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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Riad Dixneuf (19) La Ksour: African Chic in Marrakech

Morocco was one of those places I had always dreamed of visiting. Imagine a country located in Africa with people that speak Berber, French or Arabic. It is a destination that makes you realize why traveling is the best way to experience the world. 

To start this Moroccan love affair, I went only to Marrakech - the center of this country's tourism. I wanted to get a feel of the city without having to rush exploring it. As you get older, I think you learn that traveling is not about numbers. It is about taking it slow in order to enjoy the beauty and (sometimes) chaos of a place. I decided to fly from Barcelona to Marrakech, with a stopover in Casablanca, since it was a practical route when traveling to this region. 

I was certain that I would be staying in a Riad first since this was a unique accommodation in Morocco (I will be writing about La Mamounia and Amanjena after). A riad, which means garden, is basically a traditional Moroccan house with a central courtyard. If it does not have a garden in the central courtyard, it is called Dar or house. 

There are hundreds of Riads in Marrakech and picking the right one for you could be quite a challenge. I picked Riad Dixneuf La Ksour or Riad 19, a boutique hotel that has that African chic vibe, only minutes away from the grand Koutobia mosque. 

Welcome to Riad Dixneuf.

The glorious courtyard with the sleek plunge pool.


I stayed in two rooms, Unna and Medersa, but my favorite was the latter.  It was the biggest suite in the whole Riad with its own free standing tub. 

Unna is also quite special also because you have to go down a flight of stairs to go to the bathroom.

I always looked forward to having breakfast. A riad does not have the full service of a hotel (since they do not really have room service) but you do feel like you are in the comfort of your own home. Our virtual butler Samir made sure that everything went smoothly. 


How beautiful is this spread?


Everyday in the riad was a calming experience. After going around the busy streets of Marrakech, the riad was the perfect ending for the day.


The rooftop terrace with a view of the iconic Koutoubia Mosque. 

Yes, you can stay in five star properties in Morocco (La Mamounia and Amanjena - soon on my blog) because some of them are exceptional but the Riad experience in Marrackech is unbeatable. It is the best way to start your Moroccan adventure. 

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