Riad des Arts

Derb Moulay Abdelkader 116, Dabachi, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco
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Pretty nice Riad in Marrakech, Morrocco

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by written on May 19, 2006

Riads in the Medina of Marrakech are becoming more and more popular with Europeans tourists and they are a nice alternative to those big hotels outside the Medina. We rented a whole Riad for Xmas last year, and had the most wonderful experience, mainly thanks to Zacharia who is the majordomo and Khadiya (I think) the 24 year old cook. The riad is small, only 5 rooms, and we were a party of 8 so we had the riad to ourselves, which was of course pretty neat. The riad is one of the smallest in the Medina, and has a very intimate feel to it -- definitely recommended if your group is big enough to rent the whole place. The decoration of the rooms is a bit "kitsch" and the lighting is really dark, the jacuzzi in one of the rooms isn't worth it -- stil the rooms are all different and have a nice atmosphere. We had breakfast on the rooftop terrace and dinner in the patio on the ground floor, and lunch on the terrace or the patio depending on the mood. The food is very expensive compared to what you get in the Souk but of course it's home made, very fresh, and wonderfully well cooked -- and of course you can ask for what you want (maybe because we had the whole riad, I don't know how it works when there are other people). We had our New Year dinner which was really wonderful, excellent cuisine and the table was very nicely decorated with lots of taste (that was Zacharia). This was our 3rd trip to Marrakech but it was definitely the best. The service is really excellent, smiling and pleasant without being servile, even the young girl cleaning the rooms, and Zacharia would fit into any 5 star hotel in Europe. We also went to a hammam right outside the alley, which we didn't like so much -- it's pleasant to be scrubbed and all, but overall it was a bit too much of everything.

Unique Quality: The structure is typically Morroccan: a blank wall outside with a small entrance. Inside, a small inner courtyard, the patio, in which there is a small pool, with a lounge area. Go up very steep stairs that give out to an inside balcony. The doors to the rooms open out on the balcony. The lattice windows all open out to the balcony, none give toward the street. You can't really bathe in the pool it's too small. There is a tent-like room on the roof with white satin stuff about the bed, which gives it a somewhat weird atmosphere. The other rooms are more in the style of what we would imagine would be Morroccan, without being outstanding, they are quite nice. The owner is a Frenchman married to a Morrocan, and they have made a good job overall, even though it's probably not to everybody's taste. The absolutely outstanding part of our stay was the food and the service. We left huge tips because we thought they deserved it so much more than the owner (while probably being underpaid). Plus it's very well located in the midst of the Medina, a few minutes from the Place Djama el Fna. There is a stall right outside the alley on the left going toward Djama el Fna where they sell and serve small Tagine and chiche kebab which are quite OK for a quick snack.

Oh, we did have to insist on having Morroccan food throughout and not French. I guess it's because their guests usually want French food -- or maybe it's because they feel they can charge more for it, I don't know.

The prices for the rooms seem to be very different depending on the season. They are about average for a riad, not compared to hotels. We reserved through www.riadsmorocco.com. They have a good reputation among the people we know who have reserved through them, and we were quite satisfied with their services.

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Address: Derb Moulay Abdelkader 116, Dabachi, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco

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