A Traditional Riad with Plunge Pool in Historic Medina

A Traditional Riad with Plunge Pool in Historic Medina




Jan 2012

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5 Bedrooms
Sleeps 11
6 Bathrooms

About our home

Riad Porte Royale has five en suite bedrooms. Recently restored, traditional finishes enhance the clean, 'zen' lines. Luminous courtyard, plunge pool with dramatic reflections. Near the ramparts, a few minutes stroll to taxis, fine restaurants and souks. Dating back to around 1750, Riad Porte Royale has five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Restored by master craftsmen, traditional finishes enhance the clean, 'zen' lines. In the luminous courtyard, the plunge pool mirrors the dramatic portico and the ancient 'porte royale.' 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 accent the white bedrooms. There are several corners to relax in, from the b'hou off the courtyard, to the upstairs loggia or the tent on the roof terrace with a view of nearby palms. Where possible, we endeavour to be eco-friendly and provide sustainable services and accommodation.

The roof terrace has three teak sunbeds, marble topped dining tables, chairs and a tent with low seating. The plunge pool is 3x2 metres and 80cm deep with two steps/seats on either side, 40cm deep.

The air-conditioning is reversible for both summer and winter months. Heaters are available in the rooms of the courtyard for the chilly winter nights. Whilst rooms off the courtyard offer easy access to wheelchairs, please aware that Morocco has few disabled facilities.

The riad can be exchanged or rented on a room-by room basis, or as a whole.

For parties or a special occasion we can liaise with neighbouring riads and secure additional accommodation on your behalf if the group is more than 10/11.

Whilst children are welcomed, parents must take responsibility for young children and damages will be charged for. Parents must also take full responsibility and keep a watchful eye on their children by the plunge pool. We can provide a cot and babysitting at a small charge.

We have three staff. Mohamed can help with trips and reservations and Hagiba our housekeeper can arrange breakfast, lunch or dinner for a reasonable charge. Dietary requirements can be catered for.

For a guide on riads and riad life—based on Riad Porte Royale—please visit www.riaddreamer.com

Our manager can help makes reservations, organize day trips and collection from the airport.

In 2009 a travel guide rated the riad as 'one of the six most relaxing riads in Morocco.' The riad is a few minutes stroll from fine restaurants and the hurley-burly of the tourist trail that leads to nearby monuments and through the colourful souks to Djemma el Fna square with its musicians, acrobats and snake-charmers.

The nearest beach is at Essaouira, a town with Portuguese origins. It is about 160km from Marrakech and about 3 hours drive. Most sights in the Atlas or the Ourika Valley are about an hour's drive away.

Golf is big draw card to Marrakech, and the three most famous courses, all with a dramatic backdrop of the Atlas on clear winter days, are about 15 minutes drive from the riad. Pacha El Glaoui constructed le Golf Royal de Marrakech in 1924. His Majesty Hassan II, Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George and Eisenhower have played here. The fairways are cloaked in olives, cypresses, eucalyptus and cedars and orange trees. Opened in 1993, the Palmeraie Golf Club was designed by internationally renowned Robert Trent Jones, and set in an oasis around seven lakes. It is a championship course, and venue for the LPGA European tour. The newest of Marrakech’s courses is the Golf d’Amelki. Created in the desert, it is perhaps the most dramatic. Modelled around several of the khettaras built in the twelfth century to collect rainwater and pipe it to the medina, it is planted with palms and papyrus.

Marrakech Menara airport is 15 minutes from the riad. We can arrange 24 hour secure parking if you are arriving by car.

Marrakech has a very cosmopolitan selection of restaurants inside and outside the medina. Apart from the souks, there are some interesting designer shops and galleries in Guéliz the new town, with its French-style boulevard cafés and avenues. ATMs are freely available for withdrawing cash.

We can organize cookery courses for our guests, and day trips or overnight trekking in the Atlas for a reasonable rate..


More about us

  1. I am British and live with my wife and two daughters (18 and 15).

  2. I have taught architecture at universities in Iberia and in the the Middle East.

  3. I now work freelance and have written travel articles and published a novel in the UK.

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