Emily Fox

Riad Mena and Beyond

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  • Where:Marrakech, Morocco
  • Why:A romantic Moroccan adventure.
  • When:Several picture-perfect days in October, 2016.
  • Who:My husband and I.
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Hotel living rooms don’t get more stunning than this.

Design details made Riad Mena feel more home than hotel.

The tree-filled main courtyard was our preferred spot for breakfast.

Riad Mena’s Eileen Gray Suite was a major showstopper.

We stayed in their largest room, the Grand Suite, overlooking the central
courtyard.

Sitting room to enjoy a little beverage and look down at life on the streets of Old Havana.

One of many stylish indoor-outdoor nooks in which to relax.

The dining room, decorated with Riad Mena’s signature wild roses.

After a day spent in medina madness, our hotel was a welcome retreat.

Highs & Lows

  • Riad Mena is a peaceful, magical retreat in the middle of the Marrakech medina. Attention is paid to every detail, from the soft music playing to fresh flowers in the rooms and candles glowing at night.

  • The hotel feels like your own, very chic home. Privacy and quiet are both respected and there are endless nooks and spaces to enjoy, including two courtyards, several living rooms and a secluded rooftop.

  • The staff simply could not have been better. They went above and beyond, preparing a candlelit midnight snack for our arrival, arranging transport and making sure we were set with directions.

  • The riad’s location is perfect for exploring Marrakech, including souk shopping and visiting lively Jmaa el Fna square. Nearby streets are lined with cute cafes and shops, and there’s a convenient taxi stand just around the corner.

  • We loved the Grand Suite with its super comfy bed, divine bathtub and romantic, screened window seat above the courtyard. It was a treat to hear birds chirping in the morning and music playing in the evening, while still in complete privacy.

  • WiFi was a bit slow in the room, but that forced us to put down our phones! The riad’s bath products were locally made and high-end but, interestingly, no conditioner was provided at any of the places we stayed in Morocco.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Artsy and elegant boutique riad.

  • Vibe

    Moroccan chic meets midcentury.

  • Location

    An oasis of calm within the Marrakech medina.

  • Rooms

    6

  • Music

    Eclectic and never overpowering.

  • Year Opened

    2014

  • Designed By

    Romain Michel-Ménière

  • Pool/Gym

    A petite, lovely soaking pool.

  • Restaurant

    No formal restaurant, but an amazing breakfast spread is included in your booking. Lunch or dinner can be scheduled with the kitchen in advance.

  • Bar

    No, but bottles of wine are available--just ask!

  • Minibar

    No, but a fresh water bottle was provided daily and the kitchen is honor system.

  • Children

    You can bring them, but this place oozes romance.

  • Price

    Luxury that won’t break the bank.

With its snake charmers and food stalls, was our favorite place to watch the sun go down.

Tea atop the rooftops surrounding Jemaa el Fna

2-4 Angle rue Kennaria et Douar Graoua

With its snake charmers and food stalls, was our favorite place to watch the sun go down.

We scored at the carpet souk and also enjoyed the Aladdin’s lamp vibe of Mustapha Blaoui's shop.

Buying a Moroccan rug was an unforgettable experience

144 Arset Aouzal Road, Marrakesh, Morocco

We scored at the carpet souk and also enjoyed the Aladdin’s lamp vibe of Mustapha Blaoui's shop.

Our dinner and drinks at palace restaurant Dar Yacout were divine. More intimately luxurious was romantic Le Tobsil.

An over-the-top Arabian nights experience

79 Sidi Ahmed Soussi، Marrakesh 40030, Morocco

Our dinner and drinks at palace restaurant Dar Yacout were divine. More intimately luxurious was romantic Le Tobsil.

Riad Mena and Beyond

70 Derb Jdid, Marrakesh, Morocco

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