If we had not discovered Riad Laksiba three years ago, we would never have visited Marrakech so often (5th visit) because one needs a connection to want to go back time and again to the same place. For most people one visit to Marrakech is probably enough, they check out the sights and they can say "Been there, done that" but for us it is truly like going to visit family because we know we are genuinely welcome at Riad Laksiba. Abdelhamid and Adil are simply the best possible hosts you could find anywhere and instantly on arrival make us feel at home in this peaceful, safe haven ( far from the maddening crowd) where the hospitality could not be better.The atmosphere within is truly relaxing and on each visit we discover new things and always leave a lot more relaxed than when we arrived. Thank you , simon, Abdelhamid and Adil.
Tom at Riad Laksiba was my first contact in Marrakech. I was searching for a room for a trip we planned rather quickly. He did not have availability but referred me to other Riads who were equally as helpful. He continued to answer my questions as I was planning a bit frantically. I can't speak to his Riad but based on his help via email to someone who wasn't even going to stay with him, I know you can expect top notch service and perfect English.
We had a short break over Thursday to Sunday. Amazing stunning little oasis in the medina! The staff who run it are fantastic! Chilled and more helpful than your own mother! Lol... Absolutely would stay there again!
Simon saved our Marrakech trip after the riad we had booked months before dipped out on us and we and our friends who were joining us, were left in the lurch 2 days before we were supposed to be heading to the city.
We were then greeted by the wonderful Abdelhamid who looked after us perfectly for our entire weeks stay.
Rather than just leave us to find somewhere to eat when we arrived, he showed us everything we might find interesting on a map and then grabbed his coat and took us to Kasbah street (which has a terrific buzz, btw).
We loved the decor, the courtyard with the little blue tiled pool, the little birds that came and cleaned up the breakfast table after we'd finished and then roosted on the tops of the paintings to sleep it off!
The cooking lesson was great, it was a fab experience to go with Abdelhamid and shop for the ingredients, right down to choosing a live chicken, having it weighed and quickly walking away before seeing anything else and picking up the 'finished product' later!
After a day out having your senses battered by the amazing sights, sounds, smells that define Marrakech, we were always eager to open the door to the Riad and close it behind us and be in an oasis of soothing calm!
Sitting up on the roof in the cushion strewn 'Bedouin' tent with the pair of tortoises for extra company was a talking point!
Abdelhamid recommended a local Hammam a few minutes walk away and, once again, got it spot on. My first hammam, but not my last! (Note, you keep your underwear on, so bring another pair with you to change into afterwards!)
The rest of the 'team' at Riad Laksiba were also terrific - friendly, welcoming and always smiling. Breakfast was plentiful and, I presume, fairly traditional - oh, and the honey ... amazing!
We had a couple of dinners that the ladies made for us while we were there and both times all the food was superb! We have bought a couple of tajines home with us, so we will be working on recreating what we ate there!
Simon, thank you so much for coming to the rescue, for going above and beyond what was necessary to make our stay great, for calling me and talking me through what was going to happen, for arranging the VERY nice transport from and to the airport - we are very impressed indeed.
We'd love to return! :-D
Cool little Riad in Marrakech that is very cozy and comfortable. The owner, Simon, is a very helpful individual and his staff go completely out of their way to accommodate you. Essentially, Simon's staff wears two hats perfectly: hosts & local route planners and insider tip givers. They are all very helpful. The breakfast is amazing and the place is beautiful furnished on the inside, very comfortable and welcoming. The location is about 15-20 minutes walk from town square but the walk is nice and lively.
Really, really hard to fault the place in any way!
Will go again and recommend to anyone who comes to Marrakech!