We had Riad Lahboul recommended to us by a number of people so decided to head to Meknes and take the cookery course offered and stay the night.
We absolutely loved it. Simon and Mouna, who own it were so friendly and easy going and the best I can say is that they are just perfectly suited to hosting guests in this setting. Their lovely kids are playing in the street and there is a real community feel around the place which just makes you relax and take in your surroundings.
The riad is right on he edge of the médina so is easy to find, there's convenient parking and you have the new-town and médina within minutes' walk.
The riad itself is gorgeous. Traditionally decorated, the courtyard in expansive and comfortable. You won't feel cramped as you can in some riads. We got a little tour and each room is well turned out and each has it's own decor. Every room is en-suite. We chose a room on the 3rd floor, by the terrace, which has great views of the Atlas Mountains and is a great place for chilling with a beer or wine in hand.
The cookery course was great fun. My wife and I cooked along with Mouna, creating a number of traditional dishes which we then are for our evening meal (with wine!). Mouna was full of top tips and made the day fun and relaxed. The course wasn't technical, just laid back and soulful - just like Moroccan cuisine.
Mouna also took us round to the neighbourhood bakery (a communal oven where people of the neighbourhood take their bread, biscuits or anything else which needs baked and the man who runs it fires it all into a massive wood-burning stove) which was great to see. She and Simon also offered to walk round the médina with us to make sure we went to the right stalls and got the best from out trip.
If you head to Meknes, which is well worth a visit - tourism hasn't quite kicked in here so it hasn't lost what Marrakech unfortunately has - I'd highly recommend Riad Lahboul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Lahboul is a traditional Moroccan guest house, beautifully restored in the elegant Andalusia style of hand made mosaics. Ideally situated on the edge of the Medina, the Lahboul area has both the atmosphere of the medina as well as its own architectural style and lovely botanical gardens. All the bedrooms are en suite and combine traditional Moroccan style with modern facilities providing atmosphere and a high standard of comfort with European facilities. ... more less
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