Riad Adore

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Address: 97 Derb Tizouagrine, Dar El Bacha, Marrakech, Morocco

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.5

Zen-like calm and luxury at an affordable price

Riad Adore is one of four riads forming part of the Pure Riads group, the others being Dar Hanane, Riad Tzarra and Riad Bel Haj. Owned by English hoteliers Stuart and Nikki Redcliffe, the Pure Riads are aptly named as they share a smart, clean aesthetic that’s bursting with Zen-like calm. As such, the Adore ploughs a ‘New Morocco’ furrow not dissimilar to some of the more up-to-the-minute architect-designed contemporary hotels outside the medina. It’s light, bright and super-chic, with lots of whitewashed walls, grey paintwork, stylish antique kaftans, soft Berber rugs and every conceivable modern convenience provided to ensure your relaxation.

Location
4.6
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
4.3
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Bedrooms
4.7
90%
Public areas
4.5
90%

Location

Riad Adore is conveniently located in the Mouassine district, to the north west of the souks, in a small derb off Rue Dar el Bacha.

Bedrooms

The four bedrooms and one suite share a restrained decorative scheme in shades of black, white, grey and cream, and the emphasis is on home comforts. So expect great quality bedding and all mod cons, including i-pod docking stations, satellite TVs, DVD players, air conditioning/heating and free wi-fi throughout – and in the bathrooms, tasteful beige tadelakt, heated towel rails and some of the fluffiest towels and bathrobes in town.

Public areas

The bright, light filled patio of Riad Adore, with its plunge pool, plants and fountain, is the perfect place to sit and unwind over a mint tea, and by night it’s lit by candles and lanterns to create a magical atmosphere. A ground floor salon has bright Berber rugs, comfortable sofas and a CD player; here there’s air-conditioning for summer and a roaring fire for winter. The first floor gallery library offers guests a wide selection of books, DVDs and games - and an honesty bar, stocked with beer, wines and soft drinks. On the terrace there’s a huge, curtained pergola with fireplace, comfortable sofas for lounging and tables for dining – plus sun loungers and a private hammam.

Eating and drinking

Breakfasts are generous and well-presented, and what could be nicer than a beautifully cooked tagine or other Moroccan specialty, topped off with some ice-cool wine, served in the stylish and cosy pergola?

Leisure facilities

Plunge pool on the patio, hammam on the roof terrace; other services and concierge service to arrange trips, spa visits etc.

Service

You’ll be very well looked after by the charming, approachable and English-speaking Amal and team. The Pure Riads operation is overseen by Romanian manager Cristian.

Who stays there

Couples, groups of friends, and families with older children (children aged less than 12 are only accepted as part of a booking for the whole house)

Price advice

Prices include breakfast, free mint tea and introduction to Marrakech with a handy map (one of the clearest you’ll find in the medina!), and free still mineral water, tea and coffee throughout the day. Minimum three-night stay.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Chilling out
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Chic and chilled
  • Zen-like feel might not work for everyone
  • No good if you have young children
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