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.
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This Riad is stunning, beautifully decorated and tranquil. There are some bits that need repairing e.g stained outside curtain and dodgy air con in our room but to be honest the overall aesthetic of the place made up for these minor issues. The shaded lounge area outside the rooms were a nice added touch after a long day in the busy medina - such a difference even though the souks are only a few minutes walk away. The swimming pool is perfect size for the number of guests. The staff were very welcoming on arrival and throughout our stay, polite and incredibly helpful - offering to check airport taxi pick ups and restaurant bookings etc (booked through 3rd party).
We booked a massage with Siham and it was amazing! would definitely recommend! Breakfast was included and was of a good standard.
Beautiful Riad at the top of the medina - easy to walk to the souks, main square and attractions. Lots of nice places to eat nearby the staff will book you tables.
The Riad itself was lovely, the staff could not do enough for you, booked taxis, trips, recommended and booked restaurants. The white decor provides a calm backdrop to the chaos of Marrakech and the facilities are great. Bed really comfy after a busy day sightseeing.
We would go back and we know the welcome would be very warm.
Riad Palais Blanc is pure Zen for the soul. An oasis of calm and silence, seasoned with the twitter of birds and the call to prayer from nearby mosques. In the morning before our expeditions into the labyrinth of the souks, we enjoyed the sun in the bright courtyard with orange and palm trees and a small, sparkling turquoise heated pool that is actually large enough for a dip.
The location is good, right on the edge of the souks in an area with busy streets where donkey carts mingle with mopeds in front of small shops and outlets catering to the needs of locals. There is a 15 minute walk to Djemaa El Fna once you have broken the code. – We used the CityMaps2Go (Ulmon) app (free and usable offline), which was a great help in the incredible turmoil of the souks. But be aware that it automatically positions Riad Palais Blanc in a wrong place! That led us astray, and we had to require assistance to find our way home the first day. So, do plot in the address manually.
The two chieftains of the white palace, Ahmed and Moulay, are extremely welcoming and friendly. As the rest of the staff, they are ready to help you out with whatever you need - always with a smile, good humor and a twinkle in the eye. A special thanks and a warm hug to ever present Elias, who served us mint tea and bisquits every evening and managed to provide take-away pizzas on a very rainy night that prevented us from going out. And to sweet Siham, who is providing lovely Hammam treatments with lots of loving charm and great professionalism on site.
The Riad is listed on Expedia with 4.5 hotel stars. However, this may create unrealistic expectations, which serves neither the kind staff nor future guests right. The facilities at Palais Blanc would probably score between 2 and 3 European hotel stars. Palais Blanc is non-alcoholic. The restaurant is only open for lunch on request, but not in the evening. The pool may only be used between 12 and 18pm. Only the most basic toiletries are provided (soap, shampoo, conditioner); no cotton pads or toothpaste. There was no full-size mirror or make-up mirror in our room; but then again – there was not enough light to do even a simple make-up inside. We had to do it outside, using the wall mirror over the sofa on the terrace. And we were not the only ones to resort to that. ;-)
There were no shelves for clothes in our room, and the wardrobe was small and too narrow for hangers to hang straight. We found only one English language TV channel - Al Jazeera World. And the internet connection did not allow us to stream news from home.
- Anyway. The beauty of Palais Blanc is unquestionable. And the ambience and friendliness delightful. We enjoyed our stay to the full and had a wonderful time. Thanks to all of you.
We had a wonderful time at Palais Blanc. From our arrival to our departure all was good. The Riad is very clean and with a nice size swimming pool with plenty of space where to sit in and relax.
Breakfast was very good with a lot of choices sweet and savoury full of Moroccan products.
Siham, that takes care of the Spa, is very friendly and professional, and the Beldi Hammam and relax massage is a must try.
All the staff was friendly and helpful giving the right tips and booking transport and restaurants in town.
Saw this Riad on Secret Escapes but booked direct as the offer was closed - I know why now.
It was my birthday on arrival and the boys didn’t let me down with a cake and a rendition of Happy Birthday - sorry I dropped the cake!!
Booked the transfer to and from the airport and all went without any complaint at all. Ahmed also booked Restaurant Limone, just around the corner, which was easy to get to and convenient after travelling and arriving late.
Moulay also booked a walking guide on day 1 which was well worth it, as it helps you find your bearings in this vibrant city - especially inside the souks!
This place is so peaceful after the hustle and bustle just outside the front door and up the alley. Yes you can hear the mosque but that all added to the authenticity for me.
Moulay and Ahmed are attentive, as are the other staff, and we wouldn’t think twice about returning. Thank you.