Review of Riad d’Or Meknes
Riad d’Or is a stunning and authentic riad at the heart of Meknes Medina, a stone’s throw from Place el Hedim and the landmark Bab el Mansour. Beautifully restored by its owners, this former palace-turned-elegant maison d’hôte offers the complete package of traditional architecture, authentic furnishings, and, above all, overwhelmingly hospitable service.
Owners Guissepe and Amine undertook an extensive restoration before the riad opened in 2007, and the result is simply magnificent. You enter by a large, ancient wooden door to discover a grand courtyard where the stucco, zellijand original hand-carved cedar wood doors and ceilings of this once grand 19th century palace were brought back to life. The traditional aspect and earthy colour scheme continues throughout the riad, with a fine selection of Moroccan antiques and furniture making up the décor.
Accommodation space is made up of three double rooms and eight spacious suites, all with Marrakech-ochre tadelaktbathrooms. The bedrooms are a good size, decked out in bright colours and sparsely furnished to bring out the spaces. The suites are grand and traditional – finished in smooth earth-color tadelakt walls, hand-painted ceilings, bejmat flooring covered with large rugs, and traditional furnishings. Even the four-poster beds and wardrobes are ornate grandeur, hand-carved in the best of traditional style.
Riad D’Or has a grand total of four patios where you can lounge, read or simply relax while you enjoy the magnificent stucco’d columns, tiled flours, burbling fountains and the abundance of antique furniture. Climb to the dazzling, rambling roof terrace with blue sofas, mosaic tables and stunning moonlight views over the ramshackle roofs of the medina and the ville nouvelle in the distance. On the side, there is a bar strewn with leather pouffes and low-lying tables where you can enjoy a mint tea shaded from the sun. The owners have found space for a lovely pool and a solarium at the roof-top terrace; you can further be soothed by an aromatic massage at the traditional hammam.
For a more discreet dining experience, there is a small in-house restaurant where guests can enjoy their food in a more intimate environment. Guissepe, Amine and their staff are friendly, helpful and look after your every need. They happily plan a range of activities on your behalf such as cooking lessons, horse-riding and golf at the nearby Meknes Golf Course.