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Stylish, Relaxing 18th Century Riad Porte Royale with Staff and Pool

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Last updated: 03/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • 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.

Property Type

  • House
  • 400 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Bed And Breakfast
  • Bed & Breakfast

Meals

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Included In Price

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11

  • Douriya: 1 double

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  • Kilim Room: 2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib

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  • Baluchi Room: 2 twin/ single

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  • Ibn Battuta Room: 2 twin/ single

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  • African Room: 1 double

    Twin/Double...moreless

  • 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

Other Amenities

      • 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

      Entertainment

          • Games

          Theme

          • Family
          • Historic
          • Romantic

          Attractions

          • Botanical Garden
          • Museums
          • Restaurants
          • Ruins
          • Water Parks
          • Waterfalls

          Local Services & Businesses

          • ATM/Bank
          • Groceries
          • Hospital
          • Laundromat
          • Massage Therapist

          Leisure Activities

          • Scenic Drives
          • Sight Seeing
          • Walking

          Location Type

          • Downtown
          • Town

          Sports & Adventure Activities

          • Cycling
          • Golf
          • Mountain Biking
          • Mountaineering
          • Rafting
          • Swimming
          • Tennis
          • Water Tubing
          • Whitewater Rafting

          Dining

          • Dining Area
          • Seating for 12 people

          General

          • Air Conditioning
          • Basic Soaps
          • Computer Available
          • Fireplace
          • Firewood
          • Hair Dryer
          • Internet
          • Linens Provided
          • Living Room
          • Local Restaurant Guide
          • PC
          • Safe
          • Sunbed
          • Telephone
          • Toilet Paper
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Wireless Internet

          Kitchen

          • 4 Ring Stove
          • Grill
          • Oven
          • Refrigerator

          Outside

          • Deck / Patio
          • Terrace

          Pool / Spa

              • Private Pool

              Forms Of Payment

                  • Accept Credit Card

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Included
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR
                      Dec 20 - Jan 4
                      4 night min stay
                      £340 £340
                      Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
                      £2,380
                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay
                      £310
                      £1,820

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Taxes Not included

                      Notes:

                      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!


                      Cancellation policy:

                      100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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                      Last updated: 03/22/2014
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                      Location

                      5 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      Marrakech Menara
                      2 Kilometres
                      Nearest Train
                      Marrakech
                      120 Kilometres
                      Nearest Beach
                      Beach

                      Car: Not Necessary

                      Marrakech is an exotic city, famous for its monuments such as the Medersa of Ben Youssef, Bahia Palace, Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, kaleidoscopic souks and Djemma El Fna square with its acrobats, storytellers and snake charmers. There is also Gueliz, the new town with the magical Majorelle Garden, boulevard cafes and trendy shops and restaurants. A few minutes away is the Palmaraie, with designer swimming pools, and a choice of golf courses. The Atlas mountains, the cataracts at the Ourika Valley, the lake at Lalla Takerkoust and the arty seaside town of Essaouria are a day trip away. For the more adventurous an overnight trip to the Kasbahs and Oases of the south is possible.

                      Other Activities: Sightseeing, shopping, restaurants

                       

                      Owner info

                      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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                      Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

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                      Photos

                      • The Courtyard

                        The Courtyard

                      • The Douriya Bedroom reached by a 'secret' staircase

                        The Douriya Bedroom reached by a 'secret' staircase

                      • The Ibn Battuta Room with a window screen from Rajasthan and old Chinese cabinet

                        The Ibn Battuta Room with a window screen from Rajasthan and old Chinese cabinet

                      • The Baluchi Room

                        The Baluchi Room

                      • The salon off the courtyard

                        The salon off the courtyard

                      • The Loggia, a perfect place to get together or for a pre-dinner drink!

                        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.

                        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

                        There are six sun beds on terrace, three of which are adjustable

                      • A shop the the colourful souks

                        A shop the the colourful souks

                      • The serene Medersa

                        The serene Medersa

                      • Riad Porte Royale at Night

                        Riad Porte Royale at Night

                      • The Kilim Room

                        The Kilim Room

                      • The African Room, with masks and door from Mali, featured in a magazine

                        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

                        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!

                        A view of the traditional Moroccan salon—the tensile strength of palm trunks dictate its width!

                      • View from the courtyard to roof terrace

                        View from the courtyard to roof terrace

                      • Relax with mint tea on the roof terrace.

                        Relax with mint tea on the roof terrace.

                      • The Souks

                        The Souks

                      • A mysterious lane

                        A mysterious lane

                      • A cataract in the Ourika Valley.  We can also organise day trips to the Atlas.

                        A cataract in the Ourika Valley. We can also organise day trips to the Atlas.

                      £310 - £340 per night (GBP)
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                      5 Bedroom / 5.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 11

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                      Minimum stay: 2-4 nights
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