We were traveling as a group of 8; two families; 4 adults; 4 kids. We stayed there for 5 nights. The riad fit us perfectly. It's beauty is apparent the minute you come through the door and into the courtyard. The pool, even though small (kudos for being able to fit one in) was a big hit with the kids and a very welcome amenity to have after a hot day of walking the medina. The rooms were perfectly decorated and superbly comfortable. The roof top terrace was a great spot to spend the evenings.
The manager Redouan, met us in the nearby square upon our arrival in Marrakech and escorted us through the narrow streets to the house. The house, like most Riad's is designed well to block out most of the noise of the city. This one borders a peaceful garden which only further helps reduce the city noise. It's located in the northern part of the Medina. It's about a 5 minute walk from the northern end of the souks, and about a 15 minute walk to Djemaa El Fna.
Redouan made sure we were well taken care of throughout our whole stay. He even arranged to have a doctor show up within a couple of hours when one of our group fell ill. He introduced us to Zahira who prepared some amazing meals for us and took care of the house while we were there. They were both wonderful to our families. Zahira even brought her son on the last day to meet our two boys.
For non arabic speaking tourists, speaking french is definitely a help, but it won't get one past all language barriers. We were not always successful in communicating meal requests, especially the non-traditional ones for the kids. But there was always more than enough food and it was always delicious.
The refrigerator is stocked with water and wine for your use. It was made clear that we were to pay for what we used. We did however forget to ask for the price of each beforehand, which would have been helpful.
These comments are noted as pieces of advice to future guests, not as anything critical of the service or staff of the hotel. They were exceptionally kind and welcoming the whole time. We had a wonderful stay and can recommend this place without reservation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in Marrakech medina on the edge of the famous souks, Riad Arabia offers 4 spacious rooms, a beautiful courtyard with plunge pool, palm-trees, fountain and a roof terrace with fine panoramic views of Marrakech. Riad Arabia offers discerning travellers real privacy in homely, atmospheric and stylish surroundings. Traditional Moroccan dishes can be prepared for lunch or dinner. Riad Arabia is ideal for four couples, friends or families and can be rented by room or exclusively. ... more less
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