Context: Spent first 2 nights of week long trip to Marrakesh. Was greeted at the airport and taken to the outskirts of the Medina where the Riad’s donkey, Cous Cous, pulled our luggage through the alleyways of the old town to Noire D’Ivoire. The exterior of the riad – much like every other one we saw during our stay – is very discreet. But do not be misled, the inside is exquisitely decorated. Our host, Hassan, was there to serve us hot mint tea and coffee. After a quick overview of the riad, he led us around on a tour to see the winter courtyard, summer courtyard (with pool), and roof terrace (where we enjoyed both of our breakfasts). Throughout our stay, Hassan made himself incredibly available – with the help of a cell phone which they provide every guest with, loaded with helpful phone numbers. He arranged for dinner reservations, had another staff member walk us to dinner our first night as we were not familiar with the winding roads yet, etc.
We stayed in the Tourterelles room which is a standard queen bed room on the second floor of the winter courtyard. It was cozy, but beautiful and clean. Bed was average, but layout was great and all that we needed as we did not spend much time in the riad itself. Every room has A/C and basic toiletries (ladies, there is a hairdryer, but if you’re coming from the states and have a hair straightener, the outlets sadly burned out mine). Bathroom had private room for toilet and a waterfall shower head with a seating area. After our first night, we asked them to do some laundry which they did quickly and without charge. Water is also unlimited in the rooms, which in a hot place like Marrakesh, is an important savings.
As for meals, we dined at the riad itself for dinner one night and breakfast both mornings. The quality was fine, but we were not keen on the overdone and uninteresting tagine that Morocco has to offer for dinner and the abundance of carbohydrates they prepare for breakfast. I will say that the coffee was the best we had throughout our week in Morocco and the wait staff was incredibly accommodating and attentive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Noir d'Ivoire is a romantic boutique hotel composed of five suites, three of which have private roof terraces and jacuzzis, two junior suites and two double rooms. Services include bar, Spa with traditional hammam, fully equipped gym, library, restaurant and a heated pool. All suites have fireplaces and all rooms, have air conditioning, heating, mini-bars, hairdryers, wall safes and flat screen televisions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Noir d`Ivoire Hotel Marrakech
- Riad Noir d Ivoire Marrakech