Let me start by saying that all the positive reviews are true! This is lengthy but worth a read.
My husband and I recently returned from Riad Noire D'ivoire. It was a fantastic trip packed with great experiences.
We decided on Marrakech because we wanted somewhere relatively warm in October (before settling into our regular freezing winter in the UK) and a city where we could both relax and explore - whatever worked best on the day!
We could not have picked a better base than Riad Noir D'Ivoire. A beautiful haven just minutes for the medina and short taxi ride to the new town. The owner, Jill, was truely amazing and we had such great e-mail correspondence before we arrived that by the time we acually met Jill, it was a hug rather than a hand shake - we felt at home within minutes of arriving and were in no doubt that we had picked the best possible place to stay.
Jill arranged transfers from the airport to the Riad. We were met by a member of staff who took our luggage to the door of the Riad - through a cobbled street and local market street, then down a quiet alley way leading to an unassuming doorway behind which was our amazing home for the next week. Transfer of our luggage back a week later was with the lovely couscous! See photo!
Damian answered the door, introduced himself and led us to the courtyard, ordered a drink for us and gave us a brief introduction to the Riad. We also met Jill on arrival and we were greeted like old friends. We relaxed for a while by the courtyard/pool area before being taken to our room. It was stunning - The Elephant Suite. the decor of the entire Riad is incredibly beautiful, each room and area has obviously received very individual attention to detail. Very contemporary style incorporating Moroccan design. I loved our room - spacious, airy, stunning bathroom, lovely little balcony onto the inner courtyard. And so it began.........
Each morning we had a lovely breakfast by the pool (you could also have breakfast served on the roof) - fresh orange juice, fresh breads/pastries and eggs cooked any way we wanted them. Perfect way to start the day.
We always returned to the pool area in the evening for a drink before heading out for dinner. Jill and Damian gave us several recommendations, all of which we tried!! None disappointed. On my birthday, after a celebratory breakfast (the staff sang Happy Birthday followed by cake and bubbles!), shopping and then celebratory lunch (!!) at Cafe Arabe (which was one of our favourite haunts for both lunch and dinner) we headed back to the Riad for some pampering - a hamman (a traditional Moroccan bath) followed by an amazing massage. My husband and I loved both treatments and would highly recommend! We then went out for celebartory dinner! We ate at Dar Marjhan - a brilliant Moroccan dining experience. Jill and Amy made sure my birthday was perfect, and it was!
Jill and Amy were amazing hosts. Friendly, hospitable, caring in every way and fonts of knowledge in terms of how to make the best of our time in this crazy vibrant city. I looked forward to bumping into Jill every day for an impromtu chat about places to go, where to shop, where to eat etc. Her knowedge was invaluable and her passion for the Riad and Morocco, heartwarming. She made us feel completely at home throughout our stay.
The staff at the Riad were the nicest, most accommodating people I have come across, and we have travelled to much of the Carribean and Far East. Nothing too much trouble - always close by if you needed anything but never too close to feel crowded. My husband, who speaks Arabic and French, enjoyed his daily chats with the staff and they too made us feel at home. Always met with a lovely smile morning, noon and night - all charming hard working staff.
When we saw Couscous and his cart on our last day, we knew it was time to go. Sad to leave but what a great adventure and wonderful memories.
Thank you to Jill, Amy, Damian and all the incredible staff at the Riad for giving us a fabulous memorable week.
- 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