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Got 1st class tix. had compartment to ourselves for awhile--laid down & slept. In Meknes 2 others came in.
Nice driver took us to the Cottages. Difficult to find, but he was very nice.
Got in our cottage, Sylvain showed us around. Went to the pool.
Laid down, not feeling well. A/C not working. Sylvain couldn't get it to work, so we moved to another cottage.
Dinner: chicken & couscous--delish.
We walked. It was hot.
Lunch at (name coming) on way to Jardin Majorelle. I was dying for some iced tea. Of course, there was nothing like that on the menu. I saw someone at a table with a glass of ice, and it occurred to me that I could make my own.
We ordered Salade Variee and The Noir with glasses of ice. The server looked at us with confusion, "Verres? Avec glacons?" Oui. He went over to make the tea, which was right in front of where ...
... the Riad at around 11 am. We walked toward the spa and went into some streets that were just crazy: stalls of meat hanging in the open air (like half pigs for example)--couldn't stand the sight of the flies buzzing around the meat, stalls of some sort of cactus that I think they peel and eat??, huge bunches of mint--smelled really good, pastries that attracted gazillions of bees, and lots and lots of people, bikes, motorbikes all trying to fit in the same place. It was ...
... it had to be searched.
By the time we got to the gate, we didn't have much wait time before boarding. Unfortunately, Hunter and I did not have seats together. I didn't even realize it when the lady checked us in--she didn't mention it either. But, whatever. We each had window seats on opposite sides of the plane two rows apart.
I don't know for Hunter, but it was a plane ride from hell for me and everyone around me. The woman in front of me ...
... share materials out and get shouted at by frustrated children because I didn’t understand Arabic, it was the most amazing project yet! I’d never seen kids put so much effort and pride into something before! One boy, well he was the oldest of the class at around 25 years old, was so into it that even when all his friends had finished and were holding their butterfly up for photos, he calmly carried on, ignoring everything and everyone around ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews Riyad Al Moussika Marrakech
Très bien situé - Un riad extraordinaire
J'y ai passé deux nuits entre Noël et le Jour de l'An. J'avais réservé la dernière chambre disponible et Giovanni m'avait prévenu qu'elle était plus petite. Ce n'était pas grave car il y a plusieurs pièces à notre disposition, comme la bibliothèque sur le palier. Le service était très attentionné et le tarif comprenait le petit déjeuner et le déjeuner, préparés par un très bon cuisinier. C'est absolument une très bonne adresse et j'y retournerai.
The only place to stay in Marrakech
The photo's and descriptions do not do it justice. They cannot describe the ambiance!
We stayed for our 20th wedding anniversary and it was made very special by the attentivness of the owner and his staff.
The food was superb and the recommended restuarants really impressive.
Our suite was amazing. Although there was much we wanted to see and do in Marrakech it was difficult to leave the serenity of the Riyad each morning after breakfast.
Riyad Al Moussika - simply the best, by far
My husband and I stayed at Riyad Al Moussika in January 2006. Yesterday I referred this riyad to a friend and said that it is worth it to fly to Marrakech just to meet Giovanni (the owner/host). In sharing with her our very special experience at Riyad Al Moussika I was able to re-live our stay and felt compelled to post this review. Seven months later, the memory of our incredible visit is still vivid. From the minute we walked in the door and were greeted by Giovanni himself, we knew this was no ordinary stay. His touch can be felt in every detail from the decor to the service. What can one say about wonderful Khalid but that one has to simply taste the magic he concocts? I loved the sense that we were visting Giovanni and his son and were guests in their authentic home with all its fine luxuries. From the lovely study where one can curl up with a book to lazing upstairs on the terrace while sipping mint tea to watching a film from Giovanni's enviable collection of timeless and tasteful movies, we loved every minute of our stay. Moreover, the staff is incredibly helpful, polite and amiable. I promised my friend my friend a meal she and her family will remember and I know she will not be disappointed. I would recommend anyone looking for a memorable time to come stay at the Riyad Al Moussika.
Nothing was too much trouble, nothing was left undone...
"...High standards of his ow"
We had never been to Marrakech, and we were delighted beyong measure by the city, and the Medina, and especially by the peaceful surroundings of Riyad Al Moussika and the warm welcome accorded us by the staff.
We are both adept in the art of assessing the quality of an organisation, and we were greatly impressed by the superb quality of every aspect of the service we were given throughout our stay: nothing was too much trouble, nothing was left undone; in every particular the staff saw to it that our stay would be restful, trouble-free and delightful. From the first night, when you so kindly laid on dinner for us because of the timing of our flights into Marrakech, to the last morning, when despite the very early hour, we were provided with a drink and a personal goodbye, we had nothing but the highest praise for the unobtrusive effectiveness and skilful organisation with which Riyad Al Moussika is run.
Moreover, the riyad has been meticulously and lovingly restored in a way that perfectly reflects the quality of the service. All the elements of traditional Maroccan design have been superbly realised to produce a harmonious whole, with a very strong historical atmosphere, well complemented by modern facilities that do not obtrude. One of the letters we saw described Giovanni, the owner, as a pedant - given the quality of the surroundings in Al Moussika, we prefer to consider him as a perfectionist.
We were particularly pleased with his recommendation of Dar Zellij for our last evening meal - this proved to be well up to the exactingly high standards of his own cuisine, in a most pleasant traditional milieu.
We want to send our very grateful thanks for all Giovanni did to make our stay so memorable, and pass on our thanks also to his staff.
Elizabeth & David Soulsby
An oasis of calm, fantastic food and don't miss the hammam
With our four children with inlaws back in Blighty, this was a very rare break away, so it had to be good. I am delighted to say, it was better. Perhaps the most luxuriant, and almost certainly the most beautiful place either of us have stayed. The pictures available on the web are, amazingly, a reflection of the real thing. This could only emphasis the contrast with the dusty, narrow and crowded streets of the Medina.
We were only there 4 nights, but Giovanni arranged a meal at one of the best available restaurants (including taxis) within 30 minutes of our late arrival; breakfast in a quiet and beautiful courtyard with a fountain filled with roses took us a long time to work through every morning, and the lunches at the Riyad were even better than anything else we ate - which was something of a challenge.
Of course, the culture is somewhat different - the dawn muezzin call can be heard, and for poor shy Brits negotiating for everything in the miles of souks is an experience. But then, it is as Islamic country built oin craft and trade - that's why we were there. Worth every minute. It's not a big hotel with seas of crowded facilities, receptions, staff, and mass-catering food. It's a tiny gem of a beautifully restored Moroccan riyad/palace with no more rooms than a large house, with fantastic food, amazing attention to detail and immensely beautiful craftsmanship.
One final recommendation - arrange a full hammam at the riyad. If you don't , you've missed an experience you, and every pore in your body, should truly regret.
Riyad Al Moussika; Shame about the owner!
A beautifully restored and maintained Riad within walking distance of Jemaa el Fna that offers excellent food. However, to take advantage of this, you have to run the gauntlet of the Italian owner, who has a serious sense of humour failure and whose welcome was to ask us for payment of the bill within 10 minutes of our arrival. The room was comfortable and well furnished, but not sound proof enough to withstand the 4.00am call to prayer nor the loud and ignored knocks of a taxi driver at the outer door at 5.00am.
Thank you so much
I am Kenji Maio who has stayed at Riyad, Al
Moussika, on the 21st to 24th April 2006. My wife, my
relative daughter and I could enjoy sufficiently Marrakech
for 4 days. A labyrinth of streets, crowd of market,
smell, -----. These gave us mysterious fascinations and
moreover your Riyad made us a deep impression.
The Riyad following a narrow and little bit dirty
labyrinth was just paradise. Purple flowers covered over
an entry gate, two beautiful quads with a pool and
surround promenade colored by geometric mosaic tiles and
elegant guesthouse made us comfortable. A suite room,
which we have stayed, is like a royal room in
"Arabian Nights" with a big bathroom and bath-tab for
over 10 persons. Moreover, both of Moroccan lunch and
Italian lunch were delicious very much. In particular, I
felt that a beef dish in Moroccan lunch was over that of
"Dar Zellij". At first, I had a plan to go to Essaouira
on the last day, but these excellent lunches made me to
give up to go there.
Last of all, I must thank for Mr. Giovanni Robazza and many
employee entertaining us.
Thank you very much.
Kenji Maio from Tokyo, Japn
Dreaming our next visit
My husband and I booked a last minute holiday to Morocco last May after a long and stressful period with both our jobs. It was our first time to Morocco and we planned to stay 3 nights in Marrakesh and 4 nights nearer the Atlas Mountain to get a feel for the place. We wanted to stay all the 3 nights in the heart of the Medina, at Riad Moussika, but it was fully booked so settled for a night in a smaller riad and then moved to Moussika.
What a discovery: your taxi will get you as close as possible to the Riad but you will still have to walk through a narrow and dark-ish alley to get to the front door, which makes you wonder what on earth made you go there. But then the door opens and it's like being welcomed into a sultan palace: lush vegetation, marbles, fountains scattered with rose petals, mosaics and precious rugs everywhere. Our room was incredible, a massive suite with walk in closet - the best we have ever been to - and the bath reminded us of a Cleopatra movie!
Giovanni is a great host and, should you wish so, he will share his knowledge of the city he clearly loves. The attention to every detail and the passion he has put in restoring this place is moving.
If you ask him, he will tell you exaclty what he thinks of your guide suggestions (which tend to send people to the same places) and will suggest other options - we trusted him and had amazing dinners. He also suggested us some of the best shopping spots to buy original stuff and not mass made souvenirs, well hidden gems, if on the expensive side, but you can see from the Riad that Giovanni does not save when it's about quality products.
Breakfast and lunch are real treats and the service is just fantastic - I am always a pain with regards to food because I love cooking and great food is one of the reason for travelling so usually very critical. We left to go to the Atlas and still came back for dinner one night with people that we met at our new hotel...worth the 35 min drive each way!
Do book an hammam at the riad (tell Giovanni the day before and he'll organise it for you at the time of your choice) - 2 hours of real bliss that you can have alone or together with your partner and it's an amazing experience. We are just dreaming of going back again...
More like an exclusive club
We stayed for the week over new year 05/06, Giovanni the host is fantastically knowledgable, and will urge you to see the true morrocco.
Food is divine, french , 4 course breakfast and 3 course lunch, and the rooms are gorgeous, and there are as many public spaces as there are rooms, so you dont really see many other people except for lunch.
Do take mint tea on the roof terrace, which is a sun trap.
There is no check out or check in as such, and you just leave your room, when your taxi takes you to the airport. The staff are fantastic, and will organise everything for you if you so wish.
So much so, that when they picked us up from the airport in the evening, on the ist night, Giovanni called us from the hotel en route, to ask us if we wanted a restaurant booked that night, or dinner at the hotel-that is service!
Please note - it gets extremely busy in marrakech, dec and jan and you have to book restaurants before you go to them.
The square is very close, but as your off the main drag, its peaceful.
I would highly recommend this place, especially if you want to feel like youre in marrakech(the hotel feels like youre in a private house,or club) instead of staying in the likes of sofitel etc out of the town, where frankly you could be any country,
Great location, amazing riad
Stayed for two nights between Christmas and New Years. Reserved last available room, and were warned by Giovanni that it was smaller. Didn't matter as there are several common rooms to choose from, such as the Library right next door.
Service was amazingly attentive and rate includes breakfast and lunch prepared by a real chef.
Definitely, a great place to stay and will return.