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“A luxury Moroccan experience” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad La Porte Rouge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   48 Derb Jamaa | Bab Hmar, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #37 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
Thatcham, United Kingdom
1 review
“A luxury Moroccan experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

We were greeted at the airport by our taxi driver who took us to the riad. It was 10 euros for the journey which was very reasonable seeing as you would not be able to find the riad on your own from the main street without a little human offering their help in exchange for money!

The porte rouge opened into a beautiful hallway followed by the courtyard. It was lovely and quiet unlike the main street leading to it. We were greeted by Karen and her team. They were very welcoming and made us feel at home. We were shown the quickest route to the medina and to recommended restaurants which was very useful as the riad is not very central. You are also introduced to the popular mint tea which becomes a significant part of the trip! We arrived at around 8 pm and were given the choice of eating at the riad or venturing out into the square. We decided to stay at the riad and have our first tagine on arrival. Food was very good and value for money!

We booked the Narjisse which is on the ground floor however on arrival we were upgraded to a bigger room upstairs for the same price! Bonus! The rooms are beautifully decorated and very romantic! Our first night was an experience. You forget that Morocco is a muslim country and there is a mosque at every street corner. At 5.30am we were woken by the calling for prayer followed by the birds singing away! However the riad is still very peaceful and the staff do not rush you out the room to breakfast as there was no time to be at breakfast. We tended to slowly make our way downstairs for breakfast at 10.30am/11am. Breakfast consisted of fresh orange juice, coffee/tea, an assortment of sweet breads/cakes, yoghurt,jam,bread and a dash of rose water with most items! You get used to the floral tastes in moroccan food very quickly!

The riad has a terrace that is great for relaxing with a good book. There is also a lovely jacuzzi -definately recommended in the evenings after a long day of walking. Alcohol is also served at the riad and the staff are always available to serve you. Recommend trying moroccan wine - its cheaper than the foreign wines.

The riad was a great place to escape and hide from the hustle bustle of Marrakech and you certainly wind down when you return at the end of the day.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay despite the prayer calls and would recommend this riad to anyone wishing to experience the true Morocco!

Thank you to all the riad la porte rouge staff - we couldnt have asked for better service!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Beautiful Riad with extremely friendly and helpful staff.
Ideally located, a short walk from Marrakech centre and souks.
Will be going back!

Room Tip: Massage was disappointing
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  • Stayed October 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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10 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights in this lovely Riad - 4 in the small but very nice Narjisse, and one night in a bigger double room. From the moment we arrived all the staff made us feel incredibly welcome, with mint tea and an introduction to what to do in Marrakech. The Riad is beautifully decorated, exceptionally clean, and warm despite the cold January nights! Breakfast is varied and very generous, and it was lovely to have it in the sunshine on the roof terrace. We ate in the Riad one evening, and had a very tasty tagine - the prices are very reasonable and the food is lovely.

There were so many little touches that made the stay here really special. The owner always took the time to wish us good morning, and made every effort to help us, from booking trips to dropping us to the main square in her car when it was raining! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

Great team of staff who were always on hand to go the extra mile (such as phoning to reserve our bus tickets for the onward travel, providing us with a local map and giving recommendations).

Decor is fantastic, nice balcony and relaxed atmosphere which is like a haven of calm in the under-developed toilet that is Marrakech. Didn't want to leave it's calm for the blaring horns, smog, touts and misogynstic morons of the old town.

My only gripe was that the jacuzzi didn't work for the duration of our trip and there was building work going on next door, which was out of the management's hands and to be fair to them they did everything they could to make sure our stay was enjoyable in every other way.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

Very lovely riad, beautiful inside. It's hard to find in the Medina so you'd need help. Don't be fooled by its surroundings - it's a very nice riad with beautiful rooms. Breakfast was included (pretty basic but most are in Marrakesh). The staff was very helpful. There is a hot tub on the rooftop terrace and lounge chairs to relax on! Water was hot, rooms were clean, and the location is great because it is within walking distance to everything you'd want to see in the Medina. The owner (Karen) is very lovely and helpful. I would recommend staying here for anyone.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

I completely agree with the majority of the rest of these reviews. I booked this Riad off the back of Trip Advisor reviews and I wasn't disappointed. We were greeted very warmly by a friend of the owner as she was away (I never actually met her). Carolyn went over some things we could do on our stay and recommended a restaurant which we went to on our second night (Le Comptoir). Everything she recommended was great, and it's just a shame we didn't manage to do it all.

The room we had was excellent, very clean and there were rose petals on the bed and in the bathroom. The hot tub wasn't working whilst we were there but that's not really a deal breaker by any means. The food is fantastic and on a par with anything we had in a very high standard restaurant!

The real thing that stood out though was how friendly ALL the staff were. Every single person from the overnight security to the chef to the manager. We were given a lift to a restaurant which was a lovely gesture, and on leaving I was given a small puch of spices. When I ran out of cigarettes, Mustapha gave me his pack of Marquis! And when a tagine I bought wasn't as good as I had been led to believe ( I wanted one for cooking not decoration), I was told to wait a sec and they came out of the kitchen with one for me to take home! You'll NEVER get this sort of friendliness in any 'corporate' or commercial hotel in any country, I don't care where you are. I higly, higly recommend this Riad to anyone thinking of making a trip to Marrakech.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Granada, Spain
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

We stayed at Riad La Porte Rouge for 3 nights in September, and we enjoyed our time there. The staff were very helpful and arranged for a taxi to pick us up from the airport, and gave us lots of suggestions about where to go and eat. The owner, Karen, was friendly and made sure we felt welcome as well. The riad itself and its rooms were welcoming, nicely decorated and clean, although our room on the terrace was very hot at the time of year. The breakfast was delicious as well, and served whenever you wanted in the morning.The only downside is that the Riad is slightly out of the way, it took us about 25mins to walk to Djemaa al Fanaa. Although it is a straightforward walk, sometimes the streets are very busy and not the safest if you are alone at night. All-in-all we had a great stay, if you don't mind the walk/taking a taxi then it is thoroughly recommended!

Room Tip: Room on the terrace is hot during the summer, so pick one on the lower floors
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Also Known As:
Riad La Porte Rouge Hotel Marrakech
Riad La Porte Rouge Hotel
Riad La Porte Rouge Marrakech
Address: 48 Derb Jamaa | Bab Hmar, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#13 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#42 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#83 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad La Porte Rouge 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Close to the Palais Royal gardens and 15 minutes walk from the legendary Jamaa Lfna square.Recently restored in the respect for the traditional morrocan architectureHospitality, comfort and service, perfectly define the Riad La Porte Rouge.You can dream in its shady patio, sip tea with mint in its morrocan lounge or refresh yourself in its moorish pool.Very quiet, a magical place that will allow you to rest in peace in the lounge or the beautiful terrace with views of the atlas, or around the patio lively murmur of a fountain bathed in rose petals, tea mint at nap time, not to mention spicy tagine or a magical light candles and dance. Real sensations that will make you sway to moments of pure well-being!For your convenience, seven different rooms , all equipped with bathroom and air conditioning and a safe . and also a jacuzzi on the terrace.A helpful and attentive staff will accompany you during your stay, to make it unforgettable. ... more   less 
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