As always, where possible, I planned most of my stay in Marrakech using the Wallpaper City Guide. Riad Tarabel was one of the hotels featured and in combination with the five star reviews here on Tripadvisor I made my reservation.
From the first interaction I was made to feel assured that this was a real find. We had booked the two rooms (and not the suite) but were upon arrival offered a complimentary upgrade since it turned out we had the Riad to our selves. This was a real treat since we were celebrating my fathers 60th birthday and he and my mother were therefore accommodated in the suite. We were showed around the beautiful facilities by a most helpful gentleman. Once settled in we were further greeted with lovely mint tea and Moroccan cookies served in the summer lounge. This was very refreshing after a hectic morning discovering the Kasbah. Note that check in is from 12 am which makes it possible to enjoy all the facilities without feeling stressed if you as we did turn up pretty much on the dot. Following the mint tea, btw during which by co-incidence some of my favorite music was played, we received some tips on what to see and do during our stay and a map with the hotel details printed on it together with some other telephone numbers. Very useful!
In the evening we had ordered the three course dinner to be served in the winter lounge. Before dinner we enjoyed some lovely Moroccan wine upon recommendation in the lounge opposite. The fire in the winter lounge had been lit and a beautiful table set for us. Food was good and plentiful but what really made the evening so memorable was the very friendly service. The setting, food and wine made the entire family stay up very late talking in front of the fire and could really not have been better.
After a most refreshing nights sleep we enjoyed breakfast on the roof terrace. Also this very plentiful and very very tasty. Sad to think we needed to hurry to leave this paradise we were advised that we could stay as long as we wanted since the days guest were not expected until later. The flexibility and personal touch showed by the staff at Riad Tarabel really makes you feel like you are in a proper boutique hotel. I can not recommend this highly enough and wish that I will find the same atmosphere once I return for another stay post the expansion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad de Tarabel is a beautiful property located in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech, close to the famous Jemaa El Fna square and next to the Dar El Bacha Palace. Exquisite harmony of elegance and decoration, Riad Tarabel is fashioned in the true spirit of old colonial mansions house. Such a collection of short stories, each piece expresses its character and gives rise to a suitable inspiration for moments of escape. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Riad Tarabel Hotel Marrakech