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“Our first Riad is a good one”
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Riad Kalaa
Ranked #5 of 45 Hotels in Rabat
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Our first Riad is a good one”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Riad Kalaa was the first riad we stayed at on our Moroccan trip and it was a good place to start.
The owners and the staff are all of French origin and spoke varying degrees of English so my schoolboy french had to kick in .
The riad is very stylish and well appointed . We had a room on to top of the building which mean't climbing up stairs (something we became accustom to in Morocco) but this wasn't a problem.
We had dinner at the Riad which was fine and we were able to get a drink there too. Breakfast the next day was the typical breads with spreads,juice and coffee.
All in all we were very haapy at the Riad Kalaa and recommend it for a stay

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We spent only one night in this Rabat riad. By definition, these are rich families' residences in the olden days located inside Moroccan medinas that have been lovingly restored. They're squarish, with rooms downstairs, then rooms way upstairs, then a roof deck where they might have a pool or dining terrace. In the middle is a cute courtyard with perhaps a fountain or several fruit trees and all-weather sofa sets and chairs with tables. But keep in mind - they are inside medinas which means two things - one, they are hard to find and-or get to from the main roads which means luggage handling may be a problem, and two, given the tendency back then to always keep the exterior simple so as not to attract attention or envy, the entrances are nondescript doors which you had to bang on or ring the doorbell to get it opened. And even when the luggage gets inside, it's another matter to transport them up and don several flights of stairs.

Breakfast begins at 7:30 am and they serve different types of moroccan bread, served hot with nicely prepared butter and several jams and honey. Coffee was great. We had some communication problems - we were trying to ask for fired eggs which we saw the other table order. But the two ladies serving couldn't speak English and we couldn't speak French! We did get the eggs but we were never sure till they showed up.

The rooms are either on the ground floor or on the top floors, which, typically for riads, are quite high in elevation. Ours was on the small side so it took a lot of planning to get the luggage open, had no TV, no ref, but had an electronic safe. But the interior is pure old-style Moroccan which is so cute and quaint. There was no door but simply a draw curtain separating the bedroom from the toilet. The toiletries seemed to be native products - and quite effective. But there was no hot water, which we would later learn comes and goes since they have a limited supply and it takes hours to get the supply reheated. The room is equipped with a/c but ours was rather difficult to control - there was no way to avoid angling the vents so they didn't hit you directly. I found the mattress on the lumpy side. The lights are all old-style and very cute.

The roofdeck had a very small swim pool - or maybe that was a big tub.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Our time at Riad Kalaa was definitely one of my favorites during the two weeks with our guide/driver from Morocco Overland around the country! The hospitality and helpfulness that the staff, especially the owner, The place is beautiful and one of our favorite Riad we stayed in Morocco.

The highlight for us was a cooking lesson with chef, the hotel's chef. Unusually, were the only guests dinning that night so we had the intimate experience of learning first how to cook couscous properly and later exclusively enjoying the fruits of our labour.the chef she where charming, fun and very passionate about what she does. It was a treat to spend the afternoon with her.

As we travelled through Morocco I fell more and more and deeper and deeper in love with the place and its people. Thanks a million to Morocco Overland for contributing so much to what has been an amazing Moroccan experience
Highly Recomand

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Sydney
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We were very happy to arrive in Rabat close to the beach. This riad was gorgeous - modern, relaxing, great dinner and breakfast, spacious and comfortable. The room we had was a little noisey so I would recommend staying in the back rooms. The pool area was beautiful - again a great place to escape the craziness of the city.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Behind the wooden door in the wall of a narrow street in the medina lies this charming riad. Our modern room on the ground floor opened into the beautiful mosaic-tiled courtyard with large comfortable couches with tables where you sat for meals.Very hospitable staff. Rooftop terrace for sunbathing with lovely pool. A wonderful place to stay!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2012

We stayed in the second branch of Riad Kalaa - "Riad Arte". Riad Kalaa is like one 5 star hotel, lovely decor, and very very well maintained. Riad Arte in which we actually stayed is also well maintained, Excellent decor, warm and cosy atmosphere. The host is very friendly, gave good guidance and help to find our way. Rooms are well decorated but small for the price. We felt it is a bit overpriced, but may be due to less raids available in Rabat. Breakfast was good. Host was really kind enough to understand the health issues my family member was facing and went out of way to arrange fruits for breakfast. Got a very family feel and good hospitality from the host.Thank you fro lovely hospitality.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

Stayed only one night here last year. Would liked to have had more time to explore Rabat’s’ Medina. This Riad has been beautifully restored, with an amazing courtyard. Lovely place to have breakfast and dinner. Located inside the medina in one of the smaller alleys, which all look the same when you’re trying to find your way back. Once inside the Riad is a peaceful oasis.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riad Kalaa
Address: 3-5 Rue Zebdi, Rabat 10000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer Region > Rabat
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Rabat
#3 Family Hotel in Rabat
#3 Business Hotel in Rabat
#5 Luxury Hotel in Rabat
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Kalaa 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and discover this 1815's property, in the peace of the old Medina. With over 1000sqm for only 11 rooms and suites, Riad Kalaa is here to offer you Rabat like you have never seen it...Welcoming mint tea and traditional sweets, natural amenities, Rooftop pool, complimentary wifi access, Andalusian patio, panoramic solarium.Moroccan restaurant, summer snack & delights on rooftop terrace, traditionnal hammam, aromatherapy massages.Golf pre-reservation, excursions, airport transferts... ... more   less 
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