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“Fantastic Riad, very friendly and welcoming” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Harmattan
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   78 derb Boutouil Kennaria, Marrakech 20000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #468 of 1,031 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic Riad, very friendly and welcoming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

My friends and I stayed here during our trip to Marrakech and we all agreed that we would choose L'harmattan again if we went back. Yes, it can be tricky to find at first but the location is top class and if needs be, the staff would come to help you find your way from the main square. A big thank you to Christophe and Said for being so friendly and attentive. Said even got on his bike at 1.30am to come and pick us up when we got lost after a late night at the Kosy bar! Seriously how many places would do that for you? If you need to arrange a trip out or just lounge about the riad they will make sure that you are taken care of. We were roomed in the riad next door as they were busy and I have to say, it was an excellent surprise. The rooms were beautiful! Fantastic roof terrace with amazing views, mint tea upon arrival and very decent breakfasts. Clean, welcoming, relaxed, friendly, great location and helpful what more can you ask for??? Thanks again guys! Scott

  • Stayed March 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed in this riad for 4 days during our citytrip to Marrakech. Finding the place was a true challenge and not that pleasant for two women by themselves, because we had to navigate through a labyrinth of small, dark alleys and passageways. But once we entered the riad, we found a lovely, peaceful place, which seemed to have come from a 1001 nights fairytale! The riad is beautifully decorated, peaceful, quiet and the owner did everything to make us feel at home. There are several places where you can sit and relax (i.e. the rooftop terrace!) and drink Moroccan tea with cookies 'on the house'. The owner helped us finding our way and gave some good advise on certain trips and other practicalities. He does speak only French though and hardly any English. The breakfast was well taken care of, with freshly squeezed orange juice every morning.
The only negative aspect I can think of is the shower, which turned cold every now and then. Plus, it would be nice visiting this place with male company to feel a bit more at ease on your way to and from the riad.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

We stayed in this riad for a couple of weeks in July, and absolutely loved it. It is clean, well run and incredibly friendly. Although initially tricky to find, after one trip there you're set. Upon arrival we were offered mint tea and biscuits. The breakfasts were very good, though a bit samey after staying for a while, though we were there longer than most other guests. The manager Said was very smiley and friendly. He didn't speak much English, but he always found a way to help. Overall, a fantastic place to stay: traditional, within easy reach of the main square, and clean. Perfect for the price range.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Prague, Czech Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Compared to the other riads we stayed in while in Morocco (Dar Azaouia in Asilah, Riad Harmonie in El Jadida and Al Atik in Fez - all fantastic choices), this riad was the worst of them all by far. I'm not sure how it compares to other riads in Marrakesh - maybe the standards are lower there. We stayed in two rooms because we extended our stay by one night at the last minute. We stayed in the Dakhla Suite the first night - hardly a suite but a room with a loft. The showerhead broke from the pressure of the water at 9 pm on the first evening, and when I demanded an immediate replacement, the Frenchman (the owner? a friend of the owner?), who was lounging around in his underwear, was very rude and said we'd have to wait until the morning to get it fixed. "Come on," I said, "this is Morocco. People sell things 24 hours a day." In the end, Said, the man who actually works there, brought us a new one. The second and third nights we were in the Sahara Suite, which was big and nice but had no outside windows, so it felt like being in a cave. The bed was comfortable, but the kids had to sleep on couches. The terrace is very dirty and not very comfortable - the spiral stairs to the top looked ready to fall off at any minute. The padlocks provided to lock the rooms were an absolute joke - our suitcase locks were stronger! The breakfasts were OK, but in general the same boring things every day. Nothing homemade except for the orange juice. The decorations were a bit funky, and the gallery of pictures of the French owner looking like a movie star (maybe he is) was a little discerning. WiFi worked only in the lower courtyard. On the positive side, the location was excellent, though it is quite hard to find, and the air-conditioning worked very well. All in all, I am sure there have to be riads in Marrakesh on the level of the others we stayed at in Morocco. I wish we had had the luck to find one.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Como, Italy
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

This riad is not good at all and I cannot understand why it is so high recommended! I travelled over the world but this riad was the worst never had
At first is not easy to find it and you have to ask and pay someone to bring you there.
The staff is not friendly at all! no smiling and quiet rude.
After three days sleeping there, the towels were not changed so I put them on the floor to have clean one but when we came back we found the same dirty towels. Then I asked Said (men’s staff) to have clean one and he answered that they do not change them every day
but only when they are dirty so when I told him that our were dirty he said that they were not (even if I put them on the floor). I have to argue with him about 10 minutes to have clean towels, AMMAZING!
Then the breakfast was everyday same, coffee milk bread no fresh but warmed on microwave with industrial strawberry jam and orange juice.
Breakfast before 8.00am was not possible. One day we left at 7.30am and we could not have breakfast, the evening we asked to drying a coffee and one mint tea but they charged us 3euro for them!
The rooms are not so clean and not sure because the door are closed by a padlock really easy to open and also the walls are so thin that you can heard everything from the next rooms

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2011

The riad is placed in a little corner of the Medina (could be difficult to find it the first time), 5 minutes from the main place, Djemaa el Fna. It has something more then the others we stayed in, probably because they care a little more about you (as we arrived, they offered us a mint tea with homemade biscuits). The atmosphere is the one of an artistic place, because of the paintings of moroccan artists on the walls.
The rooms were large, cleaned and beautiful. Breakfast is served in a typical moroccan living. The wifi is alweys available, the employee was very kind to us and the last day of our stay, he kept our luggage in the riad to allow us a pleasant last visit.
Very quiet, perfect for families.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

So central to the hustle and bustle of the Medina, 5 mins from the Jem El Fna square. Great service, clean comfortable rooms and great rooftop tarrce with great views over the City and to the mountains. A word of caution- this place is really hard to find- the maze of pathways to fiind is quite challenging for a first time visitor to Marrakech!!! get the owners to send you a map before you arrive- once you know the way it's easy.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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: 78 derb Boutouil Kennaria, Marrakech 20000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #468 of 1,031 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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