The Riad Al Assala is one of the two new chic Boutique Hotels to join The Sanssouci Collection. One of a small independent group of Boutique Hotel's in Marrakech, Morocco that Paul and I shot for Google Maps as a full HD 360 virtual tour. The Riad Al Assala is a peaceful, romantic sanctuary, just a few minutes walk from the hustle and vibrant life of the Djema el Fna. We were welcomed to the Riad (the name for a hotel build around a garden) by Pierre, the wonderful French General Manager, who spent two days with us, as our host and our guard to seeing the best of Marrakech.
After walking through the unassuming entrance door to the Hotel, the visitor is greeted by the cool and airy feel and layout of a modest size pool surrounded on all sides by a stunning hanging oasis of foliage. Surrounding the Pool is a selection of the Raid's bedrooms, with a choice of traditionally styled Standard and Superior rooms. Also, adjoining the Pool area, the Breakfast and evening Dining rooms are a simple step through the welcoming doors.
Stepping up via a winding stone staircase, we arrive at the Riads first floor to a welcoming seating area of a Terrace, again draped by the dense foliage connecting to the Hotels Superior rooms and simply stunning Suites. Up the staircase once more to the next level brings us to a large Sun Terrace with sun loungers, chairs and tables all at the guest disposal. In addition a full 360 view of the surrounding Marrakech vista is offered.
After shooting the Raid's Google Virtual Tour, the personal highlight of our trip to Marrakech was being invited by the owner Eben to dine with him on our last evening in a beautiful private Dining room at the Sister Hotel, Dar Les Cigognes - this was a true culinary adventure and an amazing tour of Moroccan cuisine.
Pool by Night
Entrance/Lobby/Pool by Day