Just spent 3 nights here looked after by 2 superb hosts Brahim and Joad! They couldn't do enough for you, pleasant and very helpful. The Riad itself was traditional, very clean and plenty for breakfast. The situ of the hotel could have been better as it is where the locals live and near the tanneries. Quite an intimidating area, not for fainthearted!
The place is surrounded by silence, there is no traffic, no screaming, nothing. Just some birds singing. The position is in the middle of a lot of museum and street markets. The staff talks French and a little of English. We stayed in the 4 beds room and it was really comfortable
Good reviews of this Riad are dated 2-3 years ago. Located about 20 minutes walk through a narrow maze of alleyways from Dar Fnaa Square. In 3 night we only found the correct route once. This Riad needs total renovation - URGENTLY.. Reception/breakfast served by one young man. He speaks no English. Rooms are clean but very dated. Shower room ceramics worn out (glaze completely gone) Breakfast served only from 08.30-10.00 consists of two pieces of bread, jam, yogurt, mint tea or coffee. Bright photos and dip pool on website clearly taken many years ago. Pool not in use for a long time. Requested pick up from airport didn't happen.
We booked this riad fairly cheaply, 7nights for 90£ but didn't stay here that many nights. Of the 7 nights booked, spent only 4 nights here, 2nights at arrival and 2 prior departure. In between we went to agadir (a much cooler and better place I'd say). When we returned, we found out room open without being told why but our belongings were untouched (I took photos before I left for agadir). We were the only 2 people there using 1 of their 5 rooms. It was a bit too quiet with only a cleaner there during the morning, and 1 of 2 desk staff all other times. Pros - clean without any bugs. Quiet location. Good hot and cold water supply. I peaked in to the other rooms and noticed all toilets looked new. Comfy beds. The cons - it's located in the Medina which if you're coming from the square, it's through the maze like market place. Some people may like the idea of this, but it's not a great experience being pestered by teens trying to guide you all over the place to get you to the riad or through the market and then asking for money even after you turned their help down. You get this after every few corners you turned. I was lucky to have an offline sat nav app that gave walking directions through the madina, without this, I think I would have just lived at a hotel by the square and not the madina. The breakfast is just tea/coffee, stale bread, juice and jams. One of the mornings we just requested coffee and juice, but only coffee was waiting for us without the milk or juice. The 3 course dinner available to request during breakfast is very pricey at 30 euros, yes euros, the hotel charges in euro instead of dirhams. There is no snack bar. Any food you need, you will need to buy yourself from outside. They charge 3euro per person room tax per night. This was listed as 3 dirhams online but 'apparently' that was a mistake. So it cost us an additional 50£ in tax. When queried why it's in euros, Hasan the owner said it's wrong as 3 dirhams is no nothing. I paid 3 dirhams tax per night in agadir! The little pool in the sitting area wasn't working, so you couldn't cool down anywhere after a long day in the 40 degrees heat. I was looking forward to my stay here in this riad, but unfortunately I would not be returning here due to the lack of honest pricing on their site and booking agents (Expedia for us). The location (next to the bin Yousef Madresah) in the medina may be ideal for the more adventurous, but not for anyone traveling with a woman as it can get a little intimidating when you're being called out and followed around trying to navigate the madina. It's worse In the evenings as a lot of the routes lead to dead ends due to certain large doors being closed. I don't think I'll be returning to marrakech again, I'd rather go straight to agadir. As the locals of agadir told me, the people of marrakech are quite rude and aggressive. Tell someone 'no' once in agadir, they'll leave you alone, whereas in marrakech you need to run away from them. …
After reading the previous reviews I had high hopes for Riad Dar Foundouk. The hotel is clean, and well maintained, and breakfast was standard Moroccan fare, but there were a few disappointing things. -We were told that the tax listed on the booking site was incorrect, and we would be required to pay 10 times the listed price. When asked who would fix this so future guests weren't shocked we were told 'it's not my problem' -The plunge pool, which we were really looking forward to was empty, and we were told broken for some time. One positive, though odd thing: we were the only ones staying in the hotel, so it was very quiet.