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“Justone of the greatest riad in morroco with kids”
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Riad d'Or
Ranked #8 of 43 Meknes B&B and Inns
Reviewed 9 July 2013

This is a really beautiful riad, incredibly well restorated, decoration is so respectful of the Meknes tradition that you feel like in a museum, with a amazingly friendly team and a swimming pool on the roof for the kids, plus a wonderful restaurant...it is a perfect place for adults to enjoy and for the kids with the swimming pool !

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

The city itself is not the most important, you might want to see only the beautiful old gates of the city, but the hotel is very nice-built probably three connected homes has a very complicated system of internal communication but it won't matter-is very beautiful, worth to see decorationsof the Interior courtyards and some of the rooms, the restaurant offers very good food and breakfast are quite plentiful and tasty. From the roof terrace there is a beautiful view of the city. Hotel is located in the heart of the old Medina, but is very quiet.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

Our rooms were comfortable enough but up a twisting staircase, either side of a central seating area. Bizarre bath/shower situation, we had a brick built sloping one tucked round a corner but our friends had a deep trough.accessed by deep tiled steps. Downstairs to a sort of bar area, no food. Along corridors and up several flights of stairs across a roof and down again to access food. This included breakfast.which was not outstanding.
Notwithstanding the location could not be better at the edge of the medina close to the square that in the evening is trying to challenge Marrakesh.

Room Tip: Near to breakfast room to cut down interior travel
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

Yes, the common area is good, but probably that's where the good things ended.

The room was, not so nice. The house doesn't look like a "standard" riad there, so I guess they combined 2 riads into one single house, and my room was in fact the area between the 2 houses, you can feel that when you 're in the bathroom (there is actually no roof). Water leakage/moist seems to be a problem in the room I stayed.

I lowered the service to 3 star because, at the time I book the riad, they offered me a car/taxi to pick me up at the bus terminal but that didn't happened.

I would not say the riad is bad, it can be better for some improvements. Considered the price, I actually think the room is a little below average but to say it's "poor" is probably a little harsh.

The meal was quite good, (ok , it's not part of the package, and not really about accomodation/room) my experience in Morocco is that... meals in riads are much much better than those you could find in restaurants. My guess is that many Moroccian dishes takes a lot of time to cook, and riads spents much more time to cook than those restaurants. You need to book your dinner in advance, so you better do that before you leave the riad so that you can have a nice dinner when you back in the evening.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

Great Riad, nice people and big beds. The riad is near the medina and the staff is very helpfull, even so that they took me to the butcher to get some camelmeat.
There is a lovely haman, big terrasses and a good restaurant.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

We ended up here as a substitute when our reservation at the Riad Yacout turned up missing and were pleasantly surprised. The Riad d’Or provides lovely, comfortable lodging inside the medina. The bulding goes back at least to 1791 and was renovated in 2007. It retains much of the original layout and some of the amazing decorative details. Where original decoration could not be restored, the owners have recreated a look and feel that is true to the structure’s place and time.

We stayed in the Idrisside suite. I’m not sure why it was called a suite, except that it was big and had an in-suite bathroom. However, besides a comfortable bed and seating, the room had space to spread out, an adequate number of electric outlets for charging cameras, and a heater. (The heater worked and was especially appreciated given the cool and rainy weather.) It was decorated in Moroccan style and had windows overlooking one of the courtyard patios. The bathroom also had a heater, which was nice as old mud brick and plaster buildings like this can be really cold in cool damp weather. There was plenty of (very hot) water, but – like all of these hot water systems -- you have to turn on the hot first and let it run quite a while before getting hot water.

I also noticed the smell noted by another poster – it’s the smell of damp block and plaster. Almost every riad we stayed at had that smell to some degree, it was only absent in the driest parts of the country. I’m allergic to mold and mildew and didn’t have any allergy problems and my husband couldn’t smell it at all, so it really shouldn't be an issue.

Like many historic structures, the riad has been expanded and remodeled over time, leading to a rather convoluted layout. (It was closer and easier to leave the riad through the main entrance, turn the corner on the street, and re-enter directly into the restaurant than to enter through the riad.) This also means there are a lot of stairs, many of which are uneven and poorly lit. On the other hand, there are lots of little sitting areas and courtyards tucked into various odd spaces so there is always a place to sip mint tea nearby! That is, if you can tear yourself away from the stunning main courtyard or “patio” with its beautiful tile and carved wood. There is also a sprawling roof-top terrace with sweeping views of the city.

The riad has two separate dining areas.

Breakfast is served in a large sunny room on the upper level. Although modern in feel, the room is decorated with antique objects and decorative features (found within the riad when it was renovated) and faces the terrace. (There is also a bar up here, which is open in summer for those wishing to spend the day relaxing on the terraces.) Breakfast included a variety of Moroccan breads, cakes and biscuits, including hot-off-the-griddle flatbreads. Although not all of the Moroccan baked goods were not to my taste, there was far more than we could eat. Service was friendly (we got a history of the riad from the dining room manager) and reasonably efficient.

Dinner is served in a cozy street-level room with a fireplace and huge windows that separate it from a small courtyard. There are a limited number of tables, so reservations (even if just a short time in advance) are essential. I one of my best meals of the trip -- lamb tagine with almonds, dates, and honey – while my husband had one of his worst (chicken tagine with really good chicken, but horrid overcooked and flavorless vegetables). Wine is available by the bottle. Dinner prices seemed high compared to other places we ate during our trip.

The Riad d’Or is a good, mid-level lodging option, with interesting traditional features. We were more than satisfied with our unexpected and brief stay.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

My husband and I stayed with his sister and her husband for one night at the Riad D’Or. We reserved the “Superior Quadruple Room” through booking.com which wound up being the Pacha room if you are looking at the riad’s website (http://www.riaddor.com/ – not currently listed on TA) though the pictures on the website are not great. The room easily accommodated the four of us (there are one double bed and two twin beds that the staff had pushed together) in somewhat separated/private areas. The room also had a comfortable couch on which a short person or child could sleep -I won’t lie, I took a nap on it). The common areas of this riad are among the most intricately, ornately, and opulently decorated (in a good way) of any in which I have stayed. Our room was fine, though not as fancy as the common areas. Some reviewers have had problems with the hot water; we had lots of it. The shower did not have a curtain though, so keeping the rest of the bathroom dry required care. Some reviewers have mentioned an odd smell, but we did not notice any (the Pacha room is on what Americans would call the second floor but most other people would call the first). Staff was friendly, helpful, and spoke English very well. We had an odd experience at the restaurant and probably would not return for dinner but breakfast was good with a large variety of breads. To get to the riad we followed the directions in pontiuspony’s helpful review of 14 December 2012 coming from Rue Dar Smen.

Room Tip: Pacha room can sleep 4 adults easily (as long as at least 2 will be sharing a bed).
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Address: 17 Rue Ain El Anboub et Rue Lalla Aicha Adouia, Meknes 50000, Morocco
Region: Morocco > Meknes-Tafilalet Region > Meknes
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Meknes
Price Range: £32 - £56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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