Riyad Al Moussika is situated in the ancient medina of Marrakech, five minutes walk from Djemâa El Fna. The property, once one of the residences of the former Pasha of Marrakech, Thami El Glaoui, has been refurbished to an extremely high standard with rigorous respect for the Andalusian style, whilst paying great attention to modern accessories in order to attain the highest levels of comfort.
The owner, Giovanni, is passionate about this riad. He has put so much personal effort into creating an authentic style, even reinventing one or two crafts to obtain the 'perfect' colours, textures and architectural tradition throughout. Given the location, attention to detail, space, peacefullness and so much more, we highly recommend this property.
Accommodation: There are five double bedrooms and one single room, all with ensuite bathrooms. Prices are inclusive of a large breakfast, all non alcoholic beverages, afternoon tea with Moroccan pastries, hammam, daily foreign newspaper, maid services and taxes.
A minimum rental of 3 nights and 7 days over Easter or Christmas/New Year is requested. The entire house can be rented at a reduced price. All rooms are air conditioned and have heating for the cooler months. They also have direct dial telephone and television with the major satellite channels (BBC, CNN etc.) Internet connection is also possible.
The bedrooms are located on the first floor and all have ensuite bath or shower. Mattresses are made to measure using only natural fibres, (pure wool, cotton, jute), and with very comfortable orthopaedic springs, the pillows and duvets are made from white goose feathers, the covers in pure lambswool in winter and pure cotton in summer and the sheets in pure satin Egyptian cotton.
Facilities: One of the gates of the Riyad Al Moussika opens on to a garden with, amongst other trees, two centenary cypresses soaring to the sky, a huge bougainvillea climbing across the pergolas and a "swimming pool", in the centre or, more precisely, an Andalusia basin thirteen metres long, tiled with a mosaic carpet design. Here water falls from a white Carrara marble fountain to the songs of numerous small birds creating an idyllic scenario, despite being in the heart of the medina.
All around the garden there is a Moroccan style cloister; at the end a large music-reception room decorated with a cedar painted ceiling and with white marble tiles interlaced with the mosaic on the floor. A fireplace gives the winter evenings a more cosy atmosphere, as do the impressive modern paintings, carpets, sofas and armchairs. There is a hi-fi system and an art deco Pleyel grand piano.
At the side of the garden there is a traditional Moroccan large court, with an amazing wall fountain in traditional zelliges mosaic. The floor is tiled in black and white marble, another white Carrara fountain stands on a carpet of Moroccan mosaics surrounded by four orange trees, it is encircled on one side by a loggia in front of a dining room with a fire place, a white marble floor, painted cedar ceiling, a selection of modern paintings and a long table in cedar with twelve places. On the other side there is a Moroccan styled dining-reception room.
There is a unique view of the medina and the Atlas mountains from the two terraces which are sheltered partially by wooden pergolas and surrounded by large terracotta flower vases. Tables, comfortable armchairs with cushions and teak sunbeds allow guests to relax here during the day; you can also request breakfast and a candlelit dinner here. On one of the terraces there is a pavilion with Moroccan sofas, cushions and lamps should some of the guests prefer a more intimate space.
Riyad Al Moussika has a large, well-equipped kitchen and offers the possibility of having food prepared according to Moroccan, Italian and French recipes by a resident Cordon Bleu Chef. There is also a Turkish bath with a relaxing room where, on request, a professional masseur can take care of the guests.
"Riad al Mousikka was wonderful. A definite 5 out of 5. Nothing was too much. They sent someone out to change money for us. The food was amazing. I definitely recommend this hotel. They were also great with the kids." - S.Rinker (August, 2011)
" We had a fantastic time at the Riyad al Moussika and were wonderfully looked after by the staff. The last night was truly magical and the whole experience gave us memories that we’ll never forget."
“Riyad al Moussika was fantastic. A brilliant start.”
Transfer Time from Airport:
20 minutes (private transfer)
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