Having been let down by another Riad this was our second choice and rather last minute as a result but that is doing Riad Mur Akush a disservice because I am SO SO glad we stayed there instead. Maria who owns the Riad is based in the UK and sorted out the booking and airport transfers, made sure there was a hair dryer in the room etc etc. We arrived later than expected due to a flight delay but our driver was waiting to whisk us through the Medina to the Riad where Rachid greeted us with mint tea and sweet pastries. First impression was how peaceful and beautiful the Riad was and Rachid was uber helpful and continued to be throughout our 5 night stay. I can honestly say that for Rachid and the team nothing was too much trouble. Our every need was catered for - there was no time limit on when we had breakfast ( a mix of pastries, yoghurt, fruit and pancakes with honey) the dinner we had one evening was delicious and cooked on the spot, Rachid even went to the supermarket to procure some wine to go with it. He organised an excursion to Essaouira (a must see) with Sharif our multi lingual driver and ensured I got to see the goats in trees!
Our room (the Yassmin suite) was traditionally and tastefully decorated. The bathroom had what looked like an original brass shower and sink and was huge. we had a change of white fluffy towels mid week and there was always plenty of hot water. The roof terrace with sun beds and swing chairs had a view over the city and was somewhere quiet to relax, it was possible to have breakfast up there too.
The Riad is 10 mins walk from the main square and you can also reach the northern area of the souks by cutting across the top of the Medina so we walked everywhere and avoided using the taxis.
All in all a fantastic place to stay, perfect in every way. Rachid, if you are reading this, thank you for looking after David and I so well :-)