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“An oasis of calm in the midst of the madness of the medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Derb Dabachi Derb Moulay Abdelkader 46/47, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #82 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“An oasis of calm in the midst of the madness of the medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We arrived at Chambres d'Amis after a week in the desert camp of Cafe Tissardmine and a wonderful drive across the mountains. I didn't think Karen Hadfield, who'd arranged the accommodation and excursions could give us any more surprises but voila! We were met at Jemaa el Fna onby the riad's manager Jansky, a colourful character whom the whole square seemed to know, and marched through the bustling alleys. Will I be able to find it again??? An then, a coded knock and the door opened. A courtyard with banana trees and upstairs, a cosy salon with a roaring fire and mint tea and Moroccan biscuits awaited us. Rooms were compact but comfortable. I was awaken by the songs of a couple of lovebirds chasing each other on the branches of bourgainvillea. At breakfast, on the roof terrace, we were spoiled with freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh baguette and a lovely smile from the handsome Abd Salam. I would come here again in the summer so I can curl out on the comfy cushions on the terrace with a good book and a pot of mint tea. Thank you, Jansky!

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Karen Hadfield of Cafe Tissardmine booked our group in here as part of our Moroccan Caravan Writing Journey. We'd already been 10 days from Fes to Erg Chebbi and Chambre d'Amis was the perfect place to end our trip. We had travelled across the High Atlas Mts that day and were all pretty tired and worn out, so to arrive in the gorgeous living room with open fire and mint tea and sweets felt like coming home. The rooms are charming, with stunning modern Moroccan chic decor and breakfast and our final workshop on the rooftop terrace was treat.Jansky and Abdul Salaam were perfect hosts with the ladies of the kitchen all looking after us so well. So close to all the exciting medina madness but such a peaceful oasis to come home to. I liked it so much I stayed on an extra couple of days and will bring my group again next year.

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  • Stayed January 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Thank you Jansky for a fabulous stay, short as it was. A beautifully renovated Riad in the heart of the medina of Marrakech, just a short stroll from the busy delights if the souks, the night food stalls, the markets with all their tempting wares. This Riad is extremely comfortable and the staff are simply wonderful! Jansky is the perfect host and Abu Salem and the women in the kitchen will pamper you with their generosity of spirit. I'll certainly come back to stay the next time I visit Marrakech!
Mémé

  • Stayed January 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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København, Staden Kobenhavn, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We really liked to be here. Thanks to the host, helpfull and kind and funny. To the great women in the kitchen, nice dinners, a very homely atmosphere. All the staff made it a very good stay. This riad in marrocan/nederlandish style sort of made a relaxing and good contrast to the very busy and colorfull medinalife. We are looking foreward to go back :-)
Charlotte and Anne-Li

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Staying at Chambres d'Amis felt like being at home. A relaxed atmosphere with a warm, genuine staff! A décor lovers paradise, it's beautifully yet comfortably and casually designed. It was our favourite spot in Morocco! So, so beautiful! The warm welcome of mint tea and pastries every time you came from the bustling medina was such a treat and the complimentary bottled water in our rooms just gave that added value, care and attention. I don't think I've ever stayed anywhere where I've left feeling like I've made new friends!You can request dinner if you've been out all day and are too tired to go out.It's delicious!The riad is close to the square and souks and the roof top terrace a quiet place to escape and relax. LOVED our stay!

  • Stayed November 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

An oasis in the middle of a turbulent and colorful medina. Very tastefully decorated, with a roof terrace as refuge when you are tired and want to enjoy the sun with a book. The lovely staff takes care of you like it's their own home you are visiting. The food they cooked for us was fabulous. This is certainly a place I would love to visit again. Thank you Rutger-Jan for ensuring we were always well taken care of!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Nestled in the heart of "the souk", this Riadh combined Moroccan architecture with clean and airy interior design to create an inspired atmosphere fully appreciated after a day of exploring Marrakech. The rooftop patio was perfect for relaxing with a bottle of wine and enjoying the moon before our night out on the square! Make sure you have someone to guide you to the Riadh if you are unfamiliar with Marrakech or you may never find it, which, seemed to add to the magic of our stay there. The staff is amazing and the dutch manager, whom we adoredd, will give you a tour that is unique!

  • Stayed October 2012, 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: Derb Dabachi Derb Moulay Abdelkader 46/47, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #82 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Number of rooms: 5

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