We would definitely recommend this Riad if your staying in Marrakech!!!! We booked a transfer through the Riad from the Airport to the Medina and would definitely recommend doing so. We stayed 4 nights and 5 days, February 2014.
After being collected from the airport we were dropped off at the top of the road close to the Riad, from there you have to walk about 200 meters to the Riad as cars are not allowed down the road. We had a friendly porter who helped us with our luggage from the car to the Riad.
After a turn down a small alley we were brought to a non conspicuous wooden door but once through, you arrive in what i can only describe as a beautiful, sumptuous oasis of calm! A beautifully decorated courtyard welcomes you on arrival along with the Riad Manager (sorry i cant remember his name) who greeted us very warmly and brought us some refreshing moroccan tea. The courtyard was filled with palm trees and plants and had a beautiful pool in one of the arches. The ground floor rooms consist of a large sitting room with plenty of sofas and chairs, a dining room, kitchen and two sets of stairs which lead you to the rooms on the first floor.
The room we stayed in overlooked the courtyard and was beautiful and quite large. The bed was comfortable for us, although i can see that some may find the mattress alittle hard but we slept very comfortably. The bathroom was of a large size and had a step in shower with no doors and a french style set up (i.e hand held shower head).
One of our favourite parts of the Riad was the roof terrace, we spent many an hour soaking up the warm sunshine amongst the palm trees and plants gently blowing in the breeze and relaxing on many of the sofas and sunlougers located there.
The breakfast was delicious, an array of traditional moroccan breads, pancakes, cake, yogurt, fresh fruit and coffee. Definitely a great start to the day!
The Riad Manager was amazing, he was so lovely and was very helpful in providing suggestions of places to eat and visit. Although we had booked excursions separately before we arrived (Ourika Valley and Quad biking, both highly recommended) he was happy to arrange day trips and spas. Nothing was too much. All the staff were very friendly and helpful.
In terms of Marrakech itself, do go and wander the souks, they are an amazing labyrinth of colours, sights and smells. The people are very friendly and sometimes do try and get you to go into there shop but aslong as your firm and say no then they dont bother you. I was expecting it to be worst but it was fine and i didnt feel threatened at all, quite the opposite actually! It was amazing to browse the stores and see the wonderful array of trinkets, metal lamps, silk scarves, babouches that were on display.
The main square (Jemaa El Fna) is about a 10 min walk through the souks, but once you know your way its very easy. There are maps at the Riad, which show the route in blue so you cant really get too lost.
If your expecting a beer or a glass of wine with your meal, then we suggest exploring the New Town. Alcohol is not widely served in the Medina although there are a couple of restaurants that are tucked away that do serve alcohol but most dont. We had a lovely valentines meal at Cafe Arabe (which is just around the corner from the Riad) and tried some moroccan wine which was surprisingly very nice.
All in all we had an amazing trip and would definitely recommend Riad Selouane to stay in.
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