“Hippie deluxe: a beautifully restored trio of 17th-century riads hidden in Marrakech's medina, keenly priced and very chilled with just 15 rooms”
The 15 guestrooms are arranged along flower-filled balconies around the courtyards, each hidden behind heavy Moorish doors-within-doors, keyhole arches, and windows dressed with intricate iron grilles or wooden moucharabieh. All can be made up as doubles or twins, and most are identical, furnishings are basic but comfortable: big soft pouffes, a low table, bouncy beds and clothes hanging space and shelves fronted by linen drapes. The only difference between the Standard Rooms and the Superior Rooms is the amount of space you have.
Bathrooms are stylish: polished wooden or tadelakt basins beneath copper taps, showers with satisfying water pressure, lots of room to put your toiletries, and well-lit mirrors make them better than your average medina bathroom.
Because the bedrooms have high ceilings and small windows, most of the light comes in through your open door, which, for privacy, is swathed in acres of creamy linen. It’s enough to make you come over all Hideous Kinky: drag cushions into corners on the balconies and sip mint tea while sketching the tumbling trailing plants that fill every nook and cranny. It doesn’t get much more Sixties than this. Reassuringly though, hygiene’s improved since then and rooms are absolutely spotless, with electric fans for the summer months and heaters for winter.
Exclusive use of the Whole Riad is available, and is an ideal place for a wedding group - or for a group of family and friends celebrating a special occasion - to retreat to.
Continental breakfast at the Al Jazira, which is included in your room rate, is taken on low tables around the pool. It’s all very civilised: you can expect freshly pressed orange and grapefruit juice (or whatever’s seasonal), Italian coffee, English and Moroccan tea, a variety of fresh breads, cumin-seasoned hardboiled eggs, and baskets of those thick, square Moroccan pancakes (unpronouncably called m’smn) that you spread with butter and fig jam. Help yourself to as much as you can eat.
During the day, you can have fresh juices, mint tea and coffee in the courtyards, or request a simple, traditional lunch or dinner - couscous, tagines, pastillas and fresh fruit are the order of the day. Or head out to any of the excellent coffee shops, cheap eateries and fine restaurants ten minutes’ walk away in the medina.
In common with much of Morocco, the riad does not serve alcohol, but guests are welcome to bring their own.
Families will appreciate this good value, unpretentious and friendly riad. The three courtyards provide space and some privacy for families. You can also book out the whole riad for family reunions and special occasions. Under 3 years olds and cots are free.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Cots and extra beds can be provided on request in all Superior Rooms
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The riad isn't suitable for over-confident toddlers in our opinion: the pool has no guard rail or attendants, and the steep twisty steps aren’t for learners. The open doorways together with courtyard acoustics tend to amplify noise, so teething babes might not be appreciated by fellow guests