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Our family of two adults and two teenage girls had a wonderful stay at Riad al Janoub for a week. The riad is located in a quiet area, just inside the medina, and far enough away from the chaos of the souks. The rooms were beautifully appointed, the beds very comfortable, and the breakfasts prepared by Amina simple but sufficient to get our days off to a great start. And the rooftop terrace was a perfect place to spend the evening, after an exciting but often tiring day exploring the wonders of Marrakech. Indeed, we ended up ordering several takeout dinners from Kech Foods, about a five-minute walk away, so we could soak up the nighttime quiet and atmosphere. But we also patronized the Riad al Sinbad restaurant just steps away, and had a terrific meal. The only thing travelers should bear in mind is that it can be hard to find your way back from the souks, especially at night. Also, the WiFi can be a bit slow, but this is true wherever you stay in Marrakech, so it's really not a big deal. Still, the riad has a secret weapon, in our view, in Brahim, who was an excellent resource and fixer for our various overnight and day-trip excursions. Thank you James and Carolyn and Brahim and Amina for making our trip so wonderful and memorable!
We stayed for 8 nights in mid-April and we loved it. Original, calm and relaxing, very tastefully decorated 100+ year old riad, ideally located for both the Medina & the new Town. Jemma El Fna 20min walk, souks 10min
The yard is a cool & quiet paradise with a tall palm tree, bamboo and 2 bitter orange trees which fill the house with fragrance after dark. The view upwards into the blue sky is mesmerising and you will occasionally spot the odd stork, bird of prey, swallows and flocks of Bea-eaters. A tame pair of house buntings also live in the yard and will often hop around you in search of insects.
Upstairs the private terrace is sunny during the day and starry at night. Cats patrol the top of the wall. The bedrooms are comfortable, cool in the day & warm at night, with good mattresses. Sleep quality is excellent. The toilets are clean with is 24hr hot water. The kitchen is fully equipped including an orange juicer.
Hafid– the caretaker - is amazing. Discreet, calm and friendly, he will prepare your breakfast every morning (coffee, tea, milk, freshly, orange juice, bread, jams, honey and some very nice flat pitta bread. He can arrange home cooked meals delivered to the riad. He will give you advice and if you wish arrange everything such as taxis, camel trips, sightseeing . He speaks a bit of English too.
The neighborhood is less touristy than other areas in the Medina & the shops are aimed at locals. You can find everything for your daily supplies. ATM 5min on the road which runs along the walls towards Bab Doukkala.
Just outsidethe nearby Bab Moussoufa there is a veg & fruit market with good prices and worth visiting around 19:00 - busy & full of smoke from the food stalls. Best street food nearby:
1.Corner shop just opposite (on the left). Baked lemon chicken & beans cooked in a clay urn 25MAD per portion
2.BBQ chicken at the end of the little shopping street that runs immediately left as you exit the riad. (25 MAD per portion with bread)
3.The little BBQ place. Exit the riad & turn into the 2nd left (Rue El Gza). It’s on the left a few yards down, run by 2 polite, friendly brothers. It serves tiny skewers in a flat bread. Ask for 4-8 skewers for each sandwich. They are fantastic & very cheap!
4.The fried fish places on the road parallel to the wall towards Bab Doukkala. Buy by weight a selection of different small fried fish. A takeaway for 4 with some aubergines, bread and a couple of chilies will cost around 40 MAD.