My husband and I stayed at this Riad towards the end of our two week trip across Morocco. We drove in from the desert, and had crossed the High Atlas following a freak snowstorm--the roads were barely cleared, so it was one lane in many spots and traffic had to take turns. We arrived much later than expected and just wiped out. Julien, the owner, gave driving directions to a very nice guy trying to help us, who we followed in our car from one of the medina gates to a different one Julien was waiting for us and walked us to the Riad. Then, he took us to a great African restaurant for dinner. Everyone we met in Morocco was really friendly and helpful--but this was really over and above!
Julien also gave good advice and directions to highlight different parts of the city and the medina.
The Riad is beautiful; it is refurbished and has a really great balance of old, original features and modern design elements. We were there during a freak cold spell, but it was still pleasant to sit on the roof terrace with a blanket. I imagine in warmer weather it is even better.
Breakfast was also a good balance of traditional breads, homemade yogurt (the best we had) and French crepes and French pastries.
There are signs posted for some of the neighboring Riads, and there are some other landmarks like the Henna Cafe and a small Mosque, so finding your way back to El Youssoufi isn't hard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad el Youssoufi. In one of the most beautiful districts of the historic Medina district Bab Doukkala Riad el Youssoufi stands in a peaceful and magic surrounding near the prestigious Palais du Pacha-Dar el Glaoui. It enjoys an ideal location, easily accessible by car. 5 minutes from Jemaa el Fna, and the souks, our Riad is a perfect point of departure for visiting the Medina or walking in the town.Superbly restored with full respect Morrocan tradition using zelliges and tadelakt. Crossing a luxuriant patio, with banana and orange trees a superb jasmine and a pool with a fountain, you come to the spacious open lounge-dining-room: lunches and dinners are served and in winter, breakfast.The comfortable lounge which opens into the patio and the pool will be lovely and relaxing places. The Riad is equipped with the most advanced Apple devices for high speed wifi distribution in all the rooms and Apple TV for entertainment. ... more less
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