The phenomenon of Marrakech riad is relatively recent. "Marrakech riad" has started to be developed as guest houses in a large scale about 10 years ago. They were of course some pioneers in marrakech riad even before but not a lot. Now there are about 800 Marrakech Riad.
A Riad (Arabic: رياض) is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden. The word riad comes from the Arabian term for garden, "ryad". The ancient Roman city of Volubilis provides a reference for the beginnings of riad architecture during the rule of the Idrisid Dynasty. The design of these courtyard dwellings in the coastal regions of Morocco were an adaption and modification of the Roman villa. The riad became popular to begin with because of the religion of Islam . The "riads" were inward focused which allowed for family privacy and protection from the weather in Morocco. This inward focus was expressed in the central location of most of the interior gardens and courtyards and the lack of large windows on the exterior clay or mud brick walls. Entrance to these houses is a major transitional experience and encourages reflection because all of the rooms open into the central atrium space. The style of these riads has changed over the years, but the basic form is still used in designs today. Recently there has been a surge in interest in this form of house after a new vogue of renovation in towns such as Marrakech or Essaouira. Many riads are now used as hotels or restaurants and make a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle outside.
Hotel riad is like no other hotel, it is indeed unique. Among the hundreds of hotel riad in Marrakech there are only about 35 luxury hotel riad in the Medina and due to the economical crisis this hotel riad are fighting to have the best marketing presence.
The term Ryad can also be spelled riad. Even if Ryad is a less common spelling than riad, Ryad is the original spelling. Ryad is an Arabic world that means paradise, but in Morocco, Ryad simply means a traditional Moroccan house with an open courtyard in the middle. Many Ryads now are opened as guests houses in Marrakech.
We spent four nights in a Marrakech riad and that was our best hotel experience ever. Our Marrakech Riad was located in the Bab Doukkal neighborhood which is a great location. Furthermore our Marrakech riad arranged everything for us: guided tours, restaurant bookings, spa with hammam. We are so lucky to have found the best Marrakesh Riad."Read in Marrakech"
Luxurious " Marrakech Riad " Hotel located in the heart of the Medina of Marrakech Hotel, opened over the Patios or with the shelter of the closed shutters, riad Kniza Marrakech Hotel has several spaces to satisfy the desires of each one. Luxuriously decorated: Marrakech Riad Tiling of white marble, ceilings of cedars and zouaks, coloured carpets, zellige or volutes of gebs natural, a decoration in the purest Moorish style.
The fruit of the invaluable work of the maalems and Moroccan craftsmen. Marrakech Riad, Marrakech Riad Riad Kniza have a lot of spaces to feel comfortable in: The andalusian pool in the centre of the tree lined patio where to swimm, the music room open into the patio garden, there is an art deco pleyel big piano for the use of musical guests and an open fire place for chilly winter evenings. Two terraces for breakfasts, sunbathing and candle-light dinners.
red city, in a lively yet tranquil distict of the old Medina. Marrakech Riad
A lot of Marrakech accommodations and Marrakech hotels in the Medina are riads. The definition of riad that can also be written ryad, ryyad or riyad, is a house with a garden. That's it.
But for garden in most cases read courtyard, typically planted with a few citrus trees and often with a small central fountain. The riads in Marrakech are organised around one or more of these courtyards, reflecting the traditions of Moroccan domestic architecture, which are inward looking and intimate, with thick blanks walls to protect the inhabitants of the riad from the heat and the cold.
Riads can be rented entirely for get-togethers, weddings, a honeymoon, a birthday, special anniversaries, bar mitzvahs. a Riad in Marrakech offer the freedom of a rented villa with the service of luxury hotel. Most of the boutique hotel riads have few rooms unlike the chain luxury hotels in Marrakesh. For real exclusivity, nothing beats a luxury ryad in Marrakech.
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