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.
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.