The wonderful reviews are true. The entire staff made sure we had what we needed for not just a great stay but a great trip to Marrakech. We relied on their recommendations several times and appreciated their advice for and patience with newcomers like us -- especially those who don't speak French or Moroccan Arabic -- to the city and culture.
To help other travelers make a decision, I thought I'd try to offer additional details or tips:
-- We stayed in the Dune room, and because we had a longer stay (a week), we really did appreciate the extra space it provides. Like the rest of the riad, it's a beautiful space.
-- The Dune room has a beautiful bathroom. Stunning. I'm 5'9" and could lie down in the deep soaking tub! The shower is hand-held, but before my fellow Americans disregard it, know it ends up not being a big deal because the tub is so big; you can easily make it work. Just in case you're wondering: great water pressure, very hot water, no plumbing issues, etc.
-- We suggest doing the cooking course at the end of your trip. Amina, the riad chef, shared some of her recipes (which are a treasure in themselves), and because you can relax in the gardens afterward, it really makes for a special day after a week in a busy Medina.
-- Be sure to have dinner at the riad too. We chose to do so twice, our first and last nights.
-- We asked Jean to arrange an English-speaking guide so we could visit Berber villages for a day trip in the foothills of the Atlas mountains and appreciated everything we learned. Our guide, Hassan, was friendly and genuinely interested in sharing his culture, and decided what to show us based on our interests.
-- Be sure to hear the call to prayer at dusk from the riad rooftop. Truly a memorable and peaceful experience.
-- The riad is pristine!
Thank you to everyone at Riad Dar One for a making our visit to Marrakech so comfortable.