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“An Oasis in Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad El Farah
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   el Kasbah, Derb El Oualidine 35, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #408 of 1,034 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“An Oasis in Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

I booked a week at El Farah for my husband and myself at this small, but perfectly formed Riad. I can honestly say we enjoyed every minute. The Riad has only four rooms to let, which gives it an intimate feel. We had a standard double room with an en suite bathroom, which was perfectly adequate for our needs. It was spotlessly clean and decorated in the spicy colours of Morocco. The only thing I would say is that it was quite dark. The Moroccan lanterns, although beautiful, do not give out much in the way of lighting. But, in the overall scheme of things, this is a minor consideration. The roof terrace is lovely and I spent many lovely mornings up there watching the storks on an old building opposite and writing my blog. There is a lovely little nook with a banquette, table and chairs and also a couple of sunbeds for those wishing to bake in the sun. Our host, Mohammed, could not have been more helpful. From advising us on the price of the taxi from the airport (100 dirhams at the time of writing) to meeting us by the Tombes Saadiens and escorting us, via a maze of little side-streets, to the Riad - pointing out landmarks as we went. Breakfast was fine, bread, Moroccan pancakes, delicious strawberry or apricot jams - oodles of fresh coffee. On our arrival, Mohammed made us mint tea, which made us feel very welcome. Later that evening, he took us and another English couple, who were also staying at the Riad for dinner at a restaurant owned by a friend. Wonderful! The morning after our arrival, he escorted us to the Palace El Bahia and then the Saadien Tombes. He will also organise excursions if you wish. (Note, if you are going to Ourika in the Atlas mountains, there is quite a long and arduous trek - you will need proper walking shoes or trainers. Sandals and flip-flops are no good on the mountainous terrain. I would advise you ask in advance about the type of terrain on any of the excursions, so you come fully equipped.) Riad El Farah is perfectly situated in the medina and close to all sorts of beautiful historical landmarks and souks. The main square is Jemaa El Fna - it's about a 10 minute walk away from the Riad. For the money, El Farah is right on the ball and if you want an evening meal, you can arrange that with Mohammed too. I have no hesitation in recommending El Farah and, in fact, my son and his girlfriend are planning a trip to Morocco and no guesses where they will be staying. If you want to hear more about this and, indeed, Marrakech in general, check out my blog on taramoore.com.

Room Tip: Our room was at the top of the stairs on the right - if I were to return, I would ask for one of the...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

I booked this Riad after reading the reviews on here and I wasn't disappointed! The riad is beautiful, the roof terrace is perfect for relaxing in the sun or even after the sun has set! The location of the riad is perfect, it's close enough to the main attractions (the palace's, the Jewish quarter, the tannery, the gardens, the main square and souks) as they are all within a short walk from the riad, but it's the perfect distance away from all the hustle and bustle to get a peaceful and well earned rest at night!! Mohammed is brilliant! He is so welcoming and friendly and looks after all of his guests, showing them the sights and he makes sure you don't get lost! He helped us find our way round the city and arrange excursions. I would definitely stay here again. :-)

Room Tip: we booked a superior room but all the rooms are beautiful.
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We were pleased we booked to stay in this riad, avoiding the Eurpoean hotels in the new parts of town as everything was in walking distance.The riad itself is very relaxing with a lovely inner courtyard and roof terrace where we chilled out most days. Mohammed made us welcome and helped us arrange excursions. The trip to Essaouira took longer than expected (a 3 hour drive) but was worth it. The excursion to Fantasia is to be avoided (see my review). It is worth taking euros as Mohammed prices wine, food etc in this currency and the exchange rate is not favourable. The riad itself is very relaxing with a lovely inner courtyard and roof terrace where we chilled out most days. Breakfast is simple -just breads/pancakes with jam and butter -OK for a week or less but some more variety would have been welcome! We booked a hotel+flight package plus transfers and it cost us under £300 each at Easter so very good value.

Room Tip: It may be worth booking a superior room or asking for one not on the street side. We had very little...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

we had a very pleasant stay at mohammed s riad. he was very helpful and protective and i was glad that he was there for us on our trips around the souks and squares. he took us up to the mountains and arranged food and wine for us at a very reasonable price. we enjoyed the meals we asked him to cook for us. the accomodation was simple but clean and very close to the old quarter of marrakech which is what we wanted. it is a small riad with a central courtyard and space to sit on the roof terrace where mohammed provided us with mint tea.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Harlow, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We booked the Riad El Farah for a 3 night stay. We would recommend this riad as it is ideally located for anyone who wants to experience what Marrakech has to offer in a peaceful location! The owner, Mohammed, made us welcome and let us settle in before taking us and pointing out local attractions and directions. We had a double room that was simply furnished in typical moroccan colours and cleaned daily. Breakfast was simple but tasty, comprising of crepe/pastries, honey & bread with coffee. The architecture of the riad was typical of the local structures. Mohammed was available if we needed him but was in no way overbearing, leaving us to do as we pleased. We would have no hesitation staying here in the future!

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for four nights, this riad is in a good location, if you want to experience the Moroccan way of life this is ideal if you want modern don't bother. The welcome was good the food was always good the room was cleaned daily and Mohammed was very keen too please in every way possible, nothing was too much trouble.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We could not fault Riad El farah. Mohammed is a gentleman through and through- he was friendly without being overbearing, giving us a warm welcome and taking us to places when we asked for his help. He took us out for the afternoon and accompanied us to bars and a restaurant, which were owned or runned by his family and friends- it is obvious that throughout Marrakech people look after each other, whether they are family, friends or just fellow Morrocans-a philosophy that we could well learn from!
The room was a standard room, and simply furnished but very comfortable and gave us a real feeling for Morrocan life, as did the whole experience. Coming out of the Riad onto the narrow streets with donkeys, motorbikes, carts, cats to name but a few, was in itself an experience not to be missed. And not far from all the main sights and sounds of the city and to where the buses leave to take you on trips.
I would recommend the half board option- the food was delicious.
If you want to experience the real Marrakech then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: el Kasbah, Derb El Oualidine 35, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #408 of 1,034 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad El Farah 3*
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