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
My friend and I came to Morocco and stayed at Riad Alma before driving to the Sahara. We were met by Ahmed who was so friendly and welcoming we immediately felt at home. The Riad is intimate and yet has plenty of room for you to have privacy. It feels like you are staying with good friends. The owners, Samira and her Jacques, were there as well with their friends and they invited us to dinner and immediately we fell in love with the place. I almost don’t want to tell people about it because i want to keep it my own little secret.... it’s really special. We arrived late upon our first night and they had prepared a DELICIOUS lamb tagine dinner on the rooftop Terrance for us that we still talk about to this day. It was perfect and we have since asked for the recipe because it was the best food we had in Morocco. They kindly shared this with us. We had booked a different Riad after our trip to Sahara and were so sad not to have been at Riad Alma that we ate there again for the lamb tagine, walking at night through the windy streets ...risking getting lost at night just to be back with Samira and everyone at Riad Alma. Ahmed walked us all the way back to our other Riad and we have been talking about how great they were to us ever since. We adore Riad Alma and highly recommend it. Thank you for a wonderful stay!! I look forward to coming back.
We have just returned from staying at the Riaad, and can highly recommend it, although a walk to the main square you will appreciate the stillness as you walk through the door. The staff were lovely and the little touches of roses and drinks served on our last night were so thoughtful. Loved our stay with you.
My husband and I had a lovely time staying at Riad Alma for 5 nights. The staff are very attentive to your needs ,one day I was sick with a cold and they had breakfast delivered to me in bed since I could not go down to the dining room. If you requested a taxi at night for a restaurant then Ahmed at reception would wait with you until the taxi arrived and would walk with you down the Medina alleyways late at night.. we had a lovely 3 course dinner on our last night very tasty. Riad Alma is a nice hidden Oasis form the crazy hustle and bustle of the main square Jemna-el Fna... lovely rooftop unfortunately the weather was not as nice as we had hoped to enjoy the rooftop...maybe next time. Rooms are clean and quite spacious...only things I would complain about is that our shower would leak outside quite a bit but the water was powerful and warm..also waking up to the birds at 7am seemed nice but there were so many it seemed living in the trees so could get very noisy..such is nature ! WiFi can be spotty but you are on vacation so who cares..would recommend to family and friends to stay here
Thank you for the hospitality Riad Alma
Kavitha and Nathan
This Raid (Guest house) in tucked into a corner of the old Kasbah, it is a hidden gem and one you'll be so happy to have discovered. From the outside it cannot be judged but the moment you walk through the door - WOW!!
Owned by Pierre (French) and his wife this guesthouse is stunning. The public lounges are beautiful, the bedrooms are just super and I think we had the lowest priced one (I did see a suite and it was georgous).
There seem to be no rules ... If you want breakfast at 6 then you get it ... or much later if you wish. We had three course evening meals on at least three occasions and they were excellent.
There is Wine and Beer on request as well as snacks too ... my wife had a massage and truely enjoyed that.
The staff simply CANNOT be faulted, nothing is too much trouble - I hope you are getting the picture, Raid Alma is TOP CLASS in every way possible.
Could I ask for more ... If I was super picky then a kettle and tea/coffee in the room but this is an English thing!
All I can now say publically ... A BIG THANK YOU Pierre and your wonderful staff, you made us so welcome and we will certainly be back next year!!
Small but perfectly formed, the Riad Alma is - like most traditional North African buildings - accessed by a rather inconspicuous door in the wall of a street. Inside, there is again the traditional layout of rooms around a central courtyard - or 2 courtyards in this case. What can be more lovely than to sit in a courtyard which is largely shaded by the walls of the riad rising around, listening to the tinkling of a fountain, with traditional and ornate decor all around, with exotic beautiful plants growing up the walls - bougainvillea being my favourite. And all 15 minutes' walk from the majority of the attractions a foreigner is likely to want to visit (though a taxi would be indicated to the Jardin Majorelle). Though it should be noticed that the night we arrived there were some local staying also - not just a venue for tourists.
- high quality traditional decor with modern comforts in all of the guest rooms (of which there are maybe 10?)
- easy going approach - breakfast is whenever you get up! The attentive staff note you have risen and bring you breakfast, which in the case of our family went on for quite some time as various people surfaced out of their beds
- very caring approach to their guests - a daughter of ours had a medical emergency late at night and the owner took us to hospital and insisted on waiting until it was all finished
- rooms with extra blankets etc.available
- wifi throughout, though best reception in the common areas
A great place to stay.