This riad is a true gem. A friend (a discriminating world traveler) recommended it, and it turned out to be the best part of my Marrakech visit. The owners – a lovely young French couple, Audrey and Paco – are exceptionally nice and hospitable. They have lived in Marrakech for 7+ yrs and therefore know it well. I got to know them during my week’s stay and benefited hugely from their insider recommendations on where to eat, shop, and visit. Without their tips, my visit would have been much less memorable. Audrey and Paco chat warmly and openly with all the guests, so you feel instantly at home.
They also have excellent taste, and you see that in the way the riad is artfully furnished. Though simple, the décor is elegant, subtle, and true to Moroccan form. The riad has 3 floors plus a rooftop terrace. Each floor of the riad houses several suites plus smaller rooms. I stayed in a suite with beautiful carved doors and curtains, a canopied bed, and large marble bathtub. Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace where you have a panoramic view of the main mosque and surrounding medina. My favorite part of each morning - freshly squeezed orange juice and perfectly made coffee, with Moroccan pancakes hot off the griddle.
The riad is ideally situated if you want to be in the heart of the Medina. Just a 5 min walk from the main square (Jemaa El Fna) and a stone’s throw from one of the main souk alleys. It’s at the end of Rue Moussaine - by far the nicest street in the Medina. So you are in the ‘best part of town.’ To get to the riad from the main street, you have to walk through several tiny, darkish alleys, which is the norm in the Medina. While this may seem strange to people accustomed to big city hotels, I found it exciting! It gives you a sense of being on an adventure in an exotic locale. When you arrive and pass through the door, you find yourself in an oasis –an open courtyard bathed in streaming sunlight.
This riad is very quiet. The guests – many of whom are European or English couples over 30 - are enjoying a quiet vacation. This is definitely not the place to stay if you plan to talk loudly and party late. Everyone is very considerate and mindful of the other guests. You will have an excellent night’s rest, in complete silence, except for the intermittent prayer calls, which you can’t help but hear wherever you are in Marrakech. Oh, and if you like hearing birds sing, you’ll hear them chirping right outside your door, too.
I happen to be a fairly picky traveler, particularly about cleanliness. This is very good value for what you get. Not very expensive for an excellent location. (I saw a budget hotel right off the Square, which was truly scary as in dirty, and it cost only 20 euros less). Note: this is not a 5 star resort – it’s not meant to provide super luxury. Go to the Aman or Mamounia for that. Instead, it is an intimate, simple boutique hotel (in the U.S., the closest description would be an upscale B&B) where you go for the cozy charm and experience of living the local life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the very 'chic' Mouassine and Jema El Fnaa area, Riad Chraibi has been restored following Moroccan traditional style. This Medina old house is well known for its unique view of the Atlas mountains. From these terraces, drinks or dinners at sunset are real magical moments... “Just feel like at home” are Audrey and Paco’s words. They naturally assist you in your choice of activities in and around Marrakesh, as they organize 4x4 trips. ... more less
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