“Mama, can this be our house?!” both of my kids exclaimed after walking into Riad Romm’an one evening. If only! It had been a trying few weeks, we’d returned from the United States to find a house full of our extended family. There was always lots of noise and commotion and so when I told them we’d be slipping away for the night to sleep in a riad they were over the moon.
You don’t often play tourist in your own city, but with so many people asking me where they should stay in Marrakech when they travel to Marrakech, I realized I needed to do some research. There are different kinds of riads in Morocco. Some operate like a bed and breakfast, offering multiple rooms in the house to different guests. While others only rent the riad as a whole. They can be self-catering or have staff on hand to assist with cooking and cleaning. You really have a lot of options.
Riad Romm’an is of the later category. In Arabic, romm’an means pomegranate and just like this unique fruit I knew something was different from the time we walked in. The neighborhood is unassuming. Truth be told I’d never been to this area of Marrakech but we were happy to find parking nearby. This can be a bit of a red herring in the medina. A short walk brought us to the front doors and quickly we were led inside.
This is the thing about riads. Outside the streets can be loud, dusty, dirty even but once you go through the doors you’ll be completely shocked at what you see. Not sure what a riad is? This is the name for a traditional style Moroccan house. They have large, open courtyards with interior rooms on multiple levels. The style is still used in Marrakech and Fez though has gone out of fashion in many others parts of Morocco.
There are three beautifully decorated bedrooms to choose from. Perfect for a multi-generational family getaway or several couples looking to spend their vacation together. You have plenty of privacy but also the ability to be together. All of the rooms are on the 2nd floor. The ground floor has a sitting/dining area and a kitchen. You can choose to cook your own meals and use the kitchen or have the very talented on-staff cook preparing meals instead. (It is an extra charge for this service but you’re on vacation – you may as well enjoy it!) That being said I think that having a full onsite kitchen is great for anyone who has younger kids who may be picky, or if you’ve got food allergies and are more comfortable controlling exactly what you’re eating. Visiting Morocco has never been made easier!
Finally the rooftop. Oh, the rooftop – and trust me I’m going to repeat this again and again. There’s nothing more picturesque as the rooftops of Marrakech. I’m wearing MarocBaba down on making our roof as lovely as this. Because, really who wouldn’t want to spend all day – or all night – up here?
Could this be a home away from home in Marrakech for you? Maybe!
Riad Romm’an Derb El Boumba, Arset El Houta, Marrakech
Rates: 180GBP per night – minimum of 3 night stay. Price is for full riad (3 rooms). Weekly rates available.
**Special Discount** Mention “marocmama” when booking and get 10% off your stay!
MarocMama recommended for: families with children, multiple couples or friends traveling together.
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