Having spent many an hour on trip advisor trying to search for the perfect raid for our 4 night stay in Marrakech, I'm delighted that we stumbled across the gem that is Riad Africa. We could not have had a more enjoyable stay, from the minute we were picked up from the airport we were made to feel incredibly welcome by Nick and both Mohammed's who work there. The location is great, a 5minute walk to the main square, and upon arrival we were given a mobile phone to use in case we got lost and Mohammed sat us down with mint tea and a map to familiarise us with the sights. On the second night when we asked for directions to a bar, Mohammed walked us over there! I don't think you can ask for better service than that. Breakfast was served on the roof terrace each morning and one evening we ate dinner there, highly recommended, it was truly delicious.
Nick, the owner of the Riad, was there during our stay and took time to chat to us each day, again making us feel very welcome. We were there just before the start of the busy season, so they were doing a little bit of work on the Riad, mainly cosmetic which wasn't disruptive to us at all, however Nick did check with us each morning that we weren't disturbed, which again adds to the excellent service received by all the staff at the Riad.
It is a shame that people have given this Riad poor or average reviews as there is definitely nothing poor or average about it. If people want a luxury 5* experience then they should go and stay at a souless branded,chain hotel, the whole beauty of visiting a city such as Marrakech is to discover a Riad such as Riad Africa which enables you to actually experience the city fully.
I would struggle to find any faults with Riad Africa and would most definitely reccomend it to everybody who is travelling to Marrakech.
Kirstin and Ashley
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful refurbished first category guesthouse hotel in heart of Marrakech medina with large dipping pool and tropical roof garden. English-Dutch owned and locally managed. Riad Africa is very centrally located in a safe and peaceful residential neighbourhood in the Riad Zitoun Lakdim area of the Medina. Riad Africa has 16 spacious bedrooms and suites themed after Africa's most evocative and fabled destinations. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning, iPod docks, bath robes/slippers, a hair-dryer and personal safe. High speed wireless internet access is available throughout the riad. Guests can cool off in and relax around one of the largest plunge pools in the medina. A tranquil palm-filled courtyard, a comfortable dining room/salon, a massage room, heated plunge pool, juice bar and private roof garden/terrace offer a choice of public areas in which to unwind. A range of health and beauty treatments are available including a massage/treatment room and nearby hammam. Offering easy access (just a 2 minute walk from the taxi stand and bank) it takes just 5 minutes to walk to the bustling Djemaa el Fna square along the popular/easy to navigate Riad Zitoun Lakdim street. An excellent choice of local restaurants, cafes and shops is located within a 5 minute radius on foot, including the highly rated and atmospheric Kosybar. Other attractions located close by the riad include the Mellah, Kasbah and Dar Si Said Museum. Popular with couples, groups of friends and families with older children. ... more less
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