- Style Out of Africa
- Setting Souk-side cul de sac
Hidden away on a circuitous side street in the midst of Marrakech's bustling medina, Riad Azzar hotel is a traditional courtyard house punctuated by contemporary design accents behind an unmarked wooden entrance. This serene hideaway – decorated with African antiquities and rich jewel-toned fabrics – has a crackling fire in the parlour and sunloungers around the palm-lined pool.
Need to know
- Rooms Six, including one twin room and three suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $160.56 (€118), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.
- More details Rates include Moroccan breakfast. You can rent the whole riad for €950–€1,150 a night (four-night minimum).
- Facilities In room beauty and massage treatments, library, CD selection. In rooms: free bottled water, Les Sens de Marrakech toiletries.
- Poolside Azzar’s palm-planted courtyard has a rich jade pool at its centre; ideal for cooling off in the sunshine or taking mint tea in the lantern-lit evening. If you’re more interested in warming up, there are loungers on the terrace to soak up the sun.
- Check–out 11am, but this may be flexible depending on subsequent arrivals. Check-in: 1pm.
Children Cots are free for babies, and there are extra beds available (€35 for under 12s; otherwise, €50). Babysitting is €5 an hour, with two days’ notice.
- Also Smoking is allowed only on the terrace and patio.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Suite Zemmour is the riad’s most romantic, with deep purple soft furnishings and a traditional, alcove-set Morrocan bed. The black marble bathroom includes a free-standing roll-top tub. On the first floor, Suite Taznarth has an hand-carved cedar balcony fitted with a violet banquette, as well as a fireplace and a pristine tadelakt bathroom. Suite Zayan also has a functioning fireplace, together with ornate wood-pannelled walls and a wispily draped four-poster. The rooms on the ground floor, although without air-con, are still pleasantly cool.
- Packing tips Riad Azzar is a (blessedly) TV-free zone, but if you do require cinematic sustenance, a portable DVD player will help. Otherwise, all you need is suitable shoes for strolling the souks. The terrace loungers come complete with sun hats.
- Also The riad is closely involved with an educational initiative to provide secondary schooling for rural Moroccan girls, so make sure you’ve a few coins spare to help them with their cause. There’s a selection of in-room treatments available, including manicures pedicures, facials, waxing and massage.
Food and drink at Riad Azzar
- Hotel restaurant Fatima, the riad’s gifted cook, can produce excellent Moroccan dishes at all hours of the day. There’s a small area with cushioned banquettes off the courtyard that serves as a restaurant – but you can dine wherever you like.
- Dress code Cool and casual linens and sandals.
- Top table Take breakfast on the roof terrace and enjoying watching the medina morning.
- Last orders There are no set-in-stone opening times – you can get whatever you want, whenever you want it.
- Room service Drinks and snacks are available 24 hours a day.
- Hotel bar There’s no defined bar area; you can sip, sup and savour wherever you wish.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details