My friend and I were fairly well travelled but had never been to Morocco. We had read lots of guide books but I still don't think I was really prepared for what Marrakech would be like. The roads were chaos and on entering the medina soon became too narrow to pass in a car. We unloaded our luggage into a handcart which was pushed down ever narrowing alleys full of donkeys, souks with their salesmen and scooters until we stopped at a dark door. This door opened into an open courtyard with a deep pool and sunloungers. No matter how hot, dusty and noisy it was outside the other side of that dark door it was always cool, airy and quiet. In fact the only noise came from the other guests.
Our room was always clean and airy and we didn't need the aircon even in June. Getting the flow and temperature on the shower could be quite complicated but the free products were lovely.
We took our breakfast and sunbathed on the roof terrace which was luxurious with sunbeds, towels, straw hats and magazines. The view was amazing with rooftops and satelite dishes, minarets and in the distance the Atlas mountains.
The staff took care to make sure we had instructions that made sure we could get to the landmarks and back without getting lost. They were always there, but not obtrusive, and served us beautiful breakfasts and a traditional evening meal. They also made excellent recommendations of places to go and the swallows at sunset on the roof of Cafe Arabe whilst drinking cocktails is pretty much unbeatable.
This is a well placed riad from which we did almst everything on our huge to do list without coming home exhausted. I would definitely stay here again either to visit Marrakech again or to use it as a base to travel further.