We were recommended Riad Imilchil by our other Riad Zahra in Essaouira and it made a necessary one-night stay in Marrakech a great pleasure. We were picked up at the airport after nightfall and driven through heavy traffic deep into the Medina (traditional walled quarter of the city). We then alighted from the landrover and proceeded to walk through deep, dusty, pungent streets among mysterious hooded figures, football playing youths and several motor scooters. Where WERE we going? After a good 5 minutes we arrived at heavy ebony door. Our driver seemed pleased and knocked firmly. We stepped into a magical courtyard setting of cool lighting, a tiled fountain, large houseplants and an underlit pool (for dipping, not swimming). It was beautiful and the manager Mohammed couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful. Our room came off the gallery around the courtyard and was deliciously rich with red textured walls and an ensuite shower room with two gold sinks! The mattress was made of thick wool and was incredibly comfortable which, combined with the total quiet of the Riad gave us a good night's sleep. Before that, however, Mohoammed walked with us further into the medina, leading the way towards the main square so that we would be able to orientate ourselves and find our way back later. Apart from all the motorbikes in tiny alleys with blind corners, the Medina is fascinating and alluring. We loved it. I can absolutely recommend Riad Imilchil. Mohammed and staff speak French, Spanish and English. O yes, and it has a lovely roof terrace. I could imagine a longer stay would be very delightful, but we were destined for the coast at Essaouira... Thank you Mohammed and team!!
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