Riads are such great designs - an open air courtyard with rooms around the perimeter....and a roof terrace. Arahanta had such a wonderful feel. Ross and david, the owners, were very friendly and helpful with lots of local advice (ask them about the nearby restaurant with the vegetarian tagine - insist on preserved lemon being added). They organised for us to be collected before we blindly walked from the taxi into the Medina - even after 4 days in Marrakech the alleys and side alleys remained a maze. Breakfast was served by a local helper who had a beaming smile and produced a wonderful array of fresh food. We took lots of time over breakfast in the courtyard. Tasty coffee and blue skies.....this is the life!! The Medina is a huge bustling bazaar full of locals, tourists and mad people on bikes - I loved it - but it was great to return to the relaxed Arahanta for a lunchtime rest. Everything about the riad was spot-on...clean...homely...clothes lines in the sun...quiet......great breakfasts and a wonderful cheap restaurant jusrt around the corner. Highly highly recommended!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is a traditional riad decorated in the Marrakech family, not French, style. Upgraded facilities are of a modern standard. Personal service is the key here and unlike many other riads this is a family and child friendly establishment. Its location at Dar el Bacha (the safest quartier of the medina) means that the main attractions are nearby and easily accessible. Breakfasts and maid service are provided and guests also have the opportunity to avail themselves of the kitchen facilities. There is a large roof terrace with a pergola for shade. The owners are resident and are always available to offer their advice based on 12 years living in Morocco. ... more less