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Riad Idra
Derb Tizougarine 105 | Dar El Bacha, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #12 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
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“A fantastic stay at a great riad!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

My boyfriend and I have recently returned from Morocco where we were lucky enough to stay at Riad Idra. The riad is beautiful, the staff were fantastic, and the facilities were great. Karine was very helpful at helping us choose what to do during our stay and where to eat in the evenings and all of her suggestions were phenomenal.

We spent 5 nights in total at riad Idra and by the end of the trip it felt like home. We felt like we knew all of the staff and that they gave us a unique, personal experience. If you go, Omar's mint tea is delicious (the best in Morocco) and breakfast every morning on the terrace was exceptional.

We are already looking forward to planning another trip next year!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RIADIDRAMARRAKECH, Gérant at Riad Idra, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Dear Emily,

Thank you very much for sharing your impression about your recent stay in our “house”.
The team and I are very glad to know that you and your boyfriend felt like if you were staying home and we would be very delighted to welcome you “at home” next year.
I agree with you about Omar's mint tea, so tasty !

Best,

Karine and Idra’s team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Riad Idra really is an oasis in the heart of the action, it's so quiet once inside you would never think you are a stones throw from the souks. Karine and her team are amazing and helpful at all times, suggesting places to visit, booking trips and general guidance on how to get there which is invaluable in Marrakech! The food is amazing, far too much for me to eat but I did try. The rooms are spotless and the court yard and roof terrace and perfect for relaxing after a day sight seeing.
This is possibly the best place I have ever stayed in can't recommend highly enough.
Anne

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RIADIDRAMARRAKECH, Gérant at Riad Idra, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Dear Anne,

Many thanks for recommending our Riad on Trip Advisor.
We are very proud to be part of the best places you have ever stayed in.
According the food, you’re absolutely right, too much sometimes but so difficult to change custums….
We wish you the best Anne and we really hope you’ll visit us again !

Kind regards,

Karine and Idra’s team
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Riad Idra has seven lovely appointed rooms, gracious hospitality, delightful staff, delicious meals taken on the rooftop terrace. General Manager Karine is awesome, professional, yes, can do and raised the bar for the most perfect, gem of a riad!!
Everything runs so smoothly with local charm. We felt that we were staying in someone's special home and appreciated the memorable experience on all levels.
Marsha & Rick
San Francisco

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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RIADIDRAMARRAKECH, Gérant at Riad Idra, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Dear Marsha, Dear Rick,

Many thanks for the time taken to share your opinion about Riad Idra.
I’d like to tell you, it has been a pleasure for us to welcome you in our Riad.
You’re right, Riad Idra may be like someone’s special home and all our guests are very special to us !
Please give our regards to Annie and Mary.
We really hope to see you again !

Warm regards

Karine and Idra’s team
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

A Riad with the standards and service levels of any 5 star hotel. Karine and her team run a service that is low key but always at hand to look after your every need. The quality of finish to the fixtures and fittings are superb. The breakfast is delicious, plentiful and healthy. You are in the centre of everything but it's so peaceful you would never know it. As soon as the flights become available I will be booking for 2014. PS You must try the Hamman and massage

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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RIADIDRAMARRAKECH, Gérant at Riad Idra, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
Dear Cheryl,

We would like to thank you for writing a review about your recent stay at Riad Idra.
We are glad you enjoyed it, your comparison to a 5* hotel made us blush…thank you !
We hope to see you soon in our Riad.
Warm regards,

Karine and Idra’s team
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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

This has to be the best Riad in the Marrakech Medina. It is light, spacious, relaxing and peaceful with beautiful flowers and water features. Having been met at the airport the driver telephoned ahead for us to be collected by a member of staff on foot from the nearest vehicle drop off point. On arrival we were greeted with hot flannels, mint tea, a helpful chat and a map, then invited to say when it would suit us best for our pre-ordered dinner to be served on the roof terrace or in the dining room.

The level of service throughout our stay was impeccable, as were the high quality furnishings and decor in the bedrooms/suites and communal areas, the facilities and the catering. Having initially booked for 3 nights we returned from the coast for a 4th. I cannot recommend highly enough the Riad, its location and the cheerful and professional staff who did their very best to ensure our stay in Marrakech was a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RIADIDRAMARRAKECH, Gérant at Riad Idra, responded to this review, May 24, 2013
Dear Elizabeth,

Many thanks for recommending our Riad on Tripadvisor !
The team and I were delighted to welcome you and your husband in our “Oasis”.
I’m so pleased to read that you’ve appreciated all the little attention to details like flowers, refreshing towels, pastry and mint tea…etc.
We hope to see you again for your next stay in Marrakech.
Warm regards,

Karine and Idra’s team
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Riad Idra is not cheap, but certainly offers all the little touches of luxury one could ask for. The central courtyard, with its decorative pool, is most appealing, though I thought the overall renovation had retained only a few traditional elements. Our junior suite was a little small and crowded with furniture, but the linen, flowers and general presentation were excellent.
The staff were most welcoming and keen to help in any way possible. However I think that closer attention to supervision and detail might be required. For some reason, all meals were served on the terrace, but bad placement of umbrellas and marauding wasps made this sometimes uncomfortable. Breakfasts were good, if somewhat repetitive, and the location is central.
We enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RIADIDRAMARRAKECH, Gérant at Riad Idra, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Dear Pamela, Dear John,

Thank you for sharing your experience at Riad Idra.
I am happy to read that, generally speaking, you enjoyed your stay with us.
Guest Satisfaction is a daily concern for us and constructive reviews help gradually improve our level of services.
It is true breakfast is served on the roof terrace because most guests like to use outdoor amenities, especially by this time of year. We have umbrellas handy and placed at guests’ request: Some of them want the shade while others prefer to sit in the sun. As you may know, there is a lovely dining room downstairs where you could have had either breakfast, lunch or dinner. We provide tailor-made and à la carte services, and guests are free to pick the place where they would like to be served: on the roof terrace, in the dining room or in room. All they have to do is ask.
Our apologies for the wasp invasion of the breakfast place, which are attracted to honey and jams. We now serve these in closed little containers.
A lot of attention is paid to the breakfast menu and we feel sorry that it sounded repetitive for you.
Indeed, Morocco has a wide selection of traditional pastries and foods to start the day right.
The best way to know more about a new country and its culture is through its food; so every day our guests have the opportunity to taste new delicacies -we have short-listed 20-or-so of them with a four-day turnover-, on top of our continental breakfast composed of home-made jams, yoghourt, fruit salad, freshly squeezed orange juice, cottage cheese with thyme, pastries and so on.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon,

Best regards,

Karine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

My friends and I stayed here for a week in a suite (Aliyah). This place is luxury personified. It is tops for service, comfort and furnishings, location, and relaxation.

Service: As you arrive, Karine, the manager, welcomes you to the courtyard, and you are served mint tea and cookies. Service like this continues throughout your stay. Karine will book restaurants and other outings for you, as well as give you recommendations. Omar will serve you drinks on the terrace. Ask how to get to a nearby restaurant, and someone may very well walk you there. Their ethos is, 'feel like it's your own home.'

The rooms: This is a 5-star riad, and the comfort and furnishings of the rooms show it: wall hangings reflect Moroccan artisanry, and my room had plenty of accoutrement like gorgeous, ornamented candle sticks and jewelry boxes with inlaid mosaics. You really do feel like you're in someone's home. Only 6 rooms, I think.

Food: Wow, what a breakfast! You expect continental, but this is OTT continental. Freshly squeezed orange juice, delicious yogurt, Moroccan cakes and soups/porridges. Dinner was also lovely. Four courses for 33 euros, and me thinks a bottle of wine was thrown in for free both times we ate there. Served on the rooftop terrace.

Location: In the Medina, and close to a major road, so there's no long slog down back alleys to find your way. Karine can arrange pick-up from the airport, so you'll be escorted to the door (touts can be an issue anywhere). Once you figure it out, you are a 10-15-minute walk to El Jaama Fna and the Ben Youssef Medresa.

In summary, this place is fantastic. We met a couple from Australia at a restaurant, who were at what sounded like a so-so riad, and they were hating their stay as a result. We also had a look at a few other places, when we went to dinner, including Maison Arabe and Maison GK; while they are nice, they could not match the 'small but luxurious' atmosphere of Riad Idra. Stay here, relax, take it all in, and enjoy!

Room Tip: Aliyah is a luxury suite, with an addtional charming window-side bed.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RIADIDRAMARRAKECH, Gérant at Riad Idra, responded to this review, May 24, 2013
Dear Sir,

Your review about our Riad is wonderful and we really want to thank you for the time taken to share your experience.
The satisfaction of our guests is very important and we are glad you liked our Riad and you appreciated all the services provided by our staff.
We look forward to your next stay with us.
All the best !

Karine and Idra’s team
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Address: Derb Tizougarine 105 | Dar El Bacha, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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