I stayed here with three other female friends. The place is very difficult to find if you go through the old city to get to it. You really need to go around the main road. The owner started off being friendly but as our stay progressed he became quite rude and was visibily drunk late at night. Due to the sim cards we purchased from the airport we did not know the actual time in Marrakech. As silly as this sounds, the time we had on our watches was about an hour or two behind the actual time. We had a great deal of difficulty getting to Morrocco due to our flight from Malaga being cancelled despite us not being notified and having to wait a day to get another flight so we were very tired by the time we got to Marrakech.
On one night we got black henna tattoos done. Returning to the riad we decided to sit in the small spa and some of the henna tattoo came off into the pool. The owner expressed his displeasure and told us that the black henna was poison and that we were staining his pool. This took us by surprise but we assumed he was saying this with our interests in mind.
The room we had could not be locked from the inside, this made us feel a bit uncomfortable. Also, the Riad cannot be accessed after hours without the owner having to open the door. He did not provide us a key nor tell us that if we are late that he would be woken up to come in. We arrived one night at about midnight as we were lost in the old town and it was only with the help of a local guy that we found our way back and the owner was very furious. He started swearing at us, and yelling at our helper. His behaviour was very aggresive. So much so that it brought one of the girls to tears.
When it came to checking out, he charged us more than the rate we had booked the place.
Overall, I would not recommend this place for women. I would not recommend this place for non-European/white travellers as it seems that the treatment of guests depends on their skin colour. At least that is how it felt for some of us.
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