What a wonderful find, a small intimate Riad, down a quiet side street and a very easy walk to the traditional Souks selling quality goods and not the tat found near the Djemma el Fna square (the square).
When we first arrived it seemed a long walk from the the square to the Riad, however when timed later our walk, it was less than 10 minutes. However for serious shopper this Riad is ideally positioned for the network of Souks, take plenty of cash and bargain hard.
As stated above it is very intimate so you get a much personalised service, breakfast was good and the meals, allegedly, also very good.
The rooms were of a good size all centred around the main courtyard. On the second level you will be on the roof where sun loungers are set out and a small romantic tower that can be climbed to have that romantic setting watching the sunset over the rooftops of Marrakech. The Riad is very quiet and you do not hear any street noise
We had a meal the first night which was sound.
The second night we have a meal just of the square, re heated food was served.
So for the final night we decided to return to the Riad, whereupon all afternoon the aromas coming from the Kitchen put us into sensory overload.
Finally we sat down for a romantic dinner, then it happened, I managed to cover 50 metres faster than Usain Bolt, and then missed the whole dinner, alas I cannot give feedback on the meal
However my wife did inform me that it was the BEST tagine she has ever tasted and the best meal of the holiday.
This is a wonderful Riad and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Kingsley’s Top Tip....Watch where you eat in the square, the restaurant we went to was recommended in a well known guide book, but the food was clearly reheated and may have contributed to my condition. The Riad however cooked everything fresh, may be more expensive, but it will enhance your stay , and have far better food.
Footnote....No reviews undertaken of the restaurant in the square where we dined, as no hard proof that their food was at fault and such a damming speculative review could have business changing consequences.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Ilayka is ideally situated for a perfect holiday in tranquil surroundings. You will be given a very warm welcome in this lovely, calm, spacious house. It is very close to the Djem Al Fnaa square and all the shopping souks. Experience Marrakech from the inside by staying with us. Riad I layka offers very good value for money and large open spaces. Staying at Riad Ilayka you will experience Marrakech from the inside. ... more less
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