Review of Riad Zahraa Meknes

Riad Zahraa is a charming guesthouse at the heart of Meknes Medina, noted for its central location and roof terrace with unbeatable views.

The riad is right in the middle of the action, located in one of the oldest quarters of the medina. Place el Hedim, the Medersa, the Hammams and the Souks are just a stone’s throw away.

The alley entrance leads into a stunning grand courtyard, with Islamic arches and original carved woods blending beautifully with the tiled floors decked out in Berber rugs and antique Moroccan furniture.

At the ground floor, the courtyard opens into two rooms and two suites; with a further two rooms at the first floor. There is also a douirya – a small house with a spacious salon, two rooms and a bathroom – perfect for a family or a small group of friends. The décor throughout is elegantly simple, with restful hues and natural materials. The owners clearly fell in love with the fine handicraft Meknes is so famous for and fitted out the riad with antique furniture mixed with beautiful Berber rugs. This is a winning combination that adds bucket loads of character and creates a very authentic feel.

The riad has also a fantastic roof terrace with unbeatable views over the Medina. Dining consists of traditional Moroccan cuisine, with an extensive feast of tagine, couscous and pastilla on offer.

The affable Moroccan manager is one of the those “can do” people who can organize almost anything you fancy: from the traditional hammam treatment , henna tattoos and tours into the Medina to organized trips into the Roman ruins of nearby Volubilis and the Middle Atlas.