Sorry for the cheesy title. My wife and I stayed here for four nights in March. This is not a hotel - it's like staying in a beautifully furnished museum. Stay here and you will quickly see the difference between a hotel and a riad. I cannot imagine what was spent to furnish this place but I have never stayed in a hotel where ever single public space was filled with interesting furniture, art, books, games, etc. The pictures on the website do not do this place justice. Here are the qualities that really stood out:
Location. Riad Noir is located in a maze of little alley ways but in a great part of the Medina. My first thought when we got there was "I will never, ever remember how to find my way back. But we quickly did and never got lost. The location of the riad makes you feel like you're staying in a neighborhood with the people who live there rather than in a touristy hotel. I loved that. The riad is a very short walk from the edge of the souks and close to some very good restaurants.
Accommodations. We stayed in the Honeymoon Suite Guépard and it was both enormous and luxurious. I had a case of bronchitis while there and was able to sleep a night or two on the sofa in the sitting room of the suite so as not to disturb my wife. The rooftop terrace and hot tub was a wonderful place to unwind after long days of sightseeing and shopping. I will never forget listening to the street music from our roof the last evening we were there. The roof has great views of minarets and mountains. Sigh.
Dining. I usually avoid hotel restaurants if I can but the food at Riad Noir is some of the best I've eaten any where. We miss Mama Latifah, the chef at Riad Noir. There is no menu for dinner - you eat what Mama Latifah makes, and you will love it. I am kind of a picky eater and loved it all, including a pumpkin soup. Our one biggest regret from our stay was not taking the cooking class with her as we have tried to make tagine at home and not come close to hers. She is an incredibly talented chef and an incredibly sweet person who bid farewell to us at the door when we left.
Service. Everything you could want. Attentive without being annoying. All of the staff were remarkably and genuinely friendly. We've stayed in hotels where the staff acted like programmed robots but everyone at Riad Noir made you feel welcome. Special recognition must be given to Yassine at the front desk who was an endless source of good recommendations and a welcome face every time we returned. We also loved talking to Ali, the bartender, who made great drinks and was a pleasure to spend time with.
Privacy. One other thing that really struck me about Riad Noir was how private it was. It was full several of the nights we were there but we rarely saw anyone and felt like we had the place to ourselves. There are so many private sitting areas and nooks for you to get lost in.
We absolutely loved our stay at Riad Noir d'Ivoire. We were suppose to spend our last two nights in the Atlas Mountains but our lodging completely fell through (you suck, Kasbah Agounsane). When we found out the owners of that lodging left for vacation and left us without a place to stay, my wife called Riad Noir d'Ivoire immediately and we were welcomed back with open arms. Literally. The staff hugged us when we checked back in and we were so happy to spend two more nights there.
We absolutely loved Marrakech at the Riad Noir d'Ivoire is a big reason why. I definitely want to see more of Morocco and we will make a point come back to this place. Thanks to all the staff for a wonderful stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Noir d'Ivoire is a romantic, luxury boutique hotel composed of five suites, three of which have private roof terraces and jacuzzis, two junior suites and two double rooms. Services include bar, Spa with traditional hammam, fully equipped gym, library, restaurant and a heated pool. All suites have fireplaces and all rooms, have air conditioning, heating, mini-bars, hairdryers, wall safes and flat screen televisions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Noir d`Ivoire Hotel Marrakech
- Riad Noir d Ivoire Marrakech