Guest Book Entries for Riad Ariha Marrakech
These are some of the entries in our guestbook.
My apologies for any typos and misreadings of text, especially those not in English!
May 17th 2012
What a lucky morment with the riad, spoke with Barbara and Bader, and then arrived to meet Amina. We had our doubts during the walk from the taxi drop off—-All our doubts vanished the minute we walked in the door. What a tranquil balm to the chaos of the souks, plazas and streets. We think only of how we might return . Thank you for our best stay in Morocco.
Melind and Ron
April 30th 2012
Thank you for a wonderful stay in your beautiful Riad
Tash and Ted ?
Thank you all for making our stay in Marrakech so amazing . Coming back out to the chaos into this tranquil home was perfect. The staff are a credit to you, always happy to help . We are very sad to leave this feels a little bit like home now. Food was amazing and the best in Marrakech. Best wishes for the future and we hope all your guests have such a good time, like we did.
Sarah and Dave
Dear All at riad Ariha
Thank you all very very much for the greatest time in your riad and Marrakech.
For all the good directions advice and short stories. Trying the local hammam and eating in your best restaurant in town. We will be back and tell others to come here
Love above all
Andreas and Lotus
February 6, 2012
J’ai passé un tres bon sejour ici.
Tout etait super!!!
Celeste, Joel and Clemente
Thank you so much for a lovely stay in Marrakech. Great hospitality delicious food and fabulous experiences.
Love Rachel D
Thank you very much for a lovely relaxing friendly introduction to Marrakech. Lovely riad. Highly recommend it .
Lucinda and Shane Mckay
To Abdellah, Amina, super chef Khatija – in fact all the staff( including Barbara and Bader). Thank you all. The riad is run beautifully and for the location. The initial culture shock is almost seismic – but with familiarity one unravels the many beauties of this ancient place. We hope others will leave enriched as we have .
Roderick and Hilary
To Barbara, Bader and their team, Abdellah, Amina and the others.
Thank you ever so much for this fantastic week. We enjoyed staying in Marrakech a lot and much of this pleasure is due to your efforts. Explaining the way to certain shops and sights or restaurants. Writing words in Arabic script, explaining crafts like plaster carving.or Tadelakt décor. Telling us about what to do with salted lemons etc.etc.etc. and even getting birthday cake. Extremely nice.
Thank you all for the beautiful flowers and the delicious bread rolls.
August 3rd, 2009
Dear Barbara ,
We are now safely returned home ….having had the time of our lives in Morocco! I just wanted to let you know that we enjoyed every moment of our stay at your beautiful Riad Ariha. I cannot speak highly enough of the attentive staff and the attention to cleanliness……I found myself dying to get up in the morning just to sit in that peaceful courtyard and eat a delicious breakfast before heading out to the madness of the medina. It was the perfect holiday for me and my two daughters. After four days at the Riad, we felt bold enough to do some serious travelling . We asked for assistance and we were put in touch with ‘Mr. Mohammed ‘ who came to the Riad within the hour. He arranged a wonderful trip with a very good driver (Ahmed). We travelled over the High Atlas and on to Merzouga, then looped back through the south up the Atlantic coast. I have never seen such outstanding scenery!
Thank you Barbara …it was a lucky day when I chanced upon your web site. We will remember this vacation for ever and can’t wait to come back and visit all the places we couldn’t cram into this two weeks. My friends are green with envy and I’m sure they will be beating a path to the Riad before long. Whenever I feel stressed I will visualize myself back there sipping mint tea and dipping my toes in the pool….
With very kind regards, Jo , Jessie and Susannah Shane.
July 19th, 2009
Dear Badir, Barbara and terrific staff at Riad Ariha,
Just writing to thank all of you for such a wonderful stay at Riad Ariha. My friend, Joanne and I were made so welcome we felt like we were staying with family. The meals were so delicious I have to say we did not have better food anywhere else. The breakfasts were so peaceful and relaxing in your charming courtyard. We were most appreciative of your help in arranging a trip to the desert which was a grand adventure. Our walk with Badir to a bank machine, through the crowded madina streets in the evening was very memorable, experiencing the vibrancy of the night streetlife.
I have sent some pictures I took and you are most welcome to use any for promoting your Riad. I will post a feedback to i-escape and Trip Advisor as well.
Thank you all again for a great stay. I look forward to seeing you again. All the best success with the new riad, as well.
Ann O’Kelly, Toronto, Canada
June 28th, 2009
We would like to thank you for all the help you provided during our recent stay. You are without doubt a real treasure and you made our stay
that more pleasurable with the assistance you gave us. Thank you.
John Shorten & Lois O’Grady
October 27th, 2008
Hi Barbara, Bader, Amina, Abdulla, Hadija and Fatima,
I just wanted to send you all a quick note to say that I am back in Vancouver and have been fully well since I flew home from Paris to Vancouver on Oct. 23.
Thank you so much for providing me with such a warm welcome and for taking such good care of me when I was sick. You are all so lovely and I look forward to seeing you all again one day – inshallah.
Paris was good. I pushed myself to see a lot even though I was still quite weak and tired. I didn’t end up going to London as I just wanted to get home and get cleaned up and fully rested. I may go there in Dec.
You have such a beautiful riad. It’s like a mini oasis – so tasteful and serene. I’ve attached a few photos that I took there.
Barbara – enjoy getting Riad Azzara up and running. I’m sure it will be gorgeous. I look forward to seeing it one day.
All the very best,
RICHARD FROST [email@example.com]
October 15th, 2008
Just a quick note to thank you so much for everything that you did for us all last week. Julia had a great birthday and everybody had a fabulous time – always a risk, as most of them had never met before! I thought the service we received at Riad Ariha was just superb and nothing seemed like too much trouble.
It really felt like ‘home from home’ and it was great not to have staff telling us what we could and couldn’t do – like drinking gin and tonics in the plunge pool!! Brits Abroad eh! Who would want ‘em!
So please pass our thanks on to everyone and we look forward to meeting you again. Since getting home all 10 of us have been felled by a really nasty stomach bug – presumably caught in stalls at Jemma El Fna, I can really vouch for it being a nasty one – and some have not even gone back to work yet! And I always thought that Gin and Tonics killed germs……..
Thanks again, I have uploaded some nice feedback for you at Trip Advisor
October 31, 2008
Just to let you know that we are back in France having had a fantastic stay at your beautiful Riad.
Everyone was so helpful and friendly and this made the trip very enjoyable.
We wish you all well and will recommend you to anyone we know who wants to visit Marrakech.
Tim,Clare, Sam and Thomas
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Objet : (belated) thanks.
Hello Barbara and all at Ariha,
Thank you so much for my fantastic stay there last month.
I was amazed by your beautiful riad and touched by your hospitality and kind, professional, efficient service.
I felt truly at home there. I’ve been lucky enough to stay at many, many hotels all over the world ranging from grotty English bed & breakfasts to very smart Indian Ocean hotels and I’ve never felt more welcome or comfortable. Not just the physical comfort of the rooms and courtyard but the fantastically relaxed feel of the place which never compromised the quality or discretion of the staff. The generous advice on offer in what is a baffling place for the first-time visitor was priceless and consistently reliable.
The food was the best I had in Morocco and to top it all, the place is has been beautifully restored in a classy, stylish way with pleasing attention to detail and is lovingly maintained.
I look forward to seeing the new place!
Thanks again and please feel free to use this note as you wish (I’m going to write an entry for I-escape and Trip Advisor).
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January 4th, 2008
Just to let you know that we had a very restful 11 days at the Riad Ariha.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, your staff were so accommodating and couldn’t do enough for us. You are extremely fortunate to have hard working loyal local employees. In particular, the lady who manages your kitchen and cooks the lovely meals is a real treasure.
Our flight was five hours delayed, we didn’t arrive until almost 10 pm and yet she was still there to greet us with a smile, a cup of very welcome tea followed by a lovely meal.
We really enjoyed our stay and managed to explore much more of Marrakech than on previous visits. We are still toying with the idea of moving over there on a semi-permanent basis. Now that we are back in Scotland with its grey rainy weather the prospect of moving abroad seems ever more appealing. We spent a bit of time looking at properties and intend to return sometime this year to continue our search. If you have any tips, advice or contacts you would be willing to share, we would be delighted to hear from you as you have managed to buy and set up an excellent business.
Once again, many thanks for a memorable stay in Marrakech.
December 4th, 2007
Thanks so much for all your assistance- we had a fabulous break and really enjoyed our time at the Riad.
Many thanks again,
September 3rd, 2007
Just a quick email to let you know what a wonderful stay we had at the Riad Ariha. It is such a beautiful little hotel, and Abdhul was just lovely and so helpful. We loved our weekend in Marrakesh, and it was great to be staying somewhere so central and yet quiet and peaceful! The breakfast, and the mint tea, was all fantastic.
We will certainly recommend the Riad to our friends, and I’ll write quite a review for Venere.com when I get a chance.
This is a little dose of heaven in four walls! Enjoyed the room and fantastic starry bathroom, the breakfasts in the courtyard and breezes on the roof.
A great place to go to dinner near here is Dar Zellij near the riad (400 dh pp) with a great roof garden that serves a cold Casablanca beer!
Thank you! Jo and Ian (at Rick’s 50th)
June 6th, 2007
Thank you for making my first visit to Morocco such a memorable one – I will definitely be back.
You really made our stay wonderful. Thank you for your kindness and wonderful food.
Julia Horbury (chief hen!)
Thank you all for your wonderful hospitality. We’ve had a fantastic time and it has been so lovely to come back to such a calm, peaceful oasis after hard days shopping in the souks! Delicious food and excellent hosts. I’ll definitely be back.
Jessica Bradley (one of the 9 hens!)
Thank you for a wonderful time and your kindness. It has been an amazing trip.
I’ve had the most amazing break!
Thank you so much.!
June 5th, 2007
Guest review for the Riad Ariha, Marrakech (10-14.5.07).
The Riad Ariha is a great place for a house party.
Cool tranquil colours create an air of relaxation while Abdullah and the staff offer an excellent service – there when you want them, otherwise unobtrusive, quietly going about their business, and, at all times happy and tremendously helpful. We hired all five rooms for four days to celebrate a 50th Birthday party with eight other friends. It proved to be the perfect choice.
It’s not the grandest of riad’s – it doesn’t pretend to be, and is all the better for it. It is clean, calm, wonderfully comfortable (we wanted to take our mattress home), and laid back. The rooms are nicely furnished and there are plenty of fresh flowers and candles around. For first time visitors, you’ll get all the advice you need from the staff, including guides and drivers – and do make good use of the hamman and massage service. We did!
Breakfasts are simple, fresh and wholesome, while, if required the staff will prepare evening meals, again using fresh produce. They arranged a wonderful birthday feast for us on one night even contributing with a home made birthday cake.
Finding the villa is an interesting experience, but the villa is able to arrange airport transfers using taxis that will take you to the door. Once familiar with the route part of the pleasure with the Medina is getting lost and then trying to find your way home again. If you fail there are plenty of children eager to act as your guide for a pretty small payment.
We plan to return again as soon as we can, this time with our two younger children who we feel will be equally at home there and look forward to it. Highly recommended.
Rick Bond. Devon, England
June 4th, 2007
I can’t believe that it’s getting on for a month since our stay at Riad Ariha. I’d every intention of writing as soon as we returned, but have been so busy ploughing 16 hour days into my business that all such good intentions went astray.
Anyway, I hope you’ll forgive the delay as I write now to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to you and all the team at the Riad for the most memorable of holidays.
I’m sure you are used to receiving glowing reports by now, and that this is one of many, but I’m happy to add my name to the list of those who have have a enjoyed the truly pleasurable experience that is Riad Ariha. It was quite a discerning bunch that you had too cater for, including journalists, a government minister and a number of us who are experienced the fine art of guest accommodation – and you succeeded in surpassing all our expectations. I can’t think of a better way to have celebrated my 50th birthday.
It was all the more memorable, for the birthday party that your staff laid on for me on the Saturday night. We were all delighted with the feast and in particular my birthday cake. And do thank the staff – they were all wonderful. In fact it is the combination of the tranquil luxury of the villa coupled with their unobtrusive, but so friendly and happy attitudes that makes Riad Ariha so outstanding.
We certainly want to return, this time bringing our two children with us if that’s possible, as we’d like them to taste Marrakech’s culture experience. We’d like to combine it with a few days on the coast or perhaps a trek in the High Atlas – away from the main tourist trail. All advice welcome!
My very best wishes – and thanks again.
Sincerely, Rick Bond
A home from home – thank you so very much for your kind hospitality. You’ve made it very difficult to leave~
What a fantastic way to experience Marrakech. The riad and the staff and Barbara and Bader all made the visit absolutely charming. Thank you very much.
Cindy, Alison and Anna x
Delicious mint tea and never-ending hospitality will be my abiding memories of this place. Thank you so much.
Thank you for a great time and excellent hospitality.
Thank you – a great stay, wonderful food, good company, a small piece of paradise. Margaret and Robert (at Rick’s 50th)
Well, they did ‘invent’ the word ‘oasis’
We have had the most wonderful time here – peace, tranquility and good company. I’m sure this won’t be my only entry in this book!
Rick and Charlie Bond May 2007