Riad Fabiola

Derb El Makina 14, Bab Ghmat, Quartier Arset El Misfioui, Medina, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco

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  • li-anne's Profile Photo

    Very nice riad with a plunge pool!

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    We stayed 3 nights in this beautiful riad. They have 9 rooms, shared around a great courtyard with a small pool. Everything in this small riad is great decoratd, moroccan style. There's also a roof-terrace with a pleasant view.

    We had the 2 cheapest and smallest rooms, chambre Saffran and chambre Mandarine, which were more than OK. We payed 45 euro a night per room, but prices have gone up since, these rooms go now for 60 euro.
    The rooms have airco, and the bathrooms have a small window looking into a narrow street.

    What we disliked, was the managment of this riad. The people working here were shouting to each other all the time which reduces the atmosphere. The only friendly person in this riad was the nightguard, Ahmed.
    The prices for the dinner were around 20 euro per person, for this amount we could eat outside this riad with the whole family of 5 people.

    The pool was very small, and only for a quiet plunge, because otherwise the beautiful carpets near the pool, would get wet.
    We liked it very much though....

    Unique Quality: The pool is the biggest plus for this riad. The location is quite well also, about 15 minutes walking to the Djemnaa el Fnaa square.
    The breakfast is very well, with diffrent breads, fresh juice.
    Rooms are decorated very beautifull, and the huge bathroom is well maintained and equipped.

    Directions: Soutern Medina, near Bab Gmat

  • BlueLlama's Profile Photo

    A beautiful and tranquil guesthouse

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    Out of the seemingly hundreds of riads we kept coming back the the Fabiola as it seemed very good value for what it offered in style and comfort. We were not disappointed.

    The riad as a whole is beautifully decorated with distinct areas for relaxation; given the size, even if the whole house was full you'd be able to find a quite spot to lounge on soft cushions and admire the surroundings. The courtyard is dominated by a pool, unheated, which is surrounded by sofas and loungers.

    Individual rooms are themed by colour. We stayed in the Safran and, after returning from Essaouira, Tangerine rooms and found them both very comfortable. The A/C was particularly welcome... The bathrooms are particularly interesting, with tadelakt walls and big, sit-down showers made for cooling off.

    Fabiola is just within the Medina by the Bab Ghmat (the gate where you can find a ceramics market), which is both a positive and a negative feature: you will need to do a bit of walking to get to Djemaa el Fna and the other sights (which could be a bit punishing under the July sun!) but, on the other hand, the area is decidedly untouristy and you get to see people at work and play without being hassled.

    Unique Quality: We really enjoyed using the pool to cool down and just to unwind. It's big enough to swim in and to give views of the entire riad but small enough to fit with the intimate feel of the riad.

    Service was friendly and efficient; a cool glass of orange juice awaited us on arrival and there was always someone on hand to help and advise. Staff don't speak English - despite what the website says - but were very patient with our French and we always got there in the end.

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A beautiful and tranquil guesthouse

by BlueLlama about Riad Fabiola

Out of the seemingly hundreds of riads we kept coming back the the Fabiola as it seemed very good value for what it offered in style and comfort. We were not disappointed.

The riad as a whole is beautifully decorated with distinct areas for relaxation; given the size, even if the whole house was full you'd be able to find a quite spot to lounge on soft cushions and admire the surroundings. The courtyard is dominated by a pool, unheated, which is surrounded by sofas and loungers.

Individual rooms are themed by colour. We stayed in the Safran and, after returning from Essaouira, Tangerine rooms and found them both very comfortable. The A/C was particularly welcome... The bathrooms are particularly interesting, with tadelakt walls and big, sit-down showers made for cooling off.

Fabiola is just within the Medina by the Bab Ghmat (the gate where you can find a ceramics market), which is both a positive and a negative feature: you will need to do a bit of walking to get to Djemaa el Fna and the other sights (which could be a bit punishing under the July sun!) but, on the other hand, the area is decidedly untouristy and you get to see people at work and play without being hassled. We really enjoyed using the pool to cool down and just to unwind. It's big enough to swim in and to give views of the entire riad but small enough to fit with the intimate feel of the riad.

Service was friendly and efficient; a cool glass of orange juice awaited us on arrival and there was always someone on hand to help and advise. Staff don't speak English - despite what the website says - but were very patient with our French and we always got there in the end.

Very nice riad with a plunge pool!

by li-anne about Riad Fabiola

We stayed 3 nights in this beautiful riad. They have 9 rooms, shared around a great courtyard with a small pool. Everything in this small riad is great decoratd, moroccan style. There's also a roof-terrace with a pleasant view.

We had the 2 cheapest and smallest rooms, chambre Saffran and chambre Mandarine, which were more than OK. We payed 45 euro a night per room, but prices have gone up since, these rooms go now for 60 euro.
The rooms have airco, and the bathrooms have a small window looking into a narrow street.

What we disliked, was the managment of this riad. The people working here were shouting to each other all the time which reduces the atmosphere. The only friendly person in this riad was the nightguard, Ahmed.
The prices for the dinner were around 20 euro per person, for this amount we could eat outside this riad with the whole family of 5 people.

The pool was very small, and only for a quiet plunge, because otherwise the beautiful carpets near the pool, would get wet.
We liked it very much though.... The pool is the biggest plus for this riad. The location is quite well also, about 15 minutes walking to the Djemnaa el Fnaa square.
The breakfast is very well, with diffrent breads, fresh juice.
Rooms are decorated very beautifull, and the huge bathroom is well maintained and equipped.

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Forum Posts

how to dress and behave as a single woman - where to buy leather

by dulxamara

Hi,
I just booked 10 days in Marrakech to get away from it all. Travelling mid november.
A bit of my background first: I am a historical shoemaker, this means I go round British heritage sites, wearing medieval costume, making medieval shoes and edutaining the public.

On the "cover yourself up" line, if some local women could advise me on this please?
You see, I do have a wardrobe full of historical British costume. My anglo-saxon outfits for example are loose floorlength longsleeved linen dresses with a close-to-the-neck opening and a headscarf that covers forehead, ears and neck and is tucked into the neck of the dress. I wear this kind of outfit all the time for work and it is second nature to me. Some of the later medieval kyrtles are of a fit closer to the body and come with a turban.
Can I wear these in Marrakech and will it reduce the hassle I am likely to encounter as a lone woman or may the local people think that I am mocking them?

The rest of my wardrobe are mostly loose longsleeved shirts and floorlength skirts, made from saris in bright colours and some of them are rather full of gold embroidery. Can I wear these too or will people think that I look ridiculous or arrogant?

It is important that men respect me and take me seriously, because the best medieval leather came originally from Spain, but most of those tanners moved to Morocco, especially to Fez after the reconquista and I intend to buy leather for my shoemaking business.

And a last question: I could not find a reasonably priced flight to go to Fez, so I will be based in Marrakech. Are the tanneries in Marrakech as good - if smaller - as the ones in Fez or do I really need to travel all the way to Fez to buy the best quality leather?



RE: how to dress and behave as a single woman - where to buy leather

by moroccomania

how to dress and behave as a single woman ??? just be yourself, dress as you like, no one will care.
You're asking that question like if you're traveling to an other planet. What would you dress if you go to France or Spain for vacation ? just dress the same in Morocco s well.

RE: how to dress and behave as a single woman - where to buy leather

by Ainzerka

Answers will be a bit complex for this forum. Will you ask it on the Thorn Tree Africa forum, on the Lonely Planet website? There are several people who frequent that site who have, do, or plan to live and work in Morocco.

Travel Tips for Marrakesh

Marrakech Desert trip 2.

by Andihar

But for now, the program was to traverse the broad valley in which Marrakech sits, covered with palm groves and olive trees, and to climb into the snowcapped Atlas Mountains stationed picturesquely behind the city. Next up was a lunch stop in Ourzazate, a hub for moving tourists and home to the Studios of Cinema, but notable for little else. After a lunch of couscous, we decided not to look around Ourzazate due to the constant drizzle and instead hopped back in the bus. We headed for the Dades Valley, which threads a course between the mountains of the High Atlas to the north and the rugged Jbel Saghro range to the south. The Dades is home to the largest oasis in eastern Morocco and is lined, up and down, with kasbahs, giving the valley the name Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs. And, indeed, we did see many kasbahs out of the fogged windows of the bus, but we didn't stop to see them up close, as much for keeping a schedule as for keeping dry .

Dyers District

by globetrott

It is of course part of any tour through Marakech, but lets hope this sort of labor is over soon - although I may imagine, that lots of people in Maroc are glad to have at least this sort of job....
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This pic looks a bit strange as I used a 1000ASA-film, that I had taken with me for real dark places and finally used here as well - for the first and last time !

Marrakech architecture and designs

by mafi_moya

This is inside the Saadian Tombs, built by the Saadian sultan Ahmed al-Mansour in the early 16th century. The sultan himself, along with 65 of his family and later successors, are buried here and the tombs lay undisturbed for centuries, sealed and hidden away amid the maze of Marrakech alleyways until the 20th century.

Windows in traditional Moroccan buildings rarely face on to the street - exteriors are often just a blank wall without any hint of what is hidden behind. This window in the Ali ben Youssef Medersa is one of the most ornately decorated and looks out over the courtyard below.

The Ali ben Youssef Medersa was the largest theological college in the whole of the Maghreb region and is another stunning 16th century Saadian building. This is the main open air courtyard and it's a beautiful sight - the walls are intricately carved from top to bottom - as well as being incredibly peaceful and relaxing, despite being in the heart of the busy souks of the Medina.

The courtyard of the Musee de Marrakech (the museum) is covered but just as splendidly designed and decorated as any other. The fountains and pools that fill the rooms with the sound of water make it a very soothing place.

Not all parts of the museum are in pristine condition - in places the paintwork shows its age. But it reminds you that these incredible buildings are centuries old and an essential part of Morocco's history.

Islam has been incredibly important in Morocco for hundreds of years and it's very common for verses from the Qu'ran to be carved into walls and pillars. The level of detail in the paintwork and the time it must have taken to carve matches anything I've seen in the oldest and most classical English churches.

Dar Si Said was one of Marrakech's most prestigious 19th century houses, its many rooms and floors centred around a large garden and courtyard fountain, with birds resting in the branches of the orange trees. Today it's the Museum of Moroccan Arts with a great collection of jewellery and pottery.

Most of the old riad courtyards have fountains and some sort of water system. The sound is refreshing and it looks attractive but the water also cools the house. Ali ben Youssef Medersa has its own large pool, with brightly painted tiles lining the floor.

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Address: Derb El Makina 14, Bab Ghmat, Quartier Arset El Misfioui, Medina, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco