Riad Lyla absolutely deserves all the rave reviews. Dominique was a fantastic host. He talked to all guests each morning and was a real treasure trove for tips about sights, restaurants and things to do. But all staff was warm and very friendly. The courtyard with plunge pool is a delight, very clean and refreshing on a hot summer day. They also serve mint tea/coffee with biscuits free of charge during the day. Breakfast on the rooftop was the best we had in 12 days Morocco. The rooftop is one of the highlights of the Riad. It’s spread over several levels with many hidden corners.
We stayed at Jouge Double Room, right above the plunge pool. I think it was the prefect choice for us.
The location is fantastic: right in the middle of the Medina, close to the main square Jemaa el Fna, and the most important sights north of the square are just minutes away. Even Jardin Majorelle can be reached on foot within 25 minutes. Café Arabe and La Terrasse des Epices are also just five minutes away. Don’t miss to have coffee/tea at Dar Cherifa (15th century Dar) just a block away from Riad Lyla or lunch at Palais Dar Donab on Rue Dar el Bacha. Dar Donab is a posh and luxurious riad and we expected to pay a bomb for lunch. We were surprised to find that the tajines were cheaper and better than at Cafe Arabe and the wine (Savannah Reserve) excellent as well. Never mind the grumpy receptionist or the inept manager; service is friendly and swift. It’s off the tourist trail, so no crowds here.
Back to Riad Lyla, the only reason why it’s ranked so lowly on tripadvisor is because a) Marrakech is extremely competitive and b) it doesn’t have a thousand or more reviews yet. But the mere fact that it’s always fully booked should tell you that you can’t go wrong with this riad.
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