Hotel staff were exceptional in every way. Sent a driver to meet us ladies at the airport, BUT we arrived on a Saturday evening when the square was at its busiest. Cars cannot get close to the Riad as it is accessed via the souk and narrow alleyways. After 1pm cars cannot even get anywhere near the riad so we were met from the car by a kind but dishevelled old guy with a "cart" who took us and our handluggage through the madness of the square in the dark!! We would never have found the place without him so we tipped him well, but be prepared as the riad has no bright lights or neon signs - no identification from the outside - just a small label above the door bell. Anyway, once inside this zen like sanctuary, we were met by Mustafa with mint tea and an offer to escort us back to the mayhem as we wanted to go out to dinner. Also gave us his mobile number if we wanted him to meet us to come back later. It is tricky to find but we seemed to memorise some landmarks and got back ok. No alcohol served close to the mosque but we did find it in 1 or 2 places. The riad also serves wine/beer and dinner if you pre-order. In general we found alcohol fairly expensive. The riad people kindly arranged a private car and v knowledgeable driver to take us to the Atlas mountains for Euro50 each incl lunch. Would recommend this as we went to Kasbah Tamadot (Richard Bransons secret hideaway), saw some stunning scenery, climbed 2300meters to some waterfalls and visited an Argan oil cooperative. Great value for a good 9 hours trip. Rooms are v clean and modern but beware, toilet etc is rather open plan! Felt safe in the riad. Good nights sleep except that you will hear the "call for prayer" v early morning. Breakfast very nice served on really trendy white crockery. Lovely roof terrace for sunbathing. Nice loungers with some shade. The jacuzzi up there could do with the water changing tough! If you want a taste of the "real" Marrakech I would recommend this place. If you don't like crowds/dark alleys then perhaps stay in the new town!
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