The Riad Sable Chaud is a beautiful five-room place well hidden in one of the innumerable alleys of the Marrakech medina. Whenever you enter it you feel like in an oasis, there is bougainvillea in the courtyard and on the rooftop terrace, a tiny pool, you hear birds twitter and the small bakery at the opposite of the alley fills your room with the scent of fresh bread. The rooms are tastefully furnished and very clean, equipped with shampoo, bodylotion and hair dryer, breakfast is abundant (even the coffee is good), the wifi great.
What made my stay special however is Francesca, the Italian manager of the place. She welcomes you as if you were a long expected guest, sits down with you to explain the best ways through the labyrinth of the medina, offers you maps and a bunch of good advice of where to go for dinner or just for a tea. And her generousness reflects on her staff. I told her every day she is a pearl. When I left, I left with tears in my eyes.
Luxoury riad with very nice personell, clean rooms, hot shower, ac/heater and secure locker for your valuables. If desired they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner which is high standard and good value for what it costs. Massage in your room, a small hot pool and henna is also available. Their terrace on the roof is also very cozy!
Traditional Riad, beautiful inside, well thought out. The welcome was amazing, Francesca and her staff made us feel at home with pastries and mint tea. Francesca then took us out to get our bearings which was a god send as we would have been totally lost otherwise!
Our room was lovely, not massive but everything in there you needed.
The breakfast was fabulous, pancakes, crepes, fresh bread, fruit etc!
The roof terrace was pretty, especially at night and very peaceful which is necessary after the madness of the souk!
The shower took ages to get hot.. although we were warned so made sure we turned it on well in advance! If you like a drink it's advised to take your own. There is beer and wine but not officially so sometimes not available as you want it.
Be prepared for your room to be open when you return- we had a safe so all valuable were locked away but the first day it was a shock! Felt totally safe and secure however when we settled in.
Marrakech is a bit crazy! That's the best way to describe it! If you haven't been anywhere like this then it is a culture shock when you first arrive.
Ask your hotel or Riad to organise a transfer- you won't find them as they are tucked away in pedestrian streets!
Once you settle in its an amazing place! Be prepared for scooters and mopeds in the little streets - keep to the right and your wits about you and you should be ok!
Get lost in the souk- its great fun and you'll find your bearings eventually.
All the people we met were so friendly and helpful- the stall holders are trying to make a living, they are all polite (mostly) and as long as you are a genuine buyer they will haggle with you.
Recommend getting a guide to take you on a tour- we paid €40 for 4 hours and it was a great tour. We wouldn't have gone to half the places without him!
The main square is brilliant - day and night! Immerse yourself and enjoy! Get a seat on a roof terrace and people watch.
We ate in some fabulous places, choices of Moroccan, Italian and French food. We tried a bit of everything!
For food- Can recommend- Gastro Mk- 5 course meal so not cheap but FAB!, Limoni, Latitude 31 and Cafe Arabe.
If we went back we would stay in a bigger hotel and ensure we chilled out a bit by the pool. You will walk for miles so wear comfy shoes!
My wife and I stayed here for four nights in November 2015 having booked through British Airways. The riad is in the north west corner of the medina quite near to the Bab Doukkala Mosque. It is located down a network of small residential alleys. The riad arranged pick up from the airport by taxi for 30 euros which was way more expensive than if we'd called a taxi but much less hassle - the taxi dropped us near the mosque where a luggage porter met us with his cart! We followed him though what seemed a warren of alleys to get to the riad - we thought we'd never find our way out again but of course once you've walked it a couple of time it's easy enough. The outside of the riad is simply a door onto the alley way and gives no clue as to the very nicely appointed riad inside.
We were met at the riad by Sameera who booked us in and gave us some mint tea and biscuits. The riad has five rooms all over looking a central open air courtyard. We were staying in Bedouine Room which was quite large and comfortable - see photos. It had air conditioning which we needed as even in November it was 28 - 30 degrees outside. The room was very comfortable with large bed, sofa, bathroom with shower. There was free wifi which was reliable and fairly fast. There is a small safe in the room. The room was very quiet at night as all windows overlook the central courtyard. In fact the whole area around the riad is quiet and actually feels safe enough once you are used to walking through the alleys at night! this can seem daunting the first time but you soon realise this is a residential area and people are just coming and going from their homes.
There is a well furnished roof garden with sun loungers, sofas and tables which was perfect for catching the early morning or late afternoon sun.
Breakfast was provided each morning by Fatima and this consisted of various types of bread, coffee and fruit and was a great start to the day.
There is a dipping pool in the riad but it was being repaired when we were there so we never used it.
The riad is staffed at all times. Fatima and Sameera during the day and Mohammed at night. We were the only people staying that week and it felt very much like we had a private house to ourselves. Staying in a riad is more like staying in an upmarket UK B&B than a hotel.
The riad is about 15 minutes walk from the main square Place Jemna El Fna and the souks. The local streets and markets are fascinating in their own right and you should spend some time walking around Rue Bab Doukkala towards the bus station and also Rue el Gaza. Both these lead to the centre of the medina if you follow them. They give you a real sense of life in the medina away from the main souks and square.
Also about 15 minutes from the riad is the newer town of Gueliz which feels like a southern european city so I wouldn't bother going there again. The Jardin Majorelle is also about 15 minutes walk away and is worth spending an hour or two there.
To navigate our way around the medina we used offline maps on my phone coupled with GPS. I used the Ulmon PRO CityMaps2Go Pro app on my android phone and it was excellent - it has detailed maps of Marrakech and has lots of restaurants and attractions listed within it. You don't need access to data at all to use it. This was very helpful in the first day or so. It also means that when every "tour guide" approaches you offering to take you to the "Berber Market - last day of the year!" you can tell them you know where you are going. Sometimes you have to advise them where to go as well!!
We ate at various restaurants around the medina and found the best value and more friendly ones to be away from the main square. Our favourite of our stay was the Souk Kafe on Derb Sidi Abdelaziz street - use tripadvisor. Note that not all restaurants sell alcohol - the Souk Kafe did. Also Rock'n'Kech fairly near the riad.
We visited all of the attractions listed in the Top 10 books and all are worth seeing. When you enter an attraction after having paid and got your ticket watch out the the "tour guides". These guys will make you think you have to use them but you don't - just ignore them or advise them on somewhere else for them to go... One place we ended up having to use a "guide" was at the tannery - we ignored multiple offers of guides all the way to the tannery (they will tell you nonsense like streets are closed to non muslims etc just to try and kid you into using and then paying them!) but at the tannery itself you can't really avoid them - pay them off before they wheel you into their brother cousins uncle's shop at the end of your visit!
We thoroughly enjoyed Marrakech and if we return we'll almost certainly stay at the Riad Sable Chaud again.
With a girlfriend, I stayed here in June 2011. [Easy Jet holidays] Firstly we were greeted by the young woman [in national dress] who runs this hotel but is not the owner. We were given tea and snack while we waited for the manager to arrive.
The setting of this Riad is great. With a nice open courtyard and lots of natural vegetation all around.
The room was wonderful. Very nice and clean. The shower was good. This is a small very personal location. The main door from the street is locked and you need to ring a bell to get in. The bedrooms are not locked and really this felt the natural thing in this setting. The bedrooms are on the first floor. The stairway from the ground to the second floor is adorned with wonderful photographs of local people and scene. On the second floor there is an open balcony, where you can relax in the shade or in the sunshine. There was often a gentle breeze up there during our stay.
There is a small indoor pool on the ground floor. Very refreshing for a dip, but the water is very cold and perhaps comes from the Atlas mountains.
The breakfast [which was included] was different each day and good. Not buffet style but individually prepared by the people who run the Riad. However I can’t say the same for dinner. We ordered dinner one evening and we were disappointed with this. The ‘chef’ was the man from the hotel and we thought that he should stick to looking after the hotel and not cooking dinners.
This is a hidden gem in Marrakesh and I intend to stay here again if I come to this city.
This hotel is well located if you do not mind a little walking. It is only a 15 – 20 minute walk to the main square and souks. You need a taxi from the airport to get near the hotel. Because the Riad is in a narrow ally, you need to walk a short distance from where the taxi drops you. To get to the hotel, you will need a ‘guide’ who will be on hand where the taxi drops you. He will carry your luggage on a cart and you should give him no more than 20 dirhams.