A Zen-like sanctuary in the heart of the medina, Riad Sapphire is owned by an experienced duo who know what it takes to run a top-notch guesthouse. The interiors are sleek monochrome, the suites are extravagant, and breakfast is a showstopper.
Riad Sapphire is located in the northwestern corner of the medina in Sidi ben Slimane. It is one of the few authentic local neighbourhoods left in the medina, but it is a 10-15 minute walk to the Djemaa, the souqs and a 20-25 minutes walk to the palace museums. Taxis are available near the Sidi ben Slimane mosque.
Eight large suites are spread around two internal patios and arranged across two floors. Named after precious stones they continue the neutral colour palette with splashes of jewel-bright colours in the cushions, coverlets, day beds and rugs. The comfortable Queen-sized beds have been specially commissioned and bathrooms are supplied with organic Natus toiletries.
Breakfast is a blow-out feast including traditional staples such as Moroccan pancakes, homemade jams, pastries and fresh fruit along with omelettes and eggs. Dinner is also available on request with the focus on healthy, organic home cooking. The chef worked in an Italian restaurant for 17 years so both Moroccan and Italian menus are available.
Beryl and Barbara, with more than 15 years experience in running riads, have created a relaxed, welcoming and professional guesthouse. They are ably assisted by five Moroccan members of staff and an in-house English manager, who can help book activities and excursions as well as organising cookery courses. The in-house hammam is a bonus and can cater to two people at a time, which is perfect for honeymooning couples.
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