About this listing
Welcome to the house of friends. Your home in Marrakech is a traditional Riad in one of the most convenient spots in the city centre. One bedroom suite and five rooms (all ensuite) sharing a romantic courtyard minutes from the famous Jemma el Fnaa square. Sleeps up to 13 people in total.
You will love the location just a short 5 minute straightforward walk from the tumultuous Jemma el Fnaa square and souks. You will appreciate the comfortable en-suite rooms, spacious patio with dipping pool and stunning roof terraces. But most of all you will not forget the warmth of the welcome from our dedicated staff.
In Moroccan Arabic the name of the Riad means close friend, sister or lover. At our Riad we truly hope you will arrive as a guest and leave as a friend. We specialise in helping English speaking guests and first time visitors to Marrakech make the most of their experience in the Red City.
What Makes us different?
What really makes us special, and fantastic value for money, is the small team of dedicated staff in each of our Riads who will be on hand to help and advise throughout your stay. We do provide a truly personal service.
It is the small things that count: complimentary toiletries; breakfast served at the time of your choice; delicious evening meals individually and freshly prepared to your taste and dietary requirements; Wifi; a complimentary map of the old town; help booking restaurants and excursions; nothing seems to be too much trouble. We are pleased to offer the loan of a local pay-as-you-go mobile to stay in touch with your English speaking hosts while you are out exploring.
Whole Riad rental is perfect for groups: Whether it’s a special occasion, a relaxed family holiday or a last minute get-away with friends, exclusive use of a whole Riad like ours is a fantastic way to enjoy Marrakech. Our accommodation is so flexible we can offer any combination of romantic doubles, fun and practical family rooms or luxurious twins and triples.
The highlight of any group booking will be a banquet in the Riad, delicious food in a friendly relaxed atmosphere whether you dine by the pool or in a Berber tent on the roof terrace. We can even arrange a musician or dancer for your entertainment!
When renting the whole riad you obviously have access to the whole riad.
We keep our staff here to make breakfast and teas and meals unless you request to have no staff there:- its up to you!
We have an office which is just for staff use as it is where our night time guardian sleeps-again it is your choice if you prefer not to have the guardian but it is sometimes helpful to have someone there to assist members of a group who may want information, wake up calls or accompanying to the taxi rank etc.
Interaction with guests
Our Moroccan staff are available 24/7. You will be given a mobile phone with all phone numbers already programmed in and enough credit for one or two local calls.
Our staff are our best asset: they genuinely love to meet guests from all around the world and like to share information about their culture, food, traditions, history etc with those guests who may be interested. However, they have appropriate discretion and know that often people like to explore and find things out for themselves and be left alone to enjoy romantic moments.
Other things to note
Guests can have a traditional hammam experience and/ or relaxing massage at Riad Star if they wish (at additional charge -approx £25 each). We usually need 3 hours notice to prepare the hammam.
Food is prepared very freshly (the market is on our doorstep) so we just need a few hours notice for dinner and an hour for lunch.
NOISE: The medina is a very special place where people are living in close proximity with one another. Because of this we hope that guests will be considerate when sitting on the roof terrace late at night.
SMOKING: Smoking is only allowed on the roof terrace. Strictly no smoking in the rooms as the smell requires professional cleaning to remove.
We ask guests to be sensitive to other guests and smoke away from others who are not smoking on the roof terrace.
PETS: No pets in consideration of others. If the riad is rented for a long term rental then pets may then be possible-we would need to discuss this with you.
'SEX TOURISM': It is illegal for tourists to bring locals back to any hotel and we do not allow this. We view 'sex tourism' as exploitation of economically disadvantaged groups. We have set up a charitable project in order to educate local women and help them to find employment. Please do not embarrass our staff by asking for this-the answer will always be NO!
MEAL TIMES: Any time of your choosing. Breakfast can be served anytime up to about 3.30 pm! SO feel free to have a luxuriously lazy lie in.
VISITING OTHER RIAD HOTELS: We have a total of 4 riads in our family of hotels and (provided they are not being used for a private function or exclusive use) you are welcome to request a meal or drink at any other hotels in our family. Use the APP Marrakech-riad to find your way using free GPS signal.
CLOTHES in WARDROBE: Feel free to wear one of the recycled jellabahs inside your wardrobe. All jellabahs are drycleaned in between guests visits. If you wish to take it home then we will charge £25 per jellabah which will be donated to the Henna Cafe. If you find neither jellabah fits you then ask a member of staff to see if they can find another that is your size.
Thanks and Enjoy your stay!
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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Nearly a decade ago we fell in love with this amazing ancient city of Marrakech: its culture, its people and it's architecture. The garden courtyard homes or riads.
Over the years our love affair with Marrakech has blossomed and have restored four magnificent medina houses: Riad Star, Riad Cinnamon, Riad Papillon and Dar Habiba - slowly brought back to life using skilled artisans and our passion for creating beautiful and enchanting spaces: it has been a labour of love.
We warmly invite you to stay in one of our unique boutique hotels and experience the magic of Riad living in the heart of this world Heritage city. It is the small things that count: Wi-Fi, the loan of the local cell phone, our smartphone app with its indispensable off-line map and guide as well as our orange blossom scented toiletries, open fires, comfy bathrobes and Egyptian cotton linens.
What really makes us special is our welcoming and talented team. Each Riad has just a handful of rooms which means that we can provide a truly personal and attentive 24-hour concierge service. Our English-speaking staff are on hand to serve, advise and help you to enjoy your stay.
Marrakech is our passion we look forward to sharing it with you.
Mike and Lucie Wood