inquiry immediately. I received a very warm response within an hour from Monique, stating availability/price and extending an invitation to share her home for the duration of my stay in Marrakech! I booked for 6 nights and upon my arrival at the airport got picked up by Monique personally. After a warm welcome and arrival at the Riad she provided me with a map of the Medina and explained the way around. She pointed out various points of reference which would allow me to find my way around and back without ever getting lost. It is a 20 min stroll through the narrow alleys to get the Jemaa el Fnaa Square and most of the other sights - this may sound much for some visitors but in fact it is very enjoyable walk throughout a residential and not so touristy area of the medina. I had booked a single room which was located on the ground floor with lovely Moroccan style decoration and which was perfect for my stay and very clean with daily service. Breakfast was served either in the courtyard or somewhere upstairs on the terrace, which offers a beautiful view over Marrakech. Internet is also available throughout the Riad which allows you to share your pictures right away with family and friends! I also booked two day trips with Monique - one to Essouira (great seafood and lovely little town at the coast, nice break to buzzing Marrakech!) and one to Ait Benhaddou/Quarzazate (fantastic scenary! Looooong day trip, if time allows I would recommend to book the 2-day trip with overnight stay). Marrakech was all I ever imagined it to be and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and all the sightseeing - but even more to return "home" after a long day of walking and bargaining in the souks!
I usually don't base my selection of hotels on reviews on platforms like Tripadvisor but this time I am glad I did! Monique is a true hostess and can provide you with lots of information and recommendations on the city and country - herself and her team made my stay perfect and if I ever get to return I will stay at Riad Zara again! Shoukran!