In the thick of the medina but tucked away from the madness, the Due is in the Riad Laarousse district on the northern edge of the souks –10 minutes’ stroll from the Place Jemaa El Fna. The immediate area is residential rather than touristy, allowing you to observe everyday Marrakchi life.
There are three spacious suites (two of 50sqm, one of 40sqm) and a twin room (30sqm). All are air-conditioned and the two smallest rooms have fireplaces. The suites feature ultra-comfortable 2m by 2m beds, and huge bathrooms with all mod cons; highlights include Suite Abdel’s shower open to the sky – perfect for stargazers - and a beautiful, freestanding copper tub in Suite Zan.
The ground floor courtyard has a plunge pool, chill-out areas and ample tables and chairs; shaded by roof canopies during the heat of the day, it doubles as the dining area at night. The huge roof terrace has luxurious upholstered banquettes and views to the Atlas Mountains - a prime spot for sun worshipping, an evening aperitif or a secluded dinner (book in advance).
Eating and drinking
Expect mint tea and butter biscuits on arrival; epic breakfasts with home-made pastries until noon; lunch until 4pm; Moroccan/Italian dinner from 7pm; drinks and snacks all day. Service is available in the courtyard and on the roof terrace (alcoholic drinks available).
Riad Due has a plunge pool, hammam, and massages are available in rooms and on the roof terrace. There is free WiFi and an iPod docking station on the ground floor.
Friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and unobtrusive; some staff speak English.
Who stays there
Couples on romantic weekends; groups of friends and family groups (the riad can be booked as a whole for 10 people).
Prices include tea on arrival, breakfasts, one transfer to/from the airport, and taxes.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Chilling out
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Moroccan cuisine with an Italian twist
- Relaxed atmosphere
- Great location
- Huge bathrooms
- Not cheap
- Can be hard to find