The Riad Origines is amazingly beautiful, really nicely decorated with unique and creative touches avoiding any clichés one might find in more traditionally furnished riads without sacrificing any of its charm at all. A fantastic oasis to retreat to after the madness of the souks. Relaxing on the rooftop terrace in the evening is a particular treat!
The staff are very attentive and really helpful without being intrusive. Chloe welcomed us as we arrived and introduced us to the city over a mint tea (one of many!), helping us plan how to get the most out of our 4 day stay. She showed a real interest in what we liked and tailored her recommendations accordingly, she also booked restaurants for us and recommended sights that we certainly would otherwise have missed (without ever being pushy in any way).
She checked up on how we are doing a couple of times throughout our stay, but our main point of call was Adil. Although chatting was sometimes a bit difficult (our French isn't great and his English isn't quite fluent), he still made our stay: he showed us our way through the souks, dropped us off/picked us up in the beginning when we were still finding our way around, went out to get fresh mint just to make us another tea after we got back very late one evening, gave us his number in case we ever needed his help when we're out and about - nothing was ever too much trouble.
Breakfast was nice as well, served whenever and wherever we fancied - nearer the end of our stay Adil remembered our preferences and it was usually waiting for us already.
We also used their spa services - I enjoyed a massage and my partner tried the hammam - which was nice but not spectacular. These services are provided by external staff, who in our case barely spoke any English at all, making it a relaxingly quiet affair (albeit unintentionally). It was pleasant, but not a must-have, especially considering that these services are quite pricey.
As we approached the end of our stay, Chloe kindly helped us figure out the best way for our onward travel - we went to the Atlas mountains, and a one-way trip turned out to be a bit unusual compared to the much more common day trips, so her great connections and inventiveness were much appreciated indeed! As with Adil, nothing was ever too much trouble.
We really had a brilliant stay here and still fondly think back quite often. The Riad itself is amazing (and I came home with quite a few interior design ideas of my own thanks to Origines), but it is Chloe and her team that made our stay here so special. Definitely recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Origins is a riad Riad shop. The owners, Nadia and Chloe welcome you to the Riad origins. Traditional Morocco was their inspiration to create and perform contemporary decor with clean lines. Moroccan objects typically have been diverted from their original function of giving birth to an original decoration and unexpected. In this boutique riad, customers charmed by the decor can buy or order the objects of their choice. ... more less
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