I recently visited Marrakech with my two children and stayed at Riad Hikaya for 6 nights. Behind the large wooden door directly on the street, is a real hidden gem. As soon as the door was opened, we received a warm welcome from the staff. The Riad is exquisitely decorated throughout and what is particularly noticeable is the serene atmosphere inside the building. There is no noise from the street at all. Our room, Sharaf, was a feast for the senses. The décor is beautiful and colourful and the extra touches – fluffy bathrobes, babouche slippers, high quality toiletries, crisp fresh bed linen, the daily fresh flowers – make the Riad a really special place to stay. At night, the Riad has a magical atmosphere. The huge, colourful lamps are lit up and there is a heady smell of incense throughout the building. Being on my own in Marrakech with two children could have been a daunting prospect, but owners Jane and John are on hand to advise on the best places to visit and are happy to organise taxis, horse-drawn calèches and guides for the day. Our day trip to the Atlas Mountains that John organised was a real highlight. The food was plentiful and delicious and was served on the rooftop terrace. We also enjoyed a hammam spa treatment while we were there. All in all, we came away feeling pampered and refreshed. In a city that has a frenetic and exciting pace, Riad Hikaya is the perfect haven away from the bustle of the crowds. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone visiting this fascinating city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Hikaya is a luxury boutique hotel located in the royal quarter of the medina, called the 'Kasbah', and only an easy walk from the main square, Jemaa al Fnaa, and the city's other famous landmarks. It took three years of meticulous restoration by local craftsmen and artisans, employing both age old techniques and materials, to transform the riad into what it is today. The two roof terraces, planted with orange, lemon, grapefruit and pomegranate trees, offer superb, open views onto the snow capped Atlas mountains. Guests are welcome to eat in our 'Café Des Epices'or on one of our roof terraces to make the most of the view.Included in the room rate:• Moroccan/Continental breakfast• Remote controlled air conditioning and heating for the cooler months• Fresh fruit & mineral water• Fresh flowers• "Sens de Marrakesh" toiletries• Babouche - his and hers• Flat screen tv / satellite channels• Nightly turn down service with rose petals• Ipod docking station• Free wifi internet access ... more less
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