My first ever trip to Marrakech was many things: gorgeous, chaotic, vibrant. And it was made even more memorable by an incredible stay at Riad La Maison, an impeccably designed riad that was an ideal base for adventures in the Marrakech medina.
Riad La Maison Marrakech isn’t just a place to stay – it’s an experience in itself. From the moment you walk in, you’re greeted by a beautifully designed space that seamlessly blends traditional Moroccan design elements with modern touches.
After a day spent exploring majestic palaces, navigating raucous souks, and dodging speeding mopeds all beneath the baking Moroccan sun, the riad was a true oasis. Read on to find out about my experience of Riad La Maison, and whether staying at this Airbnb was worth the cost.
La Maison Marrakech: An Oasis in The Red City
We were floored by the timeless, tasteful design of the riad from the moment we walked in from the busy streets of Marrakech: peaceful, calm, tranquil, and impeccably chic.
If you’re wondering what a riad is, it’s a traditional Moroccan house with rooms around a central courtyard. The term derives from the Arab word ‘ryad’, meaning ‘garden’!
Nicole was an incredible host – a ‘superhost’ as Airbnb touts. She helped us book taxis, shortlist shops and eateries to try, and even went the extra mile to surprise us with a birthday treat at Plus61 restaurant. Meanwhile Fatima, the riad keeper and cook, made sure all our needs were met during our stay, and served up top-tier tagine for dinner.
Where in Marrakech is Riad La Maison?
It’s located in Derb Aghrab, about a 20-minute walk on foot to the Medina. The location of the riad itself is tucked down a very unassuming alleyway in the heart of an area that is quite local and traditional, beautifully vibrant.
We used taxis to get around most days as the tourist landmarks were a little further out and longer to get to on foot. But Riad La Maison is very walkable from Jemaa el-Fnaa – about 15 min on foot. If it’s a very hot day, walking to the main square feels quite long. On our first day a couple of people tried to scam us, but that was part and parcel of the experience!
What food is served at Riad La Maison?
At Riad La Maison, we were treated to delicious homecooked meals by the lovely Fatima, the riad housekeeper. We opted for homecooked breakfast and dinner during our stay, and we were blown away by the flavours and presentation of the dishes.
For dinner one night, we enjoyed a mouthwatering kefta mkaouara, which is a beef meatball shakshuka with eggs, accompanied by an avocado dip, roasted potatoes, khobz (traditional sesame bread), and khoubiza (a cooked spinach salad). The combination of spices and flavors in the dish truly highlighted the essence of Moroccan cuisine. Another night, we had a fresh cucumber and tomato salad with mint, grilled courgettes with mint, olives, lemon chicken tagine (INCREDIBLE), and zaalouk, which is a Moroccan eggplant dip. The tagine was perfectly cooked, and the zaalouk was a delicious side that we couldn’t get enough of.
For breakfast, we were presented with a menu the night before, and we were able to choose from a variety of options. We were treated to coffee, fresh orange juice (so good!), omelettes, scrambled eggs, msemen (savoury pancake), khobz (Moroccan sesame bread), and fresh fruits including strawberries, bananas, prunes, oranges, and kiwis. The presentation of the breakfast was beautiful, and it was clear that Fatima took great care and pride in preparing each meal. The flavours of each dish were on par with eating out at a restaurant, if not better for being homecooked.
The food at Riad La Maison was a highlight of our stay in Marrakech. We felt like we were experiencing authentic Moroccan cuisine, and it was a treat to have each meal prepared for us with such care and attention to detail.
What were the special design touches at La Maison?
Tasteful design details are evident in every corner of the riad, from the intricate tile work on the floors and walls to the carefully curated furnishings and decor. Which makes sense, since La Maison Marrakech is owned and run by creative designers.
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The riad’s design is centered around a serene courtyard with a fountain and lush greenery, with muted concrete walls making you feel unplugged from the world outside. The colours and textures of the fabrics and textiles used in the interiors and on the rooftop add warmth and richness to the space, creating a welcoming atmosphere with a touch of luxe – linens, fluffy throws, intricately weaved pillowcases, baskets and accoutrements. Each of the five rooms is replete with their own unique design style and handmade furnishings, making them feel like individual sanctuaries within the riad.
One of the standout design features of Riad La Maison Marrakech is the attention to detail in the lighting. The riad is filled with lanterns, chandeliers, and sconces that create a warm and inviting glow, enhancing the overall ambiance of the space. Whether you’re relaxing in the courtyard, dining in the rooftop terrace, or unwinding in your room, the lighting sets the mood for a truly immersive Moroccan experience.
Is La Maison Marrakech a great place to stay?
In one easy nutshell: yes, this riad is absolutely worth it. Overall, La Maison Marrakech is a super memorable place to stay in the beating heart of Marrakech. Every element of the design has been carefully considered to create a sense of harmony and tranquility. I highly recommend staying at Riad La Maison for anyone looking to experience the best of Moroccan hospitality and cuisine – and for travellers looking for a gorgeous Moroccan luxe haven to relax, rejuvenate and feel inspired.
We’ll certainly be back – thank you again Nicole and Fatima for such a brilliant experience.
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