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14 Derb Tizougarine | Dar el Bacha, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #828 of 1,046 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Easy.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Easy to find (once you find it if that makes sense) but also easy to hide away if that's what you want

Easy to get to the Djamaa el Fna or The Square (10 minutes walk through an Aladdinesque Dreamscape of stalls and colour and chaos)

Easy to get up to the rooftop and chill out during the evening, listening to the haunting yet jarring calls through the loudspeakers (kind of "Moroccos got Talent" mashed up with Karaoke and a public parade) then watch the stars.. all 100 bazillion of them

Easy to wind your way back to the Riad, relax in the shade and perhaps even snooze off in the afternoon in the shade when you "should" be running around in the Sun and heat and shopping like good tourists are supposed to be doing

Easy to arrange a tour out of Marrakech into the Mountains, savour the air and buy some Argon oil on the way direct from the Coop

Easy to have a quick look through the extensive horror based book collection of Ross and David, get hooked into a Stephen King then spend all night wondering just how did King get to be so twisted..

Easy to find the way too cool Cafe Arab upstairs and just 3 minutes away.

Even easier to visit the hole in the wall kitchen just down the street selling a great beans and bread meal for less than a quid. Delish!

Easy to delay your flight by "just a couple of more days" since you don't want to leave

This Riad and Ross and David make a trip to Marrakech... easy

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

I was at Riad Rahanta one week in March and had a really peasant stay. The place is a typical Marrakech Riad, maintained with the original decor, a lot o plants on all floors, central patio, terrace, typical tiles and stuccos (are they called stuccos?) throughout. It is run by Ross and David, both Scottish, together with the manager Hamid. The ground floor is for guests. There are two double bedrooms with on suite bathroom and two small singles sharing communal bathroom. Ross and David live at the first floor. The place is extremely peaceful and works for both families as well as couples. I found this Riad a very interesting middle range option that allows to stay in an authentic Marrakech house without being charged the extortionate prices of most boutique Riads in this city. Location is truly excellent, in the north part of the medina, ten minutes from the main square. After the first time from the Riad to the square and back, you have learned your way so you can overcome any risks of getting lost. Entrance is a narrow street leading to many similar houses, so pretty safe and tranquil, even at night.
Last but not least breakfast is served with some truly amazing homemade marmalades that Ross prepares, so if you are into marmalades you will love this detail.
I stayed here the first few days with my mum and we occupied the two double bedrooms. Ross helped us to find drivers to go for the day to two places, Essaouira on the coast and Ouirgane on the Atlas mountains, which worked really nicely. In general, for anything you need, it is a good idea to ask Ross, David and Hamid as they are extremely helpful and of course know the place. I stayed the last couple of nights with my boyfriend in one of the doubles and I can safely assume the place is gay friendly and the owners are open minded and relaxed.

Room Tip: There are four rooms in total. The two doubles with on suite toilet are great. The two singles seems...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2011

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!!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

Never having been to marrakech before, we didnt know what to expect. We needn't have worried. On arriving at Riad Arahanta, we were welcomed by David and Ross who were very friendly and full of all sorts of very useful information. Nothing was too much bother to David or his staff and after tiring days out and about we were glad of the peace and quiet of Arahanta, (especially the rooftop terrace) - despite it being right in the heart of the Medina. Breakfast was fresh, plentiful and leisurely and although the riad itself is very traditional, its very clean and represents good value for money. We would definately use it again. Thank you David and Ross, we hope to visit Arahanta again one day.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

Stayed in August for 2 weeks and loved how central the Riad is to the old city . Locals very friendly and not too pushy when buying stuff in the market ,David (Owner) very helpfull and looks after you very well .You are minutes away from the centre of Marrakesh and the daily trip through the various souks is a fantastic adventure and no two days are the same ,All the different colours and smells from the various food/spice stalls plays with your senses and eating out in the Market Square at night is a "MUST ! "
Will i come back ? Yes !

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

great location and david really looks out for you and has lots of contacts to help you get whatever you want . riad a great place to stay and explore marrakesh

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2010

Within the rabbit warren that is Marrakech you are fairly central to the action. Lovely sweet shop and eateries near bye. The hosts charming and always happy to help with suggestions tours etc The staff were friendly and breakfast generous. The riad itself is in slight decline and battling rising damp, but there is a lovely roof top and center court garden to counter balance this. Well stocked library too.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 14 Derb Tizougarine | Dar el Bacha, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #828 of 1,046 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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 

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