If you go to Marrakech, you must stay in a Riad. It’s a traditional Moroccan house with an inner courtyard or garden. Some of them have a swimming pool in the middle, and most likely a rooftop. You have less than 10 rooms per riad and it’s located in the old city, the Medina. A little advice: don’t arrive at the night time, always request a guide from your riad to come to pick you otherwise you will most likely get lost in Medina’s labyrinthine streets.
Our Stay at Riad l’Atelier was beyond amazing, it’s literally one of my best traveling experiences ever. I found this place on Airbnb, less than a month before our travel. At the time, in June, most of the places I wanted to stay was fully booked. (hello procrastination). So you can’t imagine how surprised I was when I found this place. Moreover, this place was brand new: zero bookings at the time, no reviews, the Riad even offered a discount deal for their first travelers. This was definitely a sign.
A heaven you will never want to leave
Located in the center of Medina, Riad l’Atelier was amazingly restored by Julia and Mauro. What I noticed the most was the contrast between the noise from the streets of the Medina and this sense of well-being once inside. We felt so far away from the souk. They succeeded to create a peaceful and relaxing place. Very well decorated, very elegant in a leafy environment. This charming townhouse was the perfect mix between modern elements and traditional architecture. With only 5 rooms, you are most likely to don’t meet anyone during your stay.
A driver came to pick us at the airport, he knew exactly the closest place to the riad to drop us. We wouldn’t find it by ourselves. We were very lucky, Mauro came to pick us at the meeting point. However, we still had to walk for 5 min. Medina’s streets are very narrow. Our car couldn’t go any further for instance. We noticed so many little attentions which were very helpful. Firstly, Mauro offered us a welcome tea and proposed to go buy our phone recharge for us in a small shop, this would have been a whole expedition for us. Secondly, when we went out for the first time, Julia came with us to show us the road. They were both committed to making our stay flawless and unforgettable. This is place itself is deserved the whole travel. I would go back to Morroco again just for this place.
My favorite place of this Riad was the rooftop, we enjoyed so much having our breakfast there. It was also the perfect place to relax, sit on one of this long chair, sunbathing, read a book, look at the sunset, heart the prayer call at the end of the afternoon.
Others amazing places
Riad Tarabel | Riad Matham | Rodamon Riad Marrakech |Riad 42 Marrakech |Dar Darma |Riad on Airbnb |Riad Yasmine |Riad L’hôtel
I found this article which explains everything you need to know and consider before booking your Riad. Check here.