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“Decent, but basic” 3 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Iaazane
57 Derb El Hammam Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #702 of 1,037 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Epsom, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Decent, but basic”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Riad Laazane is a decent and inexpensive place to stay with no frills. We stayed there for 5 nights in a basic double room, which cost us around £9 each per night (cheap for Marrakech).

The room was as described - small and basic, with one double bed, a single bed, some storage, and a fan. It was comfortable and clean with 2 shared bathrooms. Sometimes the bathrooms were not always clean and often ran out of toilet paper. The rooms were very hot, and stayed hot at night as we were not able to air out our room during the daytime due to locking it. However the riad is very quiet. There is a washing machine and a kitchen, and a roof terrace. Staff are very friendly and speak very good English, French and Spanish (and Arabic of course). Location is good as it's about 7/8 minutes from the square.

My only big problem is that this particular riad is really difficult to find... It's down a number of winding alleys that you would never expect a riad to be down, and the instructions provided by the staff on Hostelworld are not clear as there are no road or street names! If you arrive very late like us, you will have to ask for directions from people. Kids will try and pester you and ask you where your hotel/hostel is, however they are known to be unreliable and may leave you more lost. It would be very advisable to learn some basic French before you arrive - especially directions!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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  • Spanish first
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English first
Chippenham, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Me, my boyfriend and two of our friends stayed at Riad Iaazane for one week in February. It was the best holiday I have had in a very long time. Kamal is brilliant - very friendly and approachable and happy to help with everything. The bathrooms are shared but very clean and always a supply of hot water, choice of bath or shower. The bedrooms were spotlessly clean, the beds were extremely comfy and I was never too hot or too cold - just right. I slept like a baby! It is not a luxury 5* hotel but it far exceeded my expectations, perfect for a backpacker or students like us who didn't want to splash out hundreds of pounds each.

Kamal found our stories hilarious after coming back after a day of shopping and telling him all about being harrassed by ladies trying to give me a Henna tattoo. He happily showed us how to brew our tea we bought and also helped us set up a shisha pipe. He also made us a lamb tagine on our last night and it was delicious!! We stayed up chatting far too late, sometimes until 4 o'clock in the morning on our last night, as there was nobody else staying in the Riad except our group. We met some really lovely people there, for a few days we met some German tourists and also some Swiss tourists. All in all we had an excellent time and when I return to Marrakech I will definitely be staying here, no question about it!!

The ONLY bad thing I can say is that it is a bit of a labyrinth trying to find the Riad but that is the same with all of Marrakech. But after one journey there and back we had it memorised.

Room Tip: Downstairs rooms have bunk beds so upstairs rooms are better for couples.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Berlin, Germany
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

With Hakim it's the best place we've been to in Marokko, really friendly and he helps when he can. As well it's one of the calmest places we've slept, as long as there are no families with children or "loud" guests talking and smoking in the court all night long...
A little hard to find if you haven't been to Marrakech before.

Room Tip: any room is good - depending on the amount of ppl.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gex, France
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

A friend and I stayed at the Riad Iaazane for about 4 nights in total and we had a fantastic time. Kamal was so helpful with everything and anything that we needed! It was like we were a part of his family. He helped us organise our trip and went out of his way to ensure we had a good stay.
The Riad is in a great location, once you have figured out the way to wind your way through the beautiful streets it is perfect. Full of charm and character! Kamal organised a desert trip for us which was amazing. Great advice. Excellent price!
Mint tea whenever you feel like it :) Free WIFI throughout the Riad.
Thanks!!!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

Kamal will arrange for you to be collected from the airport, if you let him know when you are arriving. He showed us how to find the main square (5 minutes away) and how to remember the route back. The riad is decorated in traditional style and has 2 roof top terraces. Internet available. We had a long weekend in March and the weather was perfect.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Deventer, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

We booked the riad on the internet about two weeks in advance. It was tough to find the riad the first time. after arrival the owner was really kind, he pointed out everything we asked him about the city. It was easy to book some extra nights after our trips through the country.

The rooms are ok, clean and cosy.even as the two bathrooms.
A nice spot on the roof to have a drink and a great view over Marrakesh
and only a 5 minutes walk to the main square.
In my opinion the ambiance is really nice! It's a real good backpackers spot.
if you want a nice place for a good price I would sent you to this riad! .

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Neutral Bay, Australia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

Arrived there from a desert trip, and first experiences were good...the owner came out on his motor scooter to meet us at the gate of the Medina closest to the hostel (the part of the Medina in which it is located is closed to cars), and gave us a warm welcome. He gave us good advice about the city, and was generally helpful. The rooms were alright...my bed was hideously uncomfortable, but the other three friends in the dorm seemed to have much more comfortable ones, and some of the wiring looked about to explode, but it was what you'd expect for the very modest price. Bathrooms were in fact quite good.

The problem came after our second night. We had originally only booked to stay two nights, since one of our friends was only staying that amount of time. Upon arrival, I had immediately told the owner the other three of us wanted to stay an extra night, which he suggested should be no problem. Just before going to sleep on the second night, I reiterated this, a little more firmly to be sure, and he said there was no problem. Then the next evening at 6 o'clock, while we were out and about exploring the Medina, we got a phone call telling us we needed to get back to the hostel right away because they had to give away our room.

The story was, the owner hadn't forgotten our verbal booking of the extra night, he had simply taken no action about it, so it still appeared as available online. Some other tourists had booked at midnight of the previous day, apparently after we had gone to sleep; then when we left at 10 am the next morning, when he still hadn't woken up and hence couldn't tell us. Bizarrely, he hadn't thought to phone us in the morning, but instead waited until an hour after the people who had booked our room arrived. To his credit, he didn't let them into our room, which still had our locked suitcases, and non-valuable items strewn over our beds...but that would have annoyed the new arrivals who couldn't get into their room until 7 by the time we came back and packed up. What sort of hostel has 7pm check-in time!

Ultimately bizarre all round. Why the owner didn't bother booking us in; and why he didn't contact us earlier, or leave us a note, or something (for all he knew, why might have been on another day trip...we didn't get back to Marra until 10pm the day before) is a question I can't answer.

He was honest about his stuff-up and wasn't a crook, or a rip-off merchant, just not very competent at all. At least he helped us to find alternate accomodation nearby, albeit twice the price (but probably twice the quality too).

If you do stay here...just make allowances for this incompetency!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: 57 Derb El Hammam Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #702 of 1,037 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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