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.
Le riad est plutot bien placé, la chambre était correct mais sans plus, le riad est correct (par contre la terrasse est magnifique). Nous n'avons eu aucun accueil de la part de Jawad et nous n'avons vu personne pendant notre séjour excepté la femme de ménage très gentil (il n'y avait personne dans le riad, du coup l'ambiance était un peu bizarre, un peu déçu du séjour ...
Lovely stay in this big Riad. Jawad was very welcoming. Room was better than we expected in Moroccan style with beautiful patterns (little bit too cold). Also roof area is amazing for chilling. Little bit hard to find, but with some help from locals you can find it easily (pay 50DH no more!). Nice lady in the morning served us very tasty breakfast (included in price).
Jawad ci era piaciuto da subito, purtroppo all'ultimo minuto si è verificato un piccolo inconveniente che ha lasciato l'amaro in bocca. Premetto che abbiamo soggiornato in un altro bel riad che gestisce lo stesso Jawad poichè questo da cui lancio la recensione era pieno ( Riad tranquille à coté des souks1)
Il prezzo, ci è stato garantito, sarebbe stato lo stesso anche se il secondo riad aveva di norma prezzi d'una decina d'euro piu alti. Anche i servizi offerti sarebbero stati gli stessi (per esempio la colazione) com'è confermato dalle liste servizi visibili sul link del riad in questione.
Al momento del check out Jawad non era presente e al suo posto c'era un suo collega, mai visto prima, il quale mi ha passato Jawad al telefono. Così il nostro giovane host ci ha chiesto del denaro in aggiunta (250 dirham) per le tasse e la colazione che, secondo lui non erano inclusi. Alla fine, dopo mie rimostranze, Jawad si è scusato perchè l'errore ha ammesso essere stato il suo (mi vedi ogni mattina per 5 giorni e non ti affretti a dirmi che la colazione non è inclusa come invece è riportato sul sito??). Ho accettato di lasciare qualcosa (non l'intera cifra) perchè avevo previsto un piccolo forfait per la signora che faceva il servizio e anche, sinceramente, per evitare questioni. Che dire? Il riad è bello, silenzioso, pulito e per il resto ci siamo trovati bene. Mi dispiace per l'accaduto
We were made to feel very welcome. The apartment is in a great location, minutes from the main square and was the perfect place to base ourselves in Marrakech. It has a great roof terrace and super friendly staff. A+
Gentle guy and the lady serving the breakfast in the morning ...but in the winter time (13 / 6 degrees in december !) the house was to cold, wifi was slow and not always working, and you are at your own, no one is in the house during the day to take care of you or give informations that's why we changed to another place were we felt more taking care :(
We are going back for the last two nights of our stay in Morocco. That is the biggest endorsement one can give a B&B. The Riad is ideally situated but is quiet especially at night. Jawed and his staff were extremely helpful. We arrived five hours late but were still meet with a smile at three in the morning. The Riad is clean with hot water for showering. We only made teas in the kitchen but it looked well equipped. Our room was quite small however there were plenty of places to sit comfortably for reading etc.
Excellent riad, decoration beautiful very authentic. Only stayed one evening so couldn't take advantage of the roof terrace and view or the communal kitchen and lounge but both looked very good. Was a bit hot in the room and only a heater provided so I'm guessing it does get cold in marrakesh! Jawad was very good directions on site very easy to follow or he will come meet you. Available if you need help or happy to let you get on with things. A better room than I booked was free with en suite which Jawad kindly let us chose to use :-) thanks for good stay.
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