Riad Ariha

90, Derb Ahmed Elborj - Sidi Ben, Slimane, Kaa Sour - Médina, Marrakech, 40008, Morocco

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    BEST riad in Marrakesh (at a decent price)


    Fantastic Riad in the old city/Medina (exactly where you want to be staying) - extremely friendly and helpful staff -
    beautiful rooms ( 5 rooms in total -you can rent the place for yourself ) with good size bathrooms, good showers, hot water, heaters, aircon, hairdryer etc....everything you need. Rooftop terrance with sitting area (sofa) - very cozy. Breakfast served outside - whenever you get up --- they have their own chef who can make you food when you want. Everything was also very clean!
    Owners and staff will tell you everything you need to know - and even follow you through the "labyrint streets" until they are confident you will find the way on your own. HIGHLY recommended to anyone!

    Unique Quality: Rooftop terrace, small dipping pool, chairs and tables in the courtyard, sofa area on balcony on second floor, all rooms beautiful - dont matter if it is on ground floor, still very private. One restaurant and small shops just steps away, the main square (Djerma el fna) 15 min walk away.

    Directions: Taxi from airport cost 100 mad (order via hotel for pick up) approx 15 minutes. At road end you will need to walk through a narrow street labyrint - approx 5 minutes - there are porters who will carry your luggage for 10-20 MAD tip.

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by tdumont about Riad des Droles

Très simple d'accès, le riad se situe en plein coeur de Marrakech, à 3 min à pied de la place jemaa el fna. Rénovée dans le plus pure tradition marocaine, cette maison " riad marrakech " vous offrira les charmes de l'habitat traditionnel du Maroc et tous les avantages du confort moderne. Autour du Patio de cette riad Marrakech où chuchute la fontaine, vous apprécierez l'agréable sensation de vivre tout à la fois dans un univers intérieur et extérieur.

Vous profiterez des 100m2 de solarium en terrasse avec salons de jardin, transats, parasols, salon d'été, du salon d'hiver et de sa cheminée, sans oublier le panorama très typique sur les toits de Marrakech.

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by LEWISCAROL about Dar najat !!!The riad

The moment you walk through the doors of Dar najat you are transported into an oasis of calm and tranquility, which is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the Medina.
The Riad itself is absolutely stunning, the decor is beautiful and the attention to detail is second to none.
We stayed in the walida room , and again the comfort and decor was incredible.
As we stayed for 8 days we ate at the Riad on a couple of the evenings and the food vas fantastic it was the best chicken tagine we had ever eaten. Breakfast was also lovely!
However the thing that really makes this place so wonderful are the staff, nothing is too much trouble for Olivier the owner and his team.
Olivier puts you at ease from the minute you arrive and makes you feel like you are at home.
He is a wealth of knowledge of what to do and where to go in Marrakech and his advice and suggestions are invaluable. Like AZZAR the lebanese restaurant.
The whole team of staff are amazing and the service they provide is really second to none.
This really is a truly amazing place, everything about is absolutely spot on, we cannot wait to return. After a few emails between Olivier and I ,our stay was booked and he offered to have us picked up from our first destination which was Essaouira - 3 hours away from Marrakesh!!!

I am not going to repeat what I have written on here other than to say that I can't think of a more perfect place to stay when in Marrakesh. It really is an oasis of calm in a city of chaos and from the moment you arrive you are made to feel relaxed, taken care of and at home.

Nothing is too much trouble and Olivier and his staff go to great efforts to ensure that you get the best out of your stay in the city - from booking restaurants, arranging trips out or a driver for the day, to giving you a mobile phone so you can call the Riad if you get lost or have any problems (what a lovely touch!)

We were accompanied by a member of staff during the evenings from the riad to the area where the transport can get to so we didn't have to walk down dark alleys at night on our own, and when we returned there was always a member of staff waiting for us to escort us home again! What a service! We really appreciated this and it meant that we could relax and enjoy ourselves in the evening without being concerned about what time we were coming home and walking home in the dark

The attention to detail in this Riad is second to none and many other hotels around the world would do well to stay here see how it should be done!

The only down side was that our trip was too short! There is so much to do in and around Marrakesh that 8 days is just not long enough.... the upside is that we have a bonefide excuse to go back!!! And I can't wait!

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by johnsakura about Riad 107

I stayed here for 1 week after I decided to come to Marrakech for a couple of weeks. As for working reasons I has to stay up to 3 weeks and tried 3 new accommodations around Marrakech.

This is a fantastic place where all the house is newly renovated with all the best quality you can imagine.

The owner is a French lady called Mathilde Lemoelle and she takes really good car of the house and along with the staff Simo, Beihja, Alaziza and Siham this was really my house for many days. The decoration is just amazing, blending simplicity, useful concepts and lux. The bathrooms are really nice all with Moroccan Riad style all made in traditional tadlakt which is a special way of making construction. It does look good!

I also tried the massage services that are combined with Hammam which is a Moroccan steam bth that really clean you out, followed by a massage.

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by johnsakura about Best Riads and Guesthouses in Marrakesh Morocco

If you need to know where to stay while in Marrakesh, here is a great site to visit, a list of the best 31 places to stay in Marrakesh. 7 levels of prices, from 50 euros to 400 euros per night. you choose. While many people write me asking about accommodation in marrakech, you don't have to write anymore. all you need is here (info from their website). you have a wide choice of places to stay, all great private houses that give yyou a different taste of Marrakesh, you actually get away from all those big noisy hotels.

links here:
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by lucieaw about Riad Papillon at Marrakech-Riad Marrakech Morocco

My recommendation is for visitors to Marrakech looking for a romantic holiday to consider staying in a riad rather than in a conventional hotel. I must explain that I am speaking from a biased position as the owner of a newly renovated riad hotel in the centre of Marrakech medina. However, having stayed in many good hotels and riads I am completely convinced that a riad is far superior if you want a romantic atmosphere and to get a feel for the real Moroccan culture. Our riad-riad papillon is just one of many hundreds of beautiful riads to find in marrakech.
Riads offer you the chance to experience candlelit rooftop dining, most riads will have a dipping pool to cool off during the heat of the midday sun or at night time. All riads have a courtyard often filled with trees and plants-an oasis to rest after visiting the crazy souks or getting lost in the medina winding streets.
I would suggest that people with mobility problems would probably be better off in a hotel so that a taxi can come to your doorstep. Parents of babies or toddlers would be better suited to a hotel because the noise carries in a riad whereas a hotel makes the noise more anonymous! I am suggesting staying in any riad in preference to a hotel if you want atmosphere. Our own riad hotel is of course a wonderful example (but then I would say that wouldn't I?) Check out our website for yourself and make up your own mind. http:// www.marrakech-riad.co.uk

Riad Papillon at Marrakech-Riad has 5 ensuite bedrooms with tv, dvd, ipod docking station, minibar and beautiful contemporary decoration with moroccan colours and craftsmanship.

We have solar heating and have tried to make as many eco friendly decisions in our renovation as we could using the services of an eco minded architect.

We are in the best neighbourhood in Marrakech just 10 minutes interesting walk to the centre and yet in a very safe area near to the taxi rank, Musee de Marrakech and Pasha palace. It is a great place for women travellers as it is so safe-even at night time.

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by jo-allyn about Riad Arahanta

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!! 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.



Having stayed in some 20 riads on previous visits and having read the reviews for this riad on another forum we were a little sceptical as to what we would find at Riad Safran.

What we actually found was in its price range the best riad we have ever stayed at [knocking spots off a lot of more expensive riads], the evening we arrived there was torrential rain and flooding but when we walked through the door all was peace and calm, the rooms were as described on their web site, some of the largest rooms we have ever stayed in, and contrary to previous reviews we found the lighting to be perfectly adequate. We had pre-booked a meal through Shona the owner and were pleasantly surprised to be asked if we had any dietary needs, one does not usually get this choice in Morocco, the meal was excellent [a fantastic introduction to moroccan food and service for my two family members making their first visit].

Next morning the breakfast was superb, again being sceptical about peoples description of how close they are to the square we found that even accompanied by an 80 year old we reached the square in 4 minutes.

We did arrange a day trip to Sette Fatma through Adil the riad Manager and although we probably could have got cheaper transport the taxi which turned up was a new people carrier with an english speaking driver who catered to our every request for stops etc [for those who have not travelled in Morocco taxis generally leave a lot to be desired] so it was well worth paying the small extra charge.

Adil also organised a Riad for our last night in Marrakech as Riad Safran was fully booked and again he came up trumps, we fail to understand why some previous reviewers seem to have it in for Adil as we found nothing was too much trouble for him and as he spoke excellent english he was able to cater to all our strange english ways, all the staff were extremely friendly and helpful although not overbearing.

The only negative thing about giving this riad the excellent review that it merits is that when we try to book for our next stay it may be fully booked.

Finally we can only say we highly recommend you give it a go you will not regret it. Large rooms, friendly staff, manager speaks very good english, great location, excellent breakfast, very clean and well decorated, very reasonably priced.


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Forum Posts

To Marrakesh residents

by Gints

Me and my wife comming to Marrakech 29.12.2006 and stay until 1.01.2007. I don't like book hotels, but on this forum good people advice me to do so, because of busy New Year time. I tried, nad guess this doesn't work:) Full everywhere (of course You can book some hotels for more than 400 USD per night, but we aren't rich family - just travellers:)
So I heard that Marrakech is cheap and good places where to sleep, but they are not registered in interenet booking companies. Also somebody said that it is possible to stay in some local family home. If somone from Marrakech can help us with acomodation, we'll be very thanksfull. Thanks!

RE: To Marrakesh residents

by JamalMorelli

Man, boo. You are really throwing yourself to the mercy of the court! Thank God there's plenty of mercy to go around -

Try this e-mail address both as a primary contact and msn messenger


Also check out this ol tip of mine ... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tp/17a365/

- that family can help. Super cool people.

Also maybe PM Kerst who is way more intelligent on these Marrakesh matters.

Take care and don't eat poo,

Jamal Morelli

RE: To Marrakesh residents

by richardkanon

hi there i live in Spain.I am british algerian. the best for you is to enter the new google web site for Marroco www.google.co.ma seach for marrakech acoomodation/pension , you get a list of choice select RIAD MARRAKECH the 6th down the list ,the main site is www.marrakesh-hotels.info .go to the RIAD section which is like a deluxe guest house go down the one called marrakech riad Celia Medina it is IN the center of Marrakesh it very beautifull and only cost €40 per night, have Happy new year , I might be there as well . Richard
Email: richardkanon@vt


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 Riad Ariha

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Address: 90, Derb Ahmed Elborj - Sidi Ben, Slimane, Kaa Sour - Médina, Marrakech, 40008, Morocco