My partner and I spent three nights at this fantastic Riad. It is every bit as beautiful as it appears on the photos here and on their own website. Yes, the exterior gives nothing away, and may even appear disappointing on arrival, but as soon as you step inside, you are in another world. The interior decor is absolutely fabulous; everywhere you look there is something beautiful. We had a wonderful welcome from John, and were greeted with mint tea and little pastries. John and Jane were on hand throughout our visit - able to answer all our questions and give us expert and invaluable background information that really made our stay special. Indeed all the staff were wonderful - and there was a huge amount of flexibility over things like the timing of meals and where you might want to eat (inside or out). Our room was stunning and had a massive bath, wonderful shower and beautiful towels, robes and products all gorgeously presented. Every night the sumptuous cushions were removed from the bed and it was then decorated with flowers and rose petals. We advance-booked our dinner on the night of our arrival which was a really good move. This meal and all our breakfasts were delicious and had we not been so keen to try out as many restaurants as possible during our short stay, we would definitely have eaten here again. The location of the Riad is ideal - just a shortish walk from all the action and John gives really clear directions to wherever you want to go. The transfer from the airport can only have been about ten minutes too. On our second day John and Jane organised a driver to take us on a trip to the Atlas Mountains, stopping at various places en route. This proved very good value and our driver was polite and well-informed and flexible. John also found us a great Caleche (horse and carriage) and negotiated with him to take us somewhere not on their usual route - we would not have been able to sort this out as tourists, so it was much appreciated. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and there was a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere day and night. Indeed the tea-lights and lanterns lit at night made it a magical experience. The pool in the centre of the Riad is lovely and refreshing to plunge into and we also enjoyed the rooftop jacuzzi and sun loungers. We hope to go back to Marrakech again soon and would not dream of staying anywhere else - this is the perfect balance of luxury and relaxation and just staying there was an experience in itself, in the way that a hotel chain could never be. We urge you to try it, you will not be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Riad Hikaya is a luxury boutique hotel located in the royal quarter of the medina, called the 'Kasbah', and only an easy walk from the main square, Jemaa al Fnaa, and the city's other famous landmarks. It took three years of meticulous restoration by local craftsmen and artisans, employing both age old techniques and materials, to transform the riad into what it is today. The two roof terraces, planted with orange, lemon, grapefruit and pomegranate trees, offer superb, open views onto the snow capped Atlas mountains. Guests are welcome to eat in our 'Café Des Epices'or on one of our roof terraces to make the most of the view.Included in the room rate:• Moroccan/Continental breakfast• Remote controlled air conditioning and heating for the cooler months• Fresh fruit & mineral water• Fresh flowers• "Sens de Marrakesh" toiletries• Babouche - his and hers• Flat screen tv / satellite channels• Nightly turn down service with rose petals• Ipod docking station• Free wifi internet access ... more less
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