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January's typically a gloomy month of careful budgeting and general restraint. But with all the flight sales going on this month, we can feel ourselves being tempted out of our gloomy winter blues. Passports at the ready...
With temperatures currently sitting at a comfortable 20 degrees, Marrakech is the perfect place to experience a little glimpse of winter sun, but without the hefty price tag. And nowhere is that more the case than at the wonderfully atmospheric Riad Ariha, whose room rates in January start at a temptingly low £58. Aside from the handful of inviting rooms (where sumptuous beds clad with crisp white linens and cool stone bathrooms are the order of the day), there's an outdoor courtyard with a small tranquil pool and an enormous roof terrace strewn with loungers and cushions for lazing about on and soaking up the African sun.
ELLEuk.com June 2nd, 2011
"From Buenos Aires to Bangkok, ELLEuk has scoured the globe for the coolest places to stay in style...
Riad Ariha; Marrakech, Morocco
Baan Pra Nond; Bangkok, Thailand
3 Nagas by Alila; Luang Prabang, Laos
1555 Malabia House; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fresh Hotel; Athens, Greece
Frommer's Guide--Riad Ariha chosen to be in the Frommer's Guide.
"Riad Ariha Review
Riad Ariha is at least a couple of hundred years old and was restored with owner Barbara's deep fascination and respect for Moroccan interiors. "Zen meets Morocco" is Barbara's theme for the space, and entering the riad's simple, white-dominated interior is a pleasant and instantly calming surprise. Both a small plunge pool and a linen-draped salon lead off from the small inner courtyard, where bejmat (tile) flooring adds to the earthy and peaceful ambience. Also on the ground floor is a small hammam for two; in-room aromatherapy massages and beauty treatments can be arranged.
Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/marrakech/H60429.html#ixzz1l3CPdY7c"
Recommended on Amazon
Riad Ariha featured in the City Pack Guide and Foldout map
"An excellent little guide - very handy size, light enough to carry around easily. ...
Concise information about the important places to visit and the fold out map is
The Constant Traveller Posted on October 22, 2011
"Well tucked away inside the labyrinthic Medina (Old City) in Marrakech behind a small wooden door, you´ll find Riad Ariha. Riad Ariha is a five-room Riad, owned by a Canadian/Palestinian couple who lives in Canada, but comes to Marrakech every three-month. The rooms are small, but clean and cosy and the Moroccan staff is unbelievable friendly! Theres a nice courtyard where breakfast is served, and a small dipping pool for hot, sore and tired feet – believe me they can get sore after a whole day of shopping in the souks! And its wonderful quiet. Hard to believe you just a 10 minutes walk away from the hustle and bustle of Djemaa El Fnaa. Prices start at 70 euros for a night for a double. During the low season you can usually get at 20 % discount. Definitely a Riad to consider if you´re of to Marrakech."
ELLEuk.com October 7th, 2011
Most riads open upwards to the sky, streaming light into the courtyards during the day and revealing twinkling night skies come sundown. Riad Ariha is no exception. In fact, once you've got yourself thoroughly wrapped up in the serenity of the place, it can be pretty hard to leave. Nowhere is this more the case than when you're up on the roof terrace, with its low-slung seating areas and overstuffed cushions, wrought-iron lanterns and sweeping views over the Atlas Mountains. And if the smell of home-cooked food does tempt you down from the roof, then you're in for a treat – the tagines are well worth it."
Marie Claire March 25 2009
Riad Ariha "There are scores of riad hotels in Marrakech, but this one stands out from the crowd because of its restrained, fresh decor and its exceptional pricing."
UK Daily Telegraph
Souk and find in Marrakesh.
"Where to stay
Riad Ariha, Derb Ahmed el Borj, Sidi Ben Slimane (00212 524 37 58 50, www.riadariha.com)"
Glamour UK magazine November 2006
Affordable, ultra-chic ....
Riad Ariha: This riad is a combination of old world Morocco and modern Zen styling. The white décor is very fresh and clean. The owners are a Jordanian/British couple who live in Canada but frequent their riad. Their staff is top notch and this riad gives extra attention to customer service. A room for two starts at 60 pounds in low season.
Riad Ariha: 90 Derb Ahmed el Borj, Kaa Sour, Sidi Ben Slimane, Marrakech Medina. 212 (0) 524 37 58 50. www.riadariha.com