Riad in the historic Medina with 5 ensuite bedrooms to sleep 10/11 persons
- english, french, spanish, portuguese
About Philip Brebner
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.
Philip Brebner purchased this House in 2004
Why Philip Brebner chose Diour Jdad
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.
What makes this House unique
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.
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Fabulous riad in the old city
4 couples stayed and loved this accommodation. We were truly taken to another world. Felt safe and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings. Put our feet in the pool after a busy day shopping. The beds had nice linen including a top sheet. We wish to thank Lehcan who really cared for us well (not only did he organise our food when we wanted to stay in but would give us tips on where to go and often would book meals for us) We all would recommend staying here. My only disappointment is that we did not stay longer than 3 nights...
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. It was a real pleasure to have your group stay at Riad Porte Royale, as you were all kind, respectful and charming and took everything in your stride. We would be more than happy if you returned one day. Best regards Philip
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 boulevard cafes and trendy shops and restaurants and the magical Majorelle Garden and Yves Saint Laurent Museum is just minutes walk away from our riad. Close by 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