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Reviewed March 15, 2010

We booked the Riad Ariha after looking at reviews on Tripadvisor. Our stay in Marrakesh was really enjoyable especially the tranquil relaxed air of the riad after the bustle of the Souk's. This clean and well run establishment is everything one could wish for - friendly unobtrusive staff, always smiling and helpful. The breakfasts were excellent, a different local pancake, cake or pastry every day, along with fresh orange juice, bread, jams and sometimes cheese etc. The cook was a gem, producing superb local cuisine for memorable dinners, hearty appetites recommended! The delicious dishes surpassed anything we could find in restaurants.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank 2gotravelling
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Reviewed March 12, 2010

We're a group of four female friends who visited Marrakech for a birthday celebration.
Riad Ariah is calmness personified. Amina and her team are friendly, always smiling and made sure our stay was everything we were looking for.
We stayed in Jasmine and Oleander both of which are furnished in clean simple lines with traditional Marrakech furnishings. The seating area adjoining Jasmine is particularly lovely.
We ate mostly in the riad which provided friendly service and good value for money. It was wonderful to return to the calmness of the riad after a day navigating the warren of passageways that lead you around the Medina.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and have no hesitation in recommending Ariha to future travellers.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank R0se33
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Reviewed March 6, 2010

We stayed for four nights and once inside were delighted with the riad's appearance and cleanliness. Our room, Jasmine was large and beautiful a real retreat from the dusty, busy streets of Marrakech. Amina and her team were incredibly helpful and everything was done with a big friendly smile - we felt genuinely welcomed.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2010

We stayed in Riad ariha at the begining of January 2010. It was our first time in Marrakech so it is difficult to know how it compares to other riads but I can't imagine you would find anywhere better within the medina. The location is not bad - very easy to find. The space inside is great, considering there are only 5 rooms .the roof terrace is really ideal for relaxing after a morning in the souks. We really liked it, Amina was great, very helpful and friendly. she made our stay in marrakesh very Happy and special,we felt with her at home. thanks Amina, We also thought the breakfast was very, very good. I do agree with some of the previous comments, the bedrooms are not big but they are comfortable.
i hope we will be able to go back and see you again.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank elezabeth
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Reviewed February 7, 2010

The good bits:
Riad Ariha is very pretty and calming. It has good sized rooms, very comfortable beds and pleasant, clean bathrooms. There is a small roof terrace, very good home cooked meals and extremely pleasant and helpful staff. The taxi, arranged by the Riad, picked us up at the airport and, though it’s impossible to drive all the way to the Riad, the driver walked us all the way to the door. The taxi journeys were very efficient and relatively inexpensive, as was everything in Marrakech. I bought loads of stuff in the souks and appear to have spent very little!

The less great bits:
The rooms in the Riad are built around a central courtyard, where breakfast is taken, and it is pretty much impossible to escape any noise generated there. We were unfortunate enough to be staying at the same time as a party of Swiss tourists, who were perfectly pleasant, but enjoyed 2 hour noisy breakfasts from 7:30 every morning. Not great, but I guess the Riad staff can’t be expected to tell their guests to shut up! My room was also adjacent to the exterior wall and our sleep was disturbed by outside noise on several occasions.

As for the Riad’s location, no-one could complain that they hadn’t seen real, ‘old town’ Marrakech! Unfortunately, the alleyways close to the Riad were being dug up for maintenance work and let’s just say they don’t appear to be constrained by our health & safety laws! However, once you’ve negotiated a pathway made of 3 planks over a 2 foot hole with your trolley-case, it’s pretty damn easy with a shoulder bag!

In summary, I enjoyed our stay and can’t speak highly enough of the Riad staff, but if I were to go back to Marrakech (which is chaotic, colourful and exciting, but not for the faint-hearted!), I would probably opt for a Riad closer to the centre of the medina. Riad Ariha is a 25 minute walk from the main square (Jemaa el Fna), which we found a bit of a hike, especially if done a couple of times a day. I’d definitely recommend staying in the old town though – we walked to the new town on our last day and whilst it’s less manic and has some nice parks, it’s completely characterless in comparison. I hope this helps.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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