What We Love
- A peaceful stay within the bustling Medina, including breakfast and welcome treatsStaying at a traditional riad, with a beautiful fusion of modern and classic features
- Saving the delectable Moroccan pastries on arrival
- Having a sheltered, tranquil pool at your disposal in the bustling heart of the Medina
- Being seconds from the Royal Palace and other must-see Marrakech sights
Amid the buzzing and winding streets of Marrakech’s old Medina, Riad Alma is a stylish oasis of calm. Though a modern building, it features design very much in keeping with the city’s traditional riads, creating a wonderfully airy and spacious feeling, with exquisitely crafted dark-wood furniture, artful splashes of bright colors and beautiful light shades and tiled floors. Everywhere you look, something wonderful catches your eye.
This TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning riad is designed around two large courtyards, one planted with beautiful fragrant clementine trees and the other sheltering a small refreshing swimming pool. The spa offers a range of relaxing and rejuvenating health and beauty therapies, as well as a number of traditional regional therapeutic techniques. Enjoy a session in the hammam, followed by an exfoliating scrub and a massage. The many pretty terraces are welcome spots to stretch out and relax at the end of a day spent sightseeing and watch the sun set over the Atlas Mountains.
Superior rooms are found on the first floor and overlook the patio. All have a king-sized or two single beds, air conditioning and an en-suite bathroom with shower. The design of the rooms is in keeping with the hotel’s contemporary classicism, featuring sparkling marble floors and-state-of-the-art bathrooms offset by antique arabesque furnishings.
Moroccan cuisine is based around simple dishes, lovingly prepared from fresh produce. Rachida, the riad’s chef, prepares delicious local meat and vegetable dishes, alongside a range of wonderful Moroccan pastries.
After a day of exploring the frenetic winding streets, the spa is a welcome sanctuary. Unwind in the traditional hammam and treat yourself to a highly invigorating exfoliating scrub or a heavenly massage.
Marrakech is an exhilarating and vibrant city with plenty to see and do. The Kotoubia Minaret is a striking example of Berber architecture and looms over the central square, Djemaa El Fna, a hive of activity and a great spot for al-fresco dining in the evening. Snaking round the perimeter of the square is a labyrinthine warren of market streets; it’s well worth getting lost here for a few hours. You’ll find all sorts of treasures, leather wares, Berber carpets and artifacts from Morocco’s colonial and pre-colonial periods.Don’t miss out on the beautifully preserved Saadian tombs and the wonderfully ornate Bahia Palace. Head to the Majorelle Gardens at the end of the day to relax in beautifully tended tropical environs.
How to Get There
We wanted the Riad experience since it was the first time in Marrakesh. Among the reasons we selected Riad Alma was that is have very spacious rooms if you book one of the suits. The price for the suit was also attractive compared to many other rooms with similar size.
The riad is located in the southern part of the Medina with walking distance to Saadien tombs, Bahia palace and Jeema el Fna square. Tricky to find but we took an airport shuttle to the hotel the first day and learned the location.
Mourad and the team was outstanding and provided very good service throuout our 7-night stay. We got upgraded to the apartement on the roof but it's not superconveinient. Quite some noise reached the apartment and we also start smelling a bad odour so we swithed to a suite with windows to the inner yard which was much better.
- Great service
- Good lunch food (Tagine, what else?)
- Walking distance to most attractions in the Medina
- Tasty breakfast
- Good room size for a riad
- Although the breakfast was tasty, it became a little bit boring to have the same for 7 mornings. Greater variation would be nice.
- The beds are hard. Of course, for some people, this is an advantage.
We loved our stay at Riad Alma. It doesn't have the typical opulent design of other riads we stayed in - instead, it's airy and open with white/beige tones and clean lines. Our room and bathroom were well sized...the bed was so uncomfortable! It's located on a side street where cars can't enter, but it's only a 15-20 minute walk to the main square. The staff was incredibly accommodating. The breakfast was delicious and freshly prepared for us. We would definitely recommend to any travelers who want to be close to the action but avoid the chaos of the medina.
My wife and I recently returned from a long weekend in Marrakech. We pondered on several Riads but decided to go with Riad Alma based on its excellence reviews.
On arrival we were not disappointed, we were welcomed into the opulent Riad by owner Maurad, whom really couldn’t do enough for us throughout our stay. Location was ideal for us, nestled in the less busier south Médina but only a 15minute stroll to the Jamaa el fna square.
A truly wonderful eye opening trip enhanced by the beautiful Riad Alma.
A small and friendly riad (only 8 rooms), room we had (7) was well proportioned, with a balcony, breakfast was nice with flexibility in time you wish to take it and location, we chose the roof terrace for the morning sunrise view over the city.
The location is quiet, no cars can come close, so need to wheel your luggage through a few streets (2 mins max walk). About 20 mins walk to main square in Marrakech.
Swimming pool a bit small (i.e. a large bath!) but otherwise an excellent place to relax.
Rooms have all that is needed they are clean with bathrooms which have all that you would need during your visit.
A warm welcome awaits you with a welcoming drink of tea or coffee.
A fire is lit in the evening when the temperature drops.