We had the pleasure of staying for three nights in this beautiful riad and would heartily recommend it to anyone wishing for beauty and tranquility, away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Throughout our stay we were made to feel welcome by all the staff, who were courteous and kind. The service was impeccable: attentive without being overbearing. The managers helpfully made restaurant bookings on our behalf, shared useful local knowledge and always greeted us with a smile.
The riad is ideally located only minutes away from the Bab Doukala mosque and Jamma El-Fna square. It it something of a pleasant shock to go from the dusty, noisy streets of Marrakech, along narraow alleyways through a rather unassuming front door into a place of paradise: a central courtyard with an ice-cold pool, intimate seating areas on the terrace and beautifully decorated nooks and crannies which reveal tantalising insights into the rich arts and crafts heritage of Morocco. The rooms are spread over three floors and vary in size, but are beautifully decorated, comfortable and clean. Further seating and sun-bed areas are available on the roof terrace, along with a hammam and massage room.
A delicious breakfast is served on the terrace in good weather and comprises fresh bread, fruit, yoghurt, cheese and traditional pancakes, washed down with fresh orange juice and coffee. We enjoyed dinner cooked in-house at the riad on one night: simple, but generous fare of pastilla, chicken tagine, cous cous and roasted vegetables. The dessert of crushed fruits was unambitious but refreshing.
Overall, we had a fabulous time and would have no qualms about staying at le Riad les Yeux Bleus again. The only possible downsides are that the bathroom/toilet area is not screened off from the rest of the bedroom, which could be embarrassing! In addition, the availability of hot water in the bathroom was somewhat inconsistent. We also took advantage of the in-house hammam and massage treatments, which were relaxing and invigorating! Our top tip would be to clarify the final cost of these before you go ahead: hidden charges were not made entirely transparent.These issues, however, did not compromise our stay at this idyllic and peaceful haven.
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