What We Love
- A chic and central Marrakech stay at a riad with a rooftop terrace, a pool and a Hammam Staying in an intimate Marrakech retreat with just four guest rooms
- Being just a seven-minute walk from the spellbinding Djemaa el Fna square
- Indulgent Moroccan ritual-based therapies and treatments in the lovely spa
What To Know
- Guestrooms have AC – a true commodity for riads in the medina
- Continental breakfast is served each morning
- Free WiFi is available in common areas
In a city where new big-name hotel openings are grabbing the headlines every year, nothing beats the intimate experience of a traditional riad stay. And there aren’t many of these that can boast an outdoor pool, roof terrace, full-service spa, statement-making décor, and outstanding location just a seven-minute walk from the dizzying action at Djemaa el Fna square.
But this atmospheric Red City four-room riad is a real game-changer, mostly for its individually-designed and airy rooms that offer simple amenities yet thrill with a generous dose of over-the-top Moroccan décor and design. For those who want to stay holed up in luxury for as long as possible, there’s rich colour schemes, bespoke furnishings and super-comfy beds – some of which are four-poster.
Days here can be spent bartering for silks, slippers and carpets at the famous souks, relaxing in the gorgeous Jardin Majorelle gardens that were once owned by Yves Saint Laurent, and seeking out gastronomic thrills in the French Quarter. Post-sightseeing, head back to this charming little hideaway to sweat it out in the Hamman, sip endless cups of mint tea on the sun-soaked terrace, savour home-cooked Moroccan cuisine, and enjoy all sorts of spa pampering.
How to Get There
My family and I loved this place. The hosts really took care of us, especially my kids. We had the pool to ourselves which the kids really enjoyed and the dinner was traditional moroccan food. Delicious! When you get to Medina, you'll have to navigate your way down a few side streets before you reach the hotel, or have one of the guys cart your belongings for you. Remember they expect a tip so have small notes ready. After a couple of days we were able to navigate quite easily once we memorized the route. On our last day, the hotel manager booked our taxi for us and waited with us until we were safe in the taxi. Just a reminder there's also a tourism tax, which we paid at the hotel on our last day. One of the locals told us to avoid the main square during the day and night, especially with our young kids so we made sure to stay away from it. Also bear in mind everyone is trying to sell you something or guide you and give you directions, it's OK to say 'NO thank you, we're not interested'. Generally people were friendly and helpful. The holiday was fine, not our best as lot's of mopeds everywhere so be careful while walking and also men staring at women but in this case my 6 year old to. She found the staring and occasional chat so uncomfortable she did not want to go out on the last day, just something to be aware of. One of our favourite moments was buying spices. The shopkeeper was so welcoming and kept on giving us free things. Definitely worth trying out a few souks before buying.
We are sadly only staying 3 nights, but have picked a great Riad!
Staff have been extremely helpful and so obliging. Any queries have been responded to immediately.
Riad could not be better placed. So close to great restaurants, the square and the souks. It's hot, but there's a lovely plunge pool on the rooftop. Very private.
Breakfast is sweet foods and sets you up ready for the day. Dont be put off by initial approach to Riad, it's all part of the old town, interwoven alleyways.
Terrace des epices is a fabulous restaurant for location and atmosphere, but is quite expensive. Worth it though!
Cafs Arabbe, for a drink, or food, but beware service can be slow.
I will 100% be back❤
Susan and John
We could not fault our stay at Riad Safar. Hamid came to collect us from a drop off point - we would have definitely not found the Riad on our own and we were welcomed with tea and coffee in a beautiful setting.
The Riad is peaceful and in a great location, room was beautifully decorated and clean, and the staff was very helpful and friendly.
Our flight wasn’t until late at night and we were able to leave our bags in the Riad and even got to relax and have some mint tea when we went back to collect our bags.
As other reviewers have said the staff doesn’t speak English but that was not a barrier for us to communicate effectively.
Breakfast was lovely but mostly sweet things - which my partner loved but my taste is more for savoury and that is the only criticism of the place.
Would definitely go back and recommend this place for a great stay in Marrakech.