We arrived at Riad Louna in the night-time, trying desperately to escape the touts on the street and looking for a refuge. We were met by Jawad at the door, who showed us the lovely Rouge Room and was very amenable to price negotiation for the room, as it was still low season. Jawad was very friendly and helpful during our entire stay. We were so impressed with the rooms, service and value, that we decided to stay on for an additional 2 nights. The riad is located a short walk to Bab Boujloud, around which are several reasonable restaurants you can dine at.
The room was large and beautifully furnished and decorated, the imposing doorway the highlight. The orange trees and fountain in the courtyard were lovely. Breakfast was excellent by the standards we were already accustomed to in Morocco (assortment of breads, honey, jams, olives, dates, coffee, orange juice) and served in a cozy dining room just off the terrace. The owner, a Belgian gentleman, was very pleasant and greeted us at the start of our stay and was present to bid us goodbye.
A couple things to note. 1) The beds in the room are not very large and even an average height person might find their feet off the bed as they sleep. 2) The hotel recommended a tour guide to show us around the medina. Our personal opinion is that it is not worth the money unless you have less than a day to do everything. If you have 2 or 3 days, then you could easily explore everything yourself at a more leisurely pace. Also, our tour guide did not provide much more in the way of "insider" information than was routinely available in our DK Morocco guide book.
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