We stayed here in November 2007 and had great weather. On 3 floors with a roof terrace too it's a large, spotlessly clean, beautifully decorated oasis which lies about a 15 minute walk outside the Medina walls. There's a continental breakfast that is more than enough to keep you going until past lunchtime - croissants or pastry, bread and pancakes, tea, coffee and fruit juice. The owner Patrick was very attentive and helpful, gave us advice on which sites to visit and transferred us to and from the airport (for a small fee). We got by on about 5 words of French. For us, a 15 minute walk or a £3 taxi ride to the Medina was a worthwhile trade off for such a nice Riad at such a good rate. If you're willing to stay outside the Medina, then I can't image there are many better places than this.
For Marrakech generally, only 2 pieces of advice - don't hire a car to drive in and around the Medina because there are no road rules at all. Get comfortable with parting with 10-15 dirhams (£1) to tip a "guide" to show you the way. There are almost no signs and it's not easy to find your way around the close knit alleys. You're constantly offered to be shown the way by locals. Just tell them clearly where you want to go and only pay them when you get there - you'll save on walking distance and once you've engaged one guide you won't get hassled by others. It's not great to get lost - I found wandering around some of the darker alleyways amongst the locals a little unnerving - and I'm from Wolverhampton!
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- Close to the Majorelle garden, a street, lined with orange trees, leads you to the Villa Bleue. This artist-owned villa offers you a magnificent stay and an enriching cultural and human experience. The shimmering water, the lemon trees, the doves, the painting and drawings on the walls... a longing to varied sensation! From the patio to the lounges, from the terrace roof to the hammam, everything accounts for a keen choice of colors, materials and objects. ... more less
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