Just returned from a fantastic four day stay at Riad Assouel and wanted to tell everyone how amazing the place was - its run by a charming Frenchman called Stephan, the Riad is stunning decorated in the classic Moroccan fashion, the rooms are beautiful, the Riad staff are all fantastic, very friendly and efficient (especially Mohamed and Abdou), and the food is superb (and easily better than some of the more famous restaurants in Marrakech). We ate at the Riad several times during our stay and always had a superb array of Morrocan dishes (the tagine lemon chicken was particularly noteworthy and the Morroccan salad was utterly delicious too).
We ate breakfast and lunch up on the delightful roof terrace - where one can sunbathe or just chill out drinking mint tea, watching the sunset over the medina roofs. Down in the courtyard, there are several large salons and sitting areas as well as a central pool for swimming.
The Assouel quartier of the medina is a typical area of the medina and is home to several tourist sights and high end restaurants like Le Foundouk and Cafe Arabe. The Souks are about two minutes stroll and the Place Jemaa el Fna is about 10-15 minutes walk. Although its possible to learn the route through the maze of alleys (I did), the Riad's staff will always either walk you to your destination or come and pick you up to bring you back if you need help.
The Riad also organised an excursion for us to the Ourika Valley and to the High Atlas Mountains which was a lovely escape from the confusion of the Medina and is very recommended.
Having visited Morocco three times, its clear the Riad Assouel is a real find. Not too expensive, friendly and professional and one of the nicest places I ever stayed - and will definitely return to as often as I can...
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