I had really been looking forward to my stay at Riyad el Cadi, and all of my high expectations were surpassed. Everything was truly first rate: the location, the style, the amenities, the room, the food, the staff. I would never stay anywhere else in Marrakech and have recommended to all of my friends and family.
I was a little bit worried about how I would fair on my first trip to Morocco, as a young(ish) woman, travelling with another female friend, but I need not have been worried. We never really felt unsafe and found Moroccans to be very welcoming, friendly and interesting people. That said, Marrakech is pretty intense with all of the crowds, cars, motorcycles, horses and donkeys, not to mention the pressure to buy at all of the stalls. For this reason, I was particularly pleased we stayed at Riyad el Cadi. It was very close to all of the action in Jemaa El Fna ( main square), yet it was in a good neighbourhood, and once inside the door, it was blissfully quiet and peaceful. You could really unwind from a hectic day of touring or shopping!
Finally, just wanted to say my two favourite aspects: I am a bit obsessed with interior design, and the interiors of Riyad el Cadi were to die for! – incredible collection of art works, beautiful lamps, and rugs. Beautiful, authentic Moroccan furnishings edited with a slightly more minimalist, contemporary European eye. Just loved it! Also, the staff were so lovely and all seemed to be multi-lingual - we were extremely impressed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riyad El Cadi - an oasis of calm welcomes the sophisticated traveller. Riyad El Cadi is a like a private art museum, but without a trace of stuffiness. Spread over 6 houses, the riad is an elegant 'home from home' - a glorious mix of chic, comfort, hospitality and art. Wander around courtyards, corridors and alcoves and you'll discover magnificent Berber and Islamic art treasures - a true feast for culture-vultures. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riyad El Cadi Marrakech
- Riyad El Cadi Hotel Marrakech