Riad Malika is in a lovely quiet street off Rue de Bab Doukkala, near the Dar el Bacha – about 15 minutes’ walk through the souks to the Place Jemaa el Fna.
The five standard rooms are all just as uniquely furnished and decorated as you would expect in this fantasia of a hotel…the junior suites are around 50 square metres, have windows onto the garden or terrace and feature TVs, CD players and WiFi, with the prestige suites similarly well-equipped but around twice the size.
The Malika’s comfortable public rooms, including the downstairs salon, dining areas and computer room, continue the riad’s tasteful, colonial vibe. The mature gardens, filled with palms, banana, papaya, orange, jacaranda, bougainvillea, fuchsia and jasmine, create the perfect visual and aromatic foil to the fixtures and fittings of this magical home – and the terraces feel spacious and yet with enough intimate spaces to ensure private relaxation time.
Eating and drinking
As one would expect, the food in the Malika is prepared with care, and combines the comfort of traditional Moroccan cooking with the delicacy and style of French cuisine. Many guests describe their meal at the riad as the best they had all holiday. Breakfast is served on the terrace, lunch by the pool and dinner in the candlelit garden.
There’s a small hammam room near the pool, and a massage room just off the main courtyard.
Jean-Luc is an affable host, although he is not a big English speaker; his wife has good English, as do many of his excellent and well-trained staff.
Who stays there
Couples, families and groups of friends; there's no anti-children policy or vibe, but if you have toddlers you might want to save this one for a getaway without them!
Prices don’t include local taxes.
- High-Speed Internet
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Seasoned travellers
- No fuss
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Good quality food
- Quiet, convenient location
- Packed with character
- It's vintage, not perfectionist