Artistic RIAD PORTE ROYALE
Welcome to a very dreamy Riad guesthouse. For architects, designers, writers, readers...
Minimalism and tradition go hand in hand in this just lovely house… in a just lovely neighbourhood.
It is no miracle that the clientele in general often exists of artists, writers, designers, architects or photographers… carefully redesigned by a British architect Riad Porte Royale (or “Royal Gate”) splendidly blends tradition with minimalism.
And that this riad was picked for RiadDreamer, answering all questions you always wanted to ask about riad houses.
Porte Royale is a traditional courtyard house, in the spiritual heart of the medina, where you can get an insight into local life, from the piles of mint and herbs sold every morning, to the families carrying dough to the local baker, to the tailor busy in his tiny shop.
Inside, the white walls and natural tadelakt finishings are accented by rare textiles and artefacts from the trade routes of Africa and Asia.
The friendly hosts speak French, English and a little Spanish and can help you with all your questions regarding Marrakech.
Riad Porte Royale is located west of the beautiful mosque of Sidi-bel-Abbès (the patron saint of Marrakech), near the ramparts, and easily accessible by car.
It is set in a quiet and friendly residential quarter of hidden mansions, palaces and boutique hotels. Ideal for the discerning visitor, it is just a few minutes stroll from taxis, fine restaurants and the hurly-burly of the tourist trail that leads to nearby monuments and along the souks to Djemma el Fna square.
Access to the new town of Gueliz, the Palmeraie and golf courses is rapid.
AMENITIES AND SERVICES
Riad Porte Royale has a large central courtyard, a salon, a loggia and five bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.
Parts of the riad can be dated back to 1750, since which time the street level has risen over a metre and a half (five feet) above that of the original courtyard. In 1890-91, Henri de la Martinière, on a scientific mission to Morocco, lived in a riad in the same street. He wrote that it was white and harmonious, and devoid of the ‘mediocre and heavy ornamentation’ found in Fes.
In this spirit, master craftsmen renovated Riad Porte Royale in the classic style. Pure clean lines are enhanced by the traditional use of cedarwood, tadelakt (polished plaster), bejmat (unglazed terracotta), marble and handmade zellij tiles from Fes.
In the spacious, sunny courtyard, the dramatic double height portico and the ancient carved and painted ‘porte royale’ are reflected in the clear water of the dipping pool. Standing nearby, a single grapefruit tree completes the sense of tranquillity.
Textiles, rugs and objets d’art from caravan routes in Africa and Asia accent the white rooms. There are many corners to curl up in to read, or talk, or simply daydream, from the b’hou off the courtyard, to the loggia upstairs with its pretty window arches.
Breakfasts are included for all rooms. Water, tea and coffee are also complimentary. With a few hours notice, our excellent cook can provide a light lunch or a Moroccan dinner, and there is a vegetarian menu, all at a reasonable rate.
Meals can be served anywhere, in the courtyard, the salon, the loggia, or on the terrace.
Riad Porte Royale offers 5 Double as well as Twin Rooms. Each of them white, bright, clean and opening out onto the central courtyard, they are a calm and cool oasis during your stay in Marrakech.
In the bedrooms white walls combine with the neutral tadelakt and bejmat floors to act as a perfect tonic to a day in kaleidoscopic Marrakech.
Every room has a view of the courtyard, and the windows have traditional wrought iron grills and wooden shutters. The bed linen is fresh, white cotton. Pillows and duvets are all anti-allergic.