Ryad Dyor

Marrakech, Morocco Book from Book from £184 per night

Modern design meets Moroccan flair: a chic riad with lamplit courtyards, roof terrace and cool, understated décor
If you sense a bright and breezy Med chic about this riad, it must have wafted across from Ibiza, where Dutch owners Yvonna and Alberto made their name restyling a handful of highly cool villas. Their designer touch - she's interiors, he's fashion - sparkles here too, from the bejewelled babouches and sleekly curved chairs to the chillout tunes drifting up to the sheltered rooftop lounge.

It's converted from a trio of riads, with shady courtyards featuring an ornately tiled fountain and a rose-petalled splash pool. The suites and rooms bristle with design details: copper lanterns, Balinese mirrors, egg-smooth tadelakt bathtubs. Up on the roof, under a loggia hung with gauzy textiles, staff know just when to offer cocktails or mint tea to guests lazing in the afternoon sunshine. Down below, the hammam is the perfect place for some restoration after exploring mad Marrakech. The laid back atmosphere - everyone is made to feel at home, nothing is too much trouble - will delight couples seeking both style and substance on a long weekend break or some post-trek pampering.

Highs

  • Stunning, eclectic décor, which mixes modern and Moroccan pieces
  • A calm and classy haven, set in a quiet part of the medina
  • Pretty courtyards with palms and orange trees, a plunge pool and suspended lanterns
  • The enormous, open-air roof lounge, where breakfast and drinks are served
  • A tadelakt hammam with a steam room and hot tub

Lows

  • Don't expect to swim in the splash pool - it's more for cooling toes
  • If you want lunch or dinner, you'll need to order in advance
  • It's a little further from the centre than some might like (a 15- to 20-minute walk from the hotel)
  • As always in the medina, the nearest car park is a short walk away (about 5 minutes)
  • We found ourselves being pestered by bees at breakfast time

Best time to go

Spring and autumn are the most pleasant times to visit; temperatures in high summer are scorching. Marrakech is a joy to visit during colder months, where days are fresh and bright and nights are spent around the fire.

Our top tips

A shawl for chilly evenings and cover-ups for the souks - although Marrakech is a very tolerant society, women will feel self-conscious in mini skirts and vests. Be inspired by Talitha Getty and wear a kaftan - there are hundreds on offer in the souks.

Great for...

City Style
Spa
  • Riad Hotel
  • 10
  • Breakfast (+ other meals on request)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Plunge Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
Room:

Rooms

Each of the rooms and suites has genuine design panache, ranging from gleaming brass door details to Starck chairs and beautifully sculpted stone basins. The owners have sourced furniture from Bali and Italy as well as North Africa, and you can tell that real care has been taken.

We were lucky enough to stay in the Arab Suite. Glass doors open onto a skylit hall; an archway leads into the sand coloured bathroom with an enormous bathtub; a blue wooden door slides sideways to hide the wardrobe space (clever!) and reveal the bedroom. But the trump card of this suite is the private roof terrace, with sun loungers and trailing roses.

The other rooms are no less stylish or unique, though they may lack the outside space. The Ennafora and Menzeh Suites have tadelakt fireplaces - though the Ennafora Suite’s ground floor location makes it less private. The double-bedded Basha Suite has a stunning 300-year-old hand-painted ceiling, and can link with the double-bedded Berber Deluxe Room, via a shared lounge, to make a fantastic family apartment. The Mesrya Junior Suite makes up for its compact size with a pretty little veranda, while the Sabba Junior and Arab Suites have additional sofabeds and the former has a split-level sitting area.

In a separate building across the street, there are 3 newer suites. On one side of the courtyard are the Mrah and Nour Junior Suites, which both have gorgeous bathrooms featuring gold showerheads, sinks and mirrors. Opposite them, the Azro Suite is enormous, and has a lovely open-fronted sitting area overlooking the courtyard.

Features include:

  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fireplace
  • Fruit basket
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Safe box
  • TV
  • WiFi
  • Yoga mat

Eating

With advance warning, lunch and dinner can be served by the pool, in your room, in the courtyard... you pick. But we thought the nicest place to dine was on the roof, where rattan parasols shelter small metal tables from the sun; there's a sofa'd b’hou (loggia) for reclining with a mint tea afterwards. Lunch might be a salad caprese or nicoise, or a Moroccan salad of aubergine and tomato served with freshly baked bread. Dinner could be harira (a Berber soup), a lamb pastilla or a chicken tagine served with almonds and lemons.

Breakfast, also served on the roof or in the courtyard, consists of fresh fruit, yoghurt, honey, pancakes, bread, coffee or tea, and fresh orange juice. Room service can be arranged but is not 24 hours.

There are lots of restaurants within walking distance, and manager Jacques is full of suggestions. Le Jardin serves Morrocan favourites plus a few western classics (like hamburgers) in an atmospheric leafy courtyard. If you're really suffering tagine overdose, Jacques recommended a good colonial French restaurant, Grand Café de la Poste, in the modern quarter of Guéliz, though it’s less atmospheric than medina restaurants. Be aware that alcohol is only served in some restaurants; try Comptoir Darnas for chic cocktails and fabulous entertainment, or head to Kosybar for sundowners.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Explore the souks with a guide - they might take you to places on commission but it’s worth it for the fascinating historical detail they provide. They’re a great help when bartering too
  • Enjoy the hammam - 2 therapists are on call most hours during the day for guests, though it’s best to give a couple of hours advance notice
  • Have a sundowner in the rooftop loggia overlooking the courtyard, as candles flicker around the petal-strewn pool below
  • Sunbathe around the tiny pool - you need some respite after the sensory assaults of the medina
  • Staff can organise trips into the Atlas Mountains or desert for those staying more than a weekend, as well as camel rides, golf or tennis in the Palmeraie
  • The rooms are so beautiful that you’ll want to spend some time simply reading on your private balcony, or luxuriating in the enormous baths, some of which are big enough for 2

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures

Kids

Children are welcome but the riad probably isn't that suitable for small ones and toddlers, as the pool has no guard rail or attendants. Cots and extra beds can be provided on request in most rooms.

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Kid Friendly:

Location

Ryad Dyor is in the medina (old centre) of Marrakech, in Sidi Ben Slimane, Morocco.

By Air:
Fly into Marrakech Menara (8km). Served by several airlines.

From the Airport:
The hotel can provide airport transfers, and if you're staying for more than 3 nights, the transfer is complimentary. Alternatively you can take a taxis (approx DH100). The journey time to the riad is about 20 minutes.

By Train:
The station is about 20 minutes away by taxi.

By Car
Having the use of a car makes exploring further afield easier although you really won't want to drive around Marrakech due to the narrow labyrinthine streets - far better to walk and get taxis. You can arrange your car hire before you go with Holiday Autos.

Detailed directions will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Marrakech, Menara 8.0 km RAK

Other:

  • Beach 200.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.5 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 6 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

Loved the ambience, the rooftop was wonderful. Very nice details and the service was excellent.

10/10,

This is a great find and was such a great place to retreat to after a chaotic day in the dusty crazyness of the centre. We loved it here and the service is as good as you get. We will defo be back.

10/10,

The accommodation was truly unique. Our room was a beautiful mix of Moroccan art and modern, luxury interiors. The staff were very friendly and accommodating, and we felt very well looked after. We would highly recommend this place to others wanting to spend a few days in Marrakech

10/10,

We had a really lovely stay at Ryad Dyor in January. A beautiful Ryad with stylish yet comfortable rooms, with beautiful wooden carved ceilings, huge baths and open fires. Plentiful breakfasts on the sunny roof terrace (with warm Moroccan breads) and the dinners were delicious. Lots of little terraces, balconies and seating areas to relax in with mint tea, and the staff could not have been more helpful. We will be back.

10/10,

This riad is beautifully designed and thoughtfully appointed, and the staff are tops. The chef at Ryad Dyor happens to be incredible. Her cooking was consistently as excellent as our meals in the city's most acclaimed restaurants - seriously, we even asked her to pack us a meal to take on the plane home. Definitely plan to enjoy a relaxing dinner here the night you arrive, and perhaps another night (or more), as well. The location of the riad is charming, as it is situated a few blocks from the bustle but an easy walk anywhere in the Medina and very close to Jardin Majorelle/Musee YSL/Berber Museum. The immediate neighborhood is more personal and less touristy than the environs of other fashionable riads, in a very good way. So happy we found this little gem.

10/10,

Ryad Dyor is fantastic: stylish decor, luxurious rooms, delicious breakfast, lovely and very attentive staff, excellent hammam and massages. A perfect retreat after the hurly burly of the Medina.

10/10,

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