Pros

  • Pretty guesthouse with elegant decor throughout
  • Central location within the medina near Jemaa el-Fna Square
  • Lovely guest rooms with traditional elements and contemporary accents
  • Charming interior courtyard with small plunge pool
  • Large rooftop terrace with tables and loungers
  • Free traditional Moroccan breakfast
  • Lounge has a TV and dining table
  • Guests get free loaner GPS devices
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
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Cons

  • Guest rooms lack TVs, mini-fridges, and kettles
  • One room doesn't have air-conditioning
  • No full-service restaurant or bar
  • No wellness facilities or hammam
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Bottom Line

Riad Alnadine is a simple, pretty guesthouse located down one of the narrow alleys in the medina. The three-and-a-half-pearl property is close to souks and touristy Jemaa el-Fna Square, but isolated enough to have a quiet, local vibe. A traditional open courtyard has a small plunge pool and the rooftop terrace above is large enough for guests to spread out for breakfast or sunbathe on loungers. Facilities are limited, and no hammam is perhaps the biggest drawback. The hotel's six guest rooms are elegantly decorated, but they lack modern amenities like TVs, mini-fridges, and kettles. Perks include free breakfast and personal loaner GPS devices for navigating the medina. Travelers who want something more upscale can consider Riad Houdou, which adds a restaurant and spa.

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Internet
  • Pool

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Riad Alnadine

Scene

Classic Moroccan architecture and decor, and an intimate, romantic atmosphere

Owned and run by a friendly French couple named Alain and Nadine, Riad Alnadine is popular with couples and leisure travelers looking for a simple guesthouse in the medina, without the frills of a more expensive riad. Despite its simplicity, the interiors are an attractive blend of classic Moroccan architecture and contemporary design. All the traditional elements are here: columns and arches around an interior courtyard with a pool, decorative floor tiles, and ornate metal and woodwork. But overall, the look is modern, thanks to the chic, gray-and white color palette . 

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Location

On a quiet alley in the medina, a 12-minute walk from Jemaa el-Fna 

The riad's location at the eastern end of the medina means that it's slightly farther away from some of the city’s main attractions, but also in a quieter area. Local artisans with shops producing wooden doors and other decorative building materials can be found along the nearby streets, and it's a 10-minute walk to Ben Youssef Mosque. The main square and tourist destination, Jemaa el-Fna, is a 12-minute walk, or six minutes away by car or cab. Numerous cafes, restaurants, galleries, and other sights are packed throughout the medina, as well as the city's famous souks, which are closer to the square. Menara Airport is a 20-minute cab ride from the hotel, as is the train station. 

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Rooms

Elegant and individually decorated, with seating areas and free Wi-Fi 

The riad has six guest rooms that are individually decorated with a blend of traditional decor and contemporary design. Colorful floor tiles pair with eclectic chairs, ornate wooden cabinets, and contemporary accents for an ambiance that's less exotic that an authentically traditional riad. All rooms have either two twin beds or a king bed, and small seating areas with couches or dining tables, or both. All are air-conditioned, except for the cheapest room on the ground floor (the Touria Room). Free Wi-Fi comes standard, along with electronic safes, but there are no TVs, mini-fridges, or kettles. Standard Rooms' bathrooms have a simple but pleasant look, with plaster and tile walls, while Suites' bathrooms are chic, with higher-end, rose-colored tile. All have open walk-in showers, basin sinks, hairdryers, and upmarket toiletries.

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Features

Rooftop terrace and courtyard with plunge pool, plus TV lounge and free breakfast

The riad's central open-air courtyard has a small traditional plunge pool, surrounded by alcoves with chairs. There's also a large lounge with a TV and a dining table. As an alternative spot to sprawl, there's a large rooftop terrace with tables and shade umbrellas, along with more comfortable cushioned couches in one corner, and a few sun loungers. There hotel lacks wellness facilities—there's no hammam—and it doesn't have a full-service restaurant or bar. Freebies include a traditional breakfast with homemade yogurt, and Wi-Fi throughout. Another nice perk is that guests are given free loaner GPS devices to take into the medina to avoid getting lost. 

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Cribs

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Swim-Up Bar

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