CourtyardEntrance to salon from courtyard


Entire home/apt

4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Beds


Entire home/apt

4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Beds

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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!


The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 12PM (noon)
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $30 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $28
Weekly Discount: 15%
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Description

The space

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.

Guest access

Bedrooms:
Bedroom 1 with double bed and en-suite
Bedroom 2 (smaller) with double bed and en-suite.

Bathrooms:
Bedroom 1 bathroom: shower, wc and sink.
Bedroom 2 bathroom: shower, wc and sink.

Kitchen:
Hob, fridge, microwave, electric kettle, blender, toaster, coffee maker, cool-box and everything necessary for preparing, cooking and serving.

Utility Room:
Bicycle, space for luggage storage, exercise + weight-lifting/gym machine

Living Rooms:
Living room (salon) downstairs: TV/DVD, fireplace, library, chairs, sofa bed for 2.
Open salon,on first floor balcony, sofa bed (single).

Other:
Courtyard has dining table/chairs, plants and a wc.
Music centre, fan, and fridge on Terrace

Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid service:
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.

Amenities/Facilities:
Barbecue.
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.

The neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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.
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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.
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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.

Outside
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.


House Rules
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 12PM (noon)

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; so will an understanding that the infrastructure will not always be of the same standard as in wealthier countries. Illiteracy levels are high, and good quality health-care beyond the reach of many.

Safety and Security: as in any urban environment, anywhere in the world, sensible precautions are advisable but there is no need to be anxious especially if you remain vigilant and alert. There are many police in the city, uniformed and plain clothes, as well as security personnel.

Marrakesh is close to the desert. This means wind, heat, and dust are not uncommon especially in the summer months.

It is also a city close to the Atlas mountains. This means rain, and occasional dramatic thunderstorms, as well as snow in the distance, are not uncommon in the winter months.

Smoking on terrace is fine. Please be quiet especially after midnight, out of respect to neighbours. Parties by prior arrangement only. Please consult before bringing any pet(s). Alcohol is permitted.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - Two flights of stairs. The ground level, requiring no stairs, has the kitchen, salon, wc, and dining area.
No parking on property - There are safe, secure car parks 5 minutes walk away.

Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher
First aid kit

Availability
1 night minimum stay

70 Reviews


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David User Profile
May 2017
The only negative thing we could think of regarding both Richard's riad and Marrakech (and Morocco more generally) is about us: why haven't we been here before? To anyone considering both a trip and whether or not to stay here we would simply say: do it! From start to finish Richard was easily contactable and even when we were forced by circumstances to change our plans he assisted: thanks heaps Richard. His riad is super-clean, extremely comfortable, in an area that is safe and quiet yet literally a few minutes walk from the buckle and bustle of the souks, eating places of all types -- cafes, bars, snack shops and bigger, fancier restaurants alongside typical local eateries. A few metres walk further is the main square. We couldn't think of anything we needed or wanted that we couldn't get, especially with guidance from Moha who primed us for our sty with an orientation walk of there area and the wonderful Leila who prepared our breakfasts every morning. Pardon the hammy pun but Richard's place was also like our oasis where we could relax at the end of the day (and often the start)-- spacious, clean, comfortable and comforting.

Philippa User Profile
May 2017
Centrally located riad in a quiet street. Pleasant and accommodating host with his staff of Layla (breakfasts) and Moha (taxis and general assistance) made our stay nice and easy without having to go to the expense of a hotel.
Richard User Profile
Response from Richard:
Thank you for this positive feedback which I will give to Leila and Moha. I hope the wedding went well, as well as your tour.
May 2017

Steph User Profile
April 2017
Richard's place is amazing. It is centrally located but in a quiet street so really peaceful after a day in the souks and squares. We enjoyed the amazing terrace a couple of afternoons when it was just too hot to go out. Marrakech has been a wonderful experience for us and we look forward to returning soon. Many thanks to Leila and Moha who made our stay extra enjoyable.
Richard User Profile
Response from Richard:
So pleased all went well. Sounds as if it has heated up earlier than usual but rains may still fall even at this time of year.
April 2017

Anna User Profile
April 2017
We were actually unable to stay at Richard's place due to some sudden urgent work that had to be done to his riad, but he was extremely prompt in letting us know and immediately booked us into a neighboring riad. Due to these circumstances, I cannot say anything for the riad itself, but I can definitely say that Richard is a great host, and I am eager to go back to Marrakech and stay at his place!
Richard User Profile
Response from Richard:
Relieved and grateful the alternative arrangements worked out so well, and of course I hope you will have the chance to visit my riad when next in Marrakesh.
April 2017

江华 User Profile
March 2017
Good

A User Profile
March 2017
Perfect, rustic, great location..... If you are new to Marrakesh then be sure to ask Moha to book you a guide. We would stay again xx
Richard User Profile
Response from Richard:
A satisfied client is a satisfied owner and host. Thank you for being so positive about your experience here. Don't forget to recommend me to your friends please - and come back!
March 2017

Brea User Profile
March 2017
Richard's Riad is a very special place. If you are looking for authentic Moroccan lodging, his place is just that. The decor is amazing, and the location is tucked away enough to be relatively peaceful, but only a short walk from the souks, restaurants, and the main square. It was lovely getting coffee and breakfast every morning, and Moha the caretaker is very sweet and helped us with anything we asked. My only complaint is that my mattress in the canopy bedroom was very uncomfortable. It seemed old, and after traveling for a few weeks before Marrakech it was disappointing to not get restful sleep. However the couch right outside that room was very comfy, so i slept there all week. Haha. All in all it was a positive experience, and other then the mattress i would definitely recommend Richard's Riad.
Richard User Profile
Response from Richard:
Thank you for all the positive feedback Brea, and I am delighted breakfast and the contribution made by the staff to the enjoyment of your holiday were appreciated. Sorry to hear the mattress was not to your liking. I will be in Marrakesh in a few days time. This will give me an opportunity to investigate and replace if necessary.
March 2017

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Richard User Profile

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)

Response rate: 100%
(last 10 contacts)
Response time: within an hour
Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.