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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 461 hotels in Marrakech
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“Beautiful riad, friendly and helpful staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

As soon as we got to the riad they took our suitcases and gave us mint tea and yummy Moroccan pastries to welcome us. Youseff gave us a map to help us navigate our way to the bustling main square. The riad is tucked away down an alley in a residential area just inside the medina walls. At first we struggled with navigation but soon found our way to the main attractions. On the way to the Jeema el Fna square we walked through the Jewish quarter, a quieter area with great shops and the sophisticated Kosybar- well worth a visit.
The raid itself is beautifully decorated with amazing attention to detail. We were lucky enough to stay in the rooftop "pink" room and enjoyed the direct access to the jacuzzi- fantastic after a long day haggling in the souks or relaxing on the sun-drenched terrace.
The food was the best we had whilst we were there. Marrakech was quite a culture shock for us, but having a nice riad to stay at where we felt comfortable and well looked after really helped us acclimatise and fully enjoy the experience. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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I'm very happy that you appreciate our Riad.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We cannot recommend this riad highly enough. Not only is it absolutely beautiful, you have an instant feeling of cool and calm when you walk through the door. You would never believe all the hustle and bustle going on a couple of alleyways away!

It's situated right by the palace, about 15 minutes walk away (if you don't get distracted by all the street vendors) from the main square and the souks.

The staff are really friendly and accommodating. When we arrived we felt like we were on honeymoon with all the petals strewn all over the room! We stayed in 3 rooms in total as we used it as a base while we traveled around a bit. Each has it's own identity and they all are equally beautiful, very clean and have powerful aircon which is much needed! We often had the roof terrace, including the sun-loungers and jacuzzi to ourselves which was great. You can happily have breakfast or supper up here too.

Breakfast was a great spread of things. Very traditionally Moroccan and fresh everyday.They also serve dinner which we had on a couple of nights. The food was great, some of the best we had whilst there and well priced too. Mustafa also makes a mean sangria which is unlimited.

Most importantly the staff dealt with an emergency very proficiently, and made a potentially stressful situation much easier to handle. My boyfriend had a bad accident whilst we were staying there (passed out and smashed his head up) the staff responded quickly and had good first aid skills. Karen called a good doctor to come and stitch his head up, which was much better than having to move him and go to the local medical center.

We cannot thank them all enough for a great stay and would highly recommend this place to anyone who wants a relaxing base in Marrakech.

Room Tip: Whatever room you are in you will be woken by the prayer call at around 4.30am! Chadia on the first...
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  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Recently stayed here with mum and sister. It was all our first time in Marrakesh and straight away they helped us with everything we needed to know. The Riad was beautiful and great place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakesh. The food was amazing from the breakfast to the wonderful tagines which were the best we tasted. The staff were very helpful and friendly, and really went out of their way to make you feel welcome in this fabulous Riad.

  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Don't be put off by the unusual lead up to the door, once you go through the door it's like a magical place. The beautiful smells, authentic décor and welcoming staff were much more than we had expected. It soon felt like home. The food was really good quality and tasty. The bedroom was gorgeous, decorated in orange colours. Breakfast on the terrace was a lovely start to the day.The discreet hot top was very welcome in the evening. The location of the riad was handy for an interesting walk to the main square, We loved everything about the riad and would highly recommend it. We only stayed for two nights and we were sad to leave it.

Room Tip: A room on the first floor is nice because it has doors that open onto the inner courtyard
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  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Riad La Porte Rouge is down a little alleyway off a busy road and looks rather inconspicuous from the outside but once inside the Riad opens up and you are filled with a sense of calm opposed to the busyness of life outside.

Our host Karen was very welcoming and we were given complimentary Moroccan tea and a selection of delicious dainties that looked homemade. She also took the time to point out highlights on a map and how to get to the main square and Souk from the Riad.

The room we stayed in was called Warda, a large room, with gorgeous décor and a lovely red theme.

We decided to walk down to the main square Jemma el Fna late afternoon to check out the shops and food stalls. Immediately upon exiting the Riad a young Moroccan boy of about 8 attached himself to us to show us the way. Unfortunately we can only say hello, thank you etc in French and he didn’t understand or didn’t want to understand English so we couldn’t get rid of him. He came with us half of the way and then asked for 1 Dirham which we gave him so he would leave.

Jemma el Fna is very walkable from the Riad, it can look a bit daunting as there seems to be no sign posts but take a map for a layout of the streets and you should be OK, it took us about 20 minutes.

We were originally booked into Riad La Porte Rouge for two nights but after underestimating how long and tiring it would be to drive from Merzouga back to Marrakech in one day (about 8 hours) we broke our journey on the way back which left us one night in Marrakech. We had made a non-refundable booking through Booking.com so knew we would not get anything back for the unused night. However Karen organized us complimentary taxi transfers from the airport and back, which she was under no obligation to do, so we certainly appreciated that.

On our last day we had lunch at the Riad before our flight. We had a vegetarian tagine and beef and prune tagine, both came out piping hot and absolutely delicious. The breakfast was very good too.

On the roof there are tables, sun loungers and a hot tub which we would like to have relaxed in but didn’t have the time.

We highly recommend Riad La Porte Rouge.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 April 7, 2013

Riad La Porte Rouge was such a beautiful and welcoming place to stay. Everything about it exceeded expectations and felt like a second home. Our transfer was waiting for us upon arrival at the airport (albeit 2 hours delayed!) and we were greeted with a warming smile, incense, mint tea & pastries and a run down of things to do by the lovely Karen.
We were instantly at ease (after pulling up outside an alley way) all is safe in this area, whether day or night, and green taxis can be arranged by hotel staff if and when needed. This is advised as alternative taxis do not use a meter and make the most of hiking up the prices for tourists!
I was a little unaware of our distance from other sites but I actually preferred being out of the way as the busyness of Marrakech can be a tad overwhelming. All taxi rides took around 15mins to get to our locations which isn't too far anyway.
Under Adam and Karen's advice we opted for a day trip excursion to see the Atlas Mountains for 1600 durham. The sights were breathtaking and our driver Yasiin was a great host. Between 7 of us it made for a very reasonable trip.
Food and drink in the riad was lovely - we had our breakfast most mornings on the relaxing roof terrace (fresh orange juice, mint tea and a selection of pastries and jams); dinner in the homely dining/living room (chicken/beef/mince tagine, baked apple dessert); and cocktail hour from 6pm for 6 euro (margaritas, caphrina, and mojitos) were a sweet addition to our meals. All very reasonable in price and tasty.
The rooms were so beautiful, I shared the grey colour schemed room with a friend and it was just the right size. We each had a perfect sized closet, a huge open shower, and it was decorated with artefacts I now want to own! It felt very authentic and comfortable.

For fear of rambling on much longer, I will finish by saying I would most definitely stay here again and will be recommending Riad La Porte Rouge to anyone coming to Marrakech. The riad and the staff (Karen, Adam, Said, Mustafa, Yasiin, and the ladies whose name I didn't catch) made our stay even more worthwhile. Thank you :)

Room Tip: Salwa is a beautiful room with great light. Directly under the roof terrace so potential for a littl...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 April 6, 2013

We stayed at La Porte Rouge Riad from Fri 29 March - Wed 3 April and it exceeded all expectations. From initial contact via email Karen was very, very, helpful. I found it by going through all the TripAdvisor reviews & finding something within our tight budget!

We arranged a transfer with Karen (she offered this to us for free) but our flight was delayed by 2hrs. I emailed Karen before we took off to let her know and when we arrived at Marrakech airport our transfer was waiting at arrivals (we were scared they may not have realised!)

When we parked up on the main road we were dubious at first - it seemed very busy and we had to walk down 2 alleys to get to the Riad door. But as soon as we walked in our worries were over. The riad was simply beautiful and felt homey - the decor, the smell of incense burning etc. We were welcomed with fresh mint tea & Moroccan pastries (yummy!).

We were a group of 7 females looking for a relaxing and chilled break. On the first night there were 5 of us staying in 2 rooms - Hiba & Argana and the next night our 2 friends joined us so we had Hiba, Argana, Salwa and Chadia. The rooms were all decorated in different Morrocan styles & colours and they were perfect in size. No issues with dirt, beds being uncomfortable etc they really were great! The shower gel provided smelt very nice! Rooms were cleaned every day.

We had breakfast on the roof terrace almost every day - this was our fave part of the day as the sun shone on us and we had fresh pastries, mint tea, crepes, yoghurt etc. It was a very "sweet" breakfast and we would have loved to have had some cooked eggs or something savoury etc but this was not a major problem. You can see the Atlas Mountains from the rooftop. We also ate dinner at the riad twice and it was very nice - the tagines cooked fresh and only 8.50Euro for a main meal also great main + dessert/3 course meal deals. The riad also had a fab open bar for only 6Euro per person and this included unlimited sangria, caprinhas and mojitos. We loved the sangrias Moustafa prepared for us! Great value & way to unwind/start the evening!

We never got the chance to use the jacuzzi as we were so busy but we had massages - 30Euros for 1 hour and 20Euros for 30 minutes - the 1 hour massage did not last a full 1 hour (more 45 mins) but it was a good massage nonetheless.

We arranged a 1 day excursion with Karen to be taken upto the Atlas Mountains, Orika Valley, visit a Berber village, visit to the lake etc. This was 1600 dirhams for 7 of us which was good value. We were driven by Yassine for the whole day and it was a great trip. We wish we had known that the additional guide to the waterfalls was extra as we didn't have enough money for this...

The Riad is approx 15 mins walk from the main square. It's an interesting walk but once you have done it once it's very easy and a taxi is not needed. We actually preferred the location of our riad, away from the real hustle & bustle and more relaxing and peaceful.

On the first day Karen arranged a "green taxi" for us (metered & official) to Jardin Marjorelle. On the way back we tried to get a "normal" taxi but they were not metered and were saying extortionate prices! I called Karen and asked for her to arrange for 2 x green taxis to pick us up instead and she obliged.

The kindness and hospitality of Karen, Syed, Moustafa, the housekeeping team and Yassine was second to none. None of us would hesitate to visit again - it's perfect for groups of friends and couples (it's very romantic!) - i could imagine that it's possible to rent the entire riad which would also be great for a special occasion etc.

The riad has free wifi which is also a big plus :)

Room Tip: Take the Green Taxi number from Karen to avoid being ripped off by other taxi drivers. Take extra d...
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  • Stayed April 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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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:
#10 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#14 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#36 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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