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“A welcome retreat from the busy streets of Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Chambres d'amis
Derb Dabachi Derb Moulay Abdelkader 46/47, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #95 of 1,037 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
“A welcome retreat from the busy streets of Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Walking through the hustle and bustle of Marrakechi market streets, we knew there would be a myriad of riads throughout the labyrinth of the Souk (market). It’s always exciting to find out whether or not you made the right choice. You want to stay in a Riad where you can get some privacy, some unwinding from the busy day you had and great food. We’ve travelled to Marrakech before and through two good friends living in Morocco we heard about Chambres d’Amis, a stylish Riad managed by two Dutch friends. Not only did we get the privacy rest, and good food we were hoping for, we were welcomed with open arms by the lovely Rutger-Jan. He picked us up where we dropped the car off, made sure to help us get around town and had tips galore. We never met somebody so ready to help and with great ideas (we were with a group of four, one of which was walking with crutches and Rutger-Jan made sure everything was as convenient as possible). When we were in Marrakech a heat wave had hit the city and we couldn’t bare the thought of nosing around the market and sight seeing. Rutger-Jan was quick to tell us which Spa/Country Club to visit for the day, brought us there with his driver and we had a wonderfully relaxing day aside a large pool with a delicious lunch. It was nice staying at a place in a foreign country where the host came from the same country as we did while having lived in Marrakech for years and years. Not only does he know all the ins and outs of the city, if you need anything…even if he has to go out of his way for it, Rutger-Jan is a host you can count on. In short: lovely stay, lovely host, lovely sight-seeing and some relaxing/hammamming when the city was too hot to handle.
The Revis family

Room Tip: In hotter months the ground floor rooms are slightly cooler
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Jansky greeted us in the Medina, explained everything to us so clearly (which was extremely helpful in such a foreign, non-English speaking culture), clearly really wanted us to enjoy our time in Marrakech and share his enthusiasm for the place. The Riad itself was a delight. Beautifully decorated, but simple in style, a relief after the intense sights and sounds of the most enormous Souk I have ever seen. Cold cloths to wipe our brow and mint tea to rehydrate greeted us after the heat of the outside city. Quiet calm - an oasis. Very clean, gracious staff, with very good breakfasts, dinners on the rooftop. A pure delight. Jansky was full of fun stories, fantastic advice - we followed every word of it!!! Warm-hearted, Dutch bluntness and most amusing theatrical character.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

This has been my 4th trip back to Chambres d'Amis. You can say that I am a fan. What I love is the welcome of mint tea and cold clothes for my face after the bustle and heat of the square. Jansky greeting us with his big smile and his excellent knowledge of what to do... and how to do it. He always picks the coolest restaurants and boutiques for you. I love the style of this Riad with it's uncluttered style. It is pleasing on the eye, is calm, peaceful and quiet - with splashes of kitsch around that add bright colour and humour. Janksy's staff are attentive and sweet and provide excellent food on the roof. I prefer being on the roof in the early morning sun, sitting on big cushions, looking at the garden and planning my day. Chambres d'amis is the place to come back to after a hectic day exploring. I shall return as always...

Room Tip: All rooms have individual character and I have stayed in about all of them...beautiful showers and b...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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!

Room Tip: Rooms on the first floor are probably best. I just can't handle having my room open onto the cou...
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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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Sydney, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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.

Room Tip: go for a double room .. so comfy..
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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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Adelaide, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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
1 review
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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Address: Derb Dabachi Derb Moulay Abdelkader 46/47, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #95 of 1,037 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech

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