We stayed here for two nights in November 2012 as the second place on a whistlestop tour of Morrocco. We arrived from Rabat and were dropped off in the main square, alive with donkeys, snake charmers and medicine men trying to sell camel heads, ostrich eggs and dead lizards to passers by for God knows what purpose. We called the Riad and were told to wait by one of the small city gates and we would be picked up. Sure enough, our host arrived a few minutes later and we were led on foot through the vast labarynth of alleyways that made up Mekne's souks.
As the small wooden door, set inside a big wooden door, opened Ryad Bahia looked cosy and homely. Terracotta floors, whitewashed walls and a winding staircase led into the sky. Small it was not however, it was a TARDIS opening up into a large internal courtyard, with tables and chairs where we would have two wonderful breakfasts and a beautiful home cooked meal.
The room was up a flight of stairs. Very traditional decoration, simple, yet colourful, with a four poster bed, berber rug and a clay fireplace. Wandering round it was clear to see that although it was a guesthouse, it was a family home as well, which guests were allowed to wander about as they pleased.
If you stay here you must ask if they will cook for you. The tagines were delicious; the breakfasts were an array of different pancakes, breads, jams, cheeses, honey and olives; all washed down with fresh mint tea.
If ever I return to Morrocco, I will come back here
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- Also Known As:
- Ryad Bahia Meknes
- Ryad Bahia Hotel Meknes