Riad Africa was a refuge from the wonderful chaos of Marrakech! Radoun, the manager, met and welcomed my friend and me with mint tea and a ready smile. Our room (Zambezi), on the second floor, was small but adequate and the bathroom was spacious. The room was dark (probably because of the ceiling paneling) but who wants to spend time in the room except to sleep and then, darkness is helpful. We did enjoy having a coffee/tea pot so we could have tea in the room before breakfast. There was TV (which we never turned on) and a hair dryer as well. We spent our time at the Riad on the lovely rooftop (before our visit ended the resident cat had taken to snoozing in my lap while I wrote in my journal) and enjoyed the benches overlooking the central pool on our level (easier to get wi-fi there too). We had the key to our room and the key to the front door so we could come and go at any hour. We felt well provided and cared for but not smothered. The location is wonderful: a path to Jemaa El Fna (the central square) on one side and the Bahia palace and old Jewish quarter the other way.
I cannot say enough about the great staff. Everyone was kind and welcoming and tried to do everything they could to make it a great stay. Radoun went “above and beyond” in walking me (and my two bags—yes I bought rugs!) to the taxi stand in the morning, got me a taxi and told me in no uncertain terms what to pay. I would stay here again. The surroundings were pleasant but the people made it special
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful refurbished first category guesthouse hotel in heart of Marrakech medina with large dipping pool and tropical roof garden. English-Dutch owned and locally managed. Riad Africa is very centrally located in a safe and peaceful residential neighbourhood in the Riad Zitoun Lakdim area of the Medina. Riad Africa has 16 spacious bedrooms and suites themed after Africa's most evocative and fabled destinations. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning, iPod docks, bath robes/slippers, a hair-dryer and personal safe. High speed wireless internet access is available throughout the riad. Guests can cool off in and relax around one of the largest plunge pools in the medina. A tranquil palm-filled courtyard, a comfortable dining room/salon, a massage room, heated plunge pool, juice bar and private roof garden/terrace offer a choice of public areas in which to unwind. A range of health and beauty treatments are available including a massage/treatment room and nearby hammam. Offering easy access (just a 2 minute walk from the taxi stand and bank) it takes just 5 minutes to walk to the bustling Djemaa el Fna square along the popular/easy to navigate Riad Zitoun Lakdim street. An excellent choice of local restaurants, cafes and shops is located within a 5 minute radius on foot, including the highly rated and atmospheric Kosybar. Other attractions located close by the riad include the Mellah, Kasbah and Dar Si Said Museum. Popular with couples, groups of friends and families with older children. ... more less
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