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
Very good Riad situated not far from a main road which is always helpful when in Marrakech. The staff was absolutely wonderful (Abdu and his colleague, Asthma and all the other girls), and the cleanliness was really top notch.
I won’t give a 5 star rating as the Riad needs a little refurbishment in terms of furniture in the main area as well as the doors that looked a bit old. The incense was also a little bit strong at times.
Other than that, beautiful place!
Riad Sapphire was a great place to come back and relax after a day in the city. The riad looks recently renovated with a lot of concrete and marble.
It's a slightly smaller riad than what we've seen, but has all the normal amenities. Breakfast consists of various breads and juices, as usual. The dinner is excellent and there is a varied menu. They really make it tasty. You can have it anywhere, including the terrace for a a comparable U.S. price. There is a small library/lobby with oranges, terrace, and spa/hammam/massage area by the fountain. The staff can recommend sightseeing, restaurants, and pickup services.
Asma, the director, met us at the street area (~5 min walk to riad) and helped us with our bags back to the riad as cars cannot go through the street. She was very accommodating with helping with other things and making our stay was comfortable. Redouane, who is another staff member, was very kind in walking us to the first night's restaurant and making breakfast, dinner, and taxi arrangements for us. They really do put effort in to make sure you are relaxed and provided for.
Be advised it's best that you notify the riad staff if you want a hammam or dinner the day before. You can do the day of, but they have to buy food to prepare ahead of time and the hammam takes like 5 hours to heat up apparently. Hammams around the city also need ahead-of-time reservations usually.
Some things I'd complain are out of the riad's control. One is that there is a specific mosque that seems to do some kind of 20 minute 06:00 wake up call every other day. It's not a typical prayer call (more of song) it seems because it's really really long and only one does it. It sounds like it's almost next door and is guaranteed to wake you so bring earplugs/earmuffs. The other is, like much of the rest of Marrakech, this area is filled with adolescent boys who like to loiter on the streets and lead you the wrong direction or improperly tell you the "road is closed" (never is).
You'll encounter this everywhere in the city. Just be mindful of this.
Overall, it was a very pleasant stay. The riad itself is very very clean, beautiful, smells nice, and brightly lit. It feels like it has a modern amenity touch and can serve some good Instagram pictures. Highly recommend.
We loved everything about this riad, especially people. Abdu (i hope I spent his name right) was one of the most helpful person I have enounctered throughout staying in tons of hotels. Our car was not working on our day to the airport and he made sure we got on a separate taxi to catch our flight while dealing with our broke vehicle.
Deciding whether to stay in the Medina or outside is the first thing to consider
If you stay in the Medina Riad Sapphire is a great choice
We opted for a transfer from the the airport and their staff came and walked us to the Riad. Ideal. We booked dinner on arrival
Dinner was excellent and we regretted not booking dinner on other days. Their warm vegetable salad was hands down our best dish in Morrocco. They have a good choice of food and an excellent Rose all ideal
I have a bit of an issue with hotels having huge buffets but essentially serving the same breakfast daily. Not here a limited selection but varied daily from cheese to omelette to pancake. Each very good
Our room was perfect and there are nice public spaces as well as a roof terrace
One tip I marked our location on my phone in our guest room. Given the warren that is the medina I should have done this at the front door
Riad Sapphire booked our day out and all was perfect
Looks just like the pictures! Everything was great with our stay at Riad Sapphire and Spa. Delicious breakfast every day, and dinner as well. All areas are very clean and the staff very helpful and friendly. The location is close to everything you will want to see. Will for sure book a stay here again if I am back i Marrakech.