Riad Essaadaqa (Riad Friendship, in English) is tucked away in a quiet residential neighbourhood but still minutes away from the life of the souks, the vibrant Jema El Fna square and important monuments and attractions.
The Riad has three floors plus the terrace. The ground floor has a small lounge area around the courtyard and one double bedroom with private bathroom as well as a public WC. The middle floors has the remaining three bedrooms (only one without private bathroom) a storage room and one public WC. The third floor is where you will find the kitchen, living room and one public complete bathroom for usage of the guests. The terrace disposes of tables and chairs for breakfast and other meals, a lounge shaded area and chaises-longue for sunbathing. In winter, the central opening (typical feature of Moroccan Riads) is covered to protect from rain and cold.
The decoration is a concentrate of different Moroccan crafts and cultural activities, mixing colours, techniques and materials. Guests should expect clean, comfortable, simple accommodation and a quiet environment. Breakfast is included in the price and is served where the guest desires.
At the entrance of the neighbourhood there are groceries shops for immediate needs. At the spice’s square nearby there are several small cafés and restaurants and more dining options are available at the Jema El Fna square which is within 10min walking distance. The neighbourhood is a good starting point to explore the souks, visit the Madrasa Ben Youssef, Museum of Marrakech, Qoubba Almoravid and Photography Museum. Other attractions like Museum Dar Si Said, Bahia Palace and Badii Palace are also within walking distance.
To move around Marrakech, the Jema el Fna Square is the best place to get a taxi or take a city bus as well as to park your car (several car parking facilities nearby).
We are able to organize day excursions to nearby places like the Ourika Valley, Ouzoud waterfalls and Essaouira and also longer ones to the Desert (Zagora or Merzouga).
Be respectful to the neighbours and staff as well as to other guests of the Riad. This ensures that, in case of conflict, people are always polite to each other without insults or scandal.
Bear in mind that Morocco is a Muslim country and although alcohol is sold on shops and supermarkets, consumption is only allowed indoors and it is strictly forbidden by law to drink it on the streets.
Our stay at Riad Essadaka was awesome! Jawad is a great guy and he and his girlfriend invited us with them a lot of times so we got to see a lot of cool places we perhaps wouldn't have seen on our own. The Pink room is beautiful and probably nice and cool in summer. The roof-terrace is very nice and sunny all day long. The whole Riad is very Moroccan, a style I like a lot! What you see in the pictures is what you get.
The breakfast is good, everyday we got croissants or pains au chocolat, some Moroccan bread, Moroccan pancakes, apricot and strawberry jam, tasty butter, freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee. The lady who arranged our breakfast everyday at our preferenced time was very kind and in for a little chat, we liked her a lot.
For arrival it's best to arrange a pick-up with Jawad somewhere (at the airport or the big square Jamaa el Fnaa for example), because the Riad is quite hard to find. It's good to know that the Riad is situated at Derb Aarjana 75, a bit different then noted on this site. The name of the Riad is Essadaka, some information that we didn't know before arrival and that made our search a bit harder.
The neighbourhood is fine and quiet, in the small streets of the centre of Marrakech. It's not located on a square, as one of the pictures may suggest, but the Souks are close by and to the big square it's not even a 10 minutes walk. Very close by is a Hammam that is good and not expensive, you'll walk past it any time you walk to or from the Riad. We had a nice scrub and massage there.
The souks around the Riad are very busy at all times and perfect to practice bargaining and saying 'no, thanks'! At night the deserted souks are being watched, we never felt unsafe or whatsoever.
We had a great time in Marrakech, also thanks to Jawad and his riad! I would definitely recommend his riad to my friends.
Cozy little room in the heart of the medina. Just as everything else in de Medina it is impossible to find, but once you are inside the house it is quiet. Good service as we were allowed to leave our luggage when we went on a trip, the breakfast is delicious and served any time you want. I do think there are cheaper options around, but overall I enjoyed my stay!
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