We have just returned from a week long trip to Marrakech and the one thing we miss the most is the Riad Idra. On arrival at the airport, we were collected by a pre-booked taxi and taken the short drive to the riad. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the absolutely fantastic manageress Karine and offered a hot towel, mint tea and pastries by the wonderfully polite Mr. Omar. Our rooms (Basma and Warda) were beautifully made up, and super clean with lush towels and bathrobes, amazingly the rooms are cleaned twice a day. After a restful night we had the best breakfast on the roof terrace in the glorious sunshine, we were waited on by Ridwan who couldn't be more courteous or helpful, he is truly an asset to riad Idra. Breakfast always includes a traditional dish along with freshly baked bread, fruit and pastries. The riad is a short walk away from the Jamaa el fna (square) and the route there invokes walking through the colourful and lively souks. Be prepared to walk away politely from the constant harassing to 'come and have a look' and the hard sell from the street traders! Try visiting the square both during the day (for shopping) and night (for entertainment and maybe some food). Many of the attractions such as the Koutoubia mosque, Bahia Palace and Majorelle gardens are within walking distance from the riad. After a hectic day out it was a blessing to come back to the peace and tranquillity of the riad where Karine and her team were always on hand. Karine is happy to book you into the riad for your evening meal or make reservations in one of the many local restaurants - nothing was too much trouble. Karine booked our tours and transfers and will arrange for Salah or Ridwan to walk you to the end of the street to your awaiting cab or horse & carriage :) We ate at the riad on 2 occasions and enjoyed the 3 course meals, especially when the chef prepared an alternative main dish for our party one night on our request. For the most relaxing stay in Marrakech I would definitely recommend this little slice of heaven that is the Riad Idra, a big heartfelt thank you to everyone at Riad Idra for making our stay there so comfortable and enjoyable.
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