Riad Meriem was all that we hoped for and more - a beautiful, tranquil space. It casts a spell when you walk in - it felt like entering a secret garden, another timeless world which goes back centuries We were walmly welcomed on arrival by Hassan with drinks in the courtyard, followed by a delicious meal on the roof terrace. The courtyard is dominated by an amazing cascade of bougainvillea and two elegant palm trees, but the focus is the ornate plunge pool, which is surprisingly deep and very refreshing.
An impressive array of plants in pots line the roof terrace - scented jasmine, plumbago,rosemary, pomegranate and even olives. The terrace is spacious with separate areas for shade and privacy. The entire riad is exquisitely decorated with traditional materials - plasterwork, tiles and wrought iron - not ostentatious or pretentious, but very tasteful. Dappled lighting from traditional brass lanterns is subtle and subdued, creating a magical atmosphere. Our room was clean and the shower a delight.
The food was excellent, the best we had in Marrakech - we particularly remember a wonderful lunch served in the courtyard after a dip in the pool and also a romantic meal on the terrace by candlelight. Breakfast, served on the roof terrace, were delicious - freshly squeezed orange juice in abundance and fresh breads and pancakes and home-made fig jam. This was also a time to meet fellow guests and compare notes.
The staff were always available without being obtrusive - when you needed something they were there and were always very relaxed, helpful and with a ready sense of humour. Cyrus provided guidance and suggestions at breakfast time and gave us his mobile number so that if we had any problem we could contact him. The riad is very well-positioned in the midst of the Medina, close to the souks, and with Cyrus's directions we were quickly able to orientate ourselves and find our way around.
We strongly recommend the Riad Meriem as a beautiful oasis where you can experience the best of Morocco's tradition of hospitality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Meriem is (in his own words) "a labour of love" for the New York designer Thomas Hays. He has created it with the art lover in mind with a fusion of oriental textiles, exquisite paintings plus his own Fine Art Photography. This exclusive boutique hotel has been entirely crafted by Marrakchi artisans to ensure that it retains its authenticity whilst using the talents of the best local craftsmen. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Meriem Marrakech
- Riad Meriem Hotel Marrakech