Riad Azzar


Member Rating 5 out of 5 by linet on August 15, 2004

Located five minutes away from the Djeema el-fna, this riad is a great opportunity to get acquainted with Marrakesh for its central location, discreet architecture and excellent hosts who do anything to make you comfortable. They will pick you up at where you want and you will be welcomed with small gestures like tea and cookies on the house. They will make reservations or arrange a hammam (Turkish bath) for you. Dutch owners have the eye for detail and rooms are decorated tastefully. Authentic and creative breakfast is served on the terrace.

They will also inform you about riads. Built between thick and high walls, these miracles of Moroccan architecture take care that no noise or dust can come into the house. There are no windows for outside but a beautiful garden in the middle. Once upon a time, big families would live in these houses. Married girls would leave the house for the mother-in-law's house and a new couple would get a room. And once upon a time it was also very inappropriate for ladies to go out, for any reason. So the roof or the terrace was the place of the woman. That was the place where they met each other by jumping over neighbors’ roofs to socialize. It was not allowed for men to go to the roof out of respect to other families.

Staying in a riad is an experience you should not miss in Marrakesh. Not only for the atmosphere and the feeling but also for the fact that the rooms are so cool in summer as if an air-conditioner is working inside.

Riad Azzar
94, Derb Moulay Abdelkader - Medina
Marrakesh, Morocco
+212 (6) 6115-8179

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