Riad Arahanta

Marrakech, 40000, Morocco
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Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 2 reviews
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Service extraordinaire in a medina sanctuary

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 2, 2004

At a high season price 800 dh (about US$80) it may be more expensive to stay in a riad than at a hotel (like the Hotel La Gallia, for example, at about US$35), but this riad is well worth it.

Marrakech can be very overwhelming for first-time visitors, and these charming and personable hosts manage to eliminate the stress without removing any of the excitement. They're obviously in love with their adopted city.

Unique Quality: Attention to detail and truly personal service are the hallmarks of this riad. The hosts, David and Ross, are originally from Scotland, and they also speak French and Arabic. A walk with Ross to the main square is like being on a royal walkabout -- everyone wants to shake his hand.

The four guest rooms are built around a beautiful tiled courtyard, where a lovely breakfast is served. David and Ross live in the upper floor of the riad, and with prior arrangement will cook dinner for you.

There are two doubles with ensuite at 800 dh, and two singles with bathrooms right beside the room for 330 dh. We were there in September and although the weather was quite hot, we found the temperature in our courtyard room perfect for sleeping, even without air conditioning. There were fresh flowers in the room when we arrived, and the bed was supremely comfortable. Terrific shower with plenty of hot water.

Airport pickup and drop-off can be easily arranged, and I'd strongly recommend taking them up on the airport pickup because the riad is tucked away in a neat part of the Medina, past the point where vehicles can go. At 100 dh (about US$10) it’s a little more than a regular taxi, but I’d say from experience that it’s the way to go.

Check out the website for further information, but the photos don't really do it justice. The courtyard is bright and airy, and the rooftop terrace is lovely too.

Directions: Phone them when you arrive, or get picked up. You'll never find it otherwise since not all the street names are marked.

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a tranquil haven in the bustle of marrakech

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 1, 2004

This Riad is just wonderful. Dave and Ross from Scotland own the Riad. It was great for us because they spoke english and gave us mountains of tips.

They have a local man, Hamid, who is a great help with local shopping etc.

When we arrived at the Marrakech airport, their driver, Mustafa, was waiting for us to deliver us to the riad. They arranged for us to go to the atlas mountains on 2 seperate days. They use the same grand taxi drivers for all their guests. The cab drivers were just the best. My friend lost his passport in the back of the cab and the cab driver had contacted Hamid before we even realized it was missing! They were calm and cautious drivers, which was good news over the mountain areas!

We had the single rooms, which were perfect. They were next to one another and entered through our own private door. The cost was $28.00 which was a great price. You should stay here just to hear their stories about buying the riad, they had to have an exorcism in the one bathrorom because the local workers said a djinn (spirit) was in the drain. Don't worry though the djinn is gone and replaced by an endless supply of hot water!!

Unique Quality: Each morning we had a wonderful breakfast in the courtyard waiting for us when we awoke. We had eggs, yogurt, coffee or tea, jam, delicious bread, fruit, tomatoes, etc.The real owner of the Riad seemed to be Atomic, the cat. She made a daily appearance over the 2nd floor railing and was quite a character.
It is a wonderful 12 minute walk from the square. You pass through the souk area and arrive at quiet mysterious lanes on the way to the riad. Inside the Riad, it is amazingly tranquil.

You can go up on the roof and relax and bask in the sun. You might get to share the roof with Fred, the local roof cat who jumps across the various rooftops to come and visit.

Directions: by the king's palace

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