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 all the floors, apartments into already built apartments, had destroyed the mosaic floors, the wooden ceilings….
With a lot of patience and as meticulous as a 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 it 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.
Perfect and most warmest reception - all descriptions ahead are not real. They are far better in reality.
Wonderful, quiet, peaceful place with a host as warm and caring as possible.
We LOVED staying with Elena! Her riad is absolutely gorgeous, and Elena went out of her way to be sure we had a great time in Rabat, including great recommendations on attractions and restaurants. I would highly highly recommend this Airbnb to anyone! I hope we can make it back again.
Nous avons été très bien accueilli, Elena nous reçoit comme un membre de sa famille. Hôte aux petits soins, Riad magnifique et ressourçant.
Elena arranged for our transfer to the riad and met us on the edge of the medina. The riad is an oasis of quiet and calm central to the beach, kasbah d'oudayas and only a walk away from the hustle and bustle of the medina.
Elena is a warm and welcoming host and was very happy to share her knowledge of morocco - the people, the language, the customs.
The room is private and comfortable and breakfast is made by elena - with delicious home made jams.
Thank you elena.
Merci beaucoup Héléna pour cet accueil parfait!
Le petit déjeuner en prime est une super surprise !
le Riad est très bien placé dans la médina côté mer, donc très proche du spot de surf de rabat.
Je recommande vivement ce lieu !
Stayed with Elena for four nights. What an amazing home she has! The host was even better: Elena welcomed us with open arms and really took care of us! Would recommend her b&b to anyone looking to stay in a beautifully restorated riad with a warm host. Her great tips and homemade confitures really gave it a special twist. Thank you Elena!
Elena is a charming, helpful and very knowledgable host. It was a perfect choice for us to start our tour of Morocco. She helped us make reservations for dinner etc., all good! The Riad itself is cool and calm and comfortable. It feels very homely and relaxing.
Accueil chaleureux et (website hidden)és beau riad, restauré avec goût et (website hidden)és bien situé. Bref, n'hésitez pas un instant à séjourner chez Elena. Nous y retournerions avec plaisir
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My wife and I had a great stay at Elena.She was a great host, helped us finding great places to eat and places to go.I would recommend to anybody.I would definitely stay at Elenas again.