Riad Sapphire & Spa
What We Love
- Suite life at a Zen-like riad with stylish interiors, set in the heart of the medina Experiencing a Moroccan Hammam from the convenient comfort of your hotel
- The clean-cut, modern design of the rooms fused with rustic Moroccan elements
- The perks, like breakfast, a spa-treatment discount and more
What To Know
- Within walking distance of Djemaa el Fna, the Majorelle Gardens, and Marrakech Museum
- Multilingual front desk staff speak French, English, German, and Arabic
- Free WiFi can be hit or miss
Marrakech is a city that satisfies all your senses, from the fragrant aromas of the spice market to the captivating sounds of street musicians – everywhere you turn, something fascinating grabs your attention. Find yourself amid the Moroccan capital’s maze of souks, narrow streets, tranquil courtyards and enjoy perusing hidden art galleries and upmarket boutiques.
There’s no better way to experience Marrakech than through one of its traditional riads, and with Riad Sapphire & Spa, you get the best of both worlds. This wonderfully located boutique hotel occupies a 1930s colonial-style building brought bang up-to-date with luxe furnishings and a minimalist vibe. There are plenty of artistic Moroccan accents throughout, from the bespoke artworks and hanging lanterns to the traditional soaring archways.
Riad Sapphire & Spa’s modern comforts extend to a generously sized swimming pool and an on-site spa, complete with a private Hammam authentically clad in tadelakt stone. Relax with a cup of fresh Moroccan mint tea in the riad’s cosy salon before treating yourself to a massage with some of Morocco’s best-loved aromas and essences.
How to Get There
We stayed here for our wedding anniversary and after informing the Riad they made our room extra special for us!
The Riad is a tricky find as easy to walk past but when found is a complete oasis of calm away from the madness of the medina
Asma the host was warm and helpful booking tours for us recommending restaurants etc. Asma goes to every length to ensure your comfort such walking you to meet points and lovely Abdul who assisted us with bags and walked us to the square to help us get our bearings which was much appreciated
The rooms were spotless and cleaned tidied and new sheets every day and great air con. WiFi was okay but barely used it anyway as too busy relaxing!
Breakfast can be taken in the courtyard or rooftop was delicious and changed daily. Having breakfast with birdsong around is truly a sign your on holiday!
The Riad was so tastefully and authentically decorated absolutely beautiful and so cool and calm
One point to note is due to traditional design of a central courtyard with rooms leading off it is slightly echoey and sound travels so perfect for a relaxing retreat but maybe not for a young family ?
Took about 15min to walk to the main square either by main road or can meander through the Souks (markets) and didn’t find it too far at all walked everywhere. As mentioned by others kids will spot you a mile off and try and tell you google maps is broken/ the road ahead is closed/ there’s a mosque ahead and you can’t enter to try and make you feel lost then charge you for directions. With a very gem no they soon lose interest - it’s all part of the experience
We truly had an unforgettable holiday and can’t thank Asma enough for the wonderful stay ! Highly recommend going quad biking and atlas mountain excursion!
The Riad (the definition is a house with a courtyard garden) is small botique experience, it's tasteful in its design and lots of typical morrocan charm.
The rooms are very clean, comfortable and well designed & the shower was super.
The staff are excellent and attentive, especialy worth a mention are Abdul and Esma (the manager) who were fabulous, but as stated we could find no fault with anyone , every person was especially helpful.
- As always the people help make the experience!
In summary the Riad was like an pleasant oasis in the experience that is Marrakech.
Some things to be aware of;
1. Expect to be hassled by locals wanting to show you shops and guide you in the street outside the Riad. The kids are the worst and will attempt to follow you back to your Riad and ask for dinars etc. You will get used to saying No Thank You! (often and firmly).
The fact that it's in an authentic location make it, but also cause you a little hassle at the same time.
The first trip out is a bit of a culture shock but you get used to it see point 1 above.
Also beware locals on motorbikes and cycles, no matter how narrow the street they are there so not only on route but also in the Souk! - keep to the right and expect a bit of pollution both noise and smell.
2. The breakfast is continental in nature (you can however also have an omlette) and is freshly made, but be aware it's not your normal hotel buffet or menu.
3. There is a safe, Wi-Fi is available in the Riad but there are no tv's, refigerator, tea & coffee facilities or phones in the rooms. You are not going to get your fix of news etc unless you stream it.
- You get a complimentary water on arrival, but will need to buy some outside the hotel for the rest of your stay.
- THE Wi-Fi can get a bit slow if the Riad is full (at night) so streaming can be tad problomatic.
- There is no lift but there is a bed room on the ground floor.
4. There are a few decent restaurants nearby and the hotel will prepare lunch and/or dinner if you ask them (no alachol is on the menu but you could bring your own).
If you want wine with your meal in a restaurant, check trip advisor to advise the best place, be aware that the Moroccan wine was in my opinion the best value and ok but alcohol is not cheap.
5. Taxis are the best form of transport pay no more than 50d (idealy less, but hay your on holiday and the difference is not a lot), some drivers will try to charge 70 and 70d is definitely too much! The pick up point is the same as your hotel drop off see point 7. We found no problems getting a taxi!
6. The streets to the hotel have light at night, but bring a small torch in case of power cuts (we had two short ones) I would hate walk the Riad route in the dark and would not trust my phone's light for 5 plus mins.
7. The airport transfer drops you at Sidi Ben Slimane, a parking and taxi point about 5 mins walk away from the Riad.
First time you should ask the hotel to meet and guide you through a maze of winding streets don't rely on your phone's say nav or maps! (You get used to the route after a couple of times and can easily navigate yourself but its a bit if a culture shock first time!) If I came again I would book the pick up direct with the hotel, saves a few calls on route!
Some of the locals may try to lead you to the hotel - don't! Call the Riad they will guide you.
10. There is lots of reconstruction going on during the route to the Riad (May 18) but dont worry no sound made it through the walls.
Now some other general points;
1. The half day trip guided around the market is worth it and you must visit the YSL gardens. We did the day trip, it's too much! Do the gardens yourself it's easy but queue in line 1 and not 2 for your tickets it's quicker.
2. Haggle in the market to get a good price, however the products are inexpensive compared to back home and am sure that you will get good value. Be prepared to get lost but don't accept directions (or do if you want to be taken to shops you did not want to go too and provide tips for the service) if you go straight ahead you will always get out!
3. If you like a hike try the three valley and Atlas Mountain tour. You also get to ride a camel and a donkey if you so wish.
4. Buy a SIM card in the airport free European data does not apply!
FINALLY qif you want a Riad experience in comfort and with lovely staff this is the break for you, if you want a typical hotel then book elsewhere or do a combination of both!
Have fun and enjoy!
We arrived late at night, but thou everything was closed, we were offered a very nice evening meal to enjoy before going to bed. During the whole length of our stay, what pleased us most, was the friendliness of the whole personnel, the cleaning ladies, the kitchen staff, everybody. And one of the pleasures was the breakfast. Just amazing. Should we come back to Marrakesh, we would certainly stay at your Riad.
I had never been to Marrakesh before and this Riad was all I hoped it would be, staff were helpful and very nice and the hotel was very clean and comfortable. We had a visit to the spa which was lovely. I would recommend this hotel.
It is a quiet and beautiful riad located in Medina, there is a bit difficult to find at first. But it is easy to find after the staff showing us the way. The staff is nice and helpful. Asma, the manager of the riad provided useful information. The room is clean and big. It is our first time to have hammam, it is amazing!