Riad Hayati

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Address: 27 Derb Bouderba, Riad Zitoun Jdid, Marrakech, Morocco

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.7

A much-loved haven for chilling out.

What sticks in one’s mind from a stay at the Riad Hayati is an overwhelming sense of having relaxed…but this is not relaxation hotel-style, it’s that special, effortless relaxation one gets when one stays in a beautiful, much-loved home. Owned by Ron Ciccone, a Middle East correspondent for CNN, the Hayati’s rooms pulse with the style and taste of a connoisseur – beautiful woven carpets, furniture and artwork from across the region are unpretentiously displayed, always allowing the building’s space and light to take centre stage. Even when not present, Mr Ciccone is a considerate and generous host, and the service from brother and sister team Abdel and Mina is of the highest quality – they’re ever-present but so friendly and relaxed as to add to the sense of being in a home-from-home.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
4.4
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Bedrooms
4.5
90%
Public areas
4.8
90%

Location

Riad Hayati is in a quiet part of town near the Bahia Palace, giving its roof terrace fabulous views to the palace walls and south towards the High Atlas.

Bedrooms

The riad features four double bedrooms and a fifth room – otherwise a study – which can also be let as a double bedroom. Rooms have CD players and i-pod docking stations and all sorts of thoughtful touches, including fresh fruit and incense; bathrooms have deep tubs and home-made soaps. Three of the rooms have wood-burning fireplaces, making them super-cosy on chillier evenings.

Public areas

The candlelit, columned courtyard at night is a sight to behold, while the luxurious roof terrace offers ample lounging space for cool days and hot nights, and the grand salon has spaces that can provide quiet contemplation and socialising alike.

Eating and drinking

Delicious breakfasts and Moroccan dinners including fresh salads and tagines are available, topped off with great French desserts, including a killer lemon meringue pie. Alcohol is available. Dinner can be taken on the roof terrace or in one of the downstairs salons.

Leisure facilities

The Hayati has a roof-top swimming pool and professional massage and beauty treatments can be arranged.

Service

English-speaking house manager Abdel provides understated, efficient and friendly service, and Mina cooks and keeps the house beautifully.

Who stays there

Couples, families and groups of friends. Perfect if you want to book together with friends but not feel like you're living in each others' pockets.

Price advice

Rates include breakfast and local taxes.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with teenagers
  • Honeymooners
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Chilling out
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious public areas
  • Friendly, attentive service
  • Peaceful atmosphere
  • A bit out of the way in the south medina
  • At some point you have to leave!
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