My friend and I stayed here in May 2012, and this place was a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the busy Marrakech souks.
Located just off round the corner from the Djeema El Fna market, as you turn down the walkway to towards the riad, away from the market, it was amazing how the noise was suddenly gone. It really was peaceful.
Inside the riad, its beautifully decorated, our room was small but adequate. They say air-conditioned, this a little bit of a lie, they have a big floor-standing fan in the room, but not what I would call air-conditioning! But somehow, even though one day the temperature outside was 50 degrees celsius, the riad remained quite cool, and with the help of the fan I found it quite comfortable.
The staff are very welcoming and accomodating. We wanted to leave early one morning for an excursion so they got up early for us to provide our breakfast, which was very appreciated to set us up for our long day out.
The only bad point about the hotel is trying to initially find it, we ordered a taxi and driver said he would take us there. When we got to the market, it was too busy to drive a car through, and he told us he could go no further but the hotel was "just up there". In actual fact, it wasnt particularly near where he dropped us, but that's not the riad's fault, it was us being a little naive and trusting. And any stander-by offering to help you find somewhere will expect to paid once you arrive. We found this out the hard way. Again that's not the riad's fault, that was us being two naive 20-somethings expecting someone offering to help was doing just that.
Once you know where the riad is, its very easy to find again. I would highly recommend a stay here!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Riad des Arts is a traditional riad in Marrakesh. Located just a few steps from the Jamaa El Fna square, not far from Bahia Palace, this inviting boutique riad stands within the narrow streets of the city's medina. There are palaces and souks close by, and the riad is ideally placed for exploring the Ourika valley and the Ouzoud. Airport transfers are available to guests. The hotel terrace offers sweeping views of the medina and the tip of the Koutoubia Mosque. Guests can relax on the solarium and in the hammam, taking in the mesmerising vistas, before retiring to the patio, where palm trees and touches of authentic Morocco frame the glistening pool. Guestrooms at the luxury Riad des Arts are immersed in Moroccan style. Interiors drenched in warm shades feature comfortable furnishings and modern amenities, such as WiFi access. The hotel's two salons offer homely comfort, complete with art deco armchairs, televisions and a fireplace ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Des Arts Marrakech