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
Riad Emberiza Sahari is possibly one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever come across. It is an oasis amongst the madness of the Medina. Myself and my 3 girlfriends walked through the door and were greeted by the lovely Alexandra and her staff, we were speechless when we walked around the villa. The Riad has everything you could wish for, including an inviting swimming pool surrounded by a gorgeous courtyard as well as a terrace with incredible views of Marrakech. When we arrived, Alexandra sat with us and went over suggestions of bars, restaurants and tourist attractions which was incredibly helpful. Dinner at the Riad was also sensational, the staff served us the most delicious tajines which melted in your mouth followed by a yummy desert! Alexandra and her staff have created a Riad which goes above and beyond any expectations. I highly recommend this Riad to anyone looking for an experience to remember.
The hotel was absolutely beautiful - but what made the experience so incredible was the hotel staff. Alexandra is the best host I've had on all of my travels. Upon arrival at the riad, she patiently sat with us and discussed all of the suggested points of interest, where to find them on the map, tips for navigating the city, and provided the best restaurants with price points and distance marked. She gave wonderful suggestions and made sure every bit of our stay in Marrakesh was perfect. My husband and I visited during Ramadan, which was a wonderful time to visit, but many restaurants are closed on Eid. Alexandra and her staff went above and beyond to make us a wonderful dinner at the hotel. The riad itself is placed perfectly within walking distance to all of the major attractions in Marrakesh, but inside the walls of riad you would never guess you were in the medina. This was hands-down the best part of our two week stay in Morocco. We can't wait to return!
The riad is absolutely amazing, like an oasis of calm inside the busy Medina of Marrakech. The staff was great and helpful. The breakfast was also delicious. There is nothing more you could wish for. You really feel like royalty there.
Also worth mentioning, we had plenty of tagines in Morocco (their speciality) but the one cooked at the riad was by far the best - do try it.