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“Would definitely stay there when in Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Alwachma
21 derb Sebh | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #112 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Would definitely stay there when in Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This was the second time I stayed there - also in August last year. The place is lovely and in an excellent location. The staff and owners were really helpful and breakfast and service was excellent. Highly recommend it

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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Arundel, United Kingdom
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10 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

This Riad is just wonderful. We stayed last weekend with friends and were delighted from the moment we arrived. Lovely staff who are so helpful and welcoming. A beautiful place to stay good food, great rooms and all just 10mins for the centre of town. Can't recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed April 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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Littlehampton, West Sussex, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Wow - what a find. Upon arrival using the Riad's transfer service we were lead up a wide alley way (Derb) and were met by a nondescript door in a wall, looking like many other Riad's in the city. When the door was opened our first greeting was the incredible fragrance which set the mood for our stay. Even though we arrived early in the day, due to previous earlier check outs our rooms were ready within 10 mins of arrival. The owner provided complementary mint tea and Morroccan pastries to welcome us. We had booked 2 of the higher price rooms and they were superb, very comfy beds and pillows and good quality linen. The bathroom was good and the shower like a mini wet room. Complementary water for the room was also provided. They were very helpful with maps and directions and ideas on 'must sees'. The roof terrace was a lovely tranquil place to relax and recharge before a night time visit to the Jemaa-el-Fna and souks for haggling. The breakfast was sufficient, do not expect English or Continental, you are in Africa, so it was yogurt, crepes, eggs rolls/bread and jam with orange juice, coffee and tea. We had all decided to book a Hammam and massage 'in house' and following our early departure from the UK the owner recommended having the treatment late on the afternoon of our arrival day, the entire experience was amazing and this was the perfect thing to do before eating a traditional Morroccan meal cooked at the Riad. All of the staff that looked after us at the Riad were superb, friendly and very willing to help. I almost don't want to share as I don't want it to be fully booked when I return.

Room Tip: All rooms are superb and the only difference is size, pay more get bigger (difference is 10 euros)
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  • Stayed April 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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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Tucked away in a small quiet laneway, but easy to find, and close to the souks and artisan centre, the Riad Alwachma was a sympathetically renovated Moroccan family residence that had been transformed into a small and intimate hotel ..... If you are wanting a Moroccan experience in a traditional and charming setting, with delicious traditional (or western food), a warm reception, and very attentive and courteous staff, then this is the place for you .... Take breakfast or dinner on the roof garden, in your room, or in the intimate and romantic dining room .... The open wood fire in the dining room was a special delight on the cool nights in early February

We stayed here for 7 nights and would recommend it to travelers looking for simplicity, authenticity and good service with a smile, then this is the place for you.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Rockville, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Riad Alwachma is not what the pictures and description make you believe. The riad and terrace are very small. The room we occupied was tiny with barely enough room between the walls and the bed. The bathroom was also very small, very dark and uninviting. Our 2 day/3 night trip to Marrakech was a last-minute excursion from the Riviera where we were vacationing from the US. We had exchanged emails with the manager a few days before our arrival to find out availability and told her we were planning to spend the last two nights of our stay in her riad. When we told the manager, we would not be staying the second night (a Sunday night), she became very unpleasant which confirmed our initial bad impression. Because we did not want more recrimination, we paid for another night and left as fast as we could. With French school vacation over and on a Sunday night, It was easy to find an elegant riad, spacious, with a big beautiful terrace. We speak from experience. One of us spent 2 years in Morroco with Peace Corps some years ago in a small village near Marrakech and is very familiar with riads.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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riadalwachma, Gérant at Riad Alwachma, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Danielle,

The room sizes are given on the site as well as the description of the riad.

You want to come when we were full, you forget to write that we have found another riad ...
We have offered a room upstairs bigger you do not want!
We do our best for our customers, and I think that reversing a reservation at 11am the same day it is normal that we do pay ...
My husband and I have done everything to make you feel better.
I think it is normal that the same day or you want to leave, we do pay the continuity of day.
We were listening to you.

We are not a hotel and do our best to make our guests is satifaits.
You feel as if we had proposed a 5 star for 49 euros ... I do not think we pretend to do so.

Anne Hélène
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Florida
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19 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

This is a really nice little Riad in a great location in the medina. After a day out seeing the city, the pretty interior courtyard and friendly staff make you feel like you're coming home. The rooms are very well decorated, and also comfy and spacious, with lovely bathrooms. We ate dinner twice in the dining room. You order your meal in the morning, the tajines were very good, and they had the best harira soup that I tried in Morocco. The wine was also nice. Parts of the medina can be really hectic, but there are some neat streets near the Riad with nicer little stores than the crowed area of booths behind the Jemaa el-Fnaa.

  • Stayed March 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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

This is a very welcoming Riad in the heart of the Medina. The staff were all very attentive and could not do enough for us to make our stay an enjoyable one. The courtyard and terrace were lovely and breakfast was excellent, setting s up well for the day ahead. The owners were charming and have done a great job to create a veritable oasis of peace and calm amidst the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. It's about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the main square where everything seems to happen in Marrakech. If you've never been there before, be prepared for a a lot of pushy locals trying to get you to part with your money. Once you get over that and become immune to it then you will enjoy your time in the city. However, do get the Raid to arrange a trip into the Atlas Mountains. It's not far and very reasonably priced. We had a great driver who was very informative and helpful. If you're thinking of Marrakech then you can't go far wrong if you stay at Riad Alwachma.

Stayed March 2013
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Address: 21 derb Sebh | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #112 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the ground floor of the riad built around a large patio with columns a Moroccan living room, steam room, a lounge and two bedrooms. Upstairs, they offer six rooms / suites. All rooms in the riad are coated with tadelakt and zelliges, they also have heating and air conditioning, satellite TV and wi-fi. Finally, to eat or just enjoy in peace the views of the Koutoubia and the High Atlas mountains. ... more   less 
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