Riad Abaka is a short but bustling walk from the square, and so is perfectly placed. You can exhaust yourself haggling in the souks, and dodging snake charmers and performing monkeys and still be a short stagger from the riad. It is a little oasis of calm in a frenzied sea of boiling humanity. The central area is calm . The roof terrace is a good place to retire to at night and the Koutoubia Mosque is in sight.
The room we stayed in was nice and was what I shall describe as tastefully basic. If you are expecting northern European luxury then you are, perhaps, on the wrong holiday - that's not what Marrakech is about.
The staff are really lovely humorous helpful people, who are down to earth and efficient. They are actually essential to the experience of being there. I extend them my great thanks.
Adill the manager is a charming and humorous man with a quick mind and a lot of knowledge. You receive a briefing on your first morning during which he talks you through geography, culture, and haggling in the souk (all free of charge!). The briefing is extensive but very useful, and the map you take away with it's biro squiggles and labels becomes an essential traveling companion.
Breakfast is in the Moroccan style - yogurt, fruit, french bread, coffee. It's good healthy stuff. You can always have mint tea, or English tea if you want.
21, derb Roukni, Marrakech
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