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.
The building is centuries old, but newly and sensitively restored using authentic materials and traditional forms: tadlakt walls, wrought-iron window grilles, sculpted arches and alcoves.
Harmony and simplicity are the watchwords. Elegant furnishings sit beside white walls, a small pool hides in an alcove, the sound of water from the courtyard's fountain soothes the spirit. It's a real oasis in this bustling quarter of the medina.
The 5 comfortable ensuite bedrooms are all white, with splashes of flame and purple in cushions and bed spreads. A tented roof terrace offers views over the city roofs towards the snow-capped Atlas mountains, an ideal spot for afternoon mint tea.
Staff are welcoming and helpful; nothing is too much trouble. And, to ensure you feel refreshed after exploring Marrakech, a private hammam and beauty treatments are on offer. Delightful.
Riad Ariha in the Marrakech Medina is a charming guesthouse with 5 rooms, with doubles costing from €65 for bed and breakfast.