Riad Maizie Olive Courtyard Double

Bed & Breakfast - Private room · Derb al Cadi, Marrakesh, Marrakesh-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco

The Space

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 Olive Room opens directly out onto the courtyard, with its fountains, orange trees and dawn and twilight birdsong. It is furnished with a double bed, and we can provide a banquette to make a bed for a child under ten, for which we charge €10 per night. The room has a polished green tadelakt wall with an incised pattern, and a baroque set of beside shelves. The bathroom has a tadelakt shower.
It is one of five rooms in a peaceful Riad featured in London's Evening Standard. The house is a heavenly retreat after the kaleidoscopic chaos of the souks, just 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. Or 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 of Riad Maizie 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. For a small fee she will take you shopping, and show you the secrets of Marakchi cuisine.
Christmas - fab and special - from 20th Dec to 12 Jan costs €89 for two, €109 for three per night.
Make yourself at home - mi casa es su casa.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Cancellation: Flexible

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  • The reservation was canceled 15 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    April 2013
  • Atmosfera familiare e piacevole. Da non perdere la colazione sulla terrazza ed i consigli di Will per chi vuole conoscere la Marrakesh meno turistica.

    April 2013
  • The Riad Maizie is a really beautiful place. Our stay there was very comfortable and enjoyable. While Miranda wasn't there when we stayed, her son Will was a great host. His breakfasts were delicious and he went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable and that our stay was enjoyable. The place is a little tricky to find, so it really isn't the best idea to try to find it yourself. Will picked us up from the main square and took us back on our first day and gave us some really useful information about the city, and finding our way home. Overall the experience was really nice, and I would definitely recommend it.

    March 2013
  • A perfect slice of serenity in a hectic city. Miranda was a wonderful host and the Riad itself is gorgeous. We were chaperoned to and from the square until we were sure not to get lost. We were recommended some fantastic bars and restaurants, and guided through some tricky local telephone calls by the wonderful housekeeper, Amal. The Riad is lovely; cosy and relaxed, with a gorgeous peaceful rooftop for catching some morning sun with breakfast. Just be sure to go while the kittens are still tiny - they were so much fun we almost forgot to go shopping!

    February 2013
    Response from Miranda:

    What a very cheering review. Thank you. M

  • We didn't have a chance to meet Miranda, the whole stay her son William took care of us. He is the greatest host you can imagine, so funny and nice! The riad is also superb with an amazing terrace and roof where you can enjoy delicious breakfast. I was afraid that I might become allergic because of the cats in the riad, but eveything was fine, really clean and not cat-smelly riad. recommend it for 100 percent!!

    January 2013
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Hi I'm Miranda, and I live near Lake Trasimeno. My husband Dan is a painter who gives art lessons and I'm a writer. I've written around 20 books published in maybe ten languages, most of them about crafts and interior decoration. The most recent two were published by Transworld, called 'Getting to Manana' (about our decade in Andalusia) and 'Cinnamon City' (about buying and restoring a riad in Marrakech) respectively. The latter was a Daily Mail Bookclub Choice, December 2005, and is called a best-seller by Transworld. They are now both ebooks, which is v exciting. I escape from my computer by teaching yoga three times a week - you'd think after doing it for 10 years I'd have the perfect figure, but strangely, it hasn't happened. We live a somewhat Bohemian life on the Umbria/Tuscany border, in an old converted farmhouse on a huge nature conservancy farming estate, with three rescued cats (one found in a ditch, one in a tree and one flung from the window of a passing car) and a dog, Laika, (whose previous owner wanted to make his fortune as a juggler in Valencia). This is definitely country - with woodland, porcupines, boar, black squirrels, nightingales, badgers, dust, deer, elderly mountain bikes for hire and a fishing lake on the estate. On foot you can amble to swimming pools, tennis courts, great walks, a grocer, baker, bar, post office, pharmacy and restaurant whose excellent chef used to cook at Eton. By car you can get to Divin Peccato restaurant (q.v.) in Panicarola, to il Pescatore bar by the lakeside on Trasimeno, take a boat out to eat on Isola Maggiore, eat at Piccola Trattoria Guastini near Montepulciano, and taste wine in a million different places. My dreams are to 1) Go to the Jaipur Music Festival this autumn or to do resist printing with Natalie Gibson in spring (website hidden) 2) to do another yoga teacher's course on some palm-fringed beach 3) successfully turn my two new books (one about moving to Italy and one is a romantic novel) onto ebooks. Hosting: informal, chatting, red wine for me. I'll do station pick-ups and returns, take you to bigger supermarkets, the lake and local hill towns if I can think of a good reason to go myself, otherwise I'll charge for petrol. Ditto, you can do washing, log onto the internet. Carpe diem is my motto. Do it now, whatever it is.
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