We spent 2 days at Riad Siwan after having spent 5 days in the Grand Atlas. After the peace of the mountains, Marrakech is sensory overload - hawkers, snake charmers, scooters speeding through the narrow crowded lanes, smells and smoke from cooking, and the heat of the sun. Riad Siwan was a calm oasis that allowed us to appreciate this fantastic city without burning out. Located in the heart of the medina, which makes most of the major attractions within easy walking distance, the Riad is not easy to find - a journey through twisting, narrow lanes and tunnels leads to an unassuming door marked only as #28. Beyond that door is a newly remodeled slice of paradise, run by a friendly and efficient staff. The central atrium courtyard characteristic of a riad is a small but lush garden around a central fountain. We stayed in Ifrane, a twin room on the upper floor decorated in beautiful Moroccan colors. The room overlooks the atrium and is air-conditioned, but as it cooled down rapidly after sunset we only used the air conditioning during the hottest part of the day. The beds were wonderfully comfortable. The en suite bathroom was spacious and modern. A few steps up led to the roof terrace, where meals were served, as well as to the small but very welcome plunge pool. A few more steps led to the tower, with superb panoramic views of the medina. As one of the days we stayed at the riad was my travel companion's birthday, the staff prepared a superb dinner for us - a chicken tagine with confit citron and olives that was to die for - by far the best food we had in Marrakech. The manager Khalid is extremely helpful and proactively looked after our comfort, and also arranged a city guide for us, which made our foray into Marrakech much more informative and enjoyable. WiFi was readily accessible in all parts of the riad. Riad Siwan also supports Education For All, which provides assistance for Moroccan girls pursuing higher education.
I would highly recommend Riad Siwan to anyone staying in Marrakech. Our stay there could not have been better.
- Also Known As:
- Riad Siwan Hotel Marrakech