Just returned from 4 nights in Marrakech staying at the RiadEl Arsa with 3 of my 'girlfriends' for my 50th birthday treat, and it was a fantastic treat. Having no prior experience or knowledge of Marrakech at all ( apart from THE film! ) we really didn't have a clue what to expect, but everything was brilliant. After a lengthy wait to get through passport control at the airport, we quickly found the taxi Noël from the Riad had arranged to meet us, and then found our senses completely bombarded by Saturday evening crossing Jemma El Fna. Following our porter down a series of cobbled alleyways looking all very similar, we wondered if we would ever be able to find our way back to the square without a guide ( this was not the case - surprisingly, you do manage to become familiar very quickly with the myriad of souks, derbs, etc).
The riad appeared like an oasis in the middle of this hustle and bustle, calm and serene. It's tiny wooden door ( like something from the Hobbit) led into a stunningly beautiful courtyard, with a plunge pool- an experience, I'm told by my friends who all spent at least 20 seconds in it, that is not to be missed. We had two rooms - the double on the ground floor, and a triple on the first floor. They were both beautifully decorated, and very clean. The owners of the Riad and their staff were exceptionally welcoming and accommodating without being too 'in your face'. They gave us advice on restaurants, what to see and in particular a local hammam experience, which was fascinating. The mint or ice tea and Morrocan sweet, sticky treats when we returned to the Riad mid-afternoon were a lovely touch. After a busy morning sightseeing and shopping, we enjoyed sunbathing on the rooftop terrace until it was time to get ready to go out for our evening meal.
All in all, a wonderful place to stay - would choose this accommodation over a 5 star modern hotel anytime - it's location, personal service and quality of decor can't be beaten.looking forward to a return trip at some point in, hopefully, not the too distant future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the Medina of Marrakech, with easy access, 5 minutes' walk to Jemaa el Fna and other mythical places of Marrakech.Villa El Arsa is an oasis in the midst of excitement and wares of magical red town.Fabrice et Noel welcome you in this bed and breakfast with four rooms,accommodating up to 10 people (2 double bedrooms, one with fireplace and 2 triple rooms, bathrooms tadelakt).We will accompany you in your first visit to the Medina and we can present you the main palaces or places. ... more less
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