They delighted me from the first look. Modern hotels with swimming pools have no chance to compete with the riads. Beautiful buildings, amazing decorations, right in the center, though isolated from crowded streets. Surprisingly calm, but close to the most important places. Most often with charming, small pools, which have pleasantly cool water. From many riads there is an amazing view of the city, which can be admired from the large terraces on the roof. And prices, really attractive.
Thanks to the talented Monika, something unexpected happen, I found myself in a few photos with the riads in the background, thanks to which I noticed on the Fanpage a lot of interest about places in which we stayed – there were a lot of questions. So I decided to collect photos and give the names of the riads in which we stayed and to propose a few others that we noticed during the search for accommodation.
Riad Nabila, the one with the blue pool – located in Marrakech – you will find HERE
Riad del Pierre, with a green pool – in the city of Fez – you will find HERE
Riad Sakina – right next to the medina in Rabat – you will find HERE
Riad dar Raha, hidden in the heart of Marrakech, there is no pool, but attractive prices – HERE
Below other suggestions.
Other riads that caught our eye, cheaper and more expensive:
In Rabat, it was the most expensive and the most difficult thing to find accommodation at the last minute. The widest streets, the least eager to bargain shopkeepers, but tehre was a breath of fresh air from the ocean. In Fez there was the smallest selection of riads with a pool, but the were charming narrow streets and the best prices in the stalls. Accommodation marked as 3.5 km from the center is most likely this in the medina. So there we look not at 1 km as usual, but at 3.5 from the center to be near the old city. Marrakesh is probably the most characteristic, with a lot of trimmers, but also with such a unique charm and the most beautiful riads, the choice is huge, the most affordable prices. The smaller the riad, the greater the probability that we will be there alone. In three out of four we were the only guests, hence our photo frenzy.
Despite air conditioning, I recommend rooms on the lower floors, where it is cooler and you do not have to wake up in the morning to switch on the AC. Service was very helpful everywhere, we even checked in at six in the morning and someone was waiting especially for us without additional costs. They keep an eye on our luggage and looked after us. In Nabila’s raid at one evening, we were lightening lamps around the pool and when a member of a hotel staff saw us next day, he came, smile and said he knew we wantto light the candles and he did it himself. It’s best to save the exact address on the offline map, because it’s usually hard to find a place in the thicket of streets, and the tricksters who count on money for getting to the right address are just waiting for it. Especially if a riad does not sign even a very ordinary looking entrance door, similar to the other twenty in the area. The numbering does not go in turn. Check every rom while booking one place, often they are very different from each other, some have terraces, other beds on the mezzanine, others may not even have a muslin curtain in the wide entrance to the bathroom. Well, it can be hard with English, but certainly one will always find a helpful hand in riads.
At the end I attach the the desert accommodation, but it was so warm that we lay on the mattresses under the open sky, though there was a a bit of whiff of almost fifty-degree air. It’s always an adventure!
I also invite you to Instagram for my Instastories from Morocco, which is what you will not find here or on FB: Highlights Instastories
fot. Monika Wierzbicka
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