Stylish, Relaxing 18th Century Riad Porte Royale with Staff and Pool
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- Minimum stay:2-4 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Marrakech bed and breakfast description
Stylish Riad Porte Royale is set in the spiritual heart of the Medina, west of the shrine of Sidi-bel-Abbès. It is a few minutes stroll from fine restaurants and the hurly-burly of the tourist trail that leads to nearby monuments and through the colourful souks to Djemma el Fna square. Dating back to 1750 and restored by master craftsmen, Riad Porte Royale has five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. In the luminous courtyard with a single grapefruit tree, the plunge pool mirrors the dramatic portico and the ancient 'porte royale,' and it is a perfect place to dine under the stars. Textiles, rugs, and objets d'art from the old caravan routes of Asia and Africa accent the white bedrooms. There are several corners to relax in, from the b'hou off the courtyard, to the upstairs loggia or under the designer canopy on the funky pink roof terrace with a view of nearby palms, perfect for breakfast or pre-dinner drink.
Where possible, we endeavour to be eco-friendly, provide sustainable services and accommodation, and practice ethical tourism.
Fame! Riad Porte Royale has been selected by the Footprint Handbook to Morocco 2009 as 'one of the six most relaxing riads in Morocco' and the Footprint Handbook to Marrakech and Essaouira 2010. Our riad also featured in an article in Budget Traveler and the Daily Telegraph in 2011, and the Iberian magazine, Saber Viver in 2013.
- 400 m²
- Bed And Breakfast
- Bed & Breakfast
- Catering Available
- Breakfast - Included In Price
- Housekeeper Included
- Daily Maid Service
- Private Chef
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
- Children Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
- The Douriya is reached by a 'secret' staircase and has a romantic four-poster bed. The Kilim Room and the Ibn Battuta Room can be arranged either as a twin or a double room. The cot can be put in any room, and if necessary we can put a day bed from the loggia into the Kilim Room as a child bed. The Douriya, Kilim Room and Baluchi Room have reversible air-conditioning. The Ibn Batutta Room and African Room have a heater for the chilly winter nights. The original thick walls have been retained, as have the traditional Moroccan 'key-hole' doors off the courtyard to maximize thermal control. All beds have Egyptian cotton sheets, two pillows per person and for the winter nights duvets and handmade camel-wool blankets. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Children are welcome, but parents must of course be vigilante with the younger ones because of the pool. Babysitting can be arranged. Three course dinners or lunches can be made by the housekeeper to order. We cater for various dietary requirements too. The manager is available to arrange any days trips or make restaurant bookings, airport collection and so forth. Smoking is not allowed in any of the rooms. ...moreless
- Not Necessary
- Botanical Garden
- Water Parks
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
local services and businesses
- Massage Therapist
sports and adventure activities
- Mountain Biking
- Whitewater Rafting
- Water Tubing
breakfast meal type
- Included In Price
- Catering Available
- Dining Area
forms of payment
- Accept Credit Card
- Toilet Paper
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Computer Available
- Wireless Internet
- Basic Soaps
- Living Room
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Air Conditioning
- Washing Machine
- Housekeeper Included
- 4 Ring Stove
- Deck / Patio
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
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Wonderful memories!Guest comment entered by owner
Just a short note to thank both you and Hagiba for all your help during our stay. We had a fantastic time at Porte Royale. It was without doubt the best place we stayed in throughout our travels in Morocco. Both Anni and I have arrived safely back in Australia and just wanted to thank you both again for your hard work and kindness.
- Guest Craig and Anni (Australia)
- Date of stay 06/22/10
- Review Submitted 07/12/10
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Dec 20 - Jan 4
4 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
|My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Taxes Not included
The Riad sleeps 10 persons. The rates may be negotiable if the number of guests is below this.
Breakfast is included, and meals can be provided on request by our staff for a charge. For a special occasions we can arrange Moroccan musicians. If your group is larger than 10 we can liaise with neighbouring riads on your behalf. Please contact the owner for further details!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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- Nearest Airport: Marrakech Menara at 5 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: Marrakech at 2 Kilometres
- Nearest Beach: beach at 120 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 2004
About the owner: Born in London and grew up in Washington DC and Hampshire UK. After doing a PhD in Glasgow on planning and architecture in Algeria, I worked in Saudi Arabia, Oxford and Porto where I now live, and write fiction.
Why the Owner Chose Marrakech:
After travelling in North Africa, it was a wonderful chance to restore a traditional riad to its full glory in a UN World Heritage city. The courtyard used to host neighbourhood weddings, so has a very positive atmosphere. The area is just on the fringe of the tourist trail, so has a community feeling and gives an insight to daily Moroccan life, whilst being just minutes from major monuments, the souks, and famous restaurants such as Dar Yacout. It is also very easy to access.
The Unique Benefits at this Bed And Breakfast:
I was captivated by the large courtyard set below street level which meant it had been unchanged for centuries, and the sun throwing silhouettes of the ogive arches across the first floor loggia. Dilapidated though it was, it had a magical or 'zen' feel to it.
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The Douriya Bedroom reached by a 'secret' staircase
The Ibn Battuta Room with a window screen from Rajasthan and old Chinese cabinet
The Baluchi Room
The salon off the courtyard
The Loggia, a perfect place to get together or for a pre-dinner drink!
Bird'e eye view of part of the rooof terrace and courtyard and the hi-tech canopy.
There are six sun beds on terrace, three of which are adjustable
A shop the the colourful souks
The serene Medersa
Riad Porte Royale at Night
The Kilim Room
The African Room, with masks and door from Mali, featured in a magazine
The 'b'hou' off the courtyard, a perfect corner for reading or chatting
A view of the traditional Moroccan salon—the tensile strength of palm trunks dictate its width!
View from the courtyard to roof terrace
Relax with mint tea on the roof terrace.
A mysterious lane
A cataract in the Ourika Valley. We can also organise day trips to the Atlas.
5 Bedroom / 5.5 Bathroom
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