What a haven we found in Patricia’s serene Marrakech garden riad! We arrived in Marrakech after a rather stressful all-day drive up from the Sahara, with one of us rather sick. To step into that leafy, green courtyard was such a sweet relief. Patricia met us and served us refreshments in the candlelit garden and made us dinner reservations. The room was wonderful, with a beautifully-designed shower and all the comforts. In the morning, we woke to birdsong among the orange trees and hibiscus, and were served an absolutely beautiful breakfast in the sunlit garden. It was a quiet form of paradise. We stayed in the garden until noon, resting, and if this had been our entire experience of Marrakech, it would have remained one of the sweetest memories of our time in Morocco. To have this sweet haven as our home and orientation point in the Marrakech medina was such a pleasure. Patricia showed us the way to the main street of the medina, and it was very easy to find our way. After just one walk out, we became quite familiar with the route between the riad, directly up one of the main streets of the medina and to the Djmaa el Fna. Between our explorations of Marrakech, it was always a delight to come back to the riad and experience a different moment of light in the garden.
Patricia was the animating spirit of the place and added immeasurably to our enjoyment and comfort there. She was extremely helpful both before and after our arrival, helping us coordinate our complicated arrival and the drop-off of our friends at the train station. Her emails were clear and always had clear back-up plans (and we needed them). When we had to leave for a very early train, Patricia arranged for her driver to come get us at an unspeakable hour, and he made it easy to get our heavy bags to the car and get on our way. He was even able to change plans when one of us was too sick to take the train, and drive us all the way to Rabat on five minutes notice.
I highly recommend this beautiful garden sanctuary, and look forward to being able to return again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A rare traditional 18th century Riad beautifully restored and elegantly decorated by the owner. All the cedar doors open onto the vast patio with 4 parterres planted with 7 old orange trees and other verdue around a marble fountain. Hidden behind the doors are three large bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms large salon with fireplace music salon dining room. The vast terrace is surrounded by trees and palms. A secluded peaceful romantic setting in the heart of the old Medina. ... more less