“Twins Beryl and Barbara are old hands at running riads. With over 15 years in the business already, they have turned their attention on Riad Sapphire. The aim was to create a relaxed, airy feeling, bolt hole in the heart of the medina. All eight suites succeed. With white washed walls, simple elegant furnishings and plenty of local craftmanship on display (including hand made wood latticing and custom made lamp shades). The two courtyards carry on the chic white theme - they are marble clad of course! Add to this a spa with pampering hammam and larger than average pool and you've pretty much ticked all the essential Marrakech boxes. A large terrace with sweeping views of the Atlas Mountains is the icing on the cake. Book the whole riad for the best rates.”
Written by Sarah Empson
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
The cool, chic look with simple, elegant furnishings that have a touch of luxury all at an affordable price. The riad is designed in an understated 1930s colonial chic style with a modern twist. All the rooms are light and airy and the riad has a wonderful feeling of space, unusual in the Medina. The hotel has its own spa area with a private hammam. Sincere and warm English and Moroccan service to ensure that guests feel at home and are well-looked after from the moment they arrive. We personally ensure all guests experience the best of Marrakesh. We provide guests with a mobile phone during their stay and even come and find them if they get lost in the maze of the Medina.
What is there to do in the area?
Typical tourist "must-sees":
The famous Jemaa el Fna Square, the souks, Bahia Palace, Medersa BenYoussef, Musee de Marrakech, Saadian Tombs, Majorelle Gardens
For the sporty types: cycling, trekking
For the adventurous types: hot air ballooning, white water rafting, quad biking, camel treks
For culture:lots of art galleries and museums
For shopaholics/fashionisatas: lots of new boutiques opening up all the time.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Typical breakfast consists of: Freshly-squeezed Orange Juice, Tea or Coffee, fresh bread, jam, honey, boiled egg or omelette, Moroccan pancakes, fresh fruit salad, yogurt
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Yes, we offer freshly prepared meals with organic products bought locally. We are also happy to recommend and book restaurants in and around Marrakech.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Ebony suite: A beautiful double/triple suite on the upper floor complete with handcrafted menzeh - a traditional Moroccan alcove with hand-turned latticed woodwork. There is also a lovely hand-sculpted wall behind the bed adding to the intimate, classic feel of this suite. This attractive suite overlooks the grand courtyard with its central fountain and pool.
Amber superior suite: Beautiful double/triple/quadruple suite on the upper floor with stunning pyramid skylight and romantic floaty four-poster queen-sized bed below it. Perfect for couples and families who appreciate style and space.
Topaz superior suite: Totally charming, this double/triple/quadruple suite on the upper floor boasts a fabulous starry domed ceiling and romantic four-poster queen-sized bed. A divine space in which to reflect on your day in the Medina.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
The very best way to experience Marrakech is to stay in a riad in the heart of the medina in the old city of Marrakech. In fact, staying in a riad in Marrakech is often voted by travel experts as one of the top 10 best things to do in Morocco. We offer an authentic Moroccan experience in a stylish riad all at an affordable price.”