I will admit we were a little shocked as we were driven to the neighborhood to find the Riad. And we were more shocked as we exited the cab and walked down narrow decrepit streets, dodging motorcycles. But we found a perfect oasis in Riad Miski. It is quite a few blocks from the square and the Soucks, but we soon grew to love the character of the neighborhood and the streets, and dodging motorcycles.
Christine is the owner of this Riad. She bought the Riad and moved from France some years ago. She had written me via e-mail as soon as I booked the room, which I did after reading Trip Adviser. She spent a lot of time with us, showing us the city, and even taking us to complicated locations.
The room was spacious and perfect. This is like an inn in the U.S., with only six rooms, and a lot of open common areas.
The food is beyond magnificent. It's definitely worth it to pay for dinners right there, because Raja is a 5 star chef. Have the chicken cooked in the clay pot with lemon. And the appetizers. I'm telling you, I'd return just for the gourmet food.
The Riad Miski also offers a tour into the Atlas Mountains with a guide named Halib. It is very, very worth it. But be prepared to walk for an hour into a village in the mountains that isn't accessible by car, have Halib and the owner of the house cook the most magnificent tea you've ever had, and then eat the most magnificent meal. Then be prepared to walk for an hour back to the car. Don't miss that.
Besides Christine and Raja, Radia and others, who clean the rooms, etc., there is the manager, Youssef, a 24 year old native. Youssef takes care of everything, getting up early to feed you if you have to leave early, serving dinner, etc. etc. All of these people are kind, helpful, and superb in every way.
The overall experience is a bit rustic, although the Riad itself is not. But I would never stay anyplace else in Marakesh.
See their site at http://www.riadmiski.com/bienvenue-riad-miski-marrakech. If links don't work, click on the site view at the bottom