As apart of a group of six girls, I can speak for all of us saying the riad is fantastic. A quiet haven amongst all the hustle and bustle of the Medina. I slept on the mezzanine floor of the smaller bedroom, but it was perfect for me and my Mum's needs (a place to rest our head and get ready in clean comfort).
Everything was in working order, there was a bit of an issue when three of us wanted to shower at once, but that was remedied by having system of time management and taking turns - must remember that you're not at home and things are different. You can't judge Morroco on UK standards or you'll never enjoy yourself.
Only five minutes walk from the souks which lead you to 'La Place', it's in a good location. I think only ten minutes drive from the airport, so no stress there. You should be respectful of the traditions, we were all in maxi dresses and full length playsuits with our shoulders covered when needed, you will attract less attention. Whilst it is a cheaper country than ours, you should be careful not to insult when bartering in the souks, offering 100 Dirhams is offering £8 for a huge leather handbag, you have to be fair because even if you pay £20 for something, it's still half of what you'd pay at home.
The plunge pool is just what you need for soaking your feet after a day of wandering the streets of the Medina, such a great feature. All our bedrooms were clean, tidy and suited for our needs, the television channels are limited, but that's of no consequence because if you've come to Morocco to watch TV, you're wasting your time! The roof terrace is great for an afternoon layabout before you get ready to experience the Medina at night time, 'La Place' comes alive at dusk with a dining market - try Stall 114 for a tasty dinner, but also dine in the riad for dinner an have a tagine made by Zahira (the housekeeper), her food is delicious.
Our airport transfers were smooth and efficient, no problems at all.
Radoun (our host) was very friendly, helpful and knowledgable, nothing was a trouble. He booked us into the 'Heritage Spa' one morning and we had a fabulous two hour spa experience for less than 300 Dirhams (about £24).
Zahira was lovely, she was very friendly and patient - despite our lack of French! Zahira recommended a good Henna artist if that's something you'd like to try out, much more appealing than having it done on 'La Place' at night. Mr Ahmed was a quiet friend, working behind the scenes to keep the place neat and clean.
I don't think I could justly fault Maison Africa, definitely five out of five - if you want to be in the middle of it all and are after a mini adventure, this is the place! Watch out for nippy mopeds and bonkers taxi drivers, it's not the UK, so they have completely different ways of doing things.
Nothing to do with the riad, but when flying back to the UK, you can only change your Dirhams back to Sterling on landside - once you go through customs to airside, the majority of the shops only take Euros - only three coffee shops seem to accept Dirhams.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in Marrakech medina on the edge of the famous souks, Riad Arabia offers 4 spacious rooms, a beautiful courtyard with plunge pool, palm-trees, fountain and a roof terrace with fine panoramic views of Marrakech. Riad Arabia offers discerning travellers real privacy in homely, atmospheric and stylish surroundings. Traditional Moroccan dishes can be prepared for lunch or dinner. Riad Arabia is ideal for four couples, friends or families and can be rented by room or exclusively. ... more less
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