We stayed at the Riad Princesse du Desert for one night at the beginning and the end of a 7 days trip to the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara desert.
The Riad is located in a quiet back alley just a few minutes walk from Jemaa el-Fna square. We had arranged for a pick-up from the airport and a driver was waiting for us in the arrivals hall. This is money well spent in my opinion, as the Medina of Marrakech can be a difficult place to find your way. The driver set us off at the Bab Ksour gate, and as we had quite a lot of luggage we were helped by a porter to carry the luggage to the Riad, and also to show us the way. On arrival at the Riad we were greeted by one of the managers, Mostapha and served a nice glass of mint tea.
The Riad is built around an open courtyard and the style of the interior is kept in tradition with Moroccan design. The building is old, but was converted into a hotel about three years ago. The rooms are of decent size and with a shower and wc. The furniture is traditional, and the beds were comfortable. At night the building is lit up by traditional lamps and lanterns, giving it a different look from daytime. There is a roof terrace with sitting arrangements and sunbeds. We had our breakfast up there, and it is also a great place for lounging throughout the day.
Wi-Fi is available free of charge, but signal is best at ground floor and first floor.
Apart from the breakfast, which was nice, we did not try the food at the Riad. They serve a range of traditional food, and I wish I had had the chance to try it out but we decided to eat out instead. If their food is anywhere near as good as their mint tea, which is the best I tasted in all of Morocco, then please give their kitchen a try!
Mostapha and his team made us feel very welcome, and the Riad became a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of the Medina. On our first night there, Mostapha offered to walk with us to Jemaa el-Fna square to show us the way. He explained about the Medina and pointed out waypoints to look for, in order to find our way back. With his explanation, we found the way back to the Riad without any problems.
We are very happy with our stay at the Riad Princesse du Desert, and we hope to stay there again on our next visit to exciting Marrakech!