We stayed here with our two young girls in the upstairs room off the rooftop courtyard. The rooms was a lot smaller and basic from what I expected but it was fine and clean...and the price was good. I recommend a hotel pick up as the Riad is unmarked and difficult to find with no prior knowledge. Little plunge pool and furnishings are lovely and calming.The food is good in the riad and a bonus is that they serve wine and beer when requested. Mohammed is always on hand to help or to answer your questions...and he speaks good English. On our first day he offer to be our guide through the markets (for a fee of course)..this was good but I didn't expect to be lead to various places through closed doors and to be hasselled for a sale. This was not we expected so we were a little daunted that our guide from our riad would lead us into these places and also introduced me to a particular henna 'artist' that spend 30 secs putting henna on my hand then demand a large amount of money. To pay money for a guide from your accommodation I would have expected to be somewhat protected from these scams and for our guide to help and not introduce us to the scammers. Obviously that are all friends and or relatives and all get a cut of the action. All in all he was great though and spoke good English. I would recommend the walking tour so you can find your way to and from the square but ask Mohammed specifically to not go into any rug shops, herbal stores etc (unless you want to be hasselled for a sale)
We did meet Joyce the owner. He was nice but kept his distance from us. Roof top terrace is nice with sunbeds. A little dusty and red...but hey...you are in Northern Africa after all. Could have been better if towels and washing we not up here as well .
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- The riad la rose d’orient will receive you in a traditional ambiance of the riads in the magical red city.You will be taken by the magical aspects of the place , sculptured materials by local craftsmen, mosaiques ,gibes stone, wood , flashing lights of the thousand and one night, harmony of colors. ... more less
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