We arrived in this beautiful riad quite late in the evening but were welcomed with warm smiles and instant attention, the mint tea and home made biscuits followed closely. The immediate reaction is the sheer elegant sophistication of decor and furnishings - no expense appears to have been spared on selecting the most fitting item to show off every corner etc. Someone with great artistic talent has been in charge here. A wonderful collection of plants which are at home in the two beautiful internal courtyards help to set off a small lounge area as well as the pool area with dining area close by.
Our bedroom was simply furnished but with typical old Moroccan furniture. The bed was very comfortable with thin duvet type coverlet. An empty fridge had been set working so was already cold should we have needed it. The windows in the room all open out into the courtyard so there is a rather dim natural light. Air conditioning was provided. The large marble bathroom provided a large bath with shower over and the washbasin had unusual toiletries provided. All worked to perfection and nothing was missing.
May favourite place was the expansive roof area with several plants growing in large terra cotta pots - bougainvillea etc. amongst other items whose names were unknown to me. The views around are stunning - at a distance the tower of the Katoubia Mosque, the roof of the El Bahia Palace which is a short walk away and costs a mere 10 dirhams entry. Ahead and to the right are the Atlas mountains but in the foreground the busy city scape of the medina, in which Ksar Anika stands. To the right foreground are the Jewish and Muslim burial grounds
The all important food was very good. Breakfast consisted of a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, cereal, fruit salad, pancakes with a choice of jam or honey, tea and coffee. Plenty of freshly made Moroccan bread and butter available. Dinner gave choices of good soup, simple salads, tagines, omelettes etc. The sweets too simple but good and with fruit. The menu is not large but we found it perfectly adequate and unusual. The weather was hot and we were not desperately hungry.
Jmaa El Fnaa was not too far for us to walk. Just turn left out of the hotel and follow that road - although it turns to left and right before arriving in a small cross roads where, just to the right is the El Bahia Palace, but ignoring this continue forward then to the left and into a large area - this will be Place des Flerbontiers. In the square you will have a choice of 3 ways. Take the first very narrow street and this eventually leads directly into Jmaa El Fnaa. A word of warning re taxis. We were told that Petit taxis used their meters. Not true! Only one of the 3 we used did so. The other problem is that to get by taxi to the Riad either you have to walk back from Place des Flerbontiers because the little street is One Way, or you get a taxi to the Cemetiere Juif - Jewish Cemetery. If you say Riad Ksar Anika, first they probably won't know it because there are so many and secondly they are associated with affluent tourists! The fare would rise accordingly. So you have to be crafty over this.
All this said, the experience is well worth the efforts - 2 or 3 days is all we could stand of the crowds, traffic, motor cycles, touts etc. Read all about it in a guide first to get the best experience.
- Also Known As:
- Ksar Anika Hotel Marrakech
- Ksar Anika Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ksar Anika - an oasis of peace in the centre of the medina of Marrakech. Designed and built from ground up by the owners of Dar Anika it is intended to be your home from home where your holiday can be as exciting or as tranquil as you would like it to be. A blend of traditional and modern decoration lightens a traditional riad design: space, light, peace and tranquility in the centre of the souq. ... more less