Marrakech is a very exciting city, Chambres d'Amis is your oasis of calm right in the middle of it. Lots of greenery everywhere, quiet, light subdued designed rooms and lots of public spaces to relax.
How would you describe Riad de Tarabel in a nutshell?
Riad de Tarabel is a luxurious boutique hotel in an old colonial mansion right in the heart of the old medina of Marrakech with only ten rooms, including three suites. The style of the house is a mixture of Colonial and French design.
What is the history of the riad?
The riad was built at the end of the 19th century and the hotel originally started out with only three rooms. The first renovation and expansion was in 2006, another one in 2012, and now we are adding another neighbouring building to have ten guest rooms, a roof terrace, tree-lined patios, a pool and open lounges.
What is so special about the whole experience of staying at Riad de Tarabel?
Staying at Tarabel offers a unique experience. When you are in the house you don’t feel like you are part of the 21st century, much more you’ll feel like you were taken back in time to the Colonial era in Morocco. Time stops when you are in Riad de Tarabel.
It’s a very quiet, relaxing and inspirational place that feels like home. The entire house is kept very airy and open so that it feels like you are in your own private house.
Which kind of guests usually come to stay at Riad de Tarabel?
Many of our guests are designers, architects and people from the creative industries, who appreciate the details and the sensitive decoration. Most of them lead very busy lives back home and like to stay at Tarabel to disconnect and relax. We like to be able to create a calming and soothing atmosphere in order for our guests to feel at ease and well-taken care of. It is a very peaceful and intimate place, so it is not ideal for families.
What kind of feedback do you receive from holiday guests?
Most say they feel as if they are in a private home rather than a hotel. What’s nice is that sometimes when the guests first arrive, they want to do a lot of different things like going out to visit places, but they end up spending more time in the riad because it’s so peaceful and comfortable.
To you personally, what has been the biggest reward about running Riad de Tarabel?
I really enjoy being at the house as it doesn’t feel like work at all. Our guests are wonderful and I’ve had the pleasure to meet a lot of great people from all around the world. It’s nice for me to welcome people and see their reactions to the place. They are always so surprised, which is very exciting for me.