We are a group of 4 friends who go away every year for a girly weekend. We found this fantastic Riad after looking at another one on Trip Advisor. I contacted the owner but it was full, she however said she owned another one, Riad Alaka. We arrived late atfernoon and Aziz the Riads' manager had arranged for someone to pick us up from the airport. We were dropped at a taxi rank where Aziz met us. We followed him through a maze of alleyways of red walls until we came to the Riad. Once inside we were amazed how lovely it was. We had booked the 2 suites but got a chance to look at the other rooms. The decor was traditional Moroccan colours with traditional furniture and accessories. The whole Riad was beautiful. There is a jacuzzi on the roof top along with sunbeds and chairs as well as a shaded lounge area where you could relax. We also had breakfast there each morning. Breakfast consisted of crepes, fresh bread, preserves,cake and natural yoghurt washed down with fresh orange juice and your choice of hot drink. The Riad is a 15 minute walk to Djemaa el Fna and you soon get used to the beep of the scooters and the madness of their driving. Once you reached the main square you cannot believe how big and chaotic it is, Full of snake charmers, henna tattooists, fresh orange juice (amazing and costs about 30p for a glass), Yes you do get hasselled by the stall holders, restaurant staff, taxi drivers, horse and carriage drivers, all wanting you to use there services or buy from them, but not in an aggressive way. They use phrases like 'we're cheaper than Primark'. We ate most nights for around £5 per head and had some nice meals. After a hard days bartering in the heat it was great to return to the calm and tranquil Riad and get into the plunge pool. You have to be brave but it is sooo refreshing. We didn't use the Hamman but those who did said it was very good. Aziz and the Riads other staff Soufian and Malika were always on hand to get you drinks or give you advice and were very friendly. At night we went into the Old City and the New City but it was lovely to return to the Riad and have a relaxing drink on the rooftop.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Alaka is ideally located in the heart of the medina. It lies right at the entrance of the souks and at a few minutes’ walk from the exhilarating Place Jemna El Fna.This is a splendid property, a real haven of peace, decorated in the traditional Moroccan style. Guests will be struck by its elegant and relaxing charm. The tastefully decorated interior oozes passion and respect for Moroccan tradition. ... more less
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