Riad Dar One: a stylish oasis in the heart of the Marrakech Medina
Regardless of the moment you are indulging in, you can be sure it will be one of luxurious serenity. Muted colours of burnt orange, sapphire and moss green fill the space, interspersed with soft textures of brushed gold and grey. The entire place hums with gentle elegance, from the beautiful interior courtyard with its exquisite Moorish ironwork and tiles, to the cosy indoor lounge where a fire dances in the grate on colder evenings.
On the rooftop, you can luxuriate in the jacuzzi, letting your eyes wander over the rooftops of the old town as dusk eases into the evening. With 6 opulent rooms, a table d’hôte serving innovative local food and an enviable location in the centre of old Marrakech, the Riad Dar One is waiting to provide you infinite moments of unparalleled comfort and tranquillity.
What we liked the most
- Arriving at the hotel down the charming streets of the Medina
- Relaxing on the patio listening to the tinkling of the fountain
- Drinking a glass of wine next to the fire after a day of shopping in the Medina
- The arched, cathedral ceilings and chandelier in the Saint-Ex room
- Sipping mint tea on the rooftop daybed in the afternoon
Each of the 6 rooms at the Riad Dar One is has a reigning atmosphere of utter tranquillity, designed with your perfect night’s sleep in mind. Decorated in warm colours and soft textures that mirror the feel of the desert, each room has its own individual character.
This spacious suite is the epitome of serene luxury. Draped in muted shades of sand and stone, there is an elegant sitting area with a stylish fireplace tucked into the corner. A fabulous night’s sleep awaits in the sumptuous bed, after winding down in the bathroom with its majestic bathtub and sweeping sink in black marble.
With its stone floor dominated by a vast artisanal carpet and heavy walls draped in contrasting colours of indigo and orange, the Saint-Ex is a sanctuary of calm and beauty. In the bathroom, inhale the scent of the fresh rose petals scattered over the sink as you step out of the spacious open shower and wrap up in your sumptuous robe. Watch the light fade over the interior courtyard from your window before drifting into a perfect slumber.
Throughout this gorgeous suite, the soft stone is accented by vibrant hints of crimson. In the bathroom, a spacious tub invites an evening of sheer indulgence and, in the corner of the living area, you’ll find a fireplace glowing happily. A standout feature in the Oasis room is the original typical Moroccan lights hanging elegantly from the high ceilings.
Glowing in warm tones of orange and gold, the Petit Prince room evokes the scarf of the boy it is named after. A bouquet of delicate peach roses sit atop the antique dresser and the patio door leads straight onto the terrace. The perfect place to drift off to sleep after a day exploring the Medina.
The vast stone tub in the Mirage’s bathroom is the ultimate spot in which to repose surrounded by fluffy, scented bubbles. Wrap yourself up in your soft robe before drifting back into the bedroom, which is resplendent in shades of teal. You can look down on the courtyard below as you sip a mint tea and ponder how to spend the rest of the evening before falling asleep under the intricate chandelier.
The opulent Sirocco suite comprises an indoor seating area with comfortable mauve furnishings, as well as a private patio complete with a four-poster daybed. Morning or evening, the peaceful outdoor terrace is the ideal place to experience a moment of utter relaxation. Enjoy breakfast as you look out over the rooftops of the Medina, before retreating to the luxurious bathroom to freshen up.
Services and facilities
Taste the flavors
Just-picked leaves of fresh mint make for a fragrant cup of tea that’s the perfect way to start your morning. Enjoy breakfast on the rooftop patio as you listen to the sounds of the old town as it wakes up. Feast on bread, pastries and yoghurts alongside fresh fruit and refreshing juices.
Chef Amina is in charge of filling the tables at lunch and dinner with her take on traditional Moroccan food. Expect perfectly seasoned cuts of meat cooked slowly in clay pots, light crispy salads in sharp, spiced dressings and delicate pastries sweetened with honey and mellowed with crumbling pistachio and walnuts. Meals are served on the quiet patio with the melodic tinkle of the fountain in the background and long candles flickering elegantly on the tables.
Focus on sustainability
Like the fig tree roots, the property is constantly addressing many sustainable tourism areas and excelling in most fields.
- Riad Dar One is a sustainable building. Its traditionally architecture is designed with the climate in mind. The thick walls, small high windows, high ceiling protect the interior from the heat, while the central courtyard brings air and light to the surrounding rooms.
- The riad adds modern eco-friendly features to optimise energy consumption such us additional isolation, thermostats to control interior temperatures etc.
- Sustainability is embedded in the experience offered to the guests, with invitation to learn about the local culture, eco-responsible in-room products and locally sources food produce.
Explore the location
Riad Dar One is located in the heart of Marrakech’s pedestrianised old town. For those who love exploring a city on foot, you’ll love the Riad Dar One. Yet although it is blessed with a privileged central location, as soon as you walk through the doors you are struck by the atmosphere of serene tranquillity in this peaceful boutique hotel.
Within a few minutes walk, you’ll discover the Bahia Palace and the El Bari Palace as well as many other of Marrakech's fabulous museums and gardens. Located about a 15 minutes drive from the airport, you can also reach the Atlas Mountains in under an hour by car to visit the breathtaking natural landscape surrounding the city.