Riad Palais Blanc
What We Love
- A newly opened riad in Marrakech, with a chic all-white aesthetic, a pool and a lovely spa The dazzling white Italian-meets-Moroccan design, both inside and out
- Cooling off in the sparkling hotel pool during the day
- Enjoying a soothing scrub or massage in the authentic hammam
What To Know
- Located in the Medina neighborhood, this riad is well-situated for shopping trips to the souks
- The outdoor pool is open year-round
- Free WiFi is available
- Guestrooms have private bathrooms—something that's often hard to come by in riad-style hotels
- Menara Airport is a 10-minute taxi ride away
A vision in pure dazzling white, the high-end Riad Palais Blanc is a truly peaceful oasis that seems a far cry from the frenetic Marrakech medina a short distance away. A veritable haven of tranquillity, this newly opened establishment has been painstakingly converted from an ancient riad and reincarnated in impeccable style. An exquisite mix of contemporary Italianate design with Moroccan touches, it makes a refreshing change from the rather more traditional offerings elsewhere.
The sweet scent of citrus and the sweet sound of birdsong abounds. Gleaming interiors are beautifully presented in white with golden touches – think cool tiled floors, elegant arches and carved white wooden screens. Large and airy rooms, located over two floors, overlook a sparkling swimming pool lined with sun loungers. Enjoy breakfast or retreat from the heat of the day on your very own veranda, complete with white cushion-strewn sofa, supping on freshly squeezed orange juice or refreshing mint tea.
Elsewhere there’s a serene hammam spa that offers a range of delicious scrubs and massages. Adding to the charm, a restaurant serves top-notch Moroccan and Italian cuisine and a evening lounge bar plays Arab-Andalucian music. Riad Palais Blanc has already received a raft of perfect scores on TripAdvisor, with many more sure to follow.
How to Get There
Cute pool area and courtyard. Good pool chairs and other seating. Good breakfast. Comfortable bed. Biggest problem: no sleep in room 7. Loud noises until 12:30am from the upstairs area where the working boys move the dining chairs etc around. Then 7am banging noises resume when the staff resumes setting up for breakfast. When I sent an email to the riad as well as spoke to the manager the next morning, I was informed “it is room 15 above you, and your friends are causing the noise.” The older ladies in room 15 and I spoke, and they went to bed well before 10pm and did not move any furniture or continuously make noises as if a metal lamp/ball is being clanked against something and the chair legs are being dragged on the floor. The second night (after my discussion with Murray the manager), I did not hear the noise before going to bed. However, woke up again at 7am when they start prepping for breakfast. They said the kitchen is away from room 7. However, the dining chairs/tables/equipment being moved upstairs causes a lot of noise down below and the sound obviously travels from the dining area. They said they were fully booked and couldn't change my room. Room 15 ladies said they heard the banging noises as well that woke them up intermittently throughout the night. So although the breakfast is good, the riad is very cute with a good cool pool, the room is huge with a very nice décor, the staff is helpful and works hard to clean the place, I would not stay here again given the lack of sleep all 3 nights. I stayed in another hotel 2 weeks ago before joining the tour group that booked this riad for us, and that was much much better with great sleep. On day of checkout, I stood at reception for over 20 minutes, after having asked one of the staff men to get Ahmed. He screamed up to Ahmed, Ahmed screamed something back down, and I was told to wait. 20 minutes later, I asked the guy again, and he screamed back up to Ahmed, who lazily and slowly strolled downstairs as if doing me a favor by doing his job. He was not with any other guests. He was seated in the dining chairs above. For lunch that day, the lady gave me a big plate of penne, with a tiny glob of sauce in the center. I asked Ahmed to ask her for more sauce in Arabic or French for me please, and he took 15-20 minutes of going up and down the stairs, getting keys to show a guest the massage room, the treadmill etc. Of course the taxi he'd called for me arrived well before the pasta sauce. So I paid and left, and ate at the airport. Got to airport 2.5 hours early per Murray's recommendation, and got through immigration and security within 10 minutes at most.
The best massage I had in Morocco was here by Ghislane. She has the best strong hands, and does a great job. I had 4 massages in my 3 weeks in Morocco ($35/hour in most places was worth it for me). But this $60/hour massage here was the best out of them all. Recommend her to all. Pool also nice and cooling after a hot day in the Medina, to which one can walk actually.
If you're a fast sleeper, stay in this riad. If you are sensitive to noises, I would not recommend this place. I will not stay here again if I return to Marrakech.
Great Riad in a convenient location. Siham was a wonderful part of our stay- she made sure we had everything we needed and she was wonderful at the spa/ massages. The room was very spacious and comfortable. Walking distance to many shops/ restaurants
Good people make good places to stay and this applies most at the Palais Blanc. Our second visit. This time it was like visiting family. Everybody is most welcoming and helpful and will go the extra mile. The room we had was very stylish and well cleaned throughout our stay. The large pool (by Riad standards) is a bonus. Breakfast is excellent and they will do a limited range of very nice dishes for lunch but give them half an hour warning.
A little gem.