Ever wondered what it is like to own a palatial home? Stepping into Riad 72 Marrakech, you’ll soon get a glimpse into such a luxurious and stylish way of life.
Disclosure: I was a guest of Riad 72. This post may contain affiliate links.
There’s no stuffy reception desk. In fact, unless you were looking for Riad 72, you might not even spot the entrance. It’s like a secret hideaway that only VIPs know about.
If you’re not the best at directions, then you could phone thirty minutes before your arrival for one of the staff to greet and guide you. Alternatively, there are plenty of locals on hand who will help (in exchange for a tip of course).
Once you’ve negotiated the five minute stroll from Dar El Bacha (the nearest taxi drop off point) to the understated door of Riad 72, simply glide into the serene courtyard and pull up a comfy chair.
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The Rooms at Riad 72 Marrakech
There are just four rooms in this luxurious heritage residence. However, it is anything but small, both in terms of size and service. I mean, there’s even a library.
Zahwa at Riad 72
I stayed in Zahwa, an arty room that was full of surprises. The door seemed more like a fancy window; from floor to ceiling it was edged in beautiful dark wood.
Upon stepping in, you’ll be forgiven for being confused. I was. Although, gorgeous (especially the beautiful tiled floor), it looked like a tiny lounge.
“So, do you like your room?” Mehdi chuckled . Ever the typical English girl, I smiled politely as I wondered where I was supposed to sleep.
I had to laugh to myself when I looked up at the impressively high ceiling. The mere shelving I had been eyeing up was in fact the staircase to my boudoir for the night. Zahwa is a deceptive duplex room, spanning an indulgent 35 square metres.
The design is minimal and contemporary, with discreet Moroccan accents. Although Zahwa is quite big, the layout ensures you feel cosy and at home.
As you lay on the king size bed, your eyes will be drawn to the lovely 1920’s cedar wood ceiling. It works surprisingly well in contrast to the modern glassed balcony wall.
Aside from the horn hooks (I’m hoping they’re not real), the bathroom oozes minimal chic.
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Access to the Riad Rooftop
Although I partly want it to be a surprise for you, I can’t contain my excitement at the secret doorway in the bathroom. Yes, a secret Moroccan door.
It leads up to the roof top terrace, where you can take in the views, soak up the sun on a lounger, or perhaps gorge on a delicious breakfast (or maybe all three).
I only spied two other guests during my stay and that was for the tiniest of seconds.
However, with such spacious rooms (the Karma Suite boasts sixty square metres), there’s no need to spill out into the courtyard.
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Where is Riad 72?
72 arset azwel bab doukkala, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Riad 72 is a contemporary, peaceful private space in the Medina of Marrakech. You have the fun of the souqs on your doorstep and the chance to retreat to a calm setting when you need to.
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I was a guest of Riad 72 in 2013.