Staying in a riad in the old medina of Marrakech is a unique experience, but it is not for everyone. The term 'riad' means garden but it is  applied to town houses built round a central courtyard. Technically it should have some plants in four planting beds and a central fountain. Otherwise it is called a Dar, or house.

They are generally owned by individuals, sometimes the owner is the manager and sometimes there is a manager who can be a local Moroccan, or European/foreign. There can be good owners and bad, likewise quality of managers can vary. There is no hard and fast rule.

Generally the more you pay, the better the quality/location of the riad. Perceived wisdom is that 10minutes walk from Jeeema el Fna is the maximum, so often guest houses will advertise they are 10 mins walk when they are not. And of course '10mins walk' doesn't guarantee qualityof accommodation or service. Also there is more likelihood of being located in a very touristy area if you are '10mins walk' and the experience is going to be less authentic morocco.

By the nature of their construction riads are very intimate spaces and can be difficlut o adjust to. Noise is accentuated by the courtyard layout.

Be aware that many riads do not accept credit cards. Often a riad is booked on a website but only a small deposit is paid - some or all of the balance must be paid on arrival. This may have to be cash, and may require a trip to the ATM. Also, being forced to pay the bulk of your accommodation costs in cash may cause cash flow issues, especially on arrival. One solution is too take enough cash/cheqes to cover you accommodation expenses. (As most riads publish their prices in euros you could consider taking euros. Currently, taking Dirhams is not an option a the currency is closed and cannot be obtained outside of the country).