From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, Françoise & Bernard could not have been more hospitable hosts. Initially we contacted the Riad by email to confirm methods of payment and straight away we were met with straightforward and pleasant cooperation. Bernard even emailed a photo of himself to spot him at the airport - luckily as there were about 200 folk waiting to collect arrivals! Riad Aragan provided a tranquil haven that you would never believe lies hidden within the mad maze of the Medina, it was a pleasure to retire there after each day of dodging motorbikes and haggling in the souks. Shortly after arriving and relaxing with tea, Françoise accompanied us on the 5 minute walk to the main square (Djemaa el Fna) to ensure we knew our way. When we got there she bid us adieu and left us to begin discovering the Medina for ourselves.
The Riad itself has comfortable large decorative Moroccan en suite rooms, a communal open air atrium with a dipping pool and TV lounge, and a roof terrace with sun loungers and a raised shaded hideaway. The breakfasts are brilliant, with goods being baked especially everyday. The two lovely ladies that make our beds and breakfasts everyday are ever at the ready to serve you. If you find yourself missing a swimming pool, we can recommend paying 200dh per person (approx £16 each for all day access) to use the excellent facilities at the 5 star Hotel, Les Jardins De La Koutoubia, located right outside Djemaa el Fna.
Françoise was always at the ready to answer any questions we had about any aspect of Marrakech (without feeling like we were hounding her too much!). She gave us tips on what to expect to pay for certain items in the souks or for taxis, helped book our camel excursion and advised on good Hammams.
Françoise & Bernard make this Riad what it is, a warm and friendly retreat. You will not go wrong by choosing to stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Riad Argan is situated in the heart of Marrakech one of Morocco's most important cultural centers, walking distance to the famous place Jemaa El Fna. Accommodation: Ground floor: 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, dinning area, living area and dipping pool. Second floor: 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms Third floor: a beautiful spacious roof terrace which one can enjoy the evening breeze; Our cooker can prepare Moroccan dishes at your request. It's decoration and spirit will make you feel in harmony and a profound feeling of tranquility. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Argan Hotel Marrakech