We stayed at Riad La maison d'a cote for one night on our 3 week trip around Morocco and would HIGHLY recommend it if you go to Meknes. It actually is a real 'Riad' (not just a Dar) and was one of the largest and most beautiful family-run Moroccan houses we stayed in.
The door to the riad opens into a huge courtyard with orange trees and is open to the sky - a perfect place to relax. Our room was on the ground floor and was seriously large and very comfortable. The riad was clearly historic and had a lot of original architecture around but had strangely been renovated in a very modern way with modern furniture. Different to most other riads you will see but I think this is because it really is their family home.
We were the only people staying at Riad La maison d'a cote at the time (apart from Thami and his family) so our time there was very quiet and peaceful. It was just unfortunately that we only could stay for one night!
The location of the riad is very very good - a short few minute walk from the main square in the old town and literally in a quiet side street off one of the main souks - just perfect for us.
Thami had emailed us to confirm our booking a few weeks before we arrived and sent us his phone number and told us to call him when we arrived in town. When we arrived we called him and had no problems organising an easy place to meet which was very much appreciated. Thami was truly a nice helpful man.
You won't find the riad by yourself so it’s best to meet Thami when you arrive. But once you are shown how to get there it will be relatively easy to find on your own.
Meknes reminded me a lot of a 'mini' version of Marrakesh in its layout with a large central square and market streets coming off it in all directions.
Breakfast was the usual Moroccan pancakes, jams, orange juice and coffee - no complaints.
Thami even helped us look up the train timetables from his computer and showed us where we needed to go exactly on a map which was much appreciated.
Overall I would definitely stay at Riad La maison d'a cote again and would have no hesitation in recommending it to everyone!
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