Riad de Tarabel is a luxurious boutique hotel in a colonial mansion right in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech, with ten bedrooms, a roof terrace, a heated pool, open lounge and a Spa
How would you describe Chambres d’Amis in a nutshell?
Chambres d’Amis is a charming bed & breakfast in the form of a traditional Moroccan riad. It is a lovely oasis hidden behind intricately decorated wooden doors and serves as a peaceful retreat in busy Marrakech, Morocco.
The style of Chambres d’Amis is contemporary Moroccan, simple rather than overly decorated. Unlike most traditional hotels in Marrakech, I chose to keep the house rather simple to establish a calming atmosphere. It doesn’t look designed, yet is contemporary, easy going and relaxed.
There is so much beauty in Moroccan simplicity and I’ve tried to show that in the house. Our approach has been recognized and published in several style magazines from many different countries.
What has been some of the feedback from your guests?
Most of our guests remark on the unique style of Chambres d’Amis, which is a compliment for me because I am an interior designer. People enjoy the level of personal attention that is dedicated to each guest. We sometimes have clients who start their vacation in Marrakech for a few days, then take a tour in the country and come back here for their last night. Everyone tells us it’s like coming home and how nice of a feeling that is to have while on vacation.
What was your inspiration to rent out Chambres d’Amis as a B&B?
Moroccan houses are just incredibly beautiful. They aren’t open to the outside but rather the inside and once you leave busy Marrakech behind and open the front door, it feels like entering a relaxing and calm oasis with plants and birds everywhere.
I had wanted to buy such a house for a long time but unfortunately was unable to buy it just for myself. When I did buy this house I bought it at a time when it was possible; now it would have been unaffordable for me. I bought it at the right time and decided to rent it out as it is 250 square meters in size and therefore perfect as a bed and breakfast. Eventually I bought another smaller house for myself, which is just around the corner from Chambres d’Amis.
How long would you recommend guests stay in Marrakech to get a feel for the city?
I would recommend our guests to spend at least five days here, as there is so much to do and see in Marrakech and Morocco in general. Even when they have spent enough time inside the city, there is a lot to do outside of it. Mountain trekking is just one example.
Looking back since you started, what’s been the most rewarding about running a B&B?
My favorite aspect of Chambres d’Amis is how creative and inventive we can be with it. For example, next week I am going there to change the reception to be more like an interior garden. I like restyling the house, thinking of new things to add or what to change.
Chambres d’Amis is a truly a magical place for anyone who visits. Last year, a young woman, who had visited here with her family as a child, told me she never forgot that vacation and now wanted to show the place to her boyfriend. It’s nice that it becomes such a special experience for people.