Once you knock on the authentic wooden door in the street wall and it opens (mind your head!), you feel so welcome when entering the hallway and patio of this gorgeous old house.
Do not recall to be welcomed so warm and kindly by a total stranger, the French owner of the house, who very quickly isn't a stranger anymore, more like a sweet old friend who is so happy to see you again.
Take your time to discover and admire all hidden treasures of this aunthentic, beautifully restored riad: every single, small detail calls for attention and even after a couple of days one still finds new hidden artifacts. We peticular loved the fact that it wasn't stuffed and over done with lots of local items, but tastefully designed with some beautiful examples of old, local craftsmanship: one of the reasons why we chose this riad.
So once the warm welcome and first glasses of sweet mint tea (Berber whiskey..) were history, we were shown our chosen Sable Suite on the first floor, a very spacious, silent and cool space with a certain atmosphere which cannot be described: it felt good, like coming home after a long trip into history. The Sable Suite has, apart from a double bed in the main room, an alcove with 2 single beds as well, very smart for families with children. To obtain optimal profit from the A/C (an absolute necessity), the thick white curtain to the second room was drawn, a very good idea.
En suite bathroom with interesting bathtub, all tadelact, is another eye opener: a feeling of going back into time, but more than sufficient and convenient. Large, heavy towels as well as smaller ones were changed daily. The bedlinnen is of excellent quality and was changed every 4th day.
Roof top terrace: much is written about it already, it is charming. We loved to watch the 2 gorgeous cats of the owner and their little friend proudly parading over the adjoing rooftops, playfully and naughty - as cats can be. One of the cats talks... and expects you to join him in conversation as he seeks attention.
Breakfast had little changes from day to day, Always served gracefully with a modest smile, by Ahmed and Soumia, 2 beautiful sweet people, either on the sunlit rooftop terrace or downstairs inside when weather was less nice and rain showers fell over hot Marrakech...
What struck us was the absolute silence once inside the riad's walls: hardly any streetnoise (and it ís very noisy on the Streets of Marrakech), no smells, just the occasional sounds from the muezzins around at certain hours.
Location is very convenient: all main places and points of interest can easily be reached and are within walking distance, one does need public transport to go to places outside the old city walls.
And the fact that everything was so well maintained (the plants all over are Ahmed's pride) and extremely clean, in spite of the sand and dust outside, added to the pleasures.
Over the 11 days of our stay in this riad we became good friends with the owner, Vivienne, and when time came to return home we felt sorry to go and to leave this fantastic house and the sweet staff: it wasn't a 'Fare well " but rather an '''Au revoir ".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Massiba, is an exceptional guesthouse which invites you to a timeless travel where the city of Marrakech deploys all its spell as a concubine its finery, whereme monts pass by languishingly, and where the bewitched visitor will make a salutary rest stop to feed himself with serenity and peace before pursuing his long way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Massiba Marrakech
- Riad Massiba Hotel Marrakech