This was a nice place to stay - well, if you can actually find it again after leaving! It's in the North Medina, a good 20 minutes walk from the Square - make sure you leave a trail of breadcrumbs when you leave. However, being away from the main tourist drag meant that it felt like a refuge when you went back there from the madness that is the souk!
The riad itself was fine - the courtyard is quite small and often in shadow, terrace was a little shabby etc but breakfast up there was great and the staff were lovely, arranging massages and evening meals. The decor was very white and minimalist - the occasional burst of colour wouldn't have gone amiss...
Avoid the rooms on the ground floor off the courtyard they are extremely damp and uncomfortable (the owner says this is being sorted out). The rooms upstairs are far, far nicer and only about £5 more per night.
Final note of caution - no credit cards accepted, which is fine but there wasn't any notice given which meant that the morning we flew home we had to rush about and visit several banks to draw out enough cash to pay the bill. This would have been so easy to avoid...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We practise ethical tourism and are legally registered as a 'Maison d'Hôtes Deuxième Catégorie' no.288/2015. Featured in the international press and guidebooks, Riad Porte Royale was build around 250 years ago close to the ramparts in an historic quarter of the medina, a short walk to major monuments, the souks, the Majorelle Garden and well-known restaurants. Renovated with traditional materials, the white walls are accented with rugs, rare textiles and artefacts from the caravan routes of Africa and Asia. All five bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, and the pure Moroccan style make the atmosphere dreamy and zen. Breakfast is included, Wi-Fi and filtered drinking water is free and our Bio shower gel and shampoo contains argane. Meals at the riad, transport and excursions can be arranged. Riad Porte Royale is a perfect place to unwind with a drink or mint tea after a day of sensory overdose in Marrakech! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Porte Royale Marrakech