About This Listing
Choose your room or rent the entire place at a discounted rate. RIAD ATMAN was completely renovated in 2008/9, preserving the original layout but blending a traditional Moroccan ambiance with a minimalist flavour, and also featuring objects collected by the Italian owner during her travels around the world. The riad has 4 double bedrooms, is fully air-conditioned and it is also heated in winter and has a lovely fireplace in the sitting area. Its convenient location in the area of Bab Doukkala in the old part of the city (Medina) which is a short walk from the famous Jemaa el Fna square but also 2 minutes from a taxi rank, allows the guest to choose between a walk through the souk or a comfortable ride by taxi, whereas most of the other riads in the Median are only accessible through a 15 minutes walk in the souk, a pleasant experience at the beginning but not every evening when the guests are tired after a long day touring the city.
The peaceful and cool courtyard which welcomes the visitors, makes a stark contrast with the noise and heat of the Medina's maze. Entering the riad is to experience a different world, leaving the chaos behind to be submerged in a serene oasis.
The strongest point is its terrace where Jamila, the housekeeper and also a very valuable element (see the reviews of our previous guest about Jamila’s pampering on this site (check for reviews of the individual rooms: Sattva, Raja, Maya And Turiya) serves a delicious breakfast which includes freshly squeezed local oranges, a selection of teas, real expresso, homemade cakes and Moroccan fresh mint tea in the afternoon.
Our rates are already reasonable and very good value for money but ask for a lastminute deal and at times you could get a real bargain!
Please ask for last minute rates and also for discounted rates for booking longer than 3 days. Also weekly rates are available.
Communication with Ory was excellent from the start. Prompt feedback and organisation. The houskeeper Jamila was incredibly accomodating, modest and kind. The rooms were immaculately clean, with special attention to detail, such as placing of small decorative cushions, putting away of shirts that I had in haste left on the bed. We felt so at home.
The listing was indeed accurate. We were clearly tucked away from the hustle of the otherwise noisy and busy old town, with our very own roof terrace. From here I was able to take some stunning timelapse film of the starry night sky. Awesome.
The neighbourhood was inside the city walls, at the gate entrance called 'bab doukkala'. At first we were a little hesitant, because the noise and smells at this gateway and the stalls was a little overwhelming, but we got used to it in the first day. It's not until the souks that traders started to hassle us offering 'for you, good price'.
This place is amazing!! To enter you turn off from the main street and walk down a typical little alleyway, but then you emerge into this fantastic space. The living and dining room look on to a central 'courtyard', which ensures the room is filled with light and makes the place feel huge. Then there are three beautiful bedrooms on the first floor which overlook the courtyard, and a third bedroom on the sun terrace at the top. They are all en suite and decorated to an extremely high standard. I loved the detailing; everything from the bolts on the doors to the curtains that surround the four poster bed is thought about and immaculate. I doubt there is a more beautiful place to stay at this price anywhere in the world!
I had a couple of questions for Ory before the stay, she always replied promptly and was very helpful, she also arranged an airport transfer on the day we arrived! Jamilia the house keeper was lovely, she seems to only speak French, but she let us in to drop our bags off early and made us some very nice traditional mint tea. The apartment was always spotless, and we had breakfast which was a lovely traditional Moroccan breakfast. I think perhaps you are supposed to tip the housekeeper though?! which I none of us realized at the time and I feel guilty about now.
The location is ideal for exploring Marrakesh, and the instructions from Ory to find it couldn't be clearer or easier to follow. It's inside the walls, close to some of the main sights and only a 10-15 min walk from the main square. It's also on the right side for the Jardin Majorelle which is only a ten minute walk or so.
I would strongly recommend this place, it's just perfect!
Dear Ruth, thank you so much for your besutiful description of my place. It took a lot of time and energies to create it the way it is. I was not sure it would appeal to all tastes but it seems that a lot of people like the simple but traditional interpretation of the Marrskech style. I am very happy you enjoyed staying at the riad. As far as tipping is concerned, I believe it is discretionary, for this reason I did not feel like suggesting it as I believe is entirely up to the guests. However, if you receive a very good service it is nice to give a little extra to the person as a sign of gratitude and perhaps I could just hint at it in the house rules as i would not like the guests to feel this as something imposed upon them. Thanks for suggesting it. Thanks also for the other bit you mentioned.
A great Riad tucked away in what I would term more of an authentic part of Marrakech. Remember Hammam al-ghirmayy as this is the location where you need the taxi drivers to drop you on your return.
Our stay was improved immensely from Jamila and Mohammeds hospitality. They went out of their way to accommodate us. A cosy, nicely decorated and well kept Riad. Bab Doukala is a gem of a street, where the locals have little money but great hearts and a most welcoming hospitality - a world of difference from Jmaa al Fana where money is the only currency. This was my 5th Visit to Morrocco. Each of my visits has been different and this was as enjoyable as my previous visits. Develop friendship with the locals on this street and you will encounter a glimpse of the real marrakech. Hammam Ghirmay, you can have a bath, scrub and massage for 30 dirhams! want to experience the Tangier? ask Jamila or one of the locals to assist. between 100 - 200 dirhams. See jamie olivers youtube clip on bachelors pot. My one suggestion would be to do the whole experience yourself, from choosing the ingredients (you may want to add your own spices) selecting the meat to taking it to be cooked in the underground tavern.
Jama al Fana is a 10 -15 min walk. when using Taxis insist on the meter. petit taxis cost approx 6-10 dirhams to either Gueliz or the square. I could write endlessly on marrakech, about the Riad, the city the various trips, the scams, how to avoid and how to enjoy the city. those looking for specific tips can email me (email hidden)e riad is well located for the square and the new city (Gueliz) though for those who are wanting a sanitised holiday, I would recommend to keep away. We found the area safe and friendly. The vendors friendly and honest. I would just place the money in my palm and let them take what was due. Despite me being fairly fluent in Arabic, this is always my acid test to determine how honest people are. I wouldn't dream of doing this in the square. Look out for the sweet vendors,small freshly made donuts are 2 dirham a pack! or the many small bakeries that sell their freshly baked cakes, biscuits,sweets for a few dirhams.
The call to prayer will disturb many, it is beautiful, but the PA systems have sabotaged this great calling and all you will hear is a badly amplified voice.
We enjoyed retreating to the Riad at the end of the day or midday when we were looking to rest, and after a few days it felt like home. The 10 days ran out quicker than we would have liked. Our youngest child (not yet 2) developed a real bond with Jamila and still calls after her wondering where she is!
Beautiful riad perfectly situated for exploring the Medina as well as Marrakesh beyond the walls. Beautifully appointed and accurately described. Breakfast on the terrace every morning was the highlight of the trip. Highly recommended and would definitely stay here again.
Oriettas Riad is a lovely place to stay for your vacations. Not only she has decorated it to make you feel like at home, Its a beautiful place, but also she has the best service. Jamila made for us the best Harira and Cous Cous I´ve ever eaten. Delicious.
Both Jamila and Mesht, where always there for anything that we needed. They where really helpful.
Its really well situated and just exiting the riad, there is a market, with everything that you may need for eating.
Very close from the big plaza. (Walking distance)
Dear Enrique it was a pleasure to have you at the riad. I am sorry i was not in Marrakech that week but hopefully in the future when are you back with your wife i will be there. Thank you very much for taking the time to express your gratitude and to share your experience with future guests.
Come back anytime!
We stayed in a few Riads in Morocco and this was by far the best. Lovely space. Great food, good location and very attentive host and staff. Highly recommended
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About the Host, Ory
Ho iniziato l'avventura marocchina nel 2006 dopo un inverno particolarmente rigido in Inghilterra,(dove vivo quando non sono a Roma, ed ora a Marrakech o in viaggio), che mi aveva provocato un raffreddore/inflluenza dopo l'altra, Decisi di partire per un posto caldo, anche con l'idea di esplorare un possibile investimento immobiliare. Dopo 4 giorni passati a Marrakech ero guarita e mi ero anche innamorata della citta'! L'idea di acquistare un riad a Marrakech si coniugava benissimo con quella di avere un'attivita; che mi portasse via dal museo dove lavoravo part-time per raggiungere un posto caldo per almeno 3 o 4 giorni al mese giustificando tale assenze con un progetto di lavoro. Ho cosi' iniziato a cercare il posto giusto e il riad giusto (per il mio budget) , ci sono voluti quasi due anni e poi sono iniziati i lavori ( anche quelli da supervisionare tutti i mesi, ben felice di scappare da Londra!) anche i lavori sono durati parecchio e poi c'e' stata la piacevole seppur faticosa impresa di arredarlo facendo fare dagli artigiani locali ogni pezzo seguendo i miei disegni e i loro consigli. Cosi' nasce Riad (website hidden) continuo a viaggiare, dal Giappone al Nepal, al Buthan e anche mete piu' vicine ma la magia di Marrakech ha ancora il suo effetto e ci torno piu' spesso possibile.