Located in Riad Laarousse just north of the souks (markets) in the ancient Medina of Marrakech, Riad Ma'ab opened earlier this year after being painstakingly renovated to combine traditional design with modern facilities - lighting, power points, hot water, en-suite bathrooms and wifi internet access. It is a beautifully restored traditional Riad centred around a courtyard with fountain and cool, relaxed seating areas with clean, airy, air-conditioned en-suite rooms on two floors plus a roof terrace with shaded lounging areas, tables and seating.
It's easy to get to the souks and to walk through (or round) them to the main square, Djemaa el Fna (10-20 mins depending on route) and on to the Palaces and Kasbah. The Riad is very close to the Musée de Marrakech and Ben Youssef Mosque and Medersa (essential visits), handy for the Hammam el Bacha (for an authentic Hammam experience), with the modern quarter, Gueliz, and the beautiful Jardin Majorelle (YSL Garden) a short taxi ride or walk.
Riad Ma’ab is also very near to one of the best French/Moroccan restaurants in town - Restaurant Terrasse des Epices. This roof-top restaurant provides fine dining at sensible prices with discrete and attentive service. Way better quality and value than places near the main square, and relaxing too - highly recommended.
The Riad itself is tucked away from the busy streets and provides a calm and peaceful haven at any time of day. The service is excellent, from being met at the airport to the free water, tea and coffee, and the personal, friendly and relaxed breakfasts served on the roof terrace by Houssain and Sara.
John, the owner, provides all the info you’ll need in advance of your stay and accepts Paypal transactions, making booking straightforward and secure. There are copies of all the current guidebooks to Marrakech and Morocco for you to browse in the courtyard.
We really enjoyed our stay in Marrakech, and much of that has to be down to the hospitality we were shown at Riad Ma’ab. Houssain, Sara and Najat were great - so friendly and they made our stay relaxing and comfortable. It also helps that the Riad has been so well renovated and is peaceful and calm – great for unwinding after a day’s sightseeing.
I've already passed details of Riad Ma'ab on to friends and colleagues as a recommendation, and would not hesitate to return.
There are many Riads in Marrakech, but look no further because you will not find accommodation of this quality at this or even double the price....