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“Travel In Time Like Mr Ben!” 1 of 5 stars
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Riad Alwane
39, Derb Chbouk Zaouia, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #707 of 1,137 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Travel In Time Like Mr Ben!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2009

Ever seen the kids show Mr Ben? That what it was like in this place. When you step out of the Riad you enter into the 14 century with mopeds, its like living a report of american troops patroling round Kabul, the difference is you dont have a gun to feel protected!
The truth is that the people are really nice and helpful (when you ask them, if they offer to help its nearly always for money) but you do get a shock when you arrive and see the total lack of infrastructure and the amount of poverty, what makes it worse is you have to stay in the middle of it. To get to the riad you have to make your way through small dark snickleways and tunnels with kids begging for cash to lead you there which can be quite a scary experience. We staied for a few nights and returned in "taxi" but not one dropped us off close to the Riad, its just another way to bleed more money out of you, if youve got the [-] gat out and let a 7 year old take you for the price of 1€ (his price 10€, give him 1€ once youve rung the doorbell).
The Riad Alwane was a nice place and the breakfast was fantastic but its soooooooo far from the tourist side of town ant to be honest in the middle of a slum that I would suggest you pay a little more and stay as close as you can to the square, it really couldnt be in a worse area.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2008

I went to Marrakech for ten days not knowing what to expect. I spent the first four days with a good friend and the rest on my own and this is my contribution...
The Riad we stayed at was not only clean, cosy and very pretty but we were looked after as if we were part of a big family. The owners are a French couple that look after this jewel and its guests in the most touching way. The riad is located about 20 minutes walk from the square Jemna El Fna. On your way to the square you will get lost and that is where the fun starts. You will wander through souks and markets and sometimes you will feel overwhelmed. Patrick the owner will warn you: if you get lost call me! Many times I have been sitting at the riad sipping on delicious mint tea by the pool and seen them run off dropping people, picking them up, buying fresh food especially for them. Impressive. You can eat at the riad, the cook is fabulous, the food is as fresh as can be and the company is excellent. If you don't speak French they will make a huge effort to understand what you need. Price is good, room are spacious, there is a charming small pool, and there is an amazing terrace you can use.
I highly recomend this place and will go back again.

Anna (Zurich)

  • Liked — The service and the quality of hospitality
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 39, Derb Chbouk Zaouia, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #707 of 1,137 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 8
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