Let’s just start off with the blunt truth. When visiting Marrakech, you MUST stay in a traditional Moroccan riad. With traveling throughout the world, I’ve stayed in plenty of accommodations… but the riad is my all time favorite type of accommodation!! And hopefully, after reading this blog post, you can see why!!
Now, this specific riad was found on Airbnb and was absolutely amazing! From the price, to the host, to the actual accommodations. I would highly recommend staying here! The owner of this riad is an Airbnb super host and has over 250 top-rated reviews. So, let’s dive in and let me show you the magic of this place!
The booking process was super easy, just like any other type of Airbnb accommodation. And the owner, Francoise, was very receptive and responsive to all messages I sent and questions I asked. She provided me with directions to the riad, all information needed to be comfortable at the riad, and recommendations of places in the area. She was even there to greet us (my husband was with me) when we arrived! Along with Francoise, she employs a driver, Fayssal, and a housekeep, Sabah. Fayssal is available to pick you up and drop you off at the airport, along with taking you on tours around the area. Sabah is there, at the riad, to welcome you and make you comfortable!! Upon your arrival, she will have mint tea and biscuits waiting for you. Along with this, she will leave food in the fridge for you to enjoy at breakfast.
One key point of staying at this Airbnb… and just with Marrakech, in general… it is SO EASY to get lost. You need to pull up a map and study it before you get to Marrakech. It’s not safe to be wandering around looking like you’re lost. You’re just an easy target then. This is why it’s so beneficial to have Fayssal as your driver. He is familiar with the area and this Airbnb. He will lead you right to the riad. And for some reason if you don’t utilize Fayssal, PLEASE be familiar with where you’re going. Marrakech is different than other cities, as the street signs are hidden on the buildings. So, it can be quite difficult to understand what street you’re on. And if you must ask for directions, there is a government establishment on the corner of the main street. The government officials would be more than happy to assist you. The area around this riad is very safe! It is surrounded by other riads and small shops.
Once we were finally settled in our riad, it quickly felt like a home away from home! The architecture of this type of housing is so amazing! It’s all an open air concept that centers around a refreshing dipping pool. Riads are typically taller than they are wide, and our riad was 3 floors tall. On the first floor was the lounging area, living room, kitchen and dining room. On the second floor was 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. Then on the top floor was the beautiful balcony that overlooked all of Marrakech!
When visiting Marrakech, I would highly recommend staying in a traditional Moroccan riad, versus staying in a hotel, or hotel riad. When staying in a riad like this, you TRULY get a real Moroccan experience!! It’s also so nice to have the entire place to yourself!! No need to share the pool or anything like that! I would absolutely recommend staying at this riad! It will genuinely give you a true Moroccan experience. Word to the wise… book far enough in advance!! This riad is popular and fills up quickly!
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