This Riad has had fairly mixed reviews recently, some glowing, others highlighting deficiencies/problems. This was part of an AA Getaways break, for four nights. First the positive aspects. It has plenty of character as it was formerly a palatial dwelling. Typical Moroccan decor in all areas, including the rooms, which were clean. A good location (approximately fifteen to twenty minutes from the Jemma El Fnaa square). It is hectic with plenty of local traffic (vehicular and human, watch out for the mopeds down the small lanes!). Personal sevice from the staff. Pretty central courtyard and limited but quiet top floor sun-bathing areas with views of the distant Atlas Mountains.
Now the drawbacks. Despite the fairly central location it is hidden down numerous side alleys so not for the nervous or anyone lacking confidence/orieneering skills. However, once the journey to the Jemma El Fnaa square is completed it becomes straightforward. We had trouble in transit from the Airport to the Riad as the Taxi can only travel so far before walking becomes a necessity so no door to door drop-offs! (member of staff had to walk ten minutes to meet us). The rooms are attractive but facilities are spartan (our first floor room had subsidence-sized cracks in the bathroom!) The bath is lower than Hip-size with no plug and no shower holder to it is a DIY job. Few toileteries. No heating (the A/C unit provided tepid air but in Winter temperatures are below 10 degrees so we felt cold. Complaints received little attention. Breakfasts were parsimonious (one bread basket, one hot dish of pancakes or Moroccan equivalent and three preserves plus butter) Orange juice and Coffee or Mint Tea (Coffee was excellent) That was it! The temperature in the Hammam was tepid. It consisted of a small first floor room with bowls, bucket and water supply and the ground floor whirlpool was out of commision and poorly lit. Sleeping was problematical as any noise made by guests reverberates around the central courtyard. Dog barking competitions were commonplace at night!
Overall improvements are required at this establishment but if you want traditional accommodation with friendly service without any luxury frills within striking distance of the main sites of the old town you may find satisfaction.
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- Riad Sidi Ayoub Hotel Marrakech