I checked in at Ryad Dyor after two weeks staying at Marrakech most spectacular hotels (Palais Namaskar, La Sultana, Four Seasons and more…), so I walked in knowing that my expectations were unrealistically high. No, it makes no sense to compare Ryad Dyor to a five-star luxury hotel. There’s nothing pretentious here, but sometimes (and this was the time) all you need is a tasteful environment and personal, genuine service to lay back and forget about all the rest. Isn’t this “luxury” too?
I bet even a local guide would get lost trying to find the riad without having been there before, so it’s important to inform them about your arrival times: they will coordinate one of their friendly staff to come and pick you up at the nearby taxi station. From there, it’s a 5-minute walk through the maze of the Medina.
Upon arrival you are provided with a local map along with very useful instructions and tips, so you shouldn’t get lost again (…shouldn't...). In any event, I would not suggest a single lady to walk back to the riad alone at night.
The airport is very close – an easy 15 minutes’ drive (it was a complimentary service, so I only left a nice tip to the driver).
Ryad Dyor is a great address for stylish young couples looking for a peaceful nest amidst the chaotic streets of the Medina. Art and design lovers would certainly feel at home here and appreciate Jacques' recommendations on local art exhibitions, restaurants and great hidden spots of Marrakech.
I had a very early check-out, and I was very pleased by the rich breakfast they set up for me only at 6.30 am. A young porter (smiley and nice, but he couldn’t speak English and I certainly couldn’t speak French at 7am after just one coffee!) then took my luggage and escorted me again to the taxi station, where a complimentary transfer to the airport had been arranged.
I checked other rooms as well: each has a distinctive feel and specific features, so I would suggest to check carefully before making a booking.
The main flaw was the very small bathroom with no bathtub (which I consider a must when in Marrakech!). My top recommendation is the Arab Suite - very spacious, it features a tub, fireplace and a small lovely veranda. It can accommodate up to three people.
Again, the atmosphere is VERY intimate – perfect for a romantic tète-à-tète under the stars, or for a lazy solitary evening in company of a good book (that would have been my plan…).
My breakfast was quite rich considering that I only hoped for some coffee and a little something before heading to the airport… Local bread and pastries, juices, muesli, yogurt: everything was fresh and tasty. Nothing to write home about, but absolutely no complaints either (which means a lot for a picky breakfast person like me).
I would not recommend Ryad Dyor to families with small kids.
Most importantly, good taste here goes hand in hand with intimacy and highly personalised service: you feel in safe hands with Jacques and his small staff, to a level I hardly found anywhere else in the city.