Situated in the heart of the medina, this quiet and
In Rabat`s Medina, near Sidi Fatah’s street – where the noble families used to live, rises Riad Salomé, my house, my haven of peace.
The name comes from this head of Salomé, signed A. Foretay, which I bought 10 years ago in a little fisherman’s village on the Moroccan coast.
As a matter of fact the word Salomé comes from Hebrew שלום, « Shalom », that means « peace ».
The house had been completely abandoned for more than 10 years but it still kept this aura of positive energy that fascinated me.
Together with local craftsmen, artists of their trade, we have entirely restored it.
During the years many families had inhabited the house building partition walls, kitchens on every floor, apartments into already existing apartments, destroying the mosaic floors, the wooden ceilings, hiding with hideous paint the cedar doors....
With great patience and as meticulous as goldsmiths, we have researched, studied and finally brought back the house to its original splendor.
After four years of work and many concerns we succeeded in restoring in this ancestral home its original character without forgetting modern comfort. We have kept, where it was possible, the original mosaics, brought out the Sale’s stone, restored the wooden ceilings, stripped clean the thuja and cedar doors, recomposed mosaics where they had been destroyed….
Being a lover of plants and birds and wanting to respect the word “riad” which means garden in Arabic, I also filled the courtyard with plants and planted 4 enormous palm trees inspiring myself from the desert oasis and English gardening books.
In the coolness of this courtyard time takes a different form that takes you in a relaxing and meditative atmosphere which is difficult to forget.
The two rooms I am renting open on this beautiful courtyard, this place that – for Muslims – is a temporal representation of paradise.
The riad is walking distance from all main attractions; 5 minutes from the Kashba of Oudayas, the Route des Consuls, 10 minutes to the beach, 15 to the city center and the train station.
There is wi-fi in all rooms and in the shared patio.
Please do not smoke inside the rooms.
If you wish to immerse in the atmosphere of a traditional médina you will be overjoyed here in Rabat.
Bordered north by the Bouregreg river, protected west by the Atlantic ocean and by the Kasbah des Oudayas walls, encircled by the Almohades walls on the east side and by the Andalusian walls on the south side it's rare to find such a well protected médina in Morocco, this médina that was created by the Moriscos these andalusian people that were chased away from Spain during the 17th century by the king Philippe III.
The médina has not changed much since it was created and it is beautiful to find one self walking between ancient walls, historical houses with hidden gardens you can guess from the tree tops that appear over their high walls, magnificent painted mosque ceilings, smiling people and highly colored shops.
Anything can be found in the médina from traditional clothing to high tech...!!
Not to speak of the countless small exquisite food stands, the hidden hammam furnaces, the fragrant smell of bakeries, the scent of spices.
And last, but not least, the possibility of going around feeling absolutely free and never being hassled as in other medinas.
Getting around in Rabat is simple: there is the new beatiful tramway which can be used to have an overall idea of the city and of city of Salé on the other side of the river. Taxis cost nothing, are clean and honest.
If coming with your car, there is a guarded parking lot just around the corner of the Riad.
If arriving at Casablanca airport there are two ways of getting to Riad Salomé: either I send you a taxi with chauffer that will bring you directly to my place, either you take the train which leaves directly from the airport at every exact hour and brings you to Rabat Ville (the central train station) in one hour and a half (and one train change). From the train station you should take a blue cab and ask the driver to bring you to Bab Lahlou and Sidi Fatah. Be sure to call me as soon as you get into the cab so that I can come greet you once arrived.
Other Things to Note
Transfers to and from the airports are available on demand.
Since it's my home, visitors are not allowed.
It is possible to smoke in the house but only outdoors in the garden.
Pets are welcome just remember there is one dog and two cats living on the premises.
Clothes washing is forbidden; there is a good and cheap laundry just a few minutes walk from the riad.
Always check lights; do please turn them off when leaving.
Suitcases should be left on the ground floor (red room).
Drinks are available on demand
We had a wonderful stay at Elena's. It felt like home, only more exotic.
Thanks to her multi-cultural, multi-lingual background, she provided us with local information and insider tips. Every morning we were spoiled and surprised with Moroccan breakfast specialties, some homemade. Our sons, unexpected visitors, were welcomed to breakfast also.
If we had a question, Elena had an answer, and often a charming tale to go along with it.
My son, living in Rabat, and I have already recommended Elena's to my sister who may be visiting there.
Elena est une hôte très accueillante, dans son havre de paix et de quiétude au cœur de la Médina. Nous avons passé un séjour très agréable et Elena, qui connait bien Rabat, est une très bonne source d'informations et de bons conseils. Le petit dej est délicieux, en particulier les confitures home made, un bon +.
On le recommande vivement!
Tanto Elena como su hijo nos recibieron muy bien. Es un Riad muy agradable dentro de la Medina de Rabat. Nos prepararon un desayuno excelente. Hasta pronto.
Riad fantastico camere pulite e molto molto spaziose. Padrona di casa molto attenta al cliente e disponibile a spiegare tante cose riguardo alla città. Colazione con una varietà di marmellate buonissime da provare assolutamente !! Cane e gattini adorabili e assolutamente innocui.
Il soggiorno al Riad Salomé è stato molto piacevole: oltre ad avere a disposizione una camera molto grande ed accogliente che si affaccia sul bel giardino interno, l'ospitalità e la disponibilità di Elena e del figlio Stephàne ci ha messo a nostro agio fin dal primo momento.
La posizione del riad, inoltre, è assolutamente perfetta; a pochi passi dal mare e dalla Medina: sicurezza, tranquillità e privacy sono assolutamente garantiti.
Anyone visiting Morocco should stay with Elena in Rabat before going anywhere else. Not only is she a charming host, but she will regale you with stories of all the places she has visited & recommend places to see. The Riad is a beautifully restored Moroccan Villa extremely clean & well maintained, the breakfast is filling with her own home made jams. You will enjoy the company of Elena, Charlie the dog, Stephane her son, & Sushi the kitten living in the Villa. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay & highly recommend this Riad to others.
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