Beautiful riad with friendly service
Posted Dec 26, 2013 on Hotels
This riad has very nice arabic style rooms centred around a beautifully decorated arabic courtyard, with a roof terrace on top. Inside the riad it's calm and relaxed, outside is the medina (old city), albeit near the northern end where it's somewhat calmer than the central parts of the medina around the main souk (covered market). The nearby mosque is fortunately not loud enough to wake up anyone inside the riad who might want to sleep through the early-morning prayer... The owners, who took over the riad two months ago, are very friendly and service-minded and speak fluent English (and French and Arabic); other staff are also very friendly and service-minded and speak a few words of English and otherwise French (and Arabic). Our room had a nice bathroom with shower with hot and cold running water. Riads, like many hotels in 'hot' countries, tend to be cold during winter, and so was this one (in December), including the room, courtyard and restaurant (the roof terrace was nice and warm in in the sunshine). Our room had a combined air conditioner and heater which only managed to heat the room a little. The beds are hard, but that seems to be the norm in this country, including the five-star hotel we later stayed at in Essaouira. The restaurant has a selection of good Moroccan and international dishes (must be pre-ordered in the afternoon) at acceptable prices, and also serves alcohol.