We've just had 5 nights here. We've had a number of stays in ?Morocco and Marrakech but the first time that we've chosen a riad. Ok, it isn't a luxury hotel and that takes a day to get used to - no reception, sometimes no-one around etc, but as the stay went on we enjoyed the peace and calm. There are only 4 rooms - 2 suites and 2 singles/small doubles. Our suite was large, beautiful painted ceilings and doors, a very comfy bed and a huge bathroom with large sunken bath - all marble. This riad is an old pasha's palace and is lovely. There are some small points, like choice of chairs and big outdoor gas heaters (open fires would have been so much nicer) but the staff are lovely, caring, attentive etc. it's a 5 minute walk to the main square but back from the streets and behind the gate, it's very peaceful. The real draw? The restaurant - Pepe Nero - fusion of Moroccan and Italian cooking. Food is absolutely delicious - beautifully presented and a terrific choice. It's no surprise that the restaurant is packed each of the 6 nights it's open (not Mondays) and the 'phone seems to ring constantly. Even if you don't stay here, do consider eating here. Breakfast is included and can be had in your room - we had fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh warm pastries and good coffee - omelettes also offered.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Al Moussika - For comfort, style and refinement. THE Riad experience in Marrakech! Situated in the ancient medina of Marrakech, five minutes walk from place Jemaa El Fna, the Riyad was once one of the residences of the former Pasha of Marrakech, Thami El Glaoui, and has been refurbished to a very high standard in the Andalucian style. One of the gates of Riyad Al Moussika opens on to a garden with old cypress trees soaring to the sky, a huge bougainvillea climbing across the pergolas, a swimming pool, in the centre or, more precisely, an Andalucian basin thirteen meters long, tiled with a mosaic carpet design. Here water falls from a white Carrara marble fountain to the songs of numerous small birds creating an idyllic scenario, in spite of being in the heart of central medina. A fireplace gives the winter evenings a cosy atmosphere, as do the impressive modern paintings, carpets, sofas and armchairs. There is a hi-fi system and an art deco Pleyel grand piano perfectly tuned for the pleasure of the guests. The Turkish bath or hammam in white marble with a relax room where, on request, a professional masseur can take care of the guests. There is a unique view of the medina and the Atlas Mountains from the two terraces that are sheltered partially with wooden pergolas and surrounded by large terracotta flower vases. Tables, comfortable armchairs with cushions and teak chaises-long allow guests to request breakfast and candle lit dinner, as well as to sunbathe during the day. On one of the terraces there is a pavilion with Moroccan sofas, cushions and lamps should some of the guests prefer a more intimate space. The resident Chef, Grand Diploma Cordon Bleu, has devoted his life to gastronomy and invites lovers of fine dining to experience his repertoire of Moroccan, Italian and French cuisine at the haute Cuisine riyad's Restaurant PEPE NERO. There are 4 double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathroom. All rooms have air-conditioning / heating system, telephone with external line, television with the major satellite channels (BBC, CNN etc.), Internet wireless connection is available and DVD in the music room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riyad Al Moussika Marrakech
- Riyad Al Moussika Hotel Marrakech