“Beautiful budget riad in the medina - a wonderful blend of ancient craftsmanship and modern Zen-chic (5 rooms)”
We stayed in Jasmine, the largest room, and relished curling up by the fireside before bed each evening. Being on the first-floor created an added sense of privacy and a skylight flooded the shower room with sunshine during the day. Jacaranda is similar in size and setting, though it has a fabulous domed ceiling as well as bathtub. Oleander has its own private staircase with lovely French windows overlooking the courtyard and loggia.
On the ground-floor, Rose and Lemon Tree are a touch smaller and open directly onto the courtyard. Their position means the lack privacy but curtains and shutters help combat this.
We found the simple, restful and rather on-trend interiors to be utterly charming. White plaster walls, dove-grey woodwork and crisp white bed linen complement beautiful wrought ironwork, wooden shutters and linen drapes (great for privacy). Ensuite bathrooms come with tadlakt walls and basins, plus good-sized showerheads or bathtubs. There's air-conditioning for the summer, and heaters for cooler winter evenings.
Each morning, we took breakfast in the airy, peaceful courtyard. It’s a simple continental offering, with freshly pressed orange juice, coffee or tea, fresh bread, toast, yoghurt, Moroccan pancakes, jam and butter. The roof terrace is also a popular spot.
For lunch and dinner, its best to request in advance, as the cook buys her ingredients fresh at the market each day (according to demand). If you arrive on a late flight, it’s particularly nice to have supper waiting for you at the riad. You’ll be asked about your preferences but generally traditional Moroccan tagines and couscous are the order of the day - and very good they are, too. The chicken, olive and lemon tagine was the best of our trip.
Light snacks, mint tea and soft drinks are also available, though you’ll probably spend most of your day out and about exploring. 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 selling alcohol.
If you’re after recommendations for local restaurants, the team are happy to oblige.
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; 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