We were bowled over by this place from start to finish! Firstly, it is in such a fantastic location- just a short walk from the souks and around the corner from a taxi rank and Kosybar. What more could you need?! The decor is so tasteful and romantic, with fresh roses everywhere, candles and jasmine scent in the evening. We stayed in room 6 and loved it. The service is impeccable! The French owners and Rashid and Fahoud were very attentive and discreet- offering us tips and advice whenever we needed it. Fahoud even collected our bus tickets for Essouira to save us time! The evening meal was the best value for money out of all the restaurants we visited and absolutely delicious. Yes the breakfast gets a little repetitive but its included in the price of the room so who cares?! Its nice anyway! It did get a little cold at night but the heater in the room was switched on for us every evening so we would arrive back from a hard day of exploring to a cosy room. We loved the private balcony- although I'd expect that it would get more use at a warmer time of year. The communal roof terrace was great- probably because there weren't many guests so it was possible to have the whole sunny terrace to ourselves at certain points in the day- it was possible to sunbathe even in February!
The only criticism that I can think of, that I guess would common to all riads of the same design is that you can hear everything- from the birds, to the mosques' calls to prayer and (unfortunately) the other guests. Perhaps they should be reminded that everything can be heard and so they should keep it down a bit? Anyway a pair of earplugs wouldn't go amiss! Its mostly quiet, but the noise of other guests when we were trying to sleep- particularly early in the morning- annoyed me. Although my partner didn't notice the noise- so perhaps I'm more sensitive. However, I had a pair of earplugs that did the job when necessary!
In all, the beauty, great service and location made this one of the best places we've stayed. And we've experienced 5 star hotels. This is a different kind of place to stay but still upholds high standards.
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