The location of the riad is in the back-streets: we were picked up at the airport by a taxi, which we had the riad arrange, this delivered us to the square at the end of Rue Riad Zitoun el Kdim; where upon one's suitcases were placed into a barrow and trundled off up Zitoun el Kdim. This is a narrow market street (too small for the taxi) full of bustle with scooters beeping their way along the cobbles, which when we arrived in the evening has not yet been swept by the cleaners (the next morning it was spotless). Our porter skampers off up the rue, then turned right down a short alley, finally right, back down the adjacent alley (don't worry about the cats - they are very placid and quiet). After a total journey of less than about 5 minutes we arrived at a large wooden door with impressive brass rivets, the bell ringing. One will become familiar with this: the front door is always locked and one has to ring the bell to gain access: great security, and their rapid response means we were never kept waiting.
Our other summarised thoughts about the riad are:
- The room was quiet, private and peaceful, with plenty of plugs, but note that the locations can be a little curious!
- The terrace was large, private and comfortable with plenty of large parasols, sun-loungers and sun-hats and a tented area that was a good sun or wind-break. A higher terrace has a fine view over the roof-tops of the city, with the snow-capped Atlas mountains in the distance.
- A pleasant, fresh, but plain breakfast.
- A family-run riad, who were very welcoming, friendly and helpful with lots of advice on where to go and what to see, and how to get back to the riad!
- Useful advice on the local costs such as taxis and some items from the souk, which helped assure one of one's haggling skills!
- A lovely calm retreat from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant souks and city.
- The wifi was very effective: we used it successfully on my Samsung Galaxy SII with Skype to call home from all around the riad (though we didn't try it on the terrace).
- Their advice that the pool would be chilly in early March was spot on: very bracing!
- Note that Google Maps is generally not good in Marrakech: perhaps due to the myriad of little alleyways, some of which have street names, but many are not marked on Google. Nor was the GPS on my Samsung Galaxy SII, but the location of the riad on Google Maps is accurate, as of writing this review.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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