The owner guided me in by phone to an area with plentiful parking just inside the medina gates (if you know Marrakech, it is the bab or gate right behind the bus station/gare routiere...opposite the Aswak Assalam). He immediately dispatched a gentleman on a moped to guide us the last 200 meters by foot to the riad and help with our bags.
One of the best things about Riads is feeling like you have stepped out of the hustle and bustle into the calm...Riad Clementine does this to perfection. It is a good 10 degrees cooler and smells divine the moment you enter. The decor is clean, simple and elegant. It has fruit trees and a fountain in the main court yard and Moroccan but modern decor.
The rooms are lovely, spacious and our bathroom had this fantastic dropped tub you have to see to believe. Wonderful bathrobes and a wonderful and clean little pool were so welcome after a hot day in the medina.
The owners can show you how to easily navigate the backroads to the main shopping streets...10 mins max by foot. You can also easily walk to the Majorelle gardens...a wonderful change from the hot and crowded streets. We ate at the Riad two nights in a row (its the easiest option with a baby) and the food both times was excellent. The staff were also friendly and welcoming.
All in all, I can't say a bad thing about it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad History The house was built in the eighteenth century, in 1880, a hundred meters inside the ocher walls of the twelfth century, in the famous and lively Bab Doukkala. The house has always been inhabited by the family El Belaidi, which gave it the name of Riad El Belaidi. Acquired in 1999, the building was restored in the traditional Moroccan architecture, with the standards of modern hospitality. To preserve the original architecture, including the large traditional patio with glowing light, the pool was built in the 1st floor terrace. This rare choice proved to be extremely wise because the pool today enjoys the utmost privacy; the patio is a place to be. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Clementine Hotel Marrakech