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 cosy little Blue Room is on the ground floor and opens into the courtyard with its fountains, orange trees and bird song. It is furnished with a double bed, and we can make up a banquette into a bed for a child under 10, for which we charge a €10 supplement per night. It has a large bathroom with a bath.
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 - succumb to total relaxation with an Argan oil massage at the riad.
Will, my son and 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 foodshopping and show you how to cook Marakchi.
Christmas - fab and special - from 20th Dec to 6th Jan costs €89 for two, €109 for three per night.
Make yourself at home - mi casa es su casa
Un Riad muy recomendable, auténtico, con una terraza y patio estupendos (las fotos son fieles a la realidad).
Casa de huéspedes/ hostel muy bohemio, con muy buen ambiente, muy distendido, casi como estar en tu propia casa.
Está muy bien situado, en plena medina, a 7 min andando de la Plaza - para vivir la verdadera escencia de Marrakech - con todo lo bueno y no tan bueno que ello implica.
Es complicado llegar la primera vez, pero Will (que es el Manager) se encarga de recogerte hasta que aprendes el camino. Asimismo Will se puede encargar de contratar un servicio de taxi para recogerte en el Aeropuerto o cualquier otro traslado.
Hay un par de gatos (como en todo Marruecos), que si bien no acceden a las habitaciones, debe ser tenido en cuenta por personas con alergias fuertes.
El desayuno es bueno, Will se encarga de hacerlo a tu gusto.
Will es un Inglés muy gentil, buen anfitrión, con un talante hippie, buen humor, atento y responsable.
Me alojé en invierno en la habitación Azul en la planta baja, es una habitación cómoda, con un pequeño armario pintado a mano y una cama suplatoria. La habitación tiene grandes y auténticas puertas y ventanas. Pero es la única que no tiene cristales en las ventanas, por tanto por mantener el calor no podía abrir las persianas y no pude disfrutar de luz natural.
La limpieza es mejorable, pero si no esperas las comodidades un hotel, es un sitio perfecto para una estancia tranquila en Marrakech.
Me alojaría nuevamente aquí si vuelvo a Marrakech.
Riad Maizie is a beautiful place and good location in the Medina. The roof is glorious. Be prepared for some hitches as you are in Marrakesh (Wifi didn't work while I was there and getting around was left mostly to me)... but it's a great place and very hospitable!
Fantastic stay at the raid maize over Christmas !! Beautiful, tranquil location .... Will !!!!!!! Great person to spend evening chatting away with. Very welcoming and great food!!! We look forward to return for a long weekend . Steven & Nina
I had a wonderful time staying at Riad Maizie. I loved that it was set back from the hustle and bustle of Jemaa el Fna and enjoyed walking home through the labyrinth-like corridors. Will, the manager, was very helpful and attentive. I found it to be the perfect place for my visit as a solo traveler and I highly recommend it to anyone (including couples, families and groups) looking for a pleasant stay in Marrakech.
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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.