My wife (who is 6 months pregnant) and I stayed at Riad Dar Anika for 4 nights. Our stay was excellent and the owner Samir and his brother, own a top notch operation.
The Riad is superbly located--only a few minutes walk to Jemma El Fna and just a few minutes the other direction to many of the sights (Bahia palace, Saadian tombs, Dar Si Said). So it was nice to see one thing, come back to the riad to rest and then head out again.
The Riad itself is beautifully done--very elegant and holding true to the definition of a Riad--it has water (a plunge pool), greenery, and an open roof which lets in lots of sun. Even though the riad is right in the heart of the medina, it is very quiet and once entering in through the door, it is tranquil and relaxing. My wife and I slept very well and we're pretty light sleepers.
The room is tastefully decorated and beds were comfortable. The common areas (lounge, sitting room, terrace) are nicely done as well, and allows one to relax, but not feel confined to being in your room.
Wifi worked well and was nice to be able to stay connected. No TV was a good idea, as it kept noise level down.
The thing that impressed us the most was the staff. They were all extremely polite and attentive, always asking if we needed anything. The staff all spoke English very well and communication (for non Arabic speakers) was easy.
My wife was ill with a stomach bug (which ironically, she contracted in Spain, before we even arrived in Morocco) the first day. Samir and his assistants made sure she was taken care of and provided some nice soup that she was able to eat when she was too fatigued to go out to get something to eat. It was a really nice touch and genuine, not something they did expecting to get money or tips.
Overall, I couldn't find any faults with Riad Dar Anika. I've travelled to nearly 70 countries and stayed in all types of lodgings from 5* hotels, to pensions and hostels. This place is well worth the price you pay and I highly recommend it.
By the way, I don't typically write reviews on places, unless I had a bad experience, but in this case I felt it was worth my time to share my experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad dar anika welcomes you to Morocco, a luxurious and intimate boutique riad situated at the entrance to the old souk and close to the Djemma el Fna.With 12 rooms, individually styled with flair and imagination, a swimming pool and hammam, we believe we offer a truly personal experience, a home away from home where guests can relax in an oasis of calm away from the hustle and bustle of the medina outside.From the very moment you step through the heavily carved door of Riad dar Anika our staff are on hand to ensure your stay is perfect in every way. Every fine detail has been thoughtfully considered from the crisp bed linen and fresh flowers to our authentic Moroccan cuisine. Our roof terrace is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the sun or evening drinks, affording total privacy and stunning views over the surrounding city and Atlas mountains. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Dar Anika Marrakech
- Riad Dar Anika Hotel Marrakech