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“Gorgeousness! Definitely recommended :)” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Mariana
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   13 Derb El Boumba | Arset El Houta, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #72 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Gorgeousness! Definitely recommended :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

We came here for our 5th wedding anniversary. It's a beautiful little Riad in the centre of the Medina (a World Heritage Site, deservedly so) and all the online photos we saw in advance (there's a good selection on booking dot come) certainly did it justice . It's just as pretty, romantic and exotic as we expected. The location is excellent - you're a (fascinating) five-minute walk from the souks by Djemaa el-Fna square, and minutes in any other direction from the mosques, restaurants and tanneries you'll want to see.
Do make sure you know what to point to on a map though - our taxi driver from the train station had no idea where to go, and tried charging extra as a result. To be honest it's so cheap here it made very little difference, but important to note if you're keen on saving pennies. Just bear in mind it's a poor country, and one Dirham is less than 10p (about 10 US cents), but still gratefully received as a baksheesh (tip) for directions or carrying suitcases!

The Riad staff couldn't have been more helpful - they spoke French and English which made things easier, and were very good tempered and accommodating, even when letting us back in rather late at night. They were happy to help with sights suggestions, gladly gave cultural insights and recipes when asked and helped suggest and organise a last-minute excursion with no fuss.

The room itself was fresh, cool and clean, a reasonable size and overlooked the mini pool, the same as all the other rooms. I think we went for a smaller room as it was cheaper, but I don't think we lost out at all. The bed was clean and comfortable and - importantly - though the bathroom was dinky, the shower and loo both worked perfectly, didn't flood or smell.

We were provided a wonderful breakfast every day (Moroccan breakfast is rather different: thin potato pancakes, flat bread rolls -a *bit* like a bun crossed with a pitta bread, though not exactly - yoghurt, honey and very sweet mint tea. It's delicious and just what you need to get you started in the heat!) when we got up - we just asked, and it was brought up to the terrace for us. The kitchen also made a packed lunch for our day excursion, and provided delicious traditional dinner (with the option of wine) when we let them know a couple of hours in advance. The food was tasty and the portions were large (neither of us could finish!). The chicken was a little bit dry, but we were about half an hour later than we thought so that's probably no reflection on the chef, to be fair.

Western stomachs: Eating in the tiny street "cafes" (you can see how big they are!) is fine as long as you go for *cooked* food. Ask a stallholder for a recommendation, especially if you've bought something, they're twice as friendly ;) Do be careful of salads and olives though as this made me extremely ill :(

Just a final note about the little pool in the centre of the Riad: I'm not sure whether it was for swimming in or not - it was tiny and probably historically used just to dip into and cool down. It seemed to be a typical feature of all the Riads we looked at, but we n.e.v.e.r. saw anyone in it. It was very pretty though, sprinkled with rose petals and surrounded by mini potted palm trees, comfy wicker chairs and cushions. Just a note, in case you're looking for something with a swimming pool - I'm not sure you;ll get that in any of the Riads, there's just not the space! That said, a cool shower works a treat :)

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2011

It worked out fantastic. The place was charming and the ownership very friendly. I highly recommend food and drinks on the roof top. And it's walking distance from the main plaza, which made for easy exploring.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2011

Mariana is a delight. It is a surprise when you go through an ordinary door to find a beautiful plunge pool, cool rooms and calmness. The roof terrace has views over the Atlas Mountains and is great for any meal. As well as breakfast we twice lunched there on delicious tagine The service is friendly, helpful without being intrusive and the bed was very comfortable. All four tenagers with us loved it.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2011

Lovely place nearby the old, interesting and busy souk of Marrakech

  • Stayed February 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2011

Very welcoming and friendly staff that offered great service. Rooms (suites) were excellent in size, cleanliness and quality of beds. We had several transport arrangements made by the hotel, including a one day sightseeing in the countryside. Everything to our full satisfaction. Food was offered at short notice, always fresh.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2011

We travelled to Marrakesh to run the Marathon. We stayed at the Riad Mariana in order to sample the real town and culture. The Hotel arranged airport transfers, the drive through the city showed the Royal palaces and main squares; then we travelled into the old town. This is very busy and dirty, and some people may find this disconcerting.
The Riad is down a few side streets and deep into the old town. Upon opening the front door the Riad is exactly as the pictures on the internet show. Six rooms, clean, large, and pure Moroccan. The staff cannot be any more helpful and the service is very personal. Breakfast on the roof is excellent with plenty of coffee and local cakes, yogurt and sides.
We ate one night at the Riad, a pure delight in excellent surroundings. Well worth the 18euro.
After the Marathon we had a massage and sauna. The ladies had a manicure and pedicure. Well what an experience. The surrounding and quality of service was top and worth the fee. Similar treatment to a Turkish bath but far more personal and helped stop the post marathon pains.
Abdul and his colleagues are a treat and made our stay a memorable time. Making sure there was plenty of drink and advising on good restaurants and places to visit.
To get to the main square and Souks (Bazaars) you will have to walk 15-20 minutes to the main squares and be prepared to get lost. Locals will offer to take you to the ‘Tannery’ and other places. They will always expect money as a thank you. The alternative is to get lost, however after several days you will recognise places and find moving around easier. The tannery is worth a visit but be prepared for the smell and the hard sell afterwards.
In short the location may put some fragile people off due to the local surroundings, however it is real Morocco. The Riad is a comfortable base and makes the city break a fantastic experience. The staff made the holiday and show that the Moroccans are very hospitable.
We bought a lovely wooden box, shoes, clothing and Moroccan bowls. Be prepared to haggle and pay no more than half the original asking price. Again Abdul helped out with advice.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2011

After the madness of the streets outside it was great to enter a relaxing atmosphere. Having breakfast on the roof terrace was a lovely way to start the day. We didn't have an evening meal there but we heard the meals were very good. We experienced the hotels hamman which was very vigorous.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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
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Address: 13 Derb El Boumba | Arset El Houta, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #72 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Mariana 4*
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