Riad Zineb is a dream. We found it while searching for hostels to stay at and while it’s pricey for a hostel, it’s excellent value as a riad.
Riad Zineb offers great security, free wifi, airport/railway transfers, free breakfast and sits in a central location in the old town, with the Medina and main square within walking distance.
The riad itself is stunning. Quiet pool, quaint furnishings, attention to detail, rooftop terrace. It’s all there. The communal seating areas are so comfortable and filled with odd curiosities, that make the place feel like home. I honestly spent more time relaxing in the riad than I did out in the square. It was an oasis.
Riad Zineb is sisters with Riad Karmela and they often share facilities. While breakfast is served in Karmela, Riad Zineb offers a fantastic dinner on the terrace. Karmela also offers traditional hammams and massages, which I made good use of.
What makes this a stellar review is Walid. Walid was the riad staff who first greeted us and made us feel welcomed. His customer service went above and beyond as he gave us his full attention whenever I had a pressing matter, which was often. For example, I left my phone in a tour bus (I know, right?) and he helped me track it down and secure it again. Also, we arrived sick and weak from a previous illness (ate some bad food elsewhere) and he kept checking on us, providing bottles of water, catering dinner to our needs: plain, bland and simple.
Riad Zineb is more than a hostel, or a budget riad. Its ambience, customer service and comfortable feel left us reenergised and content.
Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.