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Riad Ariha, Marrakech medina

Riad Ariha


A beautiful riad in the medina combining the modernity of minimalism with the beauty of Moroccan craftsmanship.

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Riad Ariha is a beautifully restored riad in the Marrakech medina combining the modernity of minimalism with the beauty of Moroccan craftsmanship. It is a centuries-old home in a quiet part of that chaotic jumble of streets and alleyways that is the medina (the old city). Recently completely restored in the traditional manner using authentic building materials, Riad Ariha offers modern comfort combined with the peaceful ambience of a former age. The furnishings are simple yet elegant, emitting an atmosphere of harmony, simplicity and quiet relaxation.

The hotel is built around a courtyard with a central fountain. In one wall there is an Islamic pool, ideal for dipping in to cool off in the warmer months, and made into a sitting area when it is cooler. On the ground floor, the salon is a cosy place to sit and chat, especially in winter when the fire will be lit in the tadelakt fireplace. Up on the first floor is another space to relax, the loggia overlooking the courtyard. Then finally there is a roof terrace with a covered pergola, a Moroccan daybed, sunbeds and of course a great view out over all of the medina, with the Atlas mountains in the distance. There is free wi-fi internet access for guests throughout the hotel.

Riad Ariha has just 5 bedrooms, very individual, each with its own bathroom with shower. One bathroom also has a bath - a tadelakt bathtub beneath a dome where light filters through the glass stars. Very romantic.

Finally, there is the hammam, where guest can enjoy a hot steam bath, or just relax with a traditional massage with essential oils like argan, lavender, rosemary, lemontree oil, thyme, comfrey and eucalyptus. Other beauty treatments can be arranged.

In the Hotel

• Lounge  • Satellite TV and DVD player in salon  • Loggia  • Courtyard patio  • Hammam  • Dipping pool  • Rooftop terrace  • Free WiFi internet access  • Airport transfer available  

In Your Room

• Complimentary safe  • En‑suite bathroom  • Organic toiletries in beautiful Moroccan glass bottles  • Hairdryer  • Air conditioning and heating  

Lemon Tree

Double bed. Ground floor.


Queen-size double bed (or twin beds). Ground floor.


Queen-size double bed (or twin beds). Separate staircase.


Queen-size double bed (or twin beds). Bathroom with bathtub and dome in the ceiling.


Queen-size double bed. Sitting area with fireplace.

Home-cooked Moroccan meals (lunch and dinner) are available to order, made with fresh ingredients purchased from the market and prepared by the Moroccan staff. Meals (including breakfasts) are served in the salon, in the courtyard, in the loggia or on the roof terrace; just wherever the guests prefer. 

Riad Ariha also offers Moroccan Cookery Classes.Due to popular demand and lots of compliments on the tasty food on offer, they decided to offer Moroccan cookery classes to guests.Khadija, the cook, will show you how to prepare authentic Moroccan dishes, such as chicken tajin with pickled lemons, beef tajin with prunes and almonds, salads, and a Moroccan dessert. After the class you can then enjoy your freshly-prepared Moroccan meal in the peaceful courtyard or on the roof terrace.

Place Djmaa el Fna
Colourful Marrakech markets
Medrassa Ibn Youssef
Bahia Palace
Badia'a Palace
Majorelle gardens
Horse riding

Places to visit:
Atlas mountains (the hotel can arrange day trips)

We stayed at Riad Ariha in Marrakech from 4th to 7th July this year.
We were very impressed with the level of service we received, the overall cleanliness and decoration. We absolutely loved the in-house cooking classes with Amina, the walks and talks with Bader the owner of the place and the attention to detail from Hadija. Lovely Amina even cooked some corn bread specially for me because there is no gluten free bread to be found in Morocco. We were very touched by the kindness we were shown. Beautiful team, beautiful place, a great experience for us! We highly recommend this riad to anyone who would like to spend a quality holiday in the heart of the Medina.
Five stars certainly!!!!
30 Jul 2012
Stayed at Riad Ariha from 15/3/11 to 19/3/11, Riad superb all the staff and services provided from prompt taxi service to freindly and attentive staff could not have been bettered in a 5 star hotel. We have already told all our friends & family about the riad & I am sure more bookings will follow through Little Hotels site. Thank you once again.
21 Mar 2011

We may not have as many reviews as some, but we do know their provenance. They have all been written by people who have visited this hotel after booking through Little Hotels. We publish all reviews, unedited, except for the occasional spelling correction.

Here's What Some People Have Written On Other Review Sites or in the Hotel's Guestbook:

"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."

"The Riad was very comfortable, the weather perfect and Marrakech very atmospheric - we had a very relaxing stay."

"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."

Composite Guest Rating: 9.7 / 10
This rating has been calculated by combining data from various websites which publish ratings for Riad Ariha.
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We aim to offer good value and good service for our clients. Guests are welcome to use the common areas of the riad to relax: the salon with fireplace, the courtyard, the loggia on the first floor and the roof terrace with sunbeds.

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Very charming, very friendly. Nothing is too much trouble.

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