Villa el Arsa is conveniently situated in a quiet street yet only 5 minutes walk from The main square. The road has had a recent makeover and is beautifully clean, well presented and tastefully furnished.
However, it's the welcome to Marrakech that will make the difference. Noel met us at the taxi point, led us back to the riad and made us so very welcome. He took us on a guided tour of the medina, pointing out places of interest, where to (and where not to) eat and where to shop. We'd recommend Le Jardin restaurant - not easy to find but we'll worth the effort. We'd also highly recommend eating in the riad as Fabrice is an amazing chef (he also runs cooking classes) and Simo, the breakfast chef, provides a beautiful breakfast including Fabrice's luscious homemade jams and marmalades.
We wanted to go into the Atlas Mountains but not especially on a tour bus. Noel arranged a private tour in an air conditioned taxi which we'd highly recommend. Our driver, Adil, spoke good English and took us on a 9 hour breath-taking tour of the Atlas Mountains. The tour cost 1000 dirhams (about £76) for 4 including petrol cost! An absolute bargain!
Thank you Noel, Fabrice and Simo. You made our stay in Marrakech an excellent experience.