We stayed in Riad Dar Nabila for 4 nights from 12th february. I booked this as a surprise 50th Birthday present for my Partner, so wanted it to be perfect. He had mentioned that he would like to go to Marrakech and stay in a traditional Riad. We were collected at the airport and Cecilia met us from the taxi and led us down to the Riad. once inside we were given mint tea and pastries and made very welcome.
our room was not the one we had booked so were given another room which was fairly small but very comfortable. we were on the lower floor so the room led out onto the central courtyard, so you didn't really have a great amount of privacy but this seems to be the case in most small Riads. It does say tea/coffee making facilities in the room but there were none, so Cecilia let us use the kitchen for this whenever we wanted to, we also kept some things in the fridge.
Cecilia was lovely, she was very helpful and cooked us a wonderful tajine, although eating in the Riad was 15 euros (expensive compared to restaurants ) we ate there one night and it was lovely.
We were there on Valentines Day and Cecilia bought roses which Andy (my partner) arranged for her she even let us have one for our room.
I see people have mentioned recently of being "locked in " and the place being unattended at night. we did notice that there was no one there at night, which was slightly worrying regarding emergencies etc. however we had a key and could get out if we needed to. We had booked a bus to Essaouira and were up making tea at 5.30 am, no one was there but we just let ourselves out when we were ready .
There is a lovely sun terrace on the top of the Riad, this was great and even in February it was very hot and sunny.
Outside the Riad was a different matter, we got lost on the first night after a taxi dropped us off and said "your Riad down there" we wandered around for a while and then 2 lads walked us back to the Riad they did expect paying but I was so glad to be back safe. After this bad experience we got a taxi back to the bus station and then just walked through madina gates and down to the Riad, it is easy to find if you remember a few landmarks or street names.
Marrakech is an amazing place to visit, most of the people are friendly and a bit of politeness and respect goes a long way here ! The night market is fascinating,we sat on a restaurant roof terrace watching them set up one evening, just seeing how it comes alive was great.
You do get pestered by shop keepers but we just said no, thank you and that was fine.
The streets are quite dirty and there is begging but you just have to accept this, although it was difficult to begin with.
We had a trip to the Atlas mountains organised by the Riad. It was just us and a driver, we stopped off in a little town and visited a market before going to the mountains, what a great day.
We also took a local bus to Essaouira we paid about £24 for both of us, it is a 3 1/2 hour journey but well worth it, the port was lovely and relaxed, a complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. We had all day there, compared to just a few hours if booked through the Riad and much, much cheaper !
We will certainly be going back to Marrakech and will probably spend a couple more nights in the Riad.
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