We enjoyed our recent stay at Riad Kalaa 2 in Rabat, Morocco’s capital. Like all riads, the building doesn’t look like much from the outside: a simple three-storey wall with three small windows, shutters closed, and a door with a tiny sign and a buzzer.
Once you’re inside, it’s a completely different world. This former family residence turned hotel was beautifully renovated and maintained and we loved the decorations, furniture, and other design elements. They also have a tiny but nice pool on the roof. The interior court houses the riad’s own restaurant. We only had breakfast there the following morning, but the dinner we saw some of the guests have looked top-notch from where we were standing. (It ranks #16 out of 247 restaurants in Rabat and carries a Certificate of Excellence on Tripadvisor.) We decided to have dinner at nearby Riad Dinarjat, just 2 minutes walk away.
Our room was two storeys high and luxuriously furnished. The plumbing was not the best, with the box holding the flush-water leaking, but we heard that this is very common in Morocco and nothing to be hung up about.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The only thing we will say is that it was not ideal to have a room on the ground floor, separated from the diners outside only through thin walls and window shutters that were not shutting that well. We could hear every sound they made and clearly it was the other way round for them.
The next morning we got up relatively early and did two hours of sightseeing, before catching the 12 o’clock train to Marrakech, the main destination of our visit. More on our stay in Marrakech here (Sahara desert camp and camel ride), here (day trip to the Atlas mountains), and here (main post about Marrakech).