Riad Saba hotel, Marrakech, review
time in the heart of the city- the bustling Medina. This is where the
world-famous souks and jemaa al ‘fnaa square is housed.
first few days in a Riad.
the focal point of the house is a central courtyard.
fountain and even a swimming pool take centre stage.
expensive to maintain. Locals have vacated to the new town, Geliz.
mainly from France, threw some cash at them and converted them into guest
from the souks and the square.
arrival, I thought we’d come to the wrong place.
|Riad Saba from the outside|
inside was palatial. The interior decor was stunning, with a fountain centerpiece,
ornate lanterns and solid cedar wood doors.
the place from a family who just got sick of the sight of each other and
decided to go their separate ways.
a larger hotel just couldn’t match.
flowers and tealight candles.
|Look what I’ve found!|
every day and advise us on where to go using their local knowledge. They also generally took time out to chat to
us about our adventures. Though they offered some excursion packages of their
own, and plugged them where possible, we declined their offer as they proved a
little more expensive than the rest.
husband’s handwashed shorts, hung them out on the terrace to dry and ironed
them before returning to their rightful owner.
You wouldn’t get these kind of thoughtful, personal touches in a larger,
|Breakfast at Riad Saba|
fresh air mingle with other guests.
Again, the intimacy of a small Riad meant that people were much more
chatty than they would be at a large hotel.
juices, green tea, preserves, and the Moroccan staple of bread.
Decked with sun loungers, day beds and patio sets, it was a great place
to escape to when the busy streets got too much but we didn’t want to sit
fittings which didn’t afford much light.
privacy compared to a hotel. The
traditional wooden doors are locked with a latch, and the glassless windows
look into the rest of the Riad. So if
you do want privacy, you have to close the black shutters, plunging you into
darkness once again.
wardrobe. Instead there were a few
hangers on a short rail in the wall.
Again, during holidays, I tend to live out of my suitcase. But for many people, especially those staying
longer than a few days, not having a wardrobe may prove a bit of an issue.
that there was no TV in our room, let alone the rest of the hotel. While I quite enjoyed the lack of TV, and
relished the chance to read a book, my husband really felt the lack of
at Riad Saba. The guest house provided
and authentic Moroccan experience and we really were in the heart of the
city. The souk and Jemaa Al ‘Fnaa Square
were just five minutes away.
personal touches, in-depth knowledge, and friendly atmosphere makes the Riad
Saba a great crash pad during a stay in Marrakech.
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