More about Riad Noir d'Ivoire
A divine escape from the craziness of the medina
This hotel is a Moroccan fantasy - every attention to detail has been made. The rooms are exquisitely decorated with objet d'arts from around the world mixed with the finest of linens and the most modern of amenities. The pool area humms with music by Buddha Bar and Putumayo while they serve you gin and tonic or mint tea as you bask in the sun. The staff have mastered that fine art of being attentive to your every whim without being cloying but the real star of the riad is Tat the Cat, who acts like the the pacha of the place, with his star-studded collar from Harrods (brought to him by returning guests) even though the owner found him on the winding streets of the medina. He found her, she says. Smart cat.
I stayed here for one night initially and was so smitten by the place and the staff, that I added four more just because I loved it so much. It truly was the highlight of my trip and the perfect respite from the craziness of life in the souk. It's no wonder it made Conde Nast Traveler's Hot List 100 for 2008.
Hidden sanctuary in the medina !
We stayed at the Riad Noir D'Ivoire for a long weekend in early June. The house and rooms (and we were shown around most of them !) are absolutely fabulous but it is the service that really stands out - all of the staff just couldn't do enough for us. We used the Samir (arranged via the Riad) to collect us from the airport and he drops you off in the Medina. You will then be meet by two porters from the hotel and 'Cous Cous' the donkey who will accompany you and transport your luggage to the Riad.
From the outside, the Riad is just a plain, very ordinary door but once you step inside its like entering a whole new world. We arrived early (approx 10am) and this didn't cause them any problems, we were offered breakfast and then once ready shown straight to our room (Cameleon). The hotel has small courtyards, with swimming pools, both inside and out both and breakfast can be taken in either. Equally, snacks / light lunches can be purchased throughout the day and they have a well stocked bar. The Riad does have a roof terrace so it is a nice option to have drinks up there and enjoy the late afternoon sun. There is also a Spa and Gym if you are that way inclined.The Riad will also provide you with a mobile phone for you to carry with you and are encouraged to ring them if you ever need help or advice.
The hotel will suggest places to eat in the evening, make the bookings and arrange for one of the porters to accompany you there and back (not for security reasons more to ensure that you don't get lost !). Alternatively, they will walk you to the taxi rank and arrange one for you. We ate at the Cafe de la Poste in the new town, Le Pavillon (which is fantastic -situated in a secluded patio and only a 5 min walk) and Le Tanjia. All were very enjoyable and we would certainly recommend them all - Le Tanjia was more touristy and had entertainment after 10pm (belly dancers) but Le Pavillon was our favourite.
There isn't a great deal to do in Marrakech, some lovely gardens, the square (Jemaa El Fna - which you have to experience both at night and during the day) and the souks so it does make for a relaxing weekend with a mix of sightseeing and just chilling out (especially in the mid afternoon when it was very hot even in June). We did take a trip on the City Sightseeing 'Hop on / Hop off' bus and whilst it does enable you to get your bearings there aren't many attractions to 'hop off' at !
If I was to be critical, I think the only area where the Riad could improve is around breakfast. They provide tea / coffee & fruit juice, fresh fruit and yogurt and then a selection of breads. Whilst they were all lovely a little more selection would have been welcomed.
I would thoroughly recommend anyone to stay here - the Riad is well decorated, maintained and the service (in particular Damien) just excellent.
Great time and excellent services
We stayed for a long weekend in June. Our stay was just perfect, very nice pool, great breakfast, the room was very confortable. Jill the manager attended us on everything we needed and gave us very good reccomendations. Excellent location in the Medina. The only thing I would recommend them to improve is the lunch variety. Nevertheless, we strongly reccomend it.
Noir D'Ivoire - perfection.
Its completely true everything you read about this place - something very special has been created here. If you love design and attention to detail in your holiday destination, and many hotels - lets face it, do not always live up to the expectation on arrival, the Riad Noir D'Ivoire is, in my opinion, hard to fault. Beautiful suites and private roof terraces with jacuzzis, and plenty of intimate quiet corners to hide away in with attentive waiting staff to bring you mint tea/gin &tonic, whatever your preference. Provides a wonderful calm contrast to the chaos of the Medina. Jill, the owner, and Damien her manager are exceptional in their service and recommendations, and organised the most amazing dinner for my mother's 70th birthday, complete with birthday cake, on a candlelit roof terrace overlooking Marrakech. I rarely say this about a hotel, but it was perfection. Can't wait to return!
My wife and I spent 3 days here and it was amazing! The staff, rooms and the entire riad were just world class. Everything we desired we got including a lot of help afterward shipping a container of goods back home to the USA. Every little detail is attended to including giving us cell phones while walking around and having instant access to the reception, driver and more. The pool area and private upstairs terrace was amazing. We cannot wait to go back and stay here again. Everything about our trip to the Riad Noir d'Ivoire was magical. We strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a world class stay in an amazing city everyone should visit at least once!
Loved the Noir d'Ivoire
I cannot recommend Noir d'Ivoire strongly enough. It is simply the most blissful place to spend a short break in Marrakech. The riad is gorgeously decorated and is a wonderful oasis to wind down after a hard day in the souks. Every detail has been lovingly thought out and the attentive and friendly staff are a delight.
I visited in September 2008 on a shopping/chilling break with a girlfriend. Before we even arrived, we'd had a friendly email exchange with Jill, the owner, who was a fantastic source of local knowledge and recommendations throughout our visit. She sent us to some fantastic shops that don't make it into guide books and which we'd simply never have found on our own. Damien, the manager, was always on hand to recommend places to eat and to arrange restaurant bookings or to arrange a quiet meal and a bottle of wine for us in the candlelit courtyard of the riad. Every member of staff was courteous and helpful and we were personally escorted to one restaurant by a member of staff (because we were likely to get lost, not because of any safety concern). Should we have got lost at any point also we had the security of knowing the riad was only a phone call away on the mobile phone provided by Damien on our first day.
We stayed in a junior suite overlooking the courtyard. The beds were extremely comfortable and the stylishly decorated room had lots of thoughtful touches, such as sun hats/shopping baskets in the cupboard, nibbles, mineral water and a mini toiletries set in the bathroom. We could hear the calls to prayer (there's probably very few places within the Medina where you couldn't) but it wasn't loud enough to be an intrusion. Each day we had a delicious breakfast of fruit salad, yoghurt, freshly baked cakes, eggs and toast. In the evening there are traditional Moroccan or European dishes available if you fancy eating in and the riad is also licensed to sell alcohol. There is also a fabulous boutique and a hammam for those bent on pampering.
I have only praise for the riad and I have no doubts that I will be staying at Noir d'Ivoire next time I visit Marrakech. I'm looking forward to it already...
Honeymoon at Riad Noir d'Ivoire -- Absolutely Wonderful!
My husband and I recently returned from our Honeymoon in Marrakech. It was a wonderful trip - all the more so because of the wonderful hotel Riad Noir D'Ivoire.
But first a little history. We decided on Marrakech as we only had 5 days and wanted to go someplace neither of use had been but also someplace that was relatively close (it is only 6 hours from NYC). Because our visit was brief, we wanted to immerse our self in the heart of the city and we wanted to find a special place-with the amenities for some much needed pampering. Our trip also happened to land on one of the hottest weeks of the year in Morocco (August) we wanted to make sure our accommodations had air conditioning and a pool.
After a bit of surfing travel sites and reading magazines and travel guides, my husband sent several emails to interesting places. Lucky for us Jill at Riad Noir D'Ivoire was one of the few to respond. Jill was so accommodating via email and on the phone that the choice was obvious - we booked our stay and headed to Marrakech.
Jill had arranged transfers from the airport and we were met outside of baggage claim by a gentleman who drove us into the heart of the old city. The last portion of our journey involved two very polite staff members who transferred our luggage from the taxi to the back of a donkey cart. The two young men led the way a short distance through a lively cobblestoned local market area, then down a quiet alley away from the hustle and bustle. After a couple of turns we came to a beautiful but simple door with only a small plaque indicating we had arrived at the Riad.
Upon entering we were greeted by another very gracious and helpful gentleman who settled us in, brought us cool drinks, and answered all our immediate questions about the city and things to do during our stay. We were immediately struck by the beautiful décor in the entry foyer of the Riad-a clean, contemporary take on traditional Moroccan design with unique pieces of other international origin mixed in judiciously. As we made our way to our room we passed a comfortable, chic bar area, then on to an open courtyard with a serene dipping pool around which lounge chairs and dining tables were intimately arranged. We had a number of great meals served pool side during our stay. At night this area was transformed by romantic candle light and four base-lit cascading waterfalls on one side wall. A small but well-equipped gym was situated at the far end of the pool, separated from the courtyard by a floor to ceiling wall of glass. Even as I write this, I don't think my description does justice to how beautifully decorated the Riad is.
Each guest room had its own theme and décor. We were fortunate to have been able to stay in two different rooms during our stay and to experience the ambiance of each. Like the public areas in the Riad, the décor in the rooms was elegant and eclectic with custom made and unique pieces throughout. The walls of the whole Riad were made of a smooth plaster stained a very calming shade of muted terra cotta. Handmade tile floors kept spaces cool.
Each morning we had a lovely breakfast served to us by the pool or on the roof if that was what we wanted. In the evening when we returned we had drinks served by the pool again as we relaxed before dinner. In fact, we found it somewhat difficult to leave for our daily excursions since the atmosphere at the Riad was so relaxing, luxurious and rejuvenating... And speaking of rejuvenating, Noir d'Ivoire has an in-house hammam (a traditional Moroccan bath) and a lovely area for massages. I had an excellent massage one evening, from the staff masseuse, which was incredibly relaxing.
I mentioned her above, but one of the greatest treasures of the Riad is the owner Jill Fechtmann. Jill is a wonderful, knowledgeable woman and it was clear from our lively conversations that she not only has an excellent design sensibility, but also a passion for the culture and uniqueness of Morocco. She couldn't have been more hospitable, and her advice was invaluable. She essentially filled us in on the best places to visit, shop, and eat. As a result, we were able to make the most of our limited time available. It was like having our own personal tour guide with inside scoop on all the must-see places in Marrakech. She made us feel completely at home during our stay.
On our last day, we were sad to leave the beautiful Oasis in the middle of the old Marrakech. The donkey and cart dutifully carried our luggage to the drop off point, where a driver was waiting to bring us back to the airport for our flight home. We had a brief but wonderful adventure-just what we had hoped for-as well as some much needed and appreciated pampering from the wonderful staff of Riad Noire d'Ivoire.
My husband and I have both been lucky enough to stay at some wonderful properties all over the world and both of us found that Noire d'Ivoire and its staff, without question, provided the one of the best lodging experiences either of us have ever had. We would with out reservation encourage anyone looking to experience a rich, colorful culture, along with a desire for some luxurious pampering, to plan a visit to Marrakech and Riad Noire d'Ivoire.
Just returned from a wonderful long weekend with a friend. We loved every second of our stay and were hard pushed to leave the riad and venture into Marrakech! The property is GORGEOUS and the staff couldn't be more helpful and accomodating! We ate at the riad on our first night and the food was fab! We had a fantastic hammam at the riad and late nights and later mornings lounging around in our dressing gowns having toast and hot chocolate! We stayed in the Gazelle room for two nights and had the Elephant suite on our last night - wow! There are so many beautiful riads in Marrakech and I am dying to return with my husband as soon as possible but I think we'll stay at Noir D'Ivoire again because I fear we would only be disappointed elsewhere! Don't hesitate to stay here - it's really special!
Just back from 3 days - Amazing Place!!
We are just back to the US from 3 nights at the Riad as part of our honeymoon (also went to Spain). We originally picked the Marrakech area because we wanted to go to the mountains, but then our original two hotels did not pan out for one reason or another, so we decided to stay in the city. We did not totally understand the different between staying inside or outside of the Medina, but am SO GLAD that we ended up here.
It was an amazing experience in the medina but won't go into that here. But there cannot be a better riad anywhere, seriously. The service is done by relatively young people who typically have not been doing this for years, but they are so nice and attentive and caring and warm that it makes up for any lack of experience. Jill is so lucky to have a great staff. She and her staff make it feel like you are a cousin coming in for a stay. They can loan you a cell phone in case of emergencies (we never ended up dialing ours). They will give you good tips and recommendations for everything you do. They will bring you a little something from the kitchen or build you a fire whenever your heart desires. The food there is excellent.
The Riad itself is beautiful, with two separate areas that can be open to the sky, depending upon the weather. Great lounge areas. Nice background music.
Try a hammam or massage. The services were great too.
Pricing seems to be very fair.
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