This review is just going to be a love letter to Riad Malika. I just couldn't even believe this place, and I've stayed at some world-class hotels. What an incredibly stunning property. What an unbelievable room. What lovely, personal service. Oh my. I may be ruined for life. Perhaps readers of this review should look at the photos attached to my review in order to make their decisions- the pictures say it all. I have never seen such a unique, lovingly decorated, stylistically beautiful place, not to mention that the room, which was rather a bargain, was considerably larger than my two-bedroom Manhattan apartment. True story. When the attendant led us into our rooms, I thought we were being led into a lobby/public seating area. Turns out, it was our private sitting area! It was really that massive, and the sort of beautiful most hotels reserve for public spaces. I hardly wanted to leave the room to tour Marrakesh, I was so enthralled. If you're not convinced yet, here are a few more details:
The room: we reserved a suite, and as I mentioned, it was massive. It was decorated in a truly sui generis fashion, with marvelous art deco furniture fused with Moroccan details. One wall was all stained-glass windows, which threw beautiful light all over the room in the morning and the evening and every time in between. The bathrooms were also beautiful- yes, the room had two bathrooms- beautiful tilework everywhere, soft, fluffy robes, modern details. Everything was quirky, thoughtful, and beautiful. The room was also spotless and promptly cleaned at whatever time we elected to leave. The grounds are lovely too, quiet and peaceful, and there's a small pool with an "endless swim" function in it that is just perfect (and maintained at an *ideal* temperature.)
We didn't eat dinner at the Riad but if we'd had more time I would have loved to. Every evening there would be one couple, perhaps two, enjoying a quiet meal by the burbling fountain in the courtyard, to the tune of jazz that has been clearly selected by someone who knows something about the subject. We did enjoy some wonderful breakfasts, though- every day there is something new and special, one day a Moroccan doughnut, another day special pancakes, and everything is prepared with a bit of flair- a hint of grated orange orange peel in the crépes, house-made yogurt that is nothing short of perfection.
I would also like to take a second to thank the Riad for the top-notch service. We interacted primarily with Afid and Rajesh (I probably butchered those spellings), who were incredibly kind and helpful in attending to all our needs- from reservations to directions to general advice about our stay. They made our arrival and departure incredibly smooth sailing, helpful down to the last moment. We actually left something behind in the room and they called the person that was transferring us to the airport to inform him that we might want to come back!
Anyway, this place was a marvelous experience and my wonder at how thrilled I was by this hotel choice just never ended. Best place I'll ever stay, I'm quite sure. It's been a week and I still grin to myself when I think about how delighted I was with this property. So, Thanks, Riad Malika! What an unforgettable stay.