“Beautiful budget riad in the medina - a wonderful blend of ancient craftsmanship and modern Zen-chic (5 rooms)”
The overall décor is simple and restful: you get white plaster walls, dove grey woodwork, arches in doorways, crisp white bed linen. Colour is restricted to bold hues such as the fuchsia, flame, royal blue and black you find detailed in rugs, throws, the odd cushion, acting as a contrast to the white linen. Windows have beautiful wrought ironwork, wooden shutters and linen shades for privacy. Expect to find decorative arches instead of headboards, and niches next to the beds with reading lights which you can actually read by. There's air-conditioning for the summer heat, and heating for cooler winter evenings.
Every room has its own ensuite bathroom with tadlakt walls, sinks with traditional taps, and good-sized showerheads.
The largest room is Jasmine, which has its own sitting area with a fireplace, and a bathroom flooded with light from a skylight. Jacaranda, also with a sitting area, is the second largest room. Its bathroom boasts a fabulous domed ceiling as well as bathtub, shower and 2 sinks. Oleander has its own private staircase with lovely French windows overlooking the courtyard and loggia. The smaller rooms, Rose and Lemon Tree, are on the ground floor and open onto the courtyard. They do lack some privacy, although curtains and wooden doors help combat this. Couples should bear in mind that the double bed in Lemon Tree is narrower (140cm) than the other rooms (160cm or 2 x 80cm beds).
You can enjoy meals all over the riad - in the courtyard, the salon, the loggia or on the roof terrace - and at almost any time of day. The simple continental breakfast consists of freshly pressed orange juice, coffee or tea, fresh bread, toast, eggs, yoghurt, Moroccan pancakes, jam and butter.
All other meals are ordered in the morning or the night before so that Khatija can go to the market to buy fresh produce. You can also order food in advance of your arrival so dinner is waiting when you arrive.
Light snacks are available - usually sandwiches, soup and salad - to more substantial dishes like pastilla and couscous. Lunch and dinner are served with hors d’œuvres of hot and cold salads and finish with dessert which can be fresh fruit, a tart or cakes. Both Moroccan, Middle Eastern and European cuisine is available although most go for traditional fare such as delicious lemon chicken tagine or lamb and apricot tagine.
Mint tea and a range of other soft drinks can also be ordered all day. In common with much of Morocco, the riad does not serve alcohol, but guests are welcome to bring their own - staff can provide a map with the address of a local supermarket where alcohol is for sale. The staff can also suggest any number of fine restaurants if you wish to dine out.
Children are welcome at Riad Ariha.
Rooms Jacaranda and Jasmine are big enough to accommodate an extra bed or baby cot; for bigger groups, the riad can be booked in its entirety and some rooms made up with twin beds.
Babysitting available by arrangement.
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking