We stayed at the Riad for five nights at the start of June 2011. The weather was mixed, warm but not overly hot, with light rain on one day.
The Riad is situated inside the Medina (historic core), against the northern most ramparts. For the Medina, it is a relatively quiet part of town, but the outside streets still have a lively hustle and bustle. Inside the Riad, however, it is one of the most tranquil experiences you will find.
We were made to feel very welcome. The friendly staff delivered impeccable service and the owner, Christine, was charming and incredibly helpful.
Breakfast on the roof terrace will be one of our treasured memories. It was always fresh and served quickly. Similarly, for the days that we wanted lunch in the Riad, this was no problem - substantial light meals, which were delicious. The evening meals were also a treat: one evening we ate on the roof terrace, and, on another, we were served in the sumptuous, open air internal courtyard. A magical experience. The food was excellent - authentic, local cuisine – and although there was no choice, this actually made for a home-from-home feeling, which we rather enjoyed.
On other occasions, we ate out, and Christine was helpful in recommending restaurants. That said, for us, the most memorable experiences were cheap – eating in the square and the side streets. No problems encountered, but maybe we were lucky!
Back to the Riad, our room was delightful (no problem with hot water!). The 'Alicia' room is very atmospheric and a joy to wake up in. Purple dominates the décor and the bed is superbly comfortable. Two sinks in the en suite bathroom, and a large bath. An incredibly comfortable superior room that felt like a suite.
The massages in the basement spa were the best that we had experienced. Definitely worth booking one in during your stay.
The Riad has some bikes available to borrow. We went out one morning for a ride around the nearby palmeraie, past a load of camels (technically dromedaries), and through the massive plantation.
Three and a half days in Marrakech is probably enough excitement, particularly for a first trip, so we decided to head out of town for one day. We organised an excursion, through the Riad but organised by a separate company, into the Atlas Mountains in a Toyota 4x4 (the "Japanese dromedary"!). A wonderful experience.
Overall, we would unreservedly recommend the Riad Ayadina. For a blend of luxurious comfort, convenient location, delicious food and welcoming staff, this would be hard to beat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A residence of true charater located a few minutes from the Palmeraie, and the JEMA FNAA saquare. The riad is directly accessible by car.Each of the riad's 9 fully renoveted guestrooms and suites is decorated in its own sophisticaded and personalised style.The riad can accommodate from 20 guests, and may be reserved exclusively.SPA/ HAMMAM/ MASSAGES/ SAUNA/ ESTHETIQUE/ WEEDING/ BIRTHDAYS/ PARTY/ ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Ayadina Hotel Marrakech