We visited here in January 2014 and found it to be a refreshing beautiful comfortable Riad in a maze of the back streets of Marrakech. We had arranged an airport transfer with the hotel which eventually arrived and took us as close as possible to the Riad and then guided us through the narrow streets to Riad Alma. It is a traditional Riad built around a lovely courtyard with water feature. There is a plunge pool and a large roof terrace where it's possible to find your own space on comfortable loungers to soak up the sun. The lounge had a large open log fire which was so welcome on the cool nights and the fresh flowers in the communal areas were amazing - we never did find out where the beautiful scented roses came from! There are only 7 rooms here and we stayed in a junior suite, which was spotlessly clean (as was the rest of the house) and had a large bathroom upstairs. Lovely soft fluffy white towels were provided and quality toiletries. In the bedroom we had a window sofa and coffee table and chairs as well as 2 very comfortable beds which had good quality linen and feather duvets.
What made the stay here so relaxing was that breakfast could be taking at any time so there was no mad rush to get up in the morning. It was disappointing that there was not one piece of fresh fruit seen at the Riad which was strange in a city which has an abundant variety of fruit and a fruit seller on each street corner. It also would have been nice to know what we could expect for breakfast rather than be surprised each morning when it was served. Admittedly had one of us been able to speak French may have helped!
On arrival we were met and given a key to the front door of the Riad meaning we could come and go as we pleased.
We had a hamman and massage one evening in the Riad Alma which was a disappointment as the young girls seemed not to know what they were doing added to which the hot water ran out. They have two couches but only one is a proper massage couch with a cut out at the head end making it uncomfortable. Also the couches are very close together with little room to walk around each of them and to offer couples a massage together is not appropriate as there is not room for two 'masseurs'. I would not recommend having a massage here - there are so many other places to choose from in Marrakech.
Overall it was a beautiful relaxing weeks stay and an amazing find in the hustle and bustle of the magic of Marrakech, would love to return in the warmer months.
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Alma Marrakech
- Riad Alma Hotel Marrakech