Marrakech accomodation prices are high and Riad Samarkand falls into the fairly expensive category. It is a very nice property that has been renovated to a high standard and rooms are comfortable. Our room had its own terrace area where we could take breakfast or relax in the afternoon. There is also a spacious roof terrace to catch the evening sun - although there is not much of a view. The small pool in the garden is pretty but impractical and we didn't see anyone use it during our stay. Rooms are traditional in style and therefore quite dark.
We ate one meal at the property - food was reasonable tasty. We also recommend Le Foundouk and Restaurant des Epices nearby.
The Riad would benefit from some small improvements as follows:
Breakfast - a big disappontment and the worst we had on the trip. Fresh orange juice was good but cold pancakes prepared in advance, dry bread, dry cake and a bit of jam - bland and uninspiring.
Wifi is slow and unreliable and regularly gets turned off so you have to go looking for it to be turned on again.
There is a sitting room area where wifi reception is a bit better but staff are usually watching tv there so you feel as if you are interrupting.
It is nice that staff are unobtrusive except when you want to leave the property and need to search for someone to unlock the door. And forget about finding someone to order a drink from!
Overall a nice property that is just a little bit sterile.