Riad Emberiza Sahari
What We Love
- Exploring the city’s medina, with its rugged walls and maze-like streets
- Opting to unwind with a massage, yoga or meditation at the riad
- Taking a bike ride through the mesmerizing Atlas Mountains
- Choosing a book from the hotel library to read by the pool, among the trickling fountains and gentle birdsong
What To Know
- The hotel can you help you plan excursions to the Atlas Mountains and give sage advice on how to best navigate the souks
- The main medina is just a 5-minute walk away
- Large beds are rather comfortable and outfitted with luxe linens
- WiFi is available in common areas but not guestrooms
Lose all sense of predictability and direction in Marrakech, and let its intrigue, mystery and beauty charm your soul. Go on an adventure through the historic medina, ambling through the vibrant souks and discovering ancient crafts along the way, before returning to the calm of Riad Emberiza Sahari, an intimate Moroccan-villa-style hotel with a garden, a sun terrace, a lounge and a small outdoor pool. The oasis-like interior and pool area are elegantly designed, with beautiful detail and furnishings throughout, and the ornate building feels hushed in stillness among Marrakech’s colorful mayhem. Serene and spacious, each room is elegantly furnished in a traditional Moroccan style, from the detailed mirrors to the wall alcoves and hanging lanterns. The riad’s serene ambience is a balm in itself, but you can unwind further with a massage, yoga or meditation carried out by the riad’s qualified instructors – talk about tranquility. A pale canvas allows beautifully upholstered chairs, glass tables, intricate ornaments and patterned rugs to give unique character to the individually decorated rooms. The Elizabeth Rose room features a terrace overlooking the mosque, while the spacious Geddes room comes complete with a comfortable seating area. The hotel’s restaurant prepares and serves fresh local and European dishes in a traditional Moroccan setting. The riad’s central location also offers an array of inviting restaurants, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can seek out authentic street food in the nearby markets.
In the Area
The exhilarating Moroccan capital has much to offer, with palaces, mosques and colorful gardens in every direction. Be sure to visit the tranquil Jardin Majorelle and the beautiful palace, Palais de la Bahia. If there’s some time left over, take a camel ride through the Sahara Desert or a trip to the beautiful and historic cities of Meknes or Fez.
How to Get There
Tasteful, attentive and homely but with a wow factor. If you are looking for a hotel with a disco and noise this is not the place for you. If you are looking for comfort, sophistication and style then go and stay. The owner is attentive without being intrusive, the staff are excellent and the food excellent. If you want a place to explore the centre of Morrican culture in whilst immersing yourself in within the walls of history this is the place.
I am traveling with friends for 12 days. Marrakech was our first stop. We got a little
lost in the maze that is the Médina. Upon entering Riad Emberiza Sahari, we were immediately transported to a different world. It’s a beloved home, an escape from the chaos, a desert oasis. No details have been spared. Everything is tastefully done and renovated. This clearly is a labor of love from the owner Alexandra from Australia.
From the welcome mint tea and the lovely local delicacies, the table side fire, the fresh squeezed orange juice from their very own orange and lemon trees in the courtyard, this riad relaxes and welcomes a tired traveler. I have since been to many other riads, but this is the one that tops it all, and perhaps ruin all the others for me by setting the bars so high. Case in point: before arrival, their British manager Julianne emailed me and left detailed instruction about where to meet us upon arrival. She presented me with maps and suggestion. I heard the food is fantastic but since we had to join a group, we didn’t try. I had an unfortunate event where my luggage was delayed for a few days. Julianne went above and beyond and phoned the airline on my behalf every day and made sure that when I left Marrakech, the bag would be forwarded to my next destination. Without her help of patiently tracking down my bag, my vacation would have been ruined. She has a heart of gold. And that lovely young man who took care of our every need is simply wonderful and sweet. Alexandra the owner was away but I Want to hug her for having created such a special place and especially for having such a wonderful caring detail oriented staff. The terrace is stunning!! Will definitely return if we are in Marrakech again.
I stayed at Alexandra’s beautifully restored Riad with my fiancé for three nights and it was perfect.
On arrival, we had a memorable, romantic, candlelit courtyard dinner under the picturesque orange trees, as the only guests in the Riad. The Moroccan eggplant and lamb tagine was the best we’d had in our 2 week trip!
The breakfast each day was also delicious and equally tranquil sitting by the pool. It is kept warm but still bright even in winter by the courtyard covering.
The rooms are carefully decorated in a luxurious French style, together with lovely bathtubs for a good soak. However the highlight is the gorgeous courtyard, generously large for a boutique Riad is only 6 rooms.
Service was excellent. Alexandra and Julienne ensured we had perfectly planned days exploring Marakesch, and the other staff with also very attentive and professional.
We won’t stay anywhere else in Marakesch.
I stayed here with my girlfriend and friends for the weekend and I am still shocked by how beautiful it was. The Riad has been beautifully restored and transformed into a literal garden of eden. The courtyard has a beautiful pool with orange, lemon and clementine trees - the highlight of our trip was relaxing and eating breakfast underneath the orange tree before embarking upon one of Alexandra’s customised walking tours. The terrace is also beautiful with an amazing view of the Atlas Mountains and I think the lamb tagine was the best I had in Marrakech. We stayed in the Olivia room and it was beautiful as are all of the rooms and shared spaces - Alexandra has an amazing eye for interior design. Loved it!
Simply the perfect place to stay in Marrakech. Riad Emberiza Sahari was a beautiful, stylish and relaxing place to stay, just a few minutes walk from the centre of the medina and with a rooftop views across the city to the Atlas mountains. Alex was an incredible host, giving us amazing tips on what we must visit, where to eat, drink and shop. We stayed in the 'Maria' room - it was luxurious, elegant and comfortable with a wonderful ensuite bathroom. To top off our amazing stay the food at the riad was delicious! I highly recommend having a fresh dinner cooked by the talented chef.