My partner and I were nervous about choosing a riad as we are a gay couple (illegal in morroco), I checked via email and was told we would be welcome at the Riad Rose Du Desert.
Upon arrival at 7pm on Friday 8th February 2013 we were a little concerned about the location of the riad, after an interesting taxi ride from the airport we thought we were being led into a trap....... How wrong I was, how guilty I now feel :-( Ok the taxi driver charged 50Dirham too much (250D in total) and I gave our guide from the taxi drop off point at Bab Doukkala Mosque to the riad 20D as a thank you, he didn't demand the money though.
I would recommend using the riads pre arranged taxi or transfer as it could save you some Dirham. If you don't you will still be perfectly safe :-)
The staff at the riad, Samira (Manager), Youseff who appears to be assistant live in manager (always around) and two other general staff are all very friendly and willing to go out of their way to help you with directions, meals in the riad or directions!
The Riad is amazing, I would only say it gets a bit nippy at night in the rooms but it is February! And that the in Riad Drink prices are a few pence more expensive than the take aways or Cafe's. There not extremely bad points but they really are the only downs.
Please don't be concerned when you arrive about the location or getting lost etc, passage ways are a little intimidating at first but the people really are harmless and you soon find your way around from day 1!
The Riad is perfect for visiting places such at jemaa el fna, the koutoubia mosque, the souks, the walls and gates, the saadian tombs, medersa Ben youssef, badii palace, majorelle gardens and the new city! Arset moulay abdesslem aka the cyber park is perfect for a quick hours relaxing with you iPhone etc.... Wifi is free and good signal and its only a few mins away! The wifi in the riad is ok too, if it doesn't work then just get Youseff to reset the router above office door, only happened twice so far.
Happy exploring, don't forget to learn "no thank you" in French for the souks and have a good time in morroco, we have 2 nights left at the Riad Rose Du Desert.
My partner and I really will miss the Marrakech people, they have all been lovely (apart from the henna ladies on the main Jemaa El Fna square lol oh and don't fall for 400dirham monkey photos lol we paid 20Dirham in total for 9 photos and that's only because I wanted to have them taken!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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