Riad Picolina is a brand new place. We booked it for a change as we usually stay in a different one on our trips to Marrakesh. Therefore we can compare Riad Picolina to the other place we know.
The location is good (about 10 min walk to Jamaa el Fna). The streets leading to the place are a bit of a maze though so ensure you contact the Riad before and they will arrange for the familiar taxi driver to pick you up from the airport. For 100 dirhams (50pp) the man will bring you straight to the door.
This Riad is very clean. They changed towels and cleaned our room every day. That was good. Staff in Picolina are very helpful. The young man who was there every day made a real effort and came across really humble.
However keeping in mind our experience from the other place we stayed in, we definitely would change few details. They may be insignificant yet could make a big difference.
Breakfast - every day was the same. It shouldn`t be that difficult to even change the types of jam (one of the reasons we love Morocco is a fig jam which we did not taste this time)
We didn't like the sound of a microwave from the kitchen, msenem pancakes taste 100 times better straight from the frying pan.
The atmosphere - the reason we think riads are much better than 5 star hotels is the smells, candles and music. These emphasize the feel of peace and tranquility you should experience when entering riad. It was a shame these were missing in Picollina. The place was nice but it needs a final touch.
Room - the only criticism we have is the see-through curtain instead of a door to the bathroom.
Despite all that we think Riad Picalona was great value for money. It delivers on all basic levels so if don't expect too much go for it.
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