Friends who had visited Marrakesh said that we should definitely stay at the Riad Souika, and we were really glad we took their advice. Like most riads, the entrance is unpretentious, but the premises really open out inside, with an interior courtyard that opens up to the sky. The rooms are arranged on three floors, plus a very attractive roof garden. Our first-floor room was lovely — beautifully decorated, cool, with en-suite facilities, air-conditioning and wi-fi. A small alcove just outside the room afforded additional seating space.
The riad is situated just at the Bab Hmar, a five or ten minute walk from the Place des Ferblantiers and the Palais Royal. Aziz, our host, was extremely friendly and helpful, attended to all our needs, and was happy to prepare vegetarian food for us. He made some excellent tagines.
When we booked this summer (2012) it was not possible to make online reservations for the Riad Souika, and we booked through a travel firm called Complete Morocco (www.completemorocco.com). Making the booking by telephone was totally problem-free, and we would thoroughly recommend this agency, who were most efficient, provided an excellent travel pack, and sent one of their agents in Marrakesh to meet us, ensuring that we had settled in, and that our departure was without difficulties. All things considered, this was a most successful stay.