The Riad Kalaa is a Kasbah from the Almoravide dynasty built by the Emir Ben Tachfine on the banks of the Bouregreg river. It was constructed in 1140 AD for protection against enemy forces. A recent archeological dig near the Oudayas excavated sections of the original Kasbah. Constructed in 1815, in the heart of the medina ramparts, only a few steps from the ocean, the Riad Kalaa has undergone a thorough and lengthy restoration, using artisan workmanship traditional to Morocco.
Riad Kalaa is very close to the famous Kasbah des Oudayas, ancient den of the Sale pirates and the prison where Robinson Crusoe was detained for some time. The narrow streets painted in blue whitewash will lead you to the Café Maure where you can sip a mint tea while you gaze at the Bouregreg river estuary, the traditional fishing boats and the new marina.
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The riad is unusually large with 11 rooms and suites, all en suite with air conditioning, heating, flat screen TV, wifi, safe and hairdryer. The architecture of the riad is quite unique, with nooks and crannies, terraces, alcoves and salons, ensuring an intimate, harmonious and restful ambiance for all.
The restaurant offering rich flavours of Moroccan cuisine awaits you on the ground floor, overlooking a large and leafy Andalusian patio. Among the salons also bordering the patio is a TV room and a comfortable salon with bar and open fire where you can have a drink in peaceful surroundings. On the first floor you will find a reading room and a skylight dome filling the room with amethyst glints – a perfect place to relax. Upstairs, you will find a large tree-lined terrace on several levels with a solarium and an swimming pool, heated or cool depending on the season. It’s the ideal place for breakfast where you can enjoy the splendid view over the roofs of the old town.
Spa is available at the sister property, Riad Dar Dar, around a 3 minute walk away. After a busy day relax and enjoy the hammam and a selection of treatments.
Public parking is possible at a location nearby (small charge).
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