Several things make Riad Andalla so amazing.
Firstly, it is ideally located 5 minutes walk from the Djemma el Fna in the Medina. It's really handy to be so close to the action and there are a lot of things to see and do (including the souks) within a very short walk. There is a little bit of noise in some rooms from the square, so take earplugs if you're a light sleeper. We were also woken at 04.15 every day by the call to prayer from the mosques, though I imagine this would be the case at any place in the Medina. The Riad also felt very safe; you have to knock to enter and the staff will let you in.
Secondly, the building itself is beautiful. The central courtyard (ground floor) is lovely with lots of little areas to sit in. The bedrooms are spacious, very clean and comfy and beautifully decorated. My group had four rooms in total - large group - and all were individually decorated and a bit special! Most importantly, the roof terrace is AMAZING! It looks right out onto the Djemma el Fna and it's fascinating to sit up there at breakfast and dusk to watch the character of the square changing.
Last, but not least, is the personal touch and extraordinary welcome from the owner Christophe and all of his staff. When we arrived (very early, before our rooms were ready), we were given mint tea and biscuits on the roof terrace, and Christophe gave us the lowdown on Marrakech. He recommended restaurants (good ones and ones to avoid), told us about good places to visit, how much taxis should cost, how to barter in the souks, where to get a good hammam, etc etc. He also booked us a restaurant one night and a hammam the next day (Isis - very good). Nothing was too much trouble for him and his staff, and the advice he gave us really gave our trip a special edge.
I'd go back there in a flash and have been recommending Riad Andalla to all of my friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional House, Riad Andalla, typically charming and full of Moroccan warm and friendly, is ideally situated on the famous, mythical and magical Djemaa el Fna, at the gates of the souks and the center of many historic monuments. Riad Andalla has 6 rooms and 2 suites decorated with passion and originality, and has the most beautiful terrace in Marrakech: Riad Andalla offers a unique view, unique and the Treasures of Marrakech, such as the Djemaa el Fna, the archetype of Islamic monuments, the Koutoubia and the majestic mountains of the Atlas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riad Andalla Hotel Marrakech