This was our first time to Morocco, so we wanted a relaxing place to stay where we could wind down in case we needed to. Marrakech itself was *very* friendly and there was no real need to "escape" anything. But the riad was the highlight of our stay anyway. The place is beautifully decorated and renovated in a mix of traditional Moroccan style and some influences from other "exotic" places, quiet and sparkling clean. The rooms vary in size but they are all very pretty indeed -- in particular the bathrooms. We stayed in Diva downstairs -- right next to the kitchen, but we didn't really mind. The roof terrace is a real winner -- the perfect place to have your breakfast in the morning or some mint tea (yummy!) in the afternoon. Rachid the owner and his staff were incredibly friendly and helpful (despite our very limited French -- Rachid speaks English), and the food was simply delicious (try the meat tagine with prunes and cinnamon).
The cat may indeed be a bit of a problem (as one of the previous reviewers said) but at least (s)he's as friendly as the rest of the staff. There was free WiFi; we couldn't connect at the beginning but just ask Rachid and he'll help you.
As far as the location goes, well, it sure is at the end of a narrow little passage and not so close to the main square (Jemaa el Fna). So it may be a good idea to book the transfer from the airport at least on your way in -- the driver led us to the riad. But once you get used to it, it's not a problem -- we had the excellent Rough Guide map with us (a must!) and only got lost once :)
I'm sure there are plenty of plusher, more luxurious or more impressive places in Marrakech. But in terms of the quality-to-price ratio, this is among the best places I've been to.
Overall, warmly recommended!
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