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“Beautiful building, friendly staff...” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blanco Riad Restaurant

Blanco Riad Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 35 Restaurants in Tetouan
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Blanco Riad is a hotel with 8 rooms and a restaurant. We offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. We have a nice terrace where to have tea and biscuits at any time of the day. Our kitchen is traditional Moroccan with some modern Moroccan dishes. We cook with local products. Eggplant cannelloni stuffed with seafood on olive paste and honey, goat tagine with caramelized figs or seafood pastela are some of the plates that we offer. The starters cost 40 dh (less than 4 euros) and main courses 80 dh (less than 8 euros).
Tetouan, Morocco
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Beautiful building, friendly staff...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2012

Beautiful and Welcoming:

The Blanco Riad de Tetuan is owned and operated by a lovely couple -- a Spanish woman and her Moroccan husband, who are multilingual, knowledgeable, and friendly. The best part of the hotel is definitely the building itself, which is absolutely gorgeous. The interior and the courtyard are fantastic, and the rooms themselves are cozy and clean.

Caveats:

The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast, which is definitely worth doing: all fresh, local delicious, items for a straightforward but delightful first meal of the day. That said, my husband and I, who lived and worked in Tetouan, also tried a couple of evening meals there, which were a bit underwhelming, despite luxurious-sounding course descriptions. I'd probably recommend heading out into the medina, unless you just don't want to have the hassle of leaving the hotel.

Also, please note that if you are traveling for the first time in Morocco, or with a lot of luggage, that your taxi driver will NOT be able to deliver you to its doors. It is well into the medina. That means your taxi driver will drop you off about 300 meters away, and you'll have to be prepared to (1) find the hotel, (2) call the hotel for someone to guide you in, or (3) pay a local (They'll make themselves known to you, I promise.) to carry your stuff on a wheeled cart and show you the way. That's the option I'd probably recommend. This shouldn't cost more than 50 dirhams (about $6), and may very well cost less. Please note, too, especially if you have wheeled suitcases, that some of the streets/paths aren't paved and can be quite filthy.

A Sanctuary:

Mild caveats aside, I wholeheartedly suggest staying here. It's a quiet, comfortable, clean "shelter from the storm" (the storm being the bustling, fragrant, exotic, and at times overwhelming, but not-to-be-missed medina). The staff is friendly. The hotel lobby showcases and sells (pricey) beautiful art from the local arts-focused university. It's a very safe and, (did I mention?) beautiful, place.

When I first arrived in Tetouan to live, I was honestly in a little bit of culture shock. Blanco Riad was a pure comfort. It was a cozy home base in which to re-energize; it provided a necessary respite, and a peaceful night's sleep, readying me to embrace my new surroundings. I couldn't imagine my "landing" without it.

Drop By

And if the price is a bit high for you, consider stopping in for a tea or dessert, if just to steal a peak at the intricate atrium and tranquil courtyard.

  • Visited September 2011
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Granada, Spain
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52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Cleanliness & quality in the Medina.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

Very friendly staff! Bright & cheery. Complementary tea anytime. Very comfortable bed & excellent breakfast. You do need to be able to pull your bags about 200 meters. Our room was small but very comfortable.

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Surat Thani, Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful and inviting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2012

good food, incredible architecture, continent location.

Visited October 2011
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