As a family with 2 teenage kids Riad Africa was perfect for us. In a quiet alley but in the heart of Marrakech Medina, ideally located near to taxi ranks, souks and major attractions this Riad is to be recommended. Staff could not be more helpful and the food was excellent. We felt very welcome with our children and I understand some Riads can be a little hesitate to accomodate families. Do stay in for one of their evening meals, it was one of the best we had all week and we paid for some rubbish in swanky restaurants with no atmosphere elsewhere. Tod was full of recommendations such as the Henna Cafe which is another must and took us on a hike through he Atlas mountains which was a wonderful eye opener. Good sized rooms, clean, well furnished and cosy. We had rooms on the ground floor beautifully located next to the small pool but for more privacy select those on the first floor. The cold water issue mentioned by the last guest should not put you off! The water system is being upgraded and if you turn the sink tap on at the same time as the shower the pressure is high enough to boost the hot water to kick in...then you get a steaming hot shower no problem...just persevere with it, after all, this is a sensibly priced Riad in the Medina , not the Savoy! In the cool winter evenings the log fire in the lounge is lovely. We tended to hog it, the children snuggling up with a book on the cosy sofas quite happily. Don't bother looking elsewhere. Just book. You won't be disappointed.
- 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 ten spacious bedrooms and suites themed after Africa’s most evocative and fabled destinations. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning, iPod docks, a local mobile phone (for contact with riad staff when out and about), 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, hammam, evening 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 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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