The riad

An entrance lobby from the quiet derb (street) leads into an open courtyard with dining table and fountain, off which are a salon (sitting room with tv), a well sized kitchen, and lavatory.

The kitchen has a fridge, 4 ringed gas hob and microwave oven and can be used by guests if they wish to self-cater.

The first floor contains both bedrooms, each with double bed and ensuite facilities, and an open salon with chaise longue. There is a hair dryer supplied. The riad can sleep six.

Telephone + wifi

The riad offers free wifi connection throughout. Bring your own laptop/smartphone etc.It is advisable to bring your own mobile/cell phone. Check with your service provider before arriving in Morocco that it has international call barring removed so you can make/receive calls and SMS's.

There are numerous public telephones for making less expensive local calls.

Outdoors

The terrace is my favourite space. It provides a panoramic view of the city and Atlas mountains on which for almost every month snow rests, majestically juxtaposed with the sublime heat of the plain below on which Marrakesh was built.

Lit with candles the terrace is a delightfully romantic and tranquil spot in which to idle away the hours sipping mint tea or something stronger from duty free or one of the many fine Moroccan wines and local beers. There is a bar-b-q as well as table and chairs for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Recreation

The riad’s central location makes it quick and convenient for access to everything that both old and new Marrakesh offers. A bewildering array of places to eat, drink, and shop lie within a few minutes walk. The hammams, sights and souks are around the corner. The Bahia Palace is 5 minutes on foot. A large new swimming pool is due to open in 2008 to the south of the medina, and there are always favourites such as the Majorelle Gardens and the Palmeraie just a short taxi ride away.

I recommend a good guide book such as The Rough Guide to Morocco or the Time Out Guide to Marrakesh. If you think you might need a map it is far better to get one outside Morocco. Those available in the country are generally inferior.

Sleeping

You will probably be staying in the larger of the two bedrooms. We provide sheets and towels.

Cooking

By all means use the kitchen if you wish. It is fully equipped.

Laundry

The resident housekeeper will arrange for any clothes to be laundered locally. Pay him directly for this service please. There is an ironing board/iron provided.