We have just stayed for four days at the Riad Due and we have nothing but praise for it. From the time we booked until the time we left, every assistance was given to our family in circumstances that were sometimes trying and difficult.
To explain, we had come from the Atlas Mountains where one of us had a fall resulting in a broken rib, which was only diagnosed at the hospital in Marrakesh. This meant leaving the children at the Riad when we were seeking treatment and also leaving the patient behind when the rest of the family went to see some sights and to shop at the souks.
The staff (Rhizlan, Khalid and Rashid) were very hospitable and attentive. They helped us with all our enquiries, booked restaurant tables and taxis, guided us to places and were always at hand to bring us a refreshing cup of tea. We felt we were at home and that we could 'aller, venir, rester' as we wished. Cristian who is the Manager is also very knowledgeable about all things to do with Marrakesh and was always available to answer our queries.
We had dinner twice at the Riad, on our first and last nights. Our whole family agrees that these home cooked dinners prepared lovingly by the resident chef, Fatouma, were so good that they were better than the restaurant meals we had. Five stars would not be enough to rate Fatouma's cooking. If this were not enough, she is also in charge of breakfast, which to our delight was different every morning. Really, it was like opening a present every day when you woke up.
The location of the riad is very convenient. It is a short walk to the area where taxis congregate, to where the souks start and to an area of small boutiques. There is a post office and pharmacy nearby, and you can even sample local cakes and food at the many stalls that line the main thoroughfare that leads to the Riad. It is a ten minute walk to the Jemaa-el-Fnaa, that's if you can resist the ample opportunities for shopping and eating along the way.
There are just too many riads in Marrakesh to choose from that I am reminded of something our friends said to us once, 20 years ago, after their daughter was born. They decided soon after that they would not have any more children because they felt they had won the lottery. We feel the same way with Riad Due which, despite the pain and inconvenience of a broken rib, has made our first trip to Marrakesh an extremely memorable one.