I stayed in the Riad Idrissi for nine nights in June 2012. I was part of a group of students studying Arabic at a nearby language school, and we had the pleasure of staying at this great place. It is a restored traditional riad-style Moroccan home, completely decorated in Moroccan-made furniture and decor. The setting is peaceful, homey, and modern. Compared to my last stay in Meknes, this was superb.
Particularly great is the staff - Abdul and his family (the owner) take such good care of the guests. They are so kind and care very much about giving you a good experience. We had two meals per day (breakfast and lunch... occasionally dinner). Each is hand-prepared by the family and is always authentic Moroccan dishes. The rooms are cleaned daily, as well.
There are probably a dozen or so guest rooms, singles and doubles, and a bunch of great common areas. Immediately upon entering the riad, you come into the central courtyard, which traditionally has an open roof three stories up, but is conveniently windowed now. Beyond that is a lovely sitting area where the students did a lot of their studying - again, a former courtyard that now has a skylight. Up the stairs behind that and you come to an awesome rooftop patio complete with canopied seating (for meals), potted plants, a "nook" with cushions to sit on, and an amazing view of both the old city (the medina) and the new city across the river. Above that, is another rooftop patio. Believe it or not, there is a third rooftop patio accessible from the other side of the building!
The bedrooms themselves are beautiful - actually the entire place is covered in traditional Moroccan tile work and carved plaster. The bedrooms have locks, and each has its own bathroom with super hot water in the shower. The beds are a little hard, but apparently that is because Abdul's family actually made them by hand! Still a comfy sleep. All the students and other guests I talked to just loved the rooms, both because they're modern and because each is unique.
Things to be aware of - this is essentially an enlarged family home, and you are a guest in it. If you're looking for a really authentic experience in Morocco, this is it. No dingy tourist hotel or street scammers or whatever other touristy annoyances. That also means that they want you in at a decent time (so they don't have to wake up the family to open the front door for you). Also, no booze on the property. The family lives in the basement level - they have kids and are a Muslim family, so just go to the hotel bars nearby to drink if need be!
Now that I've droned on about this place, I'll just say that the experience was absolutely wonderful. You couldn't find nicer people running a little guest house or get a more authentic Moroccan experience. Pay the extra little bit to be comfortable and have something to tell your friends about! Worth it!
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- Riad Idrissi is a Guest House located in the old city of Meknes in Morocco. We welcome you to discover the Moroccan art of living. ... more less
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