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“Riad Souika, Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Souika
Medina Marrakech | Bereema, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #841 of 1,126 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Norwich, United Kingdom
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“Riad Souika, Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Riad Souika is a delightfully restored Moroccan house splendidly situated in the old city, but what lifted our stay to the height of holiday luxury was the wonderful service we received from houseman and cook, Aziz. He kept everything in perfect order, anticipated our every wish, was always ready with a refreshing glass of mint tea and tasty cakes when we returned from an expedition and his cooking was inspired. In particular, his lamb and quince tagine beat the best efforts of the celebrated Dar Moha restaurant by a country mile.
The heart of the house is its central courtyard, open to the sky, with a splendid orange tree and an attractive scattering of tables, chairs and Moroccan furnishings. A dining room, sitting room and kitchen lead off to the sides.
On the two floors above are three comfortable, well equipped ensuite bedrooms with further sitting areas, and above a rambling roof terrace, garden and small dipping pool. All bedrooms have air conditioning and there’s wi-fi access throughout the house.
The old riad has been beautifully restored with a sensitivity which has created modern comfort without over-restoration or any loss of local charm.
It's very well located. Enjoy breakfast on the roof-terrace while looking out across the rooftops to the nearby city walls, the el Badi Palace, and on a clear day the Atlas mountains. A comfortable five or 10 minute stroll takes you past the palace to the metalworkers’ square and then to the Jemaa el Fna, half a mile beyond.
We booked Riad Souika through travel specialist Lawrence of Morocco, who organise tailor-made individual holiday programmes. Their excellent local team of support staff, drivers and guides ensured a truly memorable and impeccably organised holiday from arrival to departure.

  • Stayed October 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Riad Souika
Friends who had visited Marrakesh said that we should definitely stay at the Riad Souika, and we were really glad we took their advice. Like most riads, the entrance is unpretentious, but the premises really open out inside, with an interior courtyard that opens up to the sky. The rooms are arranged on three floors, plus a very attractive roof garden. Our first-floor room was lovely — beautifully decorated, cool, with en-suite facilities, air-conditioning and wi-fi. A small alcove just outside the room afforded additional seating space.

The riad is situated just at the Bab Hmar, a five or ten minute walk from the Place des Ferblantiers and the Palais Royal. Aziz, our host, was extremely friendly and helpful, attended to all our needs, and was happy to prepare vegetarian food for us. He made some excellent tagines.

When we booked this summer (2012) it was not possible to make online reservations for the Riad Souika, and we booked through a travel firm called Complete Morocco (www.completemorocco.com). Making the booking by telephone was totally problem-free, and we would thoroughly recommend this agency, who were most efficient, provided an excellent travel pack, and sent one of their agents in Marrakesh to meet us, ensuring that we had settled in, and that our departure was without difficulties. All things considered, this was a most successful stay.

  • Stayed September 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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Paris, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2008

We are Americans living in Paris, but we opted for April in Marrakech this year and it was an excellent choice. How to convey the charm and peace of this lovely home, which sits squarely in the middle of the bustling Medina? The streets outside are full of life; exotic colors, smells and sounds compete for the visitor's attention, but once one retreats into the courtyard of the Riad, all is quiet, languorous and peaceful. It is like going from full volume to the mute button in one fell swoop.
The courtyard of the Riad is extremely welcoming -- with its view to the open sky and the healthy lemon tree growing in the center of the space. This was my favorite place to lounge and to marvel at the decorating skills of the stylish owner, who is responsible for the harmonious colors and cozy feel of the rooms that open off the courtyard. Happily I never had to venture into the kitchen because that is Aziz's domain: absolutely Aziz is one of the outstanding features of this holiday destination. From the tasty early morning breakfast he served us on the roof of the Riad -- fresh fruit, good coffee, buttery croissants, creamy yogurt -- to the marvelous dinners we enjoyed in the evenings (lamb tagine, brochettes of fresh fish, chicken with preserved lemon and olives), all was up to the standards of the finest hotel restaurants and we didn't have to leave "home" to enjoy such fare. The view from the roof top terrace is splendid -- the Atlas mountains visible in the distance on a clear day -- and it is a perfect spot for lounging and lazy conversation. The bedrooms were cozy and private, and the only drawback for certain persons would be the stairs: this is not a hotel, that is the defining charm of the place, it is a private home, but that means there are no elevators, so there is necessarily a climb to the bedrooms and of course, to the splendid terrace on the roof.
This is the perfect spot for a family vacation, or for friends who want to share a vacation home (there are three bedrooms), or for a couple who want a spacious, romantic hideaway all to themselves.

  • Liked — Views from the rooftop terrace
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, England
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2008

Riad Souika is truly a calm oasis , a great place to get back to after the hassle, hustle and bustle of the markets. It is very central so location is fanastic. As other reviewshave also stated, the place has a great ambience, with authentic, colouful, tasteful furnishing.

However whilst there may be other similar accommodation (though I doubt it) the icing on the cake is Aziz . The term houseman really does not do justice to what he does , his skills and the added value he brings to the stay.

Firstly he is very welcoming and enthusiatic and of course knowledgable about the city. No task is beyond him! Secondly, and perhaps more important for any foodie - he is simply a superb cook - forget all the fancy restaurants around and just dine in - you will not find better.

  • Liked — Central location, tasteful furnishings and the fantastic cooking of the houseman ziz
  • Disliked — I liked everything - though I guess of all those stairs at the end of a weary day was a bit daunting!
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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san francisco, ca
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2008

Friends finally got me to write this review to "share the wealth" since I never write reviews but use Trip Adviser all the time. We loved our stay in Riad Souika, an authentic Medina (old city) house --or riad--in Marrakesh. Through a narrow door from a rather forbidding narrow alley, you enter into a magical place. You can rent either the entire house or one of 3 separate double bedrooms, each with private bath. Built around a traditional open courtyard, Riad Souika is very comfortable and cozy. It's not luxury but has all the critical comforts--good beds, cozy reading nooks, a fabulous roof terrace, lots of hot water for baths in bathrooms that are not modern but make you feel like you're in a traditional turkish baths, air conditioning for the summer and heat for the winter. And the food.....
Aziz the on-site houseman takes amazing care of you, and his cooking is "superbe." (easier to communicate if you speak French). I tried to copy his recipes but can't make them taste as good. The Moroccan colors and interiors of Riad Souika are stunning. From the roof, you see the spires of all the minarets and hear the call of the muezzins. You are close to the royal palace and so can see the palace walls and the city's famous storks. You are about 10 minutes walk from the main square (depending upon how lost you get amongst the narrow walkways of the souk!). This is the real Marrakesh--you walk amongst the real people--and even though we are American and not well-loved in this part of the world, felt nothing but friendliness (although the ever present pressure of the souk vendors can get a bit tiresome). One comment, it's not a great house for old people since there are quite few stairs with uneven steps. We were there with our grade-school daughter who found the place magical.

The people from Best of Morocco can arrange pick-up from the airport and tours both within and outside of Marrakesh.

  • Liked — the "feel" of the place, location, Aziz the on-site houseman
  • Disliked — the rooms are heated--but to get from room to room you go through the courtyard and that was chilly in January
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Medina Marrakech | Bereema, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #841 of 1,126 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 3
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