I organised a taxi pick up by the ryad from the airport but for some bizarre reason the driver stayed outside the terminal building while the other 99.9% of drivers/couriers were inside so it took me quite a while and 2 phone calls to the ryad to find out if he'd actually turned up - a lot of people on this site mentioned their "booked" taxi wasn't there for them. He took me directly to the door of the ryad however so if the taxi says he can't get there just insist. There was a mix up with the price of the taxi but it's 100 dirhams so again if you get a cab from the airport this is a fair price.
The overall feel of the ryad is very pleasant. The roof area has sun loungers and seats dotted around to relax outside your room. I found the breakfast very meagre but the fresh orange juice and mint or thyme tea very refreshing and a good start to the day. One of the days I chose the oriental breakfast at an additional charge of 55Dh and this was pretty good.
I found the room (oasis) ok. It was comfortable enough but the balcony was a bit of a mess and the bathroom was overly fussy with it's mosaic tiles. To shower in it was ok but it wouldn't have been practical to actually use the bath. Even with the double window/door closed there were still quite a lot of noise from the streets below as you are genuinely in the heart of the medina with all it's chaotic life.
The staff were very helpful and friendly but it would have been nice if the owner had shown a bit more interest in his guests. Speaking with other people I met in Marrakech they said that their various ryad owners showed a lot more care for their guests and gave plenty of recommendations for places to eat or visit. The only time I met Gerard, the owner, was when there was the mix up with the taxi fare.
The ryad is well located for getting to the sites of Marrakech but do bear in mind its location also means you have scooters whizzing by outside at all hours and the general hubbub of chaotic city life around you at all times.
Overall a pleasant stay at what is a good budget ryad.
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