Marrakech, Morocco

Riad Dixneuf la Ksour

Rates per night from$101.84

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR90.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

L’Afrique, c’est chic

Setting

Quiet Medina backstreet

Tucked behind the Djemaa el Fnaa square, hotel Riad Dixneuf La Ksour is a tranquil Marrakech hideaway. Clean lines and flea-market finds give this traditional riad’s stylish rooms and enchanting courtyard a contemporary flavour. You’ll be welcomed home by chef Atika's fragrant cuisine, a secluded rooftop terrace and a sparkling jade-hued pool.

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A home fragrance or mini tagine pot containing spices; for GoldSmith members, a cooking lesson and an apron

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Six, including three suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $101.84 (€90), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.50 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include a Continental breakfast of fresh fruit, Moroccan bread and pastries, home-made yoghurt and jams, tea, coffee, and eggs on request.

Also

Riad’s Dixneuf La Ksour’s fresh modern stylings come courtesy of Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty, the Studio KO design brains behind L’Heure Bleue, a Smith favourite in Essaouira. Want a taste of traditional Morocco? Spend the afternoon with chef Atika, who’ll guide you through the local market and share the secrets to a perfect tagine – her monkfish recipe is not to be missed.

At the hotel

Courtyard, rooftop terrace and solarium, lounge with fireplace, CD and DVD library, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV with DVD player, CD player, iPod with dock, bathrobes, free bottled mineral water, Les Sens de Marrakech toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

If you’re looking for a peaceful night’s sleep after the excitement of the Medina, book the Menzeh Suite, a large room with an inviting window seat framed by intricately carved woodwork. The black marble bathroom and deep bath are seductive, as is the fireplace in the room. Need palatial proportions in your riad bolthole? The Medersa Suite is the biggest in the house, with low wooden seats, a leather day-bed, and a glorious freestanding bath tub. All rooms are clean-lined and airy, with bright white walls and crisp white sheets; arftully scattered Moroccan lamps, tactile rugs and vintage photographs keeps things cosy and elegant.

Poolside

Flanked by carved colonnades and prettily tiled in shades of green and black, the slim unheated pool is big enough for a refreshing dip. When you’ve done a few (very) lazy laps, lounge on the rattan chairs and sofas strewn around the lantern-lit courtyard.

Packing tips

A gossamer shawl to ward off sun, dust and the evening chill; an empty tin to bring home honey-drenched home-made pastries.

Also

Guests can smoke in the lobby, but not in the rooms. In-room massages and beauty treatments are available; it’s best to arrange this advance, particularly in high season, though same-day bookings are sometimes possible.

Children

The riad is better suited to adults, but children are welcome. Under-5s stay free; extra beds (€50 a night) and free cots can be added to some rooms. -speaking babysitters (MAD120 an hour during the day, MAD150 at night) must be booked a day in advance.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

In the courtyard, pick a table by the shallow end of the pool and look up, past the carved colonnades and wooden balconies, to the purples and blues of Morocco’s night skies.

Dress Code

Embroidered Maje for her, a classic panama for him.

Hotel restaurant

Breakfasts on the riad’s sunlit terrace are what breakfasts were meant to be, with a chef’s surprise thrown in every day. Expect leisurely affairs of date crêpes, flambéed bananas and home-made yoghurt alongside the spread of fresh-from-the-oven breads and pastries. You’ll need to book ahead for a chance to sample chef Atika’s superb Moroccan cuisine: expertly flavoured tagines and moreish flaky pastry briouates are the stars of her set lunches (€15) and dinners (€25), taken alfresco in the courtyard, by the fireplace in the intimate dining room, or anywhere you want.

Hotel bar

Refreshments are served anywhere you want; sit down long enough within the riad’s walls, in fact, and mint tea seems to magically materialise. Drinks are best enjoyed from the rooftop terrace’s sunloungers, or beneath the bougainvillea-covered pergola, watching dusk settle around the imposing minaret of the Koutoubia mosque. On chilly nights, retreat to the riad’s leather-walled lounge, where a pillow-strewn day-bed and cosy fireplace await.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 8am–11pm, lunch 12 noon–3pm, dinner 7pm–9pm.

Room service

None, but guests can order snacks at anytime; salads, briouates and cold platters can be enjoyed in the lounging nooks scattered around the property.

Location

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Address
Riad Dixneuf la Ksour
19 Sidi el Yamani Bab Ksour Medina
Marrakech
44000
Morocco

Planes

Marrakech Menara airport is a 15-minute drive away, with direct flights to London, Paris and and other major European cities. The hotel can organise one-way transfers for €20 for up to three people, or €25 for up to five.

Trains

The main rail hub in the city can be reached in 10 minutes. From here, ONCF runs services to Casablanca, Fez and Agadir. Look for TCR (Train Climatisé Rapide) trains to guarantee an air-conditioned journey in summer.

Automobiles

Navigating the old town’s souks and narrow cobbled streets can be tricky; leave the driving to local experts if you can. If you’re planning on exploring beyond Marrakech’s walls, you can hire a car from the Avis desk at the airport and stash it at a nearby car park for €10 a night.

Worth getting out of bed for

Take a stroll through sun-drenched squares, bustling souks and shaded alleys: Riad Dixneuf La Ksour’s old-town neighbourhood begs to be explored at a leisurely pace (if your sense of direction leaves a little to be desired, the hotel will gladly help you find a guide). Nearby, the Koutoubia mosque’s 12th-century minaret makes a handy landmark should you ever lose your way; its palm-tree-lined gardens offer welcome respite for weary feet. Explore the dazzling Ben Youssef Medersa (+212 (0)524 654578), a cluster of dormitories and tranquil pools set around carved cedar and marble courtyards. The Majorelle Garden (+212 (0)524 313047) and its iconic blue villa is a half hour’s walk from the riad; Yves Saint Laurent’s ashes were scattered here, in the dreamy, exotic gardens filled with water lilies, succulents and birdsong. If you’re itching to get out of town, staff can set up day trips to the Ourika Valley’s waterfalls and riverbeds – a popular getaway for Marrakshis – or to the windswept beaches of Essaouira.

Local restaurants

There’s no shortage of stylish cafés and lively watering holes in this neighbourhood of shaded cobbled streets. Housed in a sleek black-and-white riad a few steps down the road from the hotel, Villa Flore (+212 (0) 524 391700) serves elegant French-Moroccan fare in a calm and romantic courtyard. Try the pigeon pastillas or the velvety baba ganoush with a glass of local rosé; the avocado ice-cream hits all the right buttons after a long day in the Medina. A five-minute drive away on Marrakech Plaza, Brasserie de Flore (+212 (0)524 458000, no relation) is a world away – if it weren’t for the cooling fountain and surrounding buildings in hues of Mediterranean pink, you might think you’d been whisked away to a buzzy St Germain boulevard. Retreat here if you tire of tagine: the tartare and hachis parmentier (the cottage pie’s French cousin) are perfectly executed, and the choucroute, with its towering mound of charcuterie, is sure to delight fans of all things piggy. Spruced up by the design duo behind Riad Dixneuf La Ksour, Le Grand Café de le Poste (+212 (0) 524 43308, on the other side of the plaza) is a Marrakech institution that’s been around since the années folles. The decor is all wooden blinds, black-and-white tiled floors and potted palms, with plush red sofas and zebra prints to keep things seductive and current. Francophiles should seek out the monthly literary salon, as good a reason to go as the French-Moroccan fare (oysters, brasserie classics and roast fish) and the popular terrace made for people-watching over an aperitif.

Local bars

A five-minute walk away from the hotel, Terrasse des Epices (+212(0) 524 375904) has an enviable rooftop location. Snuggle up in one of the secluded alcoves kitted out with low seating and Berber rugs; there’s a simple menu of grilled chicken, herbed koftas and classic tagines. At night, woven lanterns light up the space prettily; linger to admire the views over the Koutoubia mosque.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel retreat in Marrakech and unpacked their babouches and baklavas, a full account of their romantic luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Riad Dixneuf La Ksour in Morocco…

Step off a cobbled alleyway, past a weathered wooden door and into a tranquil, plant-filled courtyard. Sit by the plunge pool – a slim, attractive affair, perfectly flush with the cool stone floor – and look up. Carved colonnades, intricate wooden balconies, a slice of blue Moroccan sky… If mint tea and the freshest of pastries appear with a smile, you may just have struck Marrakech gold. Any riad worth its salt should know a thing or two about making you feel at home, and at this game, Riad Dixneuf La Ksour excels. There’s a grown-up, discreet elegance to the hotel’s design; Karl Fournier and Olivier Marty, the designing duo behind L’Heure Bleue and Café de la Poste, have kept a light touch here, with a fresh, clean and yet still warm decor of whitewashed walls, inviting leather seating and tactile rugs and lamps. Linger over breakfast on the sunlit terrace; chef Atika, like a doting mother, whips up new treats every day to set you up for a few hours of exploring the old town and its jumble of mesmerising souks. Haggle with vendors, gawp at performers, or take a quiet stroll through the city’s prettiest gardens; by the time dusk starts to creep in, you may want nothing more than to head home to Riad Dixneuf La Ksour’s Koutoubia-view sundowners and superlative monkfish tagine.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Riad Dixneuf la Ksour’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Peace and calm right in the centre of Marrakech, a wonderful oasis. The food was great - if you get the chance to have lunch it is definitely worth it! The staff can't do enough for you and are so helpful and kind.

Don’t expect

You can't get a taxi right to the door, but it is a straight five-minute walk from the gate of the Medina, where the taxis stop.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Sep 2018

We loved

The location of the riad is ideal, and more importantly taxis can literally drop you off right outside! During our stay, we visited many riads and this is our personal favorite for many reasons; the service is impeccable. The staff aim to fulfill all your requests and to the highest of standards. I can't fault this Riad, the pictures do not do it justice. A special mention to Samir and the rest of the staff who ensured we had a wonderful and memorable stay. I can recommend visiting Farnatchi Spa for their exceptional massages. The Buddha Bar is great for dinner with entertainment. Es Saadi Royal Palace Spa Day is also a must!

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Stayed on 12 Jul 2018

We loved

Beautiful room, helpful and friendly staff, great breakfast, small boutique feel, traditional yet modern style.

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Stayed on 17 Apr 2018

We loved

Amazing hospitality from all the staff, with a particular shout out to Mohamed for ensuring our stay was as relaxing as possible. The breakfast was fantastic and the rooftop is great for catching a bit of sun or a sunset in the evening. Cafe Arabe for a drink to watch the sun go down.

Don’t expect

Don't expect overly intricate design in the rooms, as they're refreshingly simple and in keeping with the design of the riad.

Rating

Stayed on 13 Apr 2018

We loved

The staff making sure everything was alright (lighting fires, making sure we have the restaurant bookings...) The hotel is really nice and very quiet. Overall a very stylish and peaceful experience.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Jan 2018

We loved

Gorgeous Riad, felt really welcomed by lovely staff who we were on first name terms with. Only 6 bedrooms which was a real luxury, felt as if you were staying at a friend's house rather than a large chain hotel. Food was amazing, delicious fresh smoothies and juices every day for breakfast with fresh bread. We enjoyed one dinner at the Riad which was so special, we had the African Salon to ourselves with a roaring fire, was really lovely and the food was amazing. Fantastic location, really near to all the big sights, and close enough when you want to escape all the hustle and bustle! We really enjoyed visiting Le Jardin Secret, a small garden in the centre of the Medina, a real peaceful haven! We had a lovely hammam at Hammam de le Rose.

Don’t expect

Really couldn't fault it, fantastic value for money!

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Stayed on 19 Jan 2018

We loved

My wife and I had the most excellent experience with the Riad 19. We were greeted from our airport transfer by Moustafa and were able to get to know Marrakech very well by the most able staff of the hotel. It was our first time in Marrakech and staying at this Riad was like staying with a big family. It was a wonderful time chatting with Muhammad and Samir as our dinner was prepared. They were very warm and kind people and helped us feel like the Riad was our own home away from home. We loved interacting with the staff of the hotel; Moustafa, Muhammad, and Samir were incredibly helpful and the Riad is ideally placed in Marrakech so it was easier to navigate the streets. We ate dinner at the Riad most of our stay and it was impeccable. The menu was diverse and delicious. We did the cooking class at the riad and had an absolute blast. It was very easy to talk to the staff at the Riad before our stay. We corresponded over email and set up our air transport and they also arranged for reservations for any activities we did which made it easy and carefree. My wife and I found the level of service to be outstanding. The staff were top notch and we will be staying there again when we return to Marrakech. We have already raved to our friends to go to Marrakech just to stay here.

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Stayed on 12 Dec 2017

We loved

The staff were lovely and were incredibly accommodating to my dietary requirements. Light, airy rooms, good food and a great location. A beautiful riad in the heart of the Medina.

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Stayed on 5 Oct 2017

We loved

The decor and the light coming into the Riad. We stayed in the Medersa suit and it was very comfortable. The staff are extremely attentive and very friendly and kind. They saw to all our needs and we were well taken care of. The day visit to the Atlas Mountains is a must.

Don’t expect

It can get a bit chilly in winter but we were provided with an extra space heater which quickly warmed up our room.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Dec 2016