This is the second year running that I have been invited to join a friend of mine who celebrates his birthday each year in Marrakech. Both times we stayed at Riad Timila. We loved it the first time, but staying in the new improved and extended riad this year was an absolute delight.
Its location couldn't be better - 5 mins from the main square and the souks. The riad itself is superb. The new master suite is stunning but all the bedrooms have en-suite facilities and have been very stylishly decorated. I have stayed in many other riads in Marrakech, including some of the 'designer' ones, and Riad Timila is right up there with the best. I can honestly say that the view from the upper terrace has to be one of the best in Marrakech - Kotubia on one side, Atlas mountains on the other. Watching the sun set over the Kotubia with a beer in hand has to be one of the best things to do in the world! The new pool, hammam/steam/massage suite are excellent additions to the riad and were well used by our group.
The staff were very friendly and really looked after us all. Brahim, the manager was always helpful and made the trip flow without a hitch. Zara, the cook, was terrific. Her lunches are as good as those served in any restaurant. We found the best thing to do was to tell her to cook whatever she wanted and we were never disappointed. We went out for dinner most nights (to some fantastic places, Tobsil and Comptior being my favorites) but Zara cooked for us one night and it was very very good and much cheaper than venturing outside.
So in summary, if you are going to Marrakech, try and stay in Riad Timila. It's a great place for a group celebration and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A magical, romantic, luxury riad in the heart of the medina, a stone's throw from the Square and the souks. A cool and stylish restored boutique riad , featured in the Telegraph and 25 Beautiful Homes. Rent a room or take over the whole house - it's a fabulous place for a party. Wonderful English-speaking staff, hammam, massage, pool, goose down pillows, Egyptian cotton sheets, stunning views of the Koutoubia and the Atlas... ... more less
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