- Tara Stevens, Travel writer
Mere minutes from the taxi ranks at Dar el Bacha and the Souk Cherifia – where you can get anything from hand-blown tea glasses to elegant straw sunhats – yet, squirreled away down a blessedly peaceful lane.
Style & character
The original courtyard columns and arches remain, but the house was finished with pale sand coloured tadelakt, creamy plaster and oyster grey paintwork on the moshrabia (hand turned wooden screens) giving it a serene, almost beachy feel. It’s enhanced by added extras like a fantastically cool aquamarine, courtyard plunge pool, a pint-sized hammam where you can drift off to a dreamy ‘gommage’ (scrub down with olive oil soap infused with rose water) or chill in a library well-stocked with books, lifestyle mags and films.
Service & facilities
Genuinely caring and that makes all the difference. Want a pot of tea in bed in the morning? No problem. Seeking a perfect carpet but don’t know where to start? They’ll tell you. Looking for somewhere to combine a day by the pool with a civilised lunch? They’ve got just the place.
- Room service
All bright and immaculately appointed, but my all time favourite is the airy Victoria Suite where you can sit out on the balcony over the pool and luxuriate over a long lazy breakfast before sneaking back beneath your high-cotton count, embroidered bed linens. Standard rooms aren’t quite so vast, but they’re just as sumptuous with great attention to detail like fresh flowers, deep tubs in most of the bathrooms and cable TV equipped with DVD players: a god-send when the medina has frazzled your wits.
Food & drink
Breakfast changes daily so you won’t get bored and there’s an honesty bar filled with local wine and beer in the library (the Moroccan staff don’t serve alcohol). Although there’s no restaurant you can book dinner in the morning and its magical sitting by the fire on the roof on a cooler evening while feasting on traditional Moroccan dishes of cheese-stuffed briouats, smoky aubergine salads and a meltingly tender beef and prune tagine.
Value for money
With the smaller, standard rooms starting from as little as £105 (low season), £120 (high season), plus £2.25 per night (tourist tax) and summertime discounts of up to 30% Riad Adore can be a real bargain. Breakfast is included in the rate, as is reliable Wi-Fi in all rooms and throughout the house.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Not bad. There are two ground floor rooms off the swimming pool courtyard. Street access is good and a taxi is never more than five minutes away.
Children aged 12 or more are welcome, younger kids are only admitted if part of a group occupying the whole house, but the Pure Riads collection does have sister houses that are happy to accommodate young families.