About this listing
Private, authentic cosy Riad (Restored Traditional Town House) in Heart of Ancient Medina (World Heritage Site). Spacious Terrace and Great Views.
Quiet, 5 minutes from the Central Square/Main Attractions. Free wifi.
Book one or two bedrooms. Enjoy!
Riad Najmati is built around an enclosed courtyard, on three levels, rising to the terrace with wonderful panoramic views and the spectacular Atlas mountains in the distance. The terrace is designed for relaxing. It has sun-beds, a furnished tent (for shade and cool), fridge and a table for breakfast and dinner. Riad Najmati especially welcomes those who want to experience the very largely unspoilt heart of an ancient North African city renowned for its history, music, culture, architecture, vibrant life and welcoming people. From the moment the manager, or a colleague meets you at the airport or station, if requested, he will look after you and make sure your stay is enjoyable. He prepares and serves your breakfast. If requested he can arrange dinner. The riad has all the facilities and charm you would expect from a faithfully restored building dating back about 300 years. It is offered on a bed and breakfast basis, with self-catering facilities if required. The manager is often on site, for the comfort and security of guests, and when not onsite lives nearby.
Bedroom 1 with double bed and en-suite
Bedroom 2 (smaller) with double bed and en-suite.
Bedroom 1 bathroom: shower, wc and sink.
Bedroom 2 bathroom: shower, wc and sink.
Hob, fridge, microwave, electric kettle, blender, toaster, coffee maker, cool-box and everything necessary for preparing, cooking and serving.
Bicycle, space for luggage storage, exercise + weight-lifting/gym machine
Living room (salon) downstairs: TV/DVD, fireplace, library, chairs, sofa bed for 2.
Open salon,on first floor balcony, sofa bed (single).
Courtyard has dining table/chairs, plants and a wc.
Music centre, fan, and fridge on Terrace
Towels and linen are included. The riad and your rooms are cleaned and serviced daily. Linen and towels changed weekly or on request. Abdellah is on site and takes care of both guests and the riad.
Fridge/Freezer, Hob/Stove, Iron, Microwave.
Free Internet Access, Room Fans, Satellite, Telephone - for emergency use.
Interaction with guests
The riad is usually let on an exclusive use basis, ie no other guests.
Occasionally the owner will be in residence or nearby.
It is 150 yards/130 metres to the nearest (very small) shops and bakery. A two minute walk gets you to the bustle of the frenetic souk which can be easily explored in foot - preferably over several days. If you want large European style supermarkets they are 5 mins in a very cheap taxi (but insist on the meter rate) in the newer part of Marrakesh called Gueliz.
Palaces, gardens, and museums are all within easy walking distance, or a short taxi ride. Consult any of the numerous guide books: Rough Guide, Time Out, Frommers, Blue Guide, Footprint etc.
The riad has free wifi.
Cash machines (ATM's) and banks are never far away in Marrakesh.
Good priced restaurants are 5 minutes walk away, and in the large square Jame el Fna, there are numerous stalls offering freshly prepared and cheap daytime and evening meals with a very lively atmosphere. It is a sight to behold - be prepared for something very different.
The riad contains a Guests Book which gives personal recommendations to a range of cafes, shops and excursions. There is a small Library.
Marrakesh Menara (RAK) is the nearest airport and it has the great advantages of being new, spacious, clean and only 10 minutes from the riad by taxi.
The manager, or a colleague, will meet you, if requested. The taxi fare is 250dh which you should pay to the manager.
Reserving a taxi through me is highly recommended - otherwise you are at the mercy of chancers willing to see how gullible you may be to their attempts to fleece and mislead you. Furthermore they will either not know where to take you, or be unwilling to go out of their way to get you as close as possible to the riad.
There is no need to hire a car if staying in Marrakesh, but cars for hire are readily available if required. Large taxis (those permitted to go outside the city) can be hired easily, through the manager, for day trips at very reasonable rates. He can also obtain coach tickets for popular destinations such as Essaouria.
Mountain bikes can also be hired for exploring the Atlas, and tours can be arranged.
Other things to note
I strongly advise you ask me to arrange that you are met at the airport/station by taxi and taken to the riad. This is the only way you can be guaranteed to find the riad safely and promptly, with the minimum of fuss.
There is a modest charge for this service of 250dh (local currency) payable after you have arrived.
Pricing depends on the number of visitors, length of stay, number of bedrooms used, season of year, and whether you are returning guests, etc.
Bedrooms are let on the basis that if 1 or 2 people make a reservation they will use/share a double bedroom.
If 3 or 4 people make a reservation then they will use the second bedroom.
Please note: if 2 people make a reservation but require a bedroom each a special rate applies. Ask for details prior to booking please.
I send a letter with helpful, practical information to all guests usually about 1-2 weeks before their arrival.
Access to the riad in through narrow, but flat lanes. The nearest a taxi can come to the riad is 500 yards.
There are no specially adapted facilities for those with mobility problems or wheelchairs. Sorry.
There are two steep staircases, with handrails.
The riad has an internal, enclosed courtyard at ground level, with an adjacent salon and kitchen, a semi-enclosed balcony with chaise longue bed on the first floor, and a private terrace on the third level, with tent (very romantic!), sun beds and a barbecue.
Respect for local culture and customs - which is not onerous as Moroccans are relaxed, friendly and open-minded people, with a great sense of humour. Commonsense, flexibility, a relaxed sense of humour, and a prudent awareness this is North Africa, where poverty and deprivation is the norm, will take you far.
Smoking on terrace is fine. Parties by arrangement only. Please consult before bringing any pet(s).
Own and manage this property, for holiday letting, in Morocco.
Spent my 35 year working life in the not-for-profit, charitable, Third/Voluntary sector (ie non-government, non-corporate)
Took early retirement to create an opportunity for others to enjoy the house in this spectacular, popular destination.
I specialise in offering a personal service dedicated to maximising your enjoyment, relaxation and comfort.
Any questions? Just ask.
My satisfaction? Guests rating is consistently 5 Star (maximum)