Sleeping in a Riad in Marrakech is an integral part of your trip, one of those must-have experiences when visiting countries like Morocco.
What are Riads
The Riads were and are dwellings of the Medina of Marrakech,characterized by an internal view that overlooks a courtyard. Typical of these Moroccan dwellings is the fountain or pool in the courtyard and the narrow lounges on the balconies, the b’hou,with painted wooden ceilings.
Another feature is the rooftop terrace,from which to sunbathe, dine, or sip good mint tea.
The quiet of the Riad
The Riads present themselves as a real oasis of quiet, a quiet refreshment from the confusion of the Souk. Often placed in hidden streets, they are almost invisible to the eyes of the passer-by but once the door is opened, a small paradise is discovered in which to relax and refuel.
Silence is the sovereign, there is a really strong contrast to the voices and noises of the outside. The pool’s water scrotum, birdsong or typical music just hinted at, are the only sounds you’ll hear.
You will immediately notice this crazy break between the noise of the street and the relaxed and often luxurious environment of these large houses. Also if you are a large group, by booking first you will have the opportunity to reserve the entire structure and experience it exactly as it was your home.
What the Riad offers
Medina’s current riads often offer tourists the chance to use the pool, and they often also have a hammam in which to be pampered between massages, gommage, and clay masks. In addition, in most cases there is the possibility to have breakfast, lunch and dinner or even sip alcoholic cocktails. But if not, don’t misinterpreted your riad… it means that it has maintained the authentic style of tradition.
How much does it cost to stay in a Riad
Staying in these facilities does not have very high costs,but attention to western holiday/holiday periods: in this period prices also increase three times.
Beware of the transfer service that will surely cost you more than the Taxi with which you can agree the price at the airport.
Excursions offered by the facilities also cost more than those offered by local tour operators.
Some Riads, especially the historical and more expensive ones, can also be simply visited. Other facilities can be booked to taste a typical and also romantic and refined dinner (e.g. Maison d’Arabe)