Riad Le Pèlerin was my home-from-home on a whirlwind 4-night work trip to the region of Marrakech last month. I chose this riad for its location, its traditional architecture, relaxed stylish interiors and its menu of Moroccan dishes with a twist.
The riad is conveniently situated in the medina in an area called Dar El Bacha right on the edge of the labyrinthine souks. It’s close to all the historic sites in the old town, within walking distance of the new town, Gueliz, and ideally for me it’s close to transport out of the city so I that I can visit the weavers who hand loom our blankets.
I prefer to stay in a riad, a traditional townhouse configured around a courtyard or garden, and I like to be in the heart of things in the old town. There are over 800 riads in Marrakech and they vary greatly in size, style and services offered. Riad Le Pèlerin caught my eye for its stylish mix of original architecture, intricately carved woodwork and modern touches, like the contemporary Moroccan tiling in the courtyard, the soft earthy colour palette and plant filled open spaces.
The riad can accommodate up to fifteen people in seven bedrooms. The rooms are bright and simply but tastefully decorated with local hand-woven textiles, carved wooden furniture and artisan made baskets and ceramics.
The large roof terrace is an oasis of calm and a great place to relax and have dinner after a busy day. The food is delicious thanks to Rachida, the talented in-house chef (pictured below), who prepares Moroccan dishes from fresh, locally sourced, seasonal produce. The menu includes dishes like mouth watering briwats (similar to spring rolls), Rachida’s specialty couscous with vegetables, chickpeas and caramelised onions and very moreish sweet potato and coconut soup.
The team at the riad, Rachid, Hassan and Rachida went out of their way to make my stay enjoyable. Rachida explained how to prepare her special beetroot, sweet potato and coconut soup and Hassan and Rachid translated for me. They even made a special trip to their spice supplier to buy me some ras el hanout so that I can make the soup at home. Look out for the recipe in my next post.
Riad Le Pèlerin is a relaxing base to explore Marrakech and the surrounding areas. It’s perfect for solo travellers, families, friends and for yoga or cookery retreats. I’m already planning my next visit. Click here for more information on the riad.
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