Stayed 4 nights at this wonderfully decorated riad. The Riad was very conveniently located - 4-5 min walk from the square but is very quiet once inside. Lovely mint tea was served before we were ushered to the room. Stayed in the Khahui room on the 2nd floor - Loved the room and the shower booth. Breakfast is simple (maybe much simpler than other riads that we had stayed) but we too savored the homemade yogurt. As Eric was down with a terrible flu, his daughter came in to give us a map and helpful tips on the 2nd day. We arranged a car of the Riad to go to Essaouira for a day on the 3rd day. Was scheduled to depart at 8 from the riad so we went down at 740 in the hope to eat breakfast -- A night manager was still asleep and insisted that the breakfast would not be served only after 8 am. We decided just to kill time in the lovely cortyard and somehow he managed to give us breakfast. We were previously informed that he would bring us to the Square but he also said that we was not informed. We went to the Square and immediately found our driver. The car was comfortable, but has strong smell of cigarette smoke (just as much as the reception area of the Riad as Eric and the duty manager also smokes heavily). My poor husband who is rather sensitive to that odor had to endure 3 hour long drive with blocked nose and teary eyes. This may have contributed, however, to our greater appreciation of fresh air in Essaouria. We did our check-in on our last night (when a day manager brought us a paper to fill) and received no receipt for our payment. Have to say that it was rather amusing to see Eric scribbling down breakdowns of our payment with a pencil and used calculator in front of the desktop computer. Our glasses in the room were never cleaned and the bath-towels felt really rough. Shower gel was never refilled and I had to go down to ask. (When a manager opened the cupboard where they keep toiletries and bath towels, I had an urge to ask why in the world they have been giving us old towels that have some stains from iron wroth made hangers. The towels in the cupboard looked rather new and fluffy.) Indeed I started, but gave up in the middle as he does not speak much of English.) On the day of our departure at 7 am, a night duty manager was yet again asleep. Of course there was no breakfast, but it was okay as I read on previous reviews. Together with another couple we headed out to the Square (after I made sure a night duty manager called up a driver just to confirm), but the driver was nowhere to be found. He showed up nearly 15 min late when we were almost ready to take a cab. All in all, I loved the décor and location of this Riad, but operational improvement is much to be desired.
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