What We Love
- The complimentary tray of tea and pastries, delivered to your room every afternoon
- An onsite boutique, stocked with stylish local treats like snakeskin kaftans
- The Saharan-sand scrub at the onsite spa
- The family of resident tortoises, who make their home in the garden
What To Know
- This is one of the few riads in the medina with a trio of swimming pools
- There are no telephones or televisions in any of the rooms
- Book Room 11 for its marble fireplace and private veranda
- Upon request, you can join the hotel chef on a tour of Marrakech’s food markets
- Free WiFi
The jewel-toned entrance at this contemporary riad—a vibrant blend of pink, crimson, and topaz yellow walls—serves as a perfect preview of your stay. Like its bold reception, this romantic Moroccan retreat, the brainchild of Vanessa Branson (sister to Richard) is unexpected, eclectic, and eye-catching. Rooms here are comfy, colorful oases, kitted out with tie-dyed plasterwork, hand-stitched Egyptian cotton linens, and art from Branson’s personal collection—in addition to homey flourishes like scented candles and babouche slippers. The breakfast spread here is just as delightfully over-the-top, whose grand spread includes homemade yogurt and granola, Moroccan pancakes, and made-to-order shakshouka, a local egg dish spiked with a piquant tomato sauce. After a morning of haggling at the souks (you’re within walking distance of Djemaa el Fna square and its neighboring markets), you’ll find respite in the afternoon pastries and mint tea served in one of the hotel’s three covered courtyards. Let the lazing continue at the rooftop pool, where a lounging area with Berber tents affords sweeping Atlas Mountain views.
In the Area
The hotel’s very central location in the medina (it’s also just a ten-minute drive from Marrakech Menara airport) means you can escape the tangle of Marrakech traffic—while also being within walking distance of most local must-sees like the Koutoubia Mosque, the red pisé walls of El Badi (a crumbling 16th-century palace commissioned by a Saudi Arabian sultan), the Jewish quarter, and Jardin Majorelle, the late Yves Saint Laurent’s 12-acre botanical ode to the city. If you’d rather explore via bike or a jog, staff can recommend routes and paths.
How to Get There
My aunt wanted to share her positive experience from last year here as she stayed here. When she brought my mother and I to experience the rooftop views, the male bar staff treated us with great disrespect. Three women coming from Canada, covered up and dressed business appropriate as we were going out to a formal dinner, we felt extremely uncomfortable. At one point the male “lead” bartender yelled at myself, while I was taking a video of the gorgeous decor and sunset. I would not recommend any females to come here for a drink. Very unfortunate as this hotel is owned by a woman.
Ordered fish burger I enjoyed. Had a beer enjoyed also. Nice lovely setting with great view of the city.
Bad experienced as we were leaving. Went to take a few photos and approached by a member of the staff. Who told us very rudely that we were not allowed to take photos.
Understand their policy, very upsetting how he stayed behind us until we left. Not what one expects from a luxurious hotel. Overall, ruined the whole experience.
Lovely setting, relaxing sitting on the rooftop terrace.
Ordered a vegetarian taco ???? which I found very bland did not enjoy to be honest.
Had a glass of wine ????
Later on the way out we took a few photos and were stopped by one of the staff who told us very rudely that we were not allowed to take photos.
Make matters worse he stayed close behind until we exited the Riad.
Just spoiled the nice afternoon we had there and left with a bad feeling.
Not what I expected from a high end establishment, extremely disappointed.
Believe management could have a word with staff about how in a nice way explain too guests about their no photo policy and not stay behind them watching and making sure that they leave.
I am a big traveller and this was a first time for this kind of experience.