72 Arset Awzel, Marrakech, Morocco
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Foodies, Honeymooners, Chilling out, Design and architecture, Relaxation, Romance, Shopping
Expert review of Riad 72
If you’re looking for somewhere stylish and luxurious to take a loved one for a special weekend – or a place to unwind with some cherished friends – Riad 72 might just be the perfect spot for you. The riad is one of a group of houses owned and renovated by Italian photographer Giovanna Cinel; the others are Riad Due and Riad 12 in Marrakech, plus a house in Fez and one in the northern Italian city of Treviso. Like Riad Due, Riad 72 is made special by the spaciousness of its beautiful rooms…and its super-cool Italo-Moroccan décor.
A few minutes round the corner from its sister property Riad Due, Riad 72 is within the Riad Laarous district, near the Dar el Bacha – 10 minutes north-west of the main souks.
There are four bedrooms in the riad; the largest, the Karma Suite, is a massive 70 square metres and features a stunning carved cupola with skylights. The Amal and Zahwa rooms are 35 square metres each; the former has a 2-metre long bathtub, and the latter sports a mezzanine level bed and a secret door to the roof terrace. The baby option, the Lile room, is a mere 20 square metres but still houses a queen size bed and has direct access to a balcony reading area.
Riad 72 has an elegant, subtly furnished marble courtyard with banana trees, and a romantically lit dining room and salon. As one of the highest riads in Marrakech – the original owner was a friend of the Pasha and was granted special building permission – the roof terrace is taller than most. You’d be hard put to find a more comfortable riad with better views within the same price range.
The only one of the Uovo riad restaurants that is open to the public (by reservation only), Riad 72 offers a traditional Moroccan diffa (feast) in a dining room with a fabulous vermilion Cappellini table and intricate bronze-copper work panelling by Moroccan designer Yahya. Chef Fatouma prepares a range of Moroccan dishes with a twist...and if she's not too busy, is happy to show you her kitchen and even share some top culinary tips!
There's a hammam and a plunge pool on the beautifully kitted out roof terrace. Massages and beauty treatments can be arranged.
The lovely Alexandra Buot (French but will excellent English) is the extremely caring, knowledgeable and efficient manager of the Marrakech Uovo riads, and for her and her staff nothing is too much trouble. The whole place is run with panache.
Couples (including honeymooners), families, groups of friends (it's possible to rent the whole riad).
Prices include breakfast, tea and biscuits on arrival and one airport transfer.
More information on Riad 72:
- 72 Arset Awzel, Marrakech, Morocco
- High-Speed Internet, Restaurant, Swimming Pool