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Riad Ajmal
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   75 Arset Aouzal, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #129 of 1,040 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Beautiful Riad in buzzing Marrakesh.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012 via mobile

We staied in this Riad vor two nights. It is a beautiful Riad, with orange treas growing in the middle. It also has a nice hammam.
It is a very nice place to escape the loud and sometimes stressful Marrakesh. The Room we had was big and lovely decorated.
The owner and staff that work there are very friendly and helpful.

We highly recommend this Riad.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

First of all I must say that the bed and room was clean ,Mustapha the manager and the two ladies were very helpful and accomodating and couldnt have made us more welcome. The riad is down numerous dimly lit narrow alleys which can only be described as a maze. At first we felt very intimidated because there are a lot of young men just hanging around looking at you but you soon get to realise that you dont have too much to fear (but because living in london we were always on our guard).The suite we were in was very small and felt very clausterphobic and dark in the evening , there was only 4" of space either side of the bed. The room was decorated in tradition morroccan style which added to the authentic charm and you couldnt hear any of the madness outside. After reading the reveiws on here we expected a breakfast fit for a king but in reality all we got was 4 pieces of bread ,two slices of wafer thin cheese and a yogurt,although the coffee was very good ,two out of the five days we were there we were also given a croissant each. On our first day we eat lunch there , the chicken tagine which was very tasty however considerably more expensive than outside of the riad. The riad is very tranquil and noise carries very easy so we did tend to whisper. There is a roof terrace which is quite pleasant however the view is hardly picturesque, it really resembled a scene out of downtown beirut (not that ive been there but what you see on the news), However whatever Riad you stay in you would be presented with the same sort of view. The Riad was fairly good value for what we paid but didnt quite live up to other peoples reviews. However whilst writing a review I feel we must add something about Marrackech as a whole as feel that this has probably impacted on our stay at the Riad. Within the Medina where the majority of the Riads are it can only be described as a maze other tourists were even using the gps on their phones and still couldn't navigate around.
The young men who hang around are actually waiting for you to get lost so they can point or take you in the right direction. Unfortunatley nothing comes free in Marrakech not even good will. You have to be really firm with them and they will back off however if you are feeling really desperate you could pay.(no more than 10 dirhams) . Every single thing you do you have to haggle for which we were well aware of before we went and have experienced this in many countries but not to this extent. Always negotiate a price with a taxi first , the medina is very small in reality so no journey should cost more that 30 dirhams. But you must be prepared to barter for this.
Marrakech isnt for the faint hearted we have travelled extensively to many places including third world countries but never have come across so much rubbish and tourist attractions that havent been cared for . The square is very lively and does have a good vibe but personally wouldnt recommend eating there as we just couldnt work out where they would be washing the plates and glasses that you eat off. Hygiene seemed very low on the agenda. We never ate in the cafes so cant comment but the glasses and cups left alot to be desired, in fact this had a very negative impact on our stay and most days we got a taxi to mcdonalds in the new town just to have coffee. The souks really are a fabulous site but the shopkeepers can be agressive and offer such stupid prices that in the end we just offered what we was prepared to pay take it or leave it and found that actually done the trick. Their sale techniques are very hard so if you feel embarrassed to say no or dont wish to offend perhaps giving them a miss would be best. Outside the medina things arent actually kept alot better buildings are in disrepair and nothing is maintained. Would mention that the La Mamounia hotel is worth a visit. If you cant afford to stay there ( its for the rich and famous) you can go there for cocktails or afternoon tea and the grounds are beautiful but remember to wear long trousers and try not to look like a typical tourist as you wont be let in. The quarter of a mile either side of the hotel is the only part of Marrakech we would say is actually kept nice.
We spent five days in Marrakech and for the first time we were relieved to get home. If you insist on going 3 days is more than enough to enjoy the excitement of the square and see the main attractions. Dont want to be negative but thats how we felt. Wouldnt go again to Marrakech wouldnt recommend Marrakech but feel one mans meat is anothers poison so you need to experience it for yourself but unless you are a seasoned traveller I would stay in a western hotel and go on an organised trip to the medina. On closing the Riad was fine for the money and I would also recommend La fondouk and dar court restaurant they were both excellant.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012 via mobile

If you want to stay in the Medina and enjoy a riad, Ajmal is definitely a good choice. But next time I would think twice before booking something in the Media. The place is not safe at all and peple were following us everytime we came back at the riad during the night.

Next time,I would probabely chose to live in Gueliz and come to the medina to visit during the day. It s gonna be much more safer.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

The Riad Ajmal has proved to be a most delightful choice, very tastefully decorated, with its small courtyard and breezy rooftop terrace the perfect place to come home to and relax after the bustle of the city. Staff was most forthcoming. Happy to chime in with the other positive reviews here, when I come back to Marrakech, it will be the first place to check out again!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Perfect place to stay to visit Marrakech.

The Riad only has 5 rooms however this ensures a personal touch.

Staff are very helpful and friendly. Breakfast is fantastic (especially the coffee!).

All the sights are within walking distance of the riad.The Riad is a 20 minute walk to the Djemaa el Fna square therefore away from the hustle and bustle of the Medina. The rooftop terrace is very peaceful and quiet.

Mustafa (the manager) recommended several restaurants - all of them were fantastic

Definitely recommend that you arrange for a pickup from the airport - it would have been impossible to find down the little streets especially as we arrived at night (street names are not commonplace throughout the whole of Marrakech!)

Excursions are offered through the riad but we found them expensive compared to those offered around the Djemaa el Fna square (we took daytrips to Ourika valley and Ouzoud waterfall with Safari Excursions who were very good). Admittedly the riad excursions are with your own personal tour guide and minibus and the outside ones are in larger groups so it depends really what you are looking for.

Overall, we were very happy with our stay here and would recommend it to anyone who wants a clean, comfortable and quiet place to stay to explore Marrakech.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012

From the moment we arrived to the moment we left we made most welcome. The mint tea and pastries when we checked in were deliciously refreshing and "just what the doctor ordered" Dinner on the first night was just as good as others have described as were the breakfasts with the crepes. The peace and quiet of the Riad after the hustle and bustle of the souks was very wlecome as was its free wi fi access especially when others charge for this basic service. Its location made getting to the sights easy but at night, apart from the call to prayer at regular intervals, it was a haven of peace. We both had the Hammam and the massage and felt so much better for it even if it was a shock to a novice's system. We were alowed to keep our room right up to the time our taxi arrived - no throwing you out after breakfast. We cannot recommend this Riad too highly.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012

Riad Ajmal was the perfect place to stay - close to the centre of the action, but in a peaceful back street. As other reviewers have commented, you arrive via the hurly burly of the medina through a small door into an oasis of calm. (Do arrange a transfer from the airport, to make finding the riad easier!) We received a very warm welcome from Moustapha, who over mint tea and almond pastries helped us plan how to make the most of our very short stay. He arranged a guide for us to take us round Marrakesh; a trip to the waterfalls at Ouzoud in the Atlas Mountains (the second highest in Africa); a booking at a stylish restaurant; and we still had time to wander around this amazing city, take a hamman at the riad (great - thank you!), and just chill on the roof terrace in the sunshine. Although we enjoyed the meal we had at the restaurant (to which Moustapha kindly guided us and from which he collected us!), we would thoroughly recommend eating at the riad. Fatima's cooking is wonderful and we are missing it already! All in all, a great stay. Thank you so much to Moustapha and his fantastic team for making it so special. We had a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
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Ranked #129 of 1,040 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Ajmal 3*
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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