About this listing
Riad Maizie belongs to me, Miranda. I’m a yoga teacher and author of 'Cinnamon City' a best-selling book describing the experience of buying and restoring this 200 year old house in the oldest quarter of the city. (Also see Umbrian Farmhouse airbnb)
The doueria is a self-contained suite with a fourposter bed, an intricate classic Moroccan painted ceiling, and a bathroom with an amazing tadelakt bath. We can make up a banquette as a bed for a child under 10, for whom we charge €10 per night.
It has private access to the roof garden, and a view of orange trees and fountains in the courtyard, complete with dawn and twilight birdsong from nests in the jasmine wreathing the window.
It is one of five rooms in a peaceful Riad - a heavenly retreat after the kaleidoscopic chaos of the souks - five minutes from the nearest taxi and twelve minutes from Djemaa el Fna.
We have internet access.
There is a large suntrap roof garden with a view of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains - the perfect place for breakfast in the sun, or for dining beneath the stars, followed by a spot of relaxation lounging on banquettes amid the heady scent of flowers. There is also a trio of cool roosts in the courtyard under a canopy of orange trees.
The riad is a welcoming and friendly place to stay with a bunch of friends. Make it your HQ and explore the mountains, desert, or the vast golden beaches of Essouira. Lose yourself in the souks, a beady shopper's paradise selling everything from Berber jewellery to shining brass and copper hand-basins. Or make like a sybarite, and go for total relaxation with an Argan oil massage at the riad.
Will, my son, the manager is an exceptional artist and international chef, happy to cook great real food using fresh local ingredients, including delectable vegetarian dishes, which can be hard to come by in Marrakech. Alternatively, Amal, our lovely femme de menage can do an amazing array of traditional Moroccan food.
Christmas - fab and special - from 20th Dec to 6th Jan costs €99 for two, €109 for three per night.
Please make yourself at home - mi casa es su casa.
Will (who runs the riad) was amazing. He went above any beyond to try and make me feel at home- he was super sweet and gave me all sorts of tips about the city. The riad itself needs work in my opinion and I wouldn't be comfortable paying that much next time. So it goes. Will rules. :)
Work and maintenance within the Riad is a constant, I have taken note of your valid points and will address them immediately.
In response to your review and also in an effort to offer more value for money I have lowered the cost of this listing.
Will was a very kind and welcoming host. The Riad is beautiful. The owners put a lot of effort in restoring it, and there are corners full of old fashioned character everywhere you look, with a nice contrast provided here and there by Will's contemporary paintings. My room was beautifully decorated, and so was the bathroom. I enjoyed my lazy breakfasts on the terrace, playing with the local cats, and chatting with Will. It's incredibly central, and you're immersed in the chaos of the Medina as soon as you step outside, but it's incredibly peaceful and quiet inside. The riad is slightly more expensive than others in the Medina (but there are a great deal of much more expensive ones too!), and some others offer SPAs, but the relaxed feel, tranquillity, and well kept beauty of this one is well worth the stay (and you can always go to hammams close by if you're looking for a SPA).
Riad Maize has a real bohemian charm and we would recommend it to anyone visiting Marrakech. We were made to feel very welcome by the hosts. The riad is stunning with an amazing roof terrace, and the Doureia suite we stayed in was particularly special.
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About the Host, Will
Hi, my name is Will and I have lived in Marrakech for the past 5 years.
I love travelling through Morocco and meeting the locals from different regions.
I am fascinated by the ancient world, philosophy, languages and art, my favourite authors are Orwell, Vonnegut, Dostoyevsky and Borges.
I love science fiction and horror comedy movies and some of my favourite directors would be Hitchcock, Kubrick, Tarkovsky, Lynch, Kurosawa and Cronenberg.
My music collection is extensive and eclectic and ranges from classical, rock, dub reggae, east coast hip hop, funk, blues, arabic, indian and latino.
Having worked for 5 years as a chef, I have a fascination for food and new flavours, Morocco has a wealth of amazing flavours on offer, while I also offer dishes of Italian, Spanish, Mexican, middle eastern, Asian and Indian origin.
I love hosting for Airbnb because of the rich diversity of personalities that come to Riad Maizie.