This a lovely riad well situated in the medina, just a few turns away from Djemaa el Fna. There is a map on the website and it helped tremedously. We did not opt for a pick-up as the taxi ride from the train station was 30 dhirams and then we walked.
Inside, the riad is beautiful and calm, despite how hectic it is in the medina. It is tastefully decorated. We stayed in the red room, which is tiny but cozy. Of note, there is no door to the washroom, nor is there a door for the shower. In fact, there really isn't even anywhere to hang the towels either. But the room was nice enough on the second floor.
The breakfast was ample, with crepes and cake and freshly squeezed orange juice and mint tea. They nearly had a heart attack when I asked for fresh fruit but I was able to get a few clementines with my last breakfast.
Because we booked directly through email as opposed to on a website like booking.com, they offered a free dinner for a night. We had no choice in the meal. We had harira, chicken tagine with vegetables and plain orange slices. I had much better food elsewhere, and thus even wonder why they offer cooking classes if their food sucks. However, what we didn't know is that all drinks were not included and even the large water bottle was 2 euros.
It wasn't until we got our bill that we realized how many extra costs we would incur. We had specifically asked whether we could use the phone to book a guide for a desert trip. We were told it was ok and free. We were charged 9 euros since it took a bit longer than anticipated. But we only found out on checking out when we thought it was free.
Plus the water for 2 euros.
I should have known something was fishy as when I originally tried to book a room with twin beds, I was offered the white room for 79 euros, instead of the red room for 65 euros that was also available. If I hadn't had known it was available through booking.com, I would have been upsold without knowing it.
So, in summary, it is a beautiful riad, well situated and if you don't need the phone, or make sure you ask whether the coffee is complimentary, this is a good place, although still expensive. With the added hidden costs, I do not recommend booking this place.
We stopped by Riad Miski for a cooking class, which we loved (although the cook did the class in French as her English was weaker than our French). I would recommend Riad Miski (a bit harder to find and a bit further away though), but unfortunately they were all booked up - they fill up very quickly.
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