When planning our stay in Marrakech we decided upon staying in a Riad within the Medina and chose the Riad Mur Akush from the ratings it had received on trip advisor. It was one of the best decisions of the trip and I have to fully agree with "Tom T" in describing it as a "beautiful oasis". The Medina is a busy and noisy place full of “interesting” smells and sounds and both my partner and I glanced apprehensively at each other when the taxi pulled up in a narrow busy street at the end of the journey from the airport (taxi organised by the Riad on booking). However, a short walk away from the road found us at the Riad and for all we knew, we were a million miles away from a bustling town centre. The service we received was first class and could not be faulted, to say the staff (and I hate using the word “staff” in connection with Mur Akush) were attentive and willing to please is an understatement, nothing was too difficult or problematic for them. The room surpassed our expectations, clean and comfortable and a pleasure to return to for a shower and sit down at the end of a hot exhausting day. We actually decided upon spending a bit of time in the Riad as part of the holiday experience as it was such a special place, whether it was on the rooftop terrace taking in the sun or sitting in the fantastic lounge area admiring the décor and enjoying its coolness whilst sipping a glass of the ubiquitous mint tea. The Riad looks to treat its guests as part of an extended family and in this it succeeds admirably, we felt comfortable just pottering around and making ourselves at home. We decided on having one of our main meals in the Riad and I would certainly recommend it as part of the Riad experience. The only reason I gave a 4. for sleep quality is that we had to get used to the 04:30am call to prayer every morning, however, anyone who chooses to stay in the Medina has to get used to this and speaking to other holiday makers from other Riads indicated that this was not something peculiar to Mur Akush – no different to some church bells I know, so please do not let this put you off, just accept it as part of the cultural experience. I would certainly recommend Riad Mur Akush to anyone travelling to Marrakech, if they could find better, I would be more than a little surprised.