Once we finally found this place we were pleased with what a little gem it seemed to be. Right in the middle of the Medina, only a 5 minute walk from the main square this is a perfect location for exploring the delights of Marrakech.
On arrival we were greeted with a pot of tea and a bowl full of lovely little coconut 'cakes', and an in-depth welcome talk from Abdel. The riad itself is very colourful and cosy, and seems to attract friendly travellers from all over the world.
We stayed in the tent (which has 4 single beds in it, a bit awkward if you are a couple that likes to share a bed) and it was adequate for our needs. We had to use the toilet and shower facilities in the shared dorm which was slightly inconvenient but it was still nice to have a bit of privacy without having to pay for an en-suite room. It was cooler in the tent than the dorm, another thing we were thankful for! If we could afford it, we would stay in the double rooms next time for the extra comfort of air conditioning and a private shower/toilet.
The terraces are lovely, the one at the top offering superb views of the rooftops of Marrakech and the Koutoubia mosque, and the lower terrace offering a bit of shade and a nice social area at night.
The breakfast was delicious and very filling each morning. I had a henna tattoo done by Hin (the lady who also does the cleaning) and it was gorgeous and a lot cheaper than in the main square. Abdel and Mohammed will go out of their way to accommodate you and answer any questions. The little tortoises on the terrace are so cute!
We booked our excursion to the Sahara through the riad (3 days, 2 nights) and it was very good value and an incredible experience. Beware the shorter 2 days, 1 night trip, as it is about 8-9 hours drive to Merzouga (where the sand dunes are) and I think you would lose a lot of enjoyment if the trip was not broken up.
Overall, we had a lovely time staying at Riad Layla Rouge and would definitely recommend it to other travellers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 1 Minute from Place D'Jeema el Fna in the centre of the souqs and possibly the first ever edible hostel riad. The free tea and cake – may stop you from trying to bite into the walls – or maybe not... Have a taste…Riad Layla Rouge breathes in the Mad Hatter’s tea party of colour that Marrakech conjures, and breathes out the nearby chaos – a gentler but still eccentric heartbeat. If Riad Layla Rouge could, it would cascade chocolate from the fountain in the courtyard, but the impact is truly mouth-watering nonetheless. Tea and cake, free all day – may stop you from biting into the walls – or maybe not…they may actually be edible. Only one minute from the main square, the 3 suites provide absolute privacy, the gorgeous mixed dorm encourages adventure sharing. All can enjoy the warm, communal atmosphere of the courtyard, Moroccan salon-dining room, and 2 flower and fruit tree draped roof terraces. All this enhanced by your own personal soundtrack with ipod speakers in each room. A small and perfectly formed family run riad in the centre of the souqs – Riad Layla Rouge breathes in the Mad Hatter’s tea party of colour and spices that Marrakech conjures, and breathes out the noise and craziness nearby – a gentler but still eccentric heartbeat. You cannot help but find your favourite colour here – by day Layla Rouge is a vase of flowers or a box of hand decorated chocolates, or an techni-flavour ice-cream stand; by night a treasure chest of glittering jewels, or a sparkling solar system. Use your imagination. Riad Layla Rouge wants you to get comfy in Marrakech; to feel safe and happy; imaginative and inspired – we combine a hostel spirit and atmosphere with that little bit of indulgence that you find in a luxury riad. Share your stories of travel and life. Laugh over tea and cake with other guests in our (almost) edible house. As the Mad Hatter said to Alice: ‘You could stay…What a mad, crazy, wonderful idea…’Whether you are travelling for the first time, or have done so for years – enjoy the rhythm of a city that transforms with the cycle of the sun. When you stay at Layla Rouge you can’t be anywhere else but the Wonderland of Marrakech. ... more less
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