We chose Riad Kalaa (via online searches and Trip Advisor from our base in Dubai) to celebrate our wedding with family and friends who flew in from around the world, as well as my husband's family and friends from his home town of Rabat. The riad was private for our use for two nights, Friday and Saturday (the wedding party) and we filled all 11 rooms with our guests. The management of the Riad were very helpful in the months and days leading up to the party and group arrival.
We 100% recommend Riad Kalaa for such a party, we had 40 guests and the venue was the perfect size and setting with its beautiful courtyard and terraces. Even our local Rabati friends were impressed as they hadn't been aware of it. The event set up was perfect, including lovely florals all arranged by the Riad so minimal stress for us. We also had sunset cocktails on the terrace, with floating lanterns on the pool. The catering was superb, and the Riad's recommendations were excellent. We paid a corkage fee to bring in our own alcohol, which helped us to manage costs considerably. There was ample space for a DJ and lighting, and a small dance floor which was perfect for our needs. Throughout the party we were made to feel that this was something special not just for us, but for the staff too, especially when the girls all came out to chant the traditional Moroccan wedding wishes for us!
In terms of the Riad accommodation, we were delighted to host our guests there for the weekend.The interiors and styling are beautiful and elegant, such a surprise when you walk in from the alleyway outside. As we had booked the entire Riad for our guests, we had the benefit of seeing all the rooms, all of which are elegantly decorated and comfortable, with beautiful cool crisp cotton bed linen. Favourites were the Suite Etoilee and the Saharan Suites, for simple reason of space and light. The Suites Orientales are charming, with narrow wooden stairs up to the main bed and bathroom, and a seating area/second bed space downstairs. The regular rooms (Mille Parfums) are nicely decorated and have access directly onto the lovely terrace by the pool, but are smaller spaces. The rooms are scented subtly with candles and oil burners so the whole place is calm and spa-scented, not overloaded.
The sun terrace and pool are a haven of calm, and our friends and family gravitated there naturally... The Riad could add value (and make more revenue!!) by offering a more frequent check on beverages, and tidying the area. The management is careful to note that they are a guest house, not a hotel, and so don't offer poolside service as standard, however this would be an easy service for them to implement and manage.
There were a few issues experienced by my guests, a lack of hot water on a couple of occasions (although none of us actually reported this to the riad staff for them to resolve!) and a sense that the staff could be more active with the guests during breakfast and drinks service by the pool. It might be helpful for resident guests to have a front door key too, rather than wait in the street to be admitted, although this not a major inconvenience. Also worth noting that in several rooms (except Saharan) there is just a curtain between the bedroom and bathroom, which didn't bother the couples too much but maybe is awkward for sharers.
Overall I would happily recommend this Riad, and hope to return to visit again. It is a truly beautiful, memorable riad in a fabulous location to access old Rabat medina, the souks and the nearby Oudaiyas. If the restaurant is as good as our event catering, then this is also something I want to try on my next visit!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and discover this 1815's property, in the peace of the old Medina. With over 1000sqm for only 11 rooms and suites, Riad Kalaa is here to offer you Rabat like you have never seen it...Welcoming mint tea and traditional sweets, natural amenities, Rooftop pool, complimentary wifi access, Andalusian patio, panoramic solarium.Moroccan restaurant, summer snack & delights on rooftop terrace, traditionnal hammam, aromatherapy massages.Golf pre-reservation, excursions, airport transferts... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Kalaa Rabat
- Riad Kalaa Hotel Rabat