At a Glance
- Affordable boutique Riad close to the Djemaa el-Fna
- Really great rooftop space with superb food
- Stylish, yet simple interiors
- Lovely places to dine
Riad Kaiss dates from the 16th-century and was the private harem of Sultan Moulay Yacoub. There are four huge reasons why you should consider Riad Kaiss. Firstly, the biggest plus point is that you are just a hop, skip and a jump from Djema el Fna, taking only 5 minutes or so to reach. Secondly, is the space on offer. The central courtyard and garden are huge. Many other riads have really small inner courtyards, and you can feel a little lack of space. This is especially important being in the heart of the bustling medina. Fourthly, a major plus point is the price. Riad Kaiss is really affordable, yet offers lovely rooms, service, food and amenities. 9
Riad Kaiss was bought by French architect Christian Ferre in the 1980s. He spent his life specialising in Moorish and Islamic arts. It took 25 years to painstakingly restore Riad Kaiss, and the result is a boutique hotel that has such a wonderful charm and atmosphere. There are just nine rooms here. You can opt for their entry-level Superior Rooms, larger Deluxe Rooms or vast Suites. The Deluxe Room can be connected to the Deluxe Twin, so ideal for families. The two suites have their own private sun terrace, and they can provide in-room massages.
You will dine in various places around the Riad, depending on the weather. You can dine in the main dining room, in the courtyard, or in the roof garden. They make everything from scratch – homemade jam and freshly baked bread for breakfast for instance. The spa has a hammam and also provides a range of treatments. There is a small rooftop plunge pool that is perfect after a day exploring the souqs, although admittedly a little small.
Millis Potter Insight
Firstly, Riad Kaiss is a really pretty riad. Moreover, the inner courtyard is much larger comparatively than other riads. The rooms are comfortable, but we have to say on the simple side. That said, they are stylish and decorative. The rooftop areas are especially good, with lots of space to relax after a day walking the souks.