I stayed here for 4 nights (during Ramadan) with my sister in law.
We had chosen to stay here as other reviews on here had said how charming the Riad is and how friendly and helpful the owner was.
I would recommend an airport transfer as we would never have found the Riad if we got a taxi, cars can't go in where it is located and it would have been impossible to walk trying to find it, the transfer guide walked us there. The owner while pleasant enough, didn't speak a great deal of English and we don't speak any French, so understanding each other was difficult. As it was Ramadan, he was quite keen to get going and hustled us along so he could show us (halfway) to the main square. We didn't even get a chance to settle and have a quick refresher before heading out!
The room itself, was very clean, just be warned, very warm. There is air conditioning but as it wasn't hot enough for the Riad's standards we couldn't have it on, just made sleeping difficult, even with all the windows open. The bathroom was also large and clean, it isn't like a hotel so make sure you bring all your toiletries etc. Although the room is cleaned daily, over the course of our stay they didn't replace our towels, probably if we had asked they would have.
Location wise, once you get orientated it is in a great spot, close walking distance to the main square as well many of the tourists highlights including Palais Badi, Palais Bahia and the tombs. Be careful of motorbikes, just stay to the right!
On checkout, we requested to leave our bags in the reception as our flight was in the evening. The owner revealed he wanted to close up (we were the only guests) but did let us keep our belongings there until 2pm, two hours after checkout time.
He then proceeded to offer to take us to the airport for 100 Dirham each, this was actually more expensive than the transfer we had coming in using our airlines services!
Overall, it is a decent Riad, maybe if we had spoken French and it wasn't Ramadan, we would have been much more to our satisfaction, just felt like as guests, we weren't treated as warmly as expected, hence why I have chosen average rather than very good.
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