My goal for lodging in Marrakech was to find an inexpensive hotel, near the Jemaa el Fna meets minimal health standards. Having never traveled to Morocco, I had no knowledge of hotel maintenance standards or what sanitary conditions I may face, and was specifically concerned about bed bugs. As soon as I arrived at the Riad Dar Limoun, my concerns were put to rest. It is very clean house, built in the Moroccan style, with turned wooden latticework and arabesque archways. It is decorated in traditional Moroccan fashions and exceeded my expectation for a traditional atmosphere. The Riad is a short three to five-minute walk to the Jemaa el Fna, but far enough aware that the din of the crowds, Gnawa musicians and Snake Charmers don't reach into the Riad's peaceful atrium.
The Dar Limoun's atrium is a great place to start one's day.
My assigned room on the first floor opens directly into the atrium, where a daily traditional Moroccan breakfast (Berber Bread, butter, jams, cream cheese, hard-boiled egg, fresh-squeezed orange juice and coffee) is served daily. The atrium is a great place to start one's day, whether in a relaxed pace or when running off on a scheduled excursion. As I understand, traditional Moroccan architecture is void of window panes and this Riad is no exception. Even with easy access to the atrium and ornately barred, but glassless windows, there is no loss of privacy, as there are internal shutters on the bathroom window and there's an ample curtain on the bedroom window.
The first floor room has direct access to the atrium. The many plants and vines which adorn the atrium, keep noise to a minimal and add to the pleasant garden atmosphere.
I wasn't feeling well today, so decided to stay in and catch up on my photo editing and blog entries. While I was working in the atrium, the housekeeper, not knowing that I wasn't feeling well, asked if I would like some tea. I have no idea what variety it was, but it was probably the best tea I'm ever had. Leaves were loose in the pot and I was able to finish the pot without the tea growing bitter. Its warmth was soothing and its taste hit the spot. While sitting here I thought to myself, "I could make a habit of afternoon tea at the Dar Limoun."
The Riad Dar Limoun should be on anyone's "short list" when planning a trip to Marrakech.