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Riad Sofia
179, Derb Arset Aouzal | Bab Doukkala Near Dar El Bacha Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #362 of 1,149 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Great Cornard, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“AMAZING!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Both my boyfriend and I stayed at this stunning Riad at the end of April for 4 nights. It is centrally located, and we never felt concerned walking through the narrow streets as all the locals were friendly and kept themselves to themselves. It would have been hard to find, but, Omar ensured we had one of his staff to meet us from our taxi and walk us to the door. We were very happy with our room and found it large, well set out and traditional. The bathroom was large, clean and also stunning in the traditional style. The roof terrace was always quiet, in constant sun, and a beautiful oasis to hide from the crazy city. It also became a place to socialise during evenings with other guests, if you so wished.
However, the main attraction for this Riad was the incredible owner, Omar, and his staff. They could not do more, be more accommodating, be more helpful or indeed make us feel more like old friends almost from the moment we arrived. It is purely down to them that makes us wish to return time and time again.
We ate breakfast here only, which was lacking in fruit but, we brought our own, and they also made us omelette, and I'm sure they would have provided anything we asked for. They don't sell or serve alcohol, but, we brought our own, and when we ran out, they very kindly ran to the supermarket to buy us some more! We were treated as absolute royalty, and enjoyed our time here very much.

Room Tip: We had the 4 poster, called Chambre Alaouite, which was beautiful. It was first floor, and had a sho...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I stayed at this lovely Riad 2 years ago and loved it so much I came back again with my boyfriend thsi February/March.
The Riad Sofia is kept very clean and it is a lovely quiet and tranquil oasis away from the noise and bussle of the Medina, yet it is only a short walk to the Souks.
The location is ideal and you would have no idea walking down the narroy alleyway to the Riad what lies behind the door. The rooms are spacious, tastefully decorated and very comfortable
Omar..the manager is very hospitable and friendly and also very accomodating....you will feel like an old friend after a few days here!
We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and the 2 lovely ladies who take care of breakfast and the rooms are so sweet and gentle.
We would definately recommend this place to anyone looking for a great location but in a quiet place where you can unwind after the madness fo the Medina. There is also a rooftop terrace where you can sunbath or read or just simply enjoy an evening drink (Omar will tell you where you can buy your own alcohol!)
We will be back again sometime!! and will recommend this place to our friends also!

Room Tip: I would suggest the rooms upstairs and not in the courtyard as they have more light.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The Riad Sofia is in a good location of the Medina and generally, the staff were quite nice. However, the manager, Omar, has a drinking problem as he was drunk when he greeted us upon arrival on Thursday evening and continued to drink for the next two nights. One night, he and his drinking buddies who were hanging out at the riad got into a verbal altercation late at night and woke everyone up. It was a negative experience that tainted what may have been an otherwise nice place to stay. On the day we were checking out, he wasn't there at the riad and no one knew how to use the credit card machine to pay for our rooms. We were in a rush to get to the airport and it was very unorganized. In the end, we ended up having to pay him directly through Paypal after we got home.

I think there are many beautiful riads in the Medina from which to choose and I would not recommend this one.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

As two females in our twenties, we had been given many warning about Marrakech and arriving at the riad late in the evening can be slightly daunting as the riad is located down a derb (winding alley). HOWEVER we booked a transfer via the riad and they took us straight to the door and once the daylight begins it is pretty straight forward (by Moroccan standards) to get your bearings, it is also located within walking distance of all the main attractions. The Riad was beautiful and felt like a true retreat. The staff were so helpful - giving us excellent suggestions of things to do and places to eat. Breakfast evey morning on the terrace was the perfect start to a busy day. All in all, I loved Riad Sofia and would certainly reccomend.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Oslo, Norway
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I have been visiting Marrakech 4 times, and the two last times I have stayed in Riad Sofia. I find it nice, clean, very silent at night, and with friendly and helpful staff. This last time me and seven friends spent three nights in the Riad, one night when we arrived in Marrakech, a second night after a trek in the Atlas, and a last night after spending a couple ogf days in Essaouira. I had booked transport from the airport with the riad, a dinner when we arrived, transport to Essaouira, and the riad kept our luggage while we were travelling around. If I go back to Marrakech, I'd love to stay at Sofia once more. Now I even know they way around in the streets in the neighborhood:)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank IngerHeleneHastum
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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Riad Sofia is well located for all the main attractions, central in the Medina, and a 10 minute walk to the main square (Djemaa El-Fna). Once you've had a day to get your bearings you'll be fine, but on arrival getting to the riad is not easy - the map provided could be better.

It's also worth noting this riad is only 100 metres from the #1 Tripadvisor-rated spa in Marrakech (Heritage Spa) - this is a real bonus if you want to sample a luxury traditional hammam (as a couple) without having to take the gloss off the experience by trudging back to your riad through hot dusty alleyways.

The riad itself is beautifully restored, and generally met expectations set from the website photos. The welcome was friendly, and we appreciated being provided with a few tourist tips, over a pot of fragrant mint tea.

The breakfast provided was ideal and substantial. Even with a very early check-out, the riad host left out a breakfast for us to self-serve which was more than we expected.

The only downside to this riad was the roof terrace. The berber tent was a real draw for our booking, and we looked forward to spending time relaxing in the sunshine when not in the hustle of the medina. However, it felt like we were staying out of season - there were no foam mats on any of the chairs/beds, instead they were all haphazardly stacked up in the tent. Generally everything in the tent was thick with dust, so we didn't feel able to kick back and relax as we'd hoped. A shame, as the terrace had the potential to be a highlight of our stay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paris
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We spent a lovely week in this riad in January. The place is beautiful, decorated we learnt by local artisans in the traditional style, but it lacks nothing in modern comforts – with air con, spacious bathrooms and luxury bedding. We were made to feel very welcome by Omar and his super staff, who served up a great breakfast. Our young children (2 and 3) enjoyed their encounters with the resident tortoises and the freedom to play on the patio and in the communal salon. When we return to Marrakech, we’ll definitely be staying here again. A great location.
Merci Omar!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 179, Derb Arset Aouzal | Bab Doukkala Near Dar El Bacha Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #362 of 1,149 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Sofia invites you to discover the Moroccan way of life in a traditional setting with all modern comforts recently installed. The architecture and decor are elegant and restrained. There is a, swimming pool a Berber tent on the roof terrace and a Moroccan hammam and massage. The Riad comprises 7 air-conditioned rooms, each one with a sitting area and a bathroom. ... more   less 
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