Riad Saba is located quite centrally to the old town. We found it an easy walk to both the main square (Fna) and the Bahia palace. There are also a few neat museums nearby.
As I guess is the point of a riad, as you enter the guesthouse you step out of dusty, noisy chaos of the city and into a place of tranquility. It was always an extreme relief to pass through the doors!
The rooms are larger than I expected, and all have an en suite (shower only, as water is in short supply in Marrakech). A small roof terrace offers a pleasant place to sit in the warm and read a book, and if it gets too hot there's a good sized living room on the ground floor too. I couldn't fault the accommodation.
Breakfast is a fruit salad, yogurt, a selection of breads, apricot jams, some chive and garlic cream cheese and (on most days) some fried egg. This was just what we needed to set us up for the day, but might become rather repetitive had we stayed a whole week. Coffee comes on demand, which is ideal! We took breakfast on the roof terrace when it was dry, and in the courtyard when raining.
We also tried dining in the riad one evening, and it was actually the best food we had in the whole holiday (beating Tobsil and Pepenero for taste and atmosphere). It was also really relaxing to dine in the charming courtyard, and the gentleman serving us had a great sense of humour and warmth even if we could not speak with him in English.
The remainder of the staff were also all friendly and eager to please, and Maria and Jabrane in particular were sure to come at breakfast time to check we were happy and all was in order, which it almost always was. They also arranged taxis for us to and from the airport (all of which was just added to our room bill), which made haggling with the drivers a non-issue.
If we ever went back to Marrakech (which I don't think we would...) I would definitely stay here again, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for somewhere with great rooms and friendly service but which is a bit more relaxed than the larger hotels.
In terms of local spots, note that Pepe Nero is a highly rate Italian/Moroccan restaurant about 2 minutes walk further down the alley from Riad Saba, while heading towards the main square it's about four minutes' walk to 'Dejeuner de Marrakech', a cafe with a nice roof terrace and great snack dishes (sandwiches, salads, soup, etc.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner of Traveler's Choice 2015! The cosy riad offer a warm hospitality, great breakfast and central location. Riad Saba is run by a Swedish-Moroccan couple and is very centrally located in the old town. Just off the big square and 5 minutes to museums and restaurants. Guarded parking just outside the riad. The guestrooms are very spacious and comfortable with heating, a/c, ensuite bathrooms and free wifi.The basic premise of Riad Saba is hospitality of a more individual kind. We want our guests to feel that they have been invited into a home. A home away from home in an exotic yet relaxing oasis. We are happy to help you with insider tips, transfers and activities. Welcome! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Saba Hotel Marrakech