Behind an unassuming door lies a haven of tranquility that feels more like home than a hotel. We had 4 days here as a family in April which was a real treat. A warm welcome on arrival with a glass of mint tea, and staff that were exceptionally polite and helpful throughout our stay; infact nothing was too much trouble, even replacing one double bed with two singles for the kids.
The owners have spent 5 years refurbishing the hotel and it has been practically re-built to an incredible stand with walls and bedrooms featuring hand-painted designs, and furnished to a standard that would put most 5* hotels to shame. (See photos).
The breakfasts on the sun terrace at the top of the hotel were great - yogurts, fresh pastries and coffee, omelettes etc. We ate there one evening which was a fantastic meal; intact much better than most of the restaurants we sampled.
The roof of the hotel is a nice sun-trap with sun loungers, a jacuzzi and several tented areas to sit and read in the shade. Infact, so nice that it was hard work getting the kids organised to explore the town as they were more than happy chilling on the roof.
The location of the Riad is also great. Its about a 10/15 minute walk to the main square, which means that it is far enough away from the hustle and bustle for a bit of peace and quiet.
John, the owner organised a day trip to the Atlas mountain for us with a driver and a guide when we got there; a great day out and some spectacular scenery.
In summary: can't recommend the hotel and the staff highly enough and wouldn't hesitate to re-book.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Hikaya is a luxury boutique hotel located in the royal quarter of the medina, called the 'Kasbah', and only an easy walk from the main square, Jemaa al Fnaa, and the city's other famous landmarks. It took three years of meticulous restoration by local craftsmen and artisans, employing both age old techniques and materials, to transform the riad into what it is today. The two roof terraces, planted with orange, lemon, grapefruit and pomegranate trees, offer superb, open views onto the snow capped Atlas mountains. Guests are welcome to eat in our 'Café Des Epices'or on one of our roof terraces to make the most of the view.Included in the room rate:• Moroccan/Continental breakfast• Remote controlled air conditioning and heating for the cooler months• Fresh fruit & mineral water• Fresh flowers• "Sens de Marrakesh" toiletries• Babouche - his and hers• Flat screen tv / satellite channels• Nightly turn down service with rose petals• Ipod docking station• Free wifi internet access ... more less
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