Style and Zen in Magical Marrakech

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Diour Jdad, Marrakesh, Marrakesh-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco

The Space

Riad Porte Royale is a classic courtyard house in the historic medina of Marrakech, renovated in the purest style by its British owner, and famous for its relaxing and elegant atmosphere.

With its white walls and rooms, Riad Porte Royale is a welcome contrast after an overdose of sensory Marrakech, with plenty of corners to talk in or read or take it easy, and a 3 x 2 metre plunge pool in the traditional courtyard for the hotter months. The exotic pink roof terrace has sun-beds, a large and airy white canopy, and views of nearby palms, and is a perfect place on sunny mornings to have breakfast, which is included.

Although our staff can provide in-house catering, with excellent Moroccan cuisine, we are close to a variety of famous and popular restaurants, such as Dar Yacout, Dar Zellij and I Limoni.
Our manager, who speaks English, French and Spanish, can arrange reservations, as well as any trips you may have in mind, such as to the Atlas Mountains, the Ourika Valley, and desert quad bikes, white water rafting and canyoning for the more adventurous. We can recommend spas and cookery courses, and also a henna artist.

Guest Access

The roof terrace, first floor loggia, the courtyard and the Moroccan salon are open to all guests.

Interaction with Guests

As often or as little as the guest wishes. In general the staff are polite and keep a discrete distance until required.

The Neighborhood

We are ideally located in a peaceful area which gives an interesting insight to local daily life, yet favoured by the Hermès family, and home to famous restaurants such as Dar Yacout. so saying, the riad is close to the beautiful shrine of Sidi Bel Abbess, and a few minutes walk from major museums and monuments such as the Medersa of Ben Yussef and the colourful shops in the souks leading to Djemma el Fna. However, we are also just metres from the old ramparts, giving rapid access to other tourist attractions such as the Majorelle Gardens, and Guéliz, the modern town of Marrakech with its chic cafés, restaurants and shops.

Getting around

Taxis are two minutes walk from the riad—or we can order one on your behalf.

Other Things to Note

Please note the price shown is per room per night with breakfast, and the weekly rate is for exclusive use of the Riad Porte Royale (all five bedrooms). For couples travelling with a baby/toddler we can provide a cot for a small extra charge, but otherwise our policy is no more than two people to a room . Please ask for a quote for other time frames or smaller groups. We can liaise with other riads for larger groups and organise celebration dinners with musicians. Transport on arrival is easily arranged.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 5.5
Beds: 8
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $2072 /week
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Cancellation: Moderate

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  • The reservation was canceled 4 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    April 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 83 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    March 2014
  • Philips riad is abselutely beautiful. We had such a lovely stay thanks to Philip and his lovely staff. They helped us renting a car, and arranged taxi with the best and kindest people. We felt very looked after and taken care of, would reccomend this place any time. We will be back for sure.

    March 2014
  • Beautiful riad with a warm welcome and great hospitality from Badr. The riad felt liked being home because of the atmosphere.

    February 2014
  • We stayed for 8 nights and had a fabulous time.The riad was beautiful.we ate lovely home cooked breakfast under a grapefruit tree in the court yard.We had fires in the chilly February evenings. We were really well looked after by Badr who organised bicycle hire (a great way to see the city) ,quad biking in the Atlas Mountains , which was amazing .Badr was so friendly and helpful and he made us all feel so welcome and he really looked after us We could not have wished for more! Nijad who cooked for us every morning and cleaned the riad every day was also wonderful .She had a great sense of humour and was very kind . NIjad and Badr defiantly contributed to our great experience in marrakesh. The riad is situated in a great location ,you can really experience local traditional living away from the hustle and bustle.We hired bicycle s which was good as it's about a 20 minute walk to the main square. I would defiantly recommend this riad spotlessly clean tasteful decor good location and lovely people looking after all your needs.we were a family with two children they even went in the plunge pool brrrrrrrrr not so warm in February we all had a fabulous experience would highly recommend !

    February 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 6 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    February 2014
  • A simple, beautiful oasis away from the rich and colorful chaos of the Medina. Set in the northern part of the Medina, this peaceful Riad is a perfect place that combines well-designed rooms, visually pleasing relaxing sitting rooms and a calming and relaxing roof deck where we often enjoyed an excellent breakfast every day prepared by Nigit and Badr–the staff at Port Royale. Badr is the perfect host. Think of him as host/concierge/guide all wrapped in one. Great energy and extremely engaging to hang out with. Ask him about his fav seafood eatery in the new Town. It was one of our best experiences. And so reasonable! From the moment we arrived at the train station to our taxi cab back, every moment was taken care of by the staff at Port Royale, especially Badr. When we return to Marrakech, we will definitely return to this Riad.

    January 2014
  • Staying in this riad was absolutely the best experience ever!! The staff working at the riad was extremely generous and helpful, always making sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. The breakfast spreads in the morning were incredible and the riad is located in an excellent area, right inside the walls of the Old City. It was decorated beautifully and was very comfortable. I would recommend staying here to anyone!

    December 2013
  • Here is my blog post on the Riad Porte Royale

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    April 2012
  • Riad Porte Royale: An Oasis of Simplicity

    I have to be honest: I am picky about where I rest my head at night. Poor quality bedding, a bad shower and towels the size of postage stamps just don’t cut it for me. Camping isn’t exactly my thing. Sadly, my budget doesn’t always allow for the finest establishments, so it forces me to be more creative and resourceful. In discussing my trip to Morocco with a dear friend, we came to the conclusion that it was key for me to really get a REAL Moroccan experience and that perhaps renting a riad (a private house that has a central courtyard) was the way to go. But where to start? Literally hundreds of options on the Internet. I had heard great things about airbnb.com. I spent hours and days communicating with different riad owners until I came across one that stopped me in my tracks: a recently restored riad, with crisp white walls, beautiful antiques from all around the world and two tortoises residing on the private roof deck. How was all of this possible and within the budget? Something had to be off. I was suspect for sure, but I went ahead and booked it anyway.

    Philip (the owner) and I exchanged dozens of emails over a few months. All of my questions were always answered and everything that I wished for he arranged. A pick up at the airport, a traditional dinner at the riad, etc. Philip lives in Portugal with his wife and 2 daughters. A few years back fell in love with Marrakesh. He decided to purchase a dilapidated riad, which he spent over a year restoring and creating a oasis from the chaos of the bustling medina.

    Upon arriving we were greeted by Mohammad and Hajiba - the house manager and house keeper. Mint tea and birds singing in the courtyard. Instantly it felt like home. Their service could not have been more wonderful. They took care of everything and were indispensable in navigating the ways of Marrakech.

    Waking up to breakfast in the courtyard with hot coffee, breads, grapefruit marmalade (made from the tree in the courtyard), yogurt and Moroccan pastries (like Moroccan donuts and crepes).

    The riad was slightly off the beaten path – in a residential section of the medina – I thought it would be a relaxing retreat after being out all day. The riad exceeded my expectation and I am hoping to come back again to stay.

    What were the only down sides? Not that many - wifi is a bit spotty (but hey- you are meant to be relaxing and not so connected, so really not a big deal), and you might want to pack your own blow dryer (I did!) and a bar of soap for the shower.

    Other than that, I thought it was perfect and absolutely charming. I would suggest it to anyone traveling to Marrakech.

    April 2012
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I was born in London but spent part of my childhood in Washington DC. I studied planning and architecture in Scotland, and later taught in the Middle East and Portugal, where I now live most of the year. I have also been published as an author, and my novels, all with North African themes, will be available shortly as eBooks. Our home in Marrakech is a perfect place to unwind and introduce guests to Moroccan culture and hospitality, and let them enjoy a collection of rugs and objets d'art from the Arab world and Africa.
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