What We Love
- An authentic Moroccan riad in the heart of the Medina, with breakfast and welcome treatsThe stunning décor in the rooms and suites, pairing exotic artifacts with traditional Moorish design
- The riad's endless array of peaceful nooks to relax and unwind in
- Shopping in the busy bazaars of this spectacularly colorful city
What To Know
- In the lush courtyard you'll find orange trees and the riad's pet tortoise
- It's about a 15 to 20-minute walk from the main medina – Djema el-Fna
- Breakfast and afternoon tea are served on the rooftop terrace
The moment you walk through Riad Asrari’s ornate red gates, you’ll be transported to an oasis of calm that seems a million miles from the buzz of Marrakech’s historic Medina. The inner sanctum of this restored 17th-century abode unveils several inviting seating areas, like a traditional outdoor bhou, elegant arcade lounges, a tranquil ornamental patio and an English lounge (the perfect spot to unwind and plan your next adventure).
Curl up with a good book and a cup of Arabic mint tea as you take in the enchanting surroundings, or head to the sun-soaked roof terrace, where a magical kaïdale tent offers yet another getaway to escape to. Of course, you’ll also have your exquisite room or suite – a true sanctuary, boasting exotic decorations and ornate furniture. With accommodations this elegant, you’ll definitely want to slow things down and stay awhile – much like the riad’s two pet tortoises.
Rooms and suites
Within their intricately carved cedar doors, Riad Asrari’s three Deluxe rooms are individually styled, with decorative arts and craft pieces from India, Mexico and Morocco, respectively. You’ll find sublime touches of Moroccan craftsmanship throughout, like plaster ceilings, colorful tadelakt plaster and intricate zellige tiling. The riad’s Junior suites are equally ornate, but they provide more space for you to stretch out in. You’ll enjoy African- or Japanese-inspired décor, as well as a luxurious clawfoot bathtub.
Riad Asrari is within the red-walled confines of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Medina area of Marrakech. A short walk away is the carnival-esque Djemaa el Fna square, Majorelle Garden and Ben Youssef Mosque. The nearby Atlas Mountains make for an ideal day trip to explore the natural beauty outside the city, and be sure to hone those haggling skills at the sensational souks.
How to Get There
We stayed at Riad Asrari on our last night in Marrakech. We can definitely highly recommend it since the inner courtyard with fruit trees is beautiful, and the junior suite in which we stayed was very comfortable and decorated in local character. Staff are friendly and helpful.
The Riad is situated in a bustling local ( and completely authentic) area of Marrakech, and once you get your bearings ( ask the Riad to help you!), is close to the souks through which you can walk to the central square and mosque in about 15 minutes. Our breakfast ,elegantly served on the roof terrace ,was one of the highlights of our journey through Morocco. If we had our time again we would elect to have dinner on the terrace as well since it is a romantic and private setting!
Given its authenticity and that the Riad is tucked away in a quiet passageway we would strongly suggest that you ask the management to arrange your transport to the Riad so that part of your experience is smooth. In any case, let them know your travel plans so they are expecting you. If you use Marrakech taxis agree the price before you travel and don't accept any nonsense.
Five nights in this small select Riad was exceptional.
Staff excellent and special dinner on the rooftop terrace on last night to die for. Could not fault service with helpful assistance whenever needed.
An authentic stay in the heart of the real Marrakech. Friendly staff and very welcoming though we had booked for a private dinner on night of arrival but they knew nothing of that when we arrived! No restaurant so that to find somewhere to eat. Breakfast is served on the roof terrace which is pretty and relaxing. You are served bread, pastries and yoghurt with traditional mint tea. You have to walk to the Riad as no road to it and very easy to get lost! Beware unofficial guides who befriend you and take you through the narrow alleyways until completely lost and then ask for money to get you back. Book an official guide to overcome the problem of being hassled.