Riad Porte Royale
Riad | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 11
West of the beautiful shrine of Sidi-bel-Abbes, patron saint of Marrakech, Riad Porte Royale is a traditional 'riad' or courtyard house. It is sited in a friendly residential quarter. Although the quarter is popular with Western artists, writers and designers, it still has an authentic feel, and is ideal for the discerning visitor.
Near the ramparts, it is easily accessible by car, but only a few minutes stroll from fine restaurants and the hustle-bustle of the tourist trail that leads to major monuments and along the colourful souks to Djemma el Fna square.
Dating back to around 1750, Riad Porte Royale has five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Restored by master craftsmen, traditional finishes enhance the clean lines, and features such as the thick walls have been retained. In the luminous courtyard, the plunge pool mirrors the dramatic portico and the ancient 'porte royale.' Standing nearby, a single grapefruit tree adds to a sense of harmony and tranquillity.
Textiles, rugs, and objets d'art from the old caravan routes of Asia and Africa decorate the white bedrooms. Elsewhere, there are several relaxing corners, from the b'hou on the courtyard, to the upstairs loggia with its fireplace and ogee window arches, or the tent on the roof terrace with a view to a palm grove.
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Marrakech-Ménara 10 km, Nearest railway: Marrakech 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, Staffed property|
|General||Air conditioning, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (7), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
The three first floor bedrooms have reversible air-conditioning.
The linen is fine Egyptian cotton.
There is a safe for personal effects.
|Further details outdoors|
The courtyard is a like small private garden. Breakfast or meals can be had in the courtyard or on the roof terrace.
There are tables with parsols on the roof terrace, three loungers, and a tented sitting area.
Riad Porte Royale has an English speaking manager who is available to help arrange excursions, book restaurants and give general advice.
Our housekeeper is an excellent cook and can prepare lunch or dinner for a reasonable price given twelve hours notice.
We can liaise with neighbouring riads if you have a group over ten people, and are experienced in hosting dinners for 20 or more people, accompanied by Moroccan musicians.
The Marrakech/Essaouira region
"It is the most lovely spot in the whole world." So said Winston S. Churchill to Franklin D. Roosevelt about Marrakech in 1943. Its is easy to agree, as the location of this 1000 year-old city has something for everyone.
At an altitude of over 1000 metres, Rose Red Marrakech is backdropped by the shimmering snowcapped Atlas in the winter, when the dry climate invariably brings blue skies and warm days, but chilly desert nights, and the chance of rain. For those that like real heat and wonderful evenings for alfresco dining, summer is a must, whilst autumn and spring are considered the best temperatures of all.
From this legendary oasis there are day excursions trekking in the HIgh Atlas, to the fertile Ourika Valley, the OIgane gorges, the waterfalls at Ouzoud and 'Le Barrage', a large lake with swimming and sports facilities. Even the pretty blue and white beach resort of Essaouira, made famous by Hendrix's 'Castle's made of Sand' and Orson Wells' 'Othelo' is a just two and half hours drive by road. And Marrakech is also the ideal springboard for a few days over the Atlas to Ouarzazate and the desert.
Although Marrakech is in a rapidly developing country, it remains an exotic city and still retains its cultural and historic charms, rarely failing to cast a heady spell over the visitor. There are sights, smells and sounds you may never have known before. It is not for those who want to lie on a lounger all day, though that is an option. It's for those who thirst for new experiences, new people and new possessions!
Take a break from the shopping in the souks and drink mint tea in the fifteenth century Dar Cherifa, now a literary café and gallery. Visit the mesmeric Jardin Majorelle and its exquisite museum of Islamic art. Enjoy boulevard life in the modern town, Guéliz. Or tour the ramparts in a horse-drawn calèche. At night choose from a fabulous range of restaurants, or simply eat at the food stalls in Djemma al Fna square by the jugglers, musicians and storytellers, with the floodlit Koutoubia minaret a dramatic backdrop. In Marrakech, no day is ever the same!
Other popular places to visit are:
Sidi Bel Abbès Shrine,
Ben Youssef Medersa
The Koubba Al Badiyin
The Musée de Marrakech
Dar Si Said Museum
The Bahia Palace
The Al Badi Place
The Saadian tombs
Furthermore, just twenty minutes from the riad are three golf courses and we can arrange horseriding and access to pools at hotels.
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