In the old part of Marrakech you walk through narrow alleyways wondering where on earth you are going and suddenly a beautiful old wooden door opens, a warm smile welcomes you and you discover an enchanting magical old palace. A Riad is an old house built around a patio. Les Yeux Bleus has two patios, a small one with an old fountain in the middle doubles up as the winter dining room, the main one opens up to the skies and has been cleverly redesigned with a small swimming pool. It is the living center of the house. The patios are surrounded by open galleries, there are two upper floors, the last floor being the roof/terrace. The bedrooms are opening onto the galleries. There are 8 bedrooms and as many living rooms/libraries/ sitting room every one of them tastefully decorated with beautiful Morrocan furniture, art and antiques.
The bedrooms all have their own local style. Ours boasted a large double bed, comfy antique armchairs, small tables and a wardrobe. The painting on the wall of a Morrocan old man was stunning. The bathroom was so beautiful in the local craft of “Tadelakt”. Although temperature was soaring outside, the room remained cool and we did not need to use the air conditioning. The place is very quiet and the only thing we noticed was the call to prayer in the early morning.
Dinner is provided on request. Ours was set in the small patio. White table cloth, antique Morrocan plates and smart cutlery, it was better than in a 5 star hotel. We were offered a gastronomic menu of Morrocan delicacies: many different salads each prepared with different species and various “Tagines” in their special tagine dishes. The pudding of” pastilla” was exquisite. The Morrocan wines were matching perfectly. The staff was always discrete and efficient, planning ahead of our needs. Another couple had a romantic dinner by the little pool, their table set with candle lights and petals of roses.
Breakfast can be enjoyed in the patio downstairs or on the terrace on the last floor. Breakfast can offer you the best Morrocan pancakes and patisseries as well as croissants with fresh coffee and fresh orange juice. Do ask for mint tea, not only because it is the most refreshing local drink but also for the pleasure to see it served with the amazing gesture that takes the teapot so far away from the glass. The last floor has a view on the roofs of Marrakech and it is also where the Hammam is, where you can get a massage and get pampered after a long day shopping in the souk or walking in the Atlas mountains. The Riad is 5 minutes walk from the souk and the main square Jama El Fna that is bustling with tourist attractions but we would recommend you explore the shops on the way to the square as they are shops for locals.
We highly recommend the Riad Les Yeux Bleus because it has been for us the perfect place for a long week end. It gave us a great base to explore Marrakech following the recommendations of the staff there. The staff sense of hospitality made us feel we were welcome in their home, not guests in a hotel. Although there are 8 rooms, we never noticed the other guests and there are as many living rooms so that we could chose our own living room to relax. We could live the dream that this was our beautiful palace out of a story from “The 1001 nights”.
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