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“Oasis of calm in the medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Ajmal
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   75 Arset Aouzal, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #143 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Bern, Switzerland
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“Oasis of calm in the medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2011

Riad ajmal achieves everything as described on the homepage. The owner couple and their staff are very cooperative, friendly and always good-humored. The ambiance is very familial and quiet. The Riad is near (if you don't get lost in the souks...) to most of the attractions in the medina. Taxi station Dar el Bacha is only a few minutes from the Riad. In the neighbourhood are serveral small shops you can buy fruits, bred, water, coke and whatever you need. We will come back to Riad Ajmal, that's no question.

  • Stayed May 2011, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

It was a nice stay in riad ajmal. We also went to the Hamman with the help of the very friendly staff. The went first shopping with us for badcloths and soap, was really nice. the riad has a terrific roofterrace and Marie is a superb host. You can also have dinner there, the most lovely tajine i had in Marocco! And also free and good wifi! Just one minor point, the beds are a little hard.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

My wife and I took a trip to Marrakech as this was one place on our travel list we wished to visit. As opposed to booking into a hotel we chose what we considered a more traditional means of accommodation. After being collected by the taxi driver arranged by Marie who owns the Riad Ajmal we were driven to our location after which we walked, guided by the driver, down several alleyways finding ourselves at the small entrance door of the Riad.

After being greeted by Moustfa with a welcomed mint tea we could not believe the serenity of what would be our living space for the week to follow. The Ajmal is a hideaway from the hustle and busstle of the souks which are only a few minutes walk from the Riad. We were introduced to the other members of staff who would be looking after us during our stay. Fatima, Latifa and Bushil are extremely friendly ladies who could not do enough for us. All the staff have a good sense of humour and we found them great fun to be with.

The Riad Ajmal is extremely clean and comfortable. The breakfasts are served at any time and I would recommend holiday makers to take advantage of the wonderful meals created within the Riad. To accompany your meals there is the choice of wines and beers are also available. We met up with a great couple (Steve & Andrea) who were also staying at the Riad and we shared a fabulous dinner in a candlelight setting.

The Riad has it's own hamam and Fatima provides scrub and a relaxing head massage.

The Riad Ajmal is located close to the souks and is only a 15 minute walk from the Koutoubia and the main square. To be honest my wife and I managed to visit all the local sights near enough on foot. There is however the city tour bus available across from the Koutoubia.

If you decide to visit the waterfalls speak with Moustafa as his father is a guide. Both Steve and I along with our wives not only got a fantastic tour through the trails around the waterfalls eventually being presented with a sight to remember. The falls are fabulous and are a sure haunt for local families who swim in the waters. Moloud who is a Berber is a very friendly person and we opted to have lunch at his home. This was a memorable experience and his and his families hospitality will never be forgotten.

To sum up My wife and I would have no hesitation in recommending the Riad Ajmal as a first class location to reside when visiting Marakesh. Maria and all the staff we thank you for making our visit a wonderful and unforgettable experience.




Koutoubia that you can jump on and off.

  • Stayed April 2011, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2011

My wife and I visited Marrakech for the first time, did some research before holiday and decided to book Riad Admal based on the exceptional rating on tripadvisor. We were not disappointed at all, very nice place with very nice staff. We were made very welcome by Marie and her staff who are professional, charming and attentive. Our room was Labiba (small suite) which was perfect for 2 of us and well equipped. We must say that having sampled food in Marrakech during our holiday we are happy to say that Riad Ajmal serve some of the best food we had (booked the same morning we ate in the pleasant surrounding of the courtyard, sampling a range of different Tajines all cooked at the Riad by the staff, wine available also which is a nice touch in what is predominantly a alcohol free city). The staff were all very nice people, always willing to make a snack or serve mint tea or coffee whichever your preference, my wife is now a convert to mint tea (unsweetened as Moroccan style is highly sweetened). I have to say that eating at the Riad Ajmal is value for money. Mustafa arranged a trip for us to the Waterfall in the Atlas mountain region, his father is a perfect guide and his family perfect hosts for typical Moroccan Berber lunch...perfect thanks. This Riad is slap bang in the Medina, don't worry about sfaety, we felt totally safe during our stay and found the local peop[le around Bab Doukala area more htan friendly. Riad Ajmal has a sun terrace perfect for afternoon lounging and pampering by the staff, we didn't take advantage of a Hammam with Latifa but I am relaibly informed by my new mates Berber Dave and Berberette Moira that it is an enjoyable experience. Make sure you get Fatima to cook you something as she and Latifa certainly know good food. All in all very enjoyable, hope this review prompts you to try this Riad.

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  • Stayed April 2011, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2011

We stayed at the Riad Ajmal last weekend for 3 nights. It was a fantastic stay. A real authentic experience. Marie and her team were first rate. All very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. We were generally impressed with everything, including the Moroccan room, Marie’s recommendations during our stay, the breakfast which we had the pleasure of having on the roof terrace, the prearranged stress free airport transfers and Marie‘s genuine effort to make our stay as memorable as possible. The Ajmal is well located, and most sights are within a 15 minute walk or less. The souks are literally only a couple of hundred metres away.

Thanks again Marie, to you and your team, a truly memorable stay.

Paul & Debbie

  • Stayed March 2011, 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
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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2011

Excellent Riad, in the heart of Medina, but in a very quiet zone.
Beautiful place, I love his terrace with wonderful views !
Friendly staff, 100% recommended place
We'll come back !!!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2011

Marie and her team couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful. From the moment we arrived (via a taxi that the Riad had organised) and our first refreshing cup of mint tea, we felt that Marie wanted us to get the best out of our experience in Marrakesh.

The Riad is situated in the heart of what seems to be one of the better suburbs of Marrakesh and only a few minutes walk to the nearest souks and main square where all the action takes place. We often managed to lose our bearings in the labyrinth of alleys and streets but always knew that we could call Marie or Waifi if we needed help.

The Riad felt like a home from home where time wasn't important - our breakfast was served when and where we wanted it and nothing was too much trouble. At the time when we travelled to Morrocco, problems in Lybia were escalating and we knew that there had been demonstrations across parts of North Africa including one event in Marrakesh that was publiscised by the British media. We can honestly say that there was nothing to suggest any trouble there - the people in Marrakesh are embracing tourism very slowly and don't want to jeopardise this. Life appeared to carry on as normal and although we were often out of our comfort zone because of the culture shock of different sounds sights and smells, we always felt safe. Don't be put off by what you read in the media and cancel your plans because of it.

The weather was slightly cooler than usual and we only had a couple of days to make the most of our first experience in Marrakesh so we didn't spend as much time as we would have liked at the Riad but based upon this positive experience and what we felt was excellent value for money for a City break - we will be returning.

  • Stayed March 2011, 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
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Address: 75 Arset Aouzal, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #143 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Ajmal 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Ajmal - an oasis of tranquility in the very heart of the buzzing city. We are here to do all we can to make sure you enjoy an excellent stay. Located in one of the most pleasant neighborhoods in the Medina of Marrakech, in Bab Doukkala, the riad is particularly well situated, within close distance of the Pacha Palace, the road of the antiquaries, and only a few minutes walk from the traditional market and the Jemma-el-Fna Square.Once the home of nobles, the riad has been entirely renovated in 2006, in the spirit of its rich tradition. ... more   less 
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