“Riad al Bushra is a new addition to the wide range of accommodation in Marrakech. The property was completely restored in 2012 and the emphasis has been on retaining the original feel of the house - there is ornate hand carved plasterwork, stunning hand made light fittings, traditional shutters and much more. With only five suites, the property has an intimate feel - very much a home from home vibe - and the owners pride themselves on a very personal service, where nothing is too much trouble. They are particularly supportive of solo travellers, with an owner manager permanently around, and are more than happy to organise itineraries or outings for singles. The location is pretty good too - in the heart of the UNESCO world heritage medina, just a stone's throw from royal palaces, souks and Jemaa el Fna Square.”
Written by Sarah Empson
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
We are frequently told that it is our passion for the city, its people, their culture, and the property that allows our guests to love their stay. We try to treat all our guests as friends, share our knowledge, and do our upmost to ensure that guests have the best experience possible. For this reason one of the owners is always resident in the Riad to offer advice and support. However, there are a number of other essentials; location, style and value. The Riad is located in Mouassine (often regarded as the best area in the Medina). The Riad has been faithfully restored in a Moroccan style and we are priced competitively with other Riads in our location.
What is there to do in the area?
Everything that Marrakech has to offer is a short walk away. Our central medina location gives access to the whole medina, a UNESCO heritage site, with its excellent restaurants, museums, royal palaces and souks. Also, our close proximity to the Medina gate of Kssour gives easy access to the new city of Guéliz where the Majorelle gardens are located, modern restaurants, and the train and bus stations.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
We have received very positive feedback about breakfast. They are centred on the provisions of our local bakery that has beautiful pastries and great bread. We also have home made jam, fruit juice and offer a hot course. We also try to give our guests the experience of a traditional Berber breakfast. This is a tagine of eggs, tomatoes, peppers and Moroccan spices and is very popular with our guests.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
For guests wishing to experience some traditional Moroccan home cooking we can prepare an evening meal with some advance notice. All ingredients are freshly sourced on the day and are prepared by our excellent Moroccan cook. We can make excellent restaurant recommendations, in a range of price brackets, that are based on our personal experiences.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
The rooms on our first floor are the most popular as they are more spacious but guests also hire the whole Riad giving a party of up to ten exclusive use of the Riad.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
Your accommodation choice will, to some extent, dictate the sort of experience that you will have. The properties in the Palmeraie area are close to the golf courses and can offer real luxury, the hotels in the Hivernage area can offer a full resort experience but the Riad’s of the medina offer something truly unique to Morocco.”