As the first checkpoint for our travels around Morocco, the staff of Riad Laksiba instantly helped us discard our worries. We were shown how to get about the sprawling capital (and Morocco) as well as camel rides, quadbikes, hammams, water parks, cooking courses, day trips and much more (at lower prices) being made easily available for us. The staff are very professional, speaking perfect English, yet also instantly your friends, being there for every need alongside being great fun. We were also blessed with the ability to be staying at the Riad at the same time as its owners- Simon and Fiona, who truly made it a VIP experience, adopting us as if we were their own children. The accommodation (riad, bedrooms, food + drinks etc) was as superb as the service already described. The roof top terrace allowed us to sunbathe in complete privacy as well as providing the perfect view for watching the sunset. Cannot wait to return to this beautiful sanctuary which is full of the best people (including at one point, the BBC North African Correspondent- Richard Hamilton).
We had a truly exceptional time during our stay in Riad Laksiba. Apart from the beautiful building and the fantastic location, the staff working in the Riad were truly outstanding and made our stay simply excellent. Their hospitality and effort was second to none in ensuring we had the best time possible. Nothing was too much trouble for them and we were always greeted with a warm smile.
We will 100% be returning to this fantastic retreat in the heart of the old town.
Riad Laksiba is beautifully designed and has an incredibly fresh feel, but its biggest draw is the people: the staff and owner are incredibly kind and smart and active in many of the events that make contemporary Marrakech even more interesting.
The managers, Adil and Abdelhamid, are both chill and ambitious. I would have also been friends with then if we'd met back home in San Francisco. They studied linguistics and now work in the arts scene—the Biennale, TED Marrakech, and numerous production jobs—when they're not at the Riad. Like the owner, Simon, they're great people to know here and they make it hard to imagine staying anywhere else.
As for the British owner, Simon, he's a wild and friendly character that Househunters International—amongst other people—keeps coming back to interview and visit. When I was there, he was hosting a BBC reporter, Richard Hamilton, who had just published a book on storytelling in Marrakech. It was great to sit at breakfast with the two of them while they talked about the arts and expat community here and what it was like to have a lifelong engagement with the place.
Of course Simon spent a couple hours walking me around town, introducing me to his friends an neighbors and also some merchants in the souks: Zach the traditional "witch" doctor with his black scorpion potions, the King's tailor (who gives Simon great deals, I asked around), and others.
The location in the south Medina is perfect once you've been in the winding pathways for a couple hours. The Kasbah is vibrant but not get-run-over-with-a-scooter vibrant, and gives you just enough time an space to meet people. It's also next to Cafe Clock, which is where all the people who stay in Marrakech long enough wind up filtering: a cosmopolitan mix of freelancers, language students, cooks-in-training, and friendly locals spend their afternoons reading and writing and laptoping—and their nights dancing, singing, and drinking date milkshakes.
And yes: the breakfast is generous, the rest of the staff is also very sweet, the rooftop is the perfect place to watch the beginning of night or just rest.
As a group of four young travellers we went to Marrakesh apprehensive of what was to come, as we understood that Marrakesh was a busy city, with a completely different culture. However when we were welcomed by Adil, Abdo, Abdelhamid, Nadia and Raja, Riad Laksiba's fantastic team of staff, our fears were instantly left behind, as they made us feel safe and at home almost instantly.
On our first night they had cooked us three delicious Tajines, accompanied with a bottle or two of wine, whilst eating we talked to them about the options available for our trip, they were extremely knowledgeable, helpful and had a number of brilliant suggestions for us to fill our time with whilst in Marrakesh!
Riad Laksiba was well positioned only a short walk to the main square and Souks, the rooms were traditionally Moroccan, spacious and clean which followed the rest of the Riad. Our favourite part of the Riad had to be the roof top, which caught the sun throughout the day with great views across the Medina. There was a morrocan 'tent' in the corner that was great to take a break from the intense African sun if need be, which was also home to two tortoise that you could feed, pet and take some fun pictures with!
We had the most fantastic time whilst in Marrakesh its like nothing we have ever experienced before, if it wasn't for Riad Laksiba and its brilliant staff I don't think we would have had as much fun, they were extremely polite, helpful and bent over backwards to ensure that we had the perfect holiday!
Thanks Riad Laksiba, we cant wait to visit again!
This road is simply the best when it comes to outstanding value, hospitality and friendliness. The staff can't do enough for you and think of everything. The food is amazing and knocks socks of many other much more expensive places. A lot of riads boast that staying with them is like staying in a private home, but often they don't really mean it - they just want your money! However in this case that phrase is absolutely spot on. If you are lucky enough to be there when the owner Simon is around then you are in for a real treat because he will show you around some of the local sites and is wonderful company. Just don't expect an early night! I really can't rate it highly enough. The location in the Kasbah is also excellent. The streets are peaceful, the atmosphere is not at all threatening and there are hardly any of the usual Marrakech sounds from mosques or mopeds! I stayed here because it was near the Cafe Clock in the Kasbah and I was giving a talk there about my book, The Last Storytellers.