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Riad Dar Sbihi

Riad Dar Sbihi, Marakesh Morocco

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One of the more authentic riads of Marrakech, in a location that overflows with local character and its accompanying chaos. Interior area is a peaceful haven of colour, simple charm and warm hospitality, with mellow carved woods, hand decorated doors and exquisite traditional tiling.

Caged birds in the central courtyard add interest and the lady of the house takes great pride in the display of fresh flowers around the fountain.

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Exterior

A flat sided, pink coloured corner building with a simple wooden off street entrance. A metal grill covers the lower section of the balcony that surrounds the upper floor surrounding the courtyard. Floors are linked by steep, narrow stairs.

Property type: Hotel

Balcony/Terrace: None

Storeys: 2

Built Year: 2000

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Interior

Steps lead down from the entrance into a central flower filled courtyard with wooden doors and gentle arches on all sides. Small lounges are filled with traditional Moroccan sofas and low seats and meals can be brought to guests or served in a tiny dining area.

Blue, hand decorated tiles add both colour and authenticity to what are rather fussy but traditional Moroccan surroundings.

Rooms: 10

Grounds

Courtyard is a colourful display of shrubs and flowering plants with a flower decked fountain at the centre. A separate small courtyard accommodates a delightful plunge pool with slender pillars and another fountain.

A charming, tastefully restored hammam is also available for relaxation and massage. Small roof terrace has more seating for alfresco breakfasts and views over the northern part of the ancient Medina.

Location

Area Type: Located towards the north east edge of the Medina, in the walled Zaouia El Abbassia area which lacks the sophistication associated with other areas of the city. A traditional Moroccan lifestyle surrounds the property with open markets, local residences and shopping facilities that serve the local population rather than the tourists. Taxis wait at a large square, 120m away.

Facilities

  • Eating
    • A la carte restaurant
  • Pools
    • Rectangular (6 yds)
  • Public facilities
    • Turkish Baths/Steam Room
    • WiFi Access
  • In-room facilities
    • Air conditioning
    • Hairdryer
    • Minibar/fridge
    • Safes
    • TV (English language)