After three days trekking in the High Atlas, my two colleagues and I were looking forward to a well earned rest in Marakech, (In retrospect Marakech itself and the word "rest" are probably not entirely compatible!). After leaving our mini bus transfer we were led down a couple of winding streets until we arrived at a very ordinary looking door. Upon entering we were met with a haven of tranquility that couldn't have been more different than the mele of traffic on the way in.
Mohammed (the resident "do everything" guy) met us with a helpful and freindly smile and this seemed to be his default setting. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he made every effort to make us feel welcome. Our room was beautifully appointed with a 4 poster which I nabbed and an adjacent twin room. The bathroom was lovely and the place was well equipped (TV, i-pod dock, sockets etc.). The rooms were centred around an airy central atrium with a small plunge pool and adjacent lounge area complete with an abundance of sofas, TV and stereo. Here, you may bump into Todd, an American gentleman whos life appears to be far more colourful than my own average life as a Firefighter in the UK. Todd will happily serve as the West meets Africa interface, a sort of human "rough guide" if you will.
We only breakfasted at Riad Africa but it was delicious and I have no doubt any other meals would be of the same standard. I would recommend this place in a heart beat, well situated, clean, friendly and above all calm. I won't say too much about Marakech itself but to have visited Morrocco without visiting Marakech would be an oppurtunity squandered.
Graham Surridge, Northants
- 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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