My 26yr old daughter and I stayed here from 6-10 Sept and had a lovely time. We weren't bowled over on first sight - the plunge pool didn't look fresh, our room was small and dark and the terrace was not breathtaking: the photographs we had seen had led us to expect more. BUT Mustapha surprised us by offering breakfast though it was quite late; the location is fantastic - very close to the Jama el Fna; some of the best wares can be found on the alleys leading to the main square; the Riad is very old and retains a lot of it's antiquity; the toiletries provided are lovely; beds are very comfortable though narrow; food is tasty & plentiful (if expensive); mint tea is on tap, but the most important factor was the willingness of Mustapha, the manager, to help, including accompanying my daughter at night to buy some water because she was worried about going alone. He is also very knowledgeable about history and knows the area like the back of his hand...he can regale tales till the mint tea runs out....
Excursions: best to book your own tickets from the bus station otherwise return journeys are not guaranteed. Even though we paid Premier price for our tickets to and from Essouria which entitled us to an air conditioned comfy coach, we had to return in a beaten up 7 seater with no air con.
Taxis: haggle with the petite taxis and insist they don't stop to pick up other passengers on the route; even if one declines, another will accept. The agencies the Riad uses are very expensive- we paid 20Dh each to drive to the bus depot but on the return journey, we paid only 12.50Dh each for a petite taxi.
Water: buy your own - 6Dh outside, but 15Dh in the Riad
Breakfast: expected more but the orange juice is absolutely delicious!!!
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- A tranquil English speaking Riad in the perfect location for exploring the Medina and Palaces. Search for Dar Habiba on the web and you’ll see everything we have to offer, including a beautiful candlelit hammam, a roof top terrace garden, spacious courtyard and atmospheric rooms. Our hammam experience, traditional food and personal service are genuinely second to none. We really look forward to welcoming you. ... more less
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