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“Great accomodations. Average location and dining.” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Alwachma
21 derb Sebh | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #109 of 1,065 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Aberdeen, New Jersey
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25 hotel reviews
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“Great accomodations. Average location and dining.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

The riad itself is beautiful and is tucked away in a quiet alley right next to the Maison Arabe. Service was impeccable, friendly, and unintrusive. Our room came with a TV and air conditioning, which was a welcomed surprised after spending several nights at other hotels which lacked these two amenities.

The reason that I rated this riad 4 instead of 5 stars is due to the location and the dining. We had stayed at a different riad earlier that was very conveniently located 5 minutes away from Djemaa el Fna and enjoyed being able to walk to the square so quickly. Riad Alwachma claimed to be a mere 7 minute walk to the main square but after walking for a good 10 minutes and finding that we were not even halfway to the square, we decided to turn back. Also, the area in which this riad is located did not seem to have any selection of restaurants so this may post a problem to visitors who wish to easily walk to restaurants.

We had reserved a dinner at the riad and while it tasted fine, we believed that both the appetizers and the deserts were prepared ahead of time and reheated instead of made to order. They informed other guests that they only needed a 10 minute advanced notice to "prepare" dinner, so we're pretty sure the dishes are simply reheated. This was somewhat of a letdown as we were expecting a wonderful home cooked hot meal.

All in all, we enjoyed our comfortable stay and thought the riad was very hospitable.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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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
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

What a pleasant surprise behind the orange walls and narrow alley.
We were met at the door by our host and the hospitality was very good. The rooms are beautifully made up with crisp and fresh linen. Sun roof with ample space to relax under the umbrellas and shaded areas.
Really wholesome Continental breakfast.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

This Riad is run by a very chilled French couple and and the staff are very low key , you actually feel like you have the place to yourself , but at the right moment they are there for you .
The Riad Alwachma itself is a beautiful quiet oasis in Bab Doukkala area and very calm in a city which never sleeps , breakfast on the terrace roof is very nice and the evening meal in the dining lounge was fantastic. also when you come back from a night out the Riad is lit everywhere inside by candles and lanterns and looks beautiful.
The next time we are in Marrakech this will be the Riad for us for sure .

Room Tip: All the rooms are very nice and quiet , i really would not worry about what room you get , although...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

First I would start by saying a big thank you to Jerome and Anne-Helene for their 5strs customer service !!!
The breakfast was amazing, the room was peaceful and the riad an escape from our busy life in London !
I already plan to go back in October and cannot wait for it !
Big thank you to Riad Alwachma for the amazing time
Gabriel

  • Stayed May 2013, 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
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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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Arundel, United Kingdom
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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
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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
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Additional Information about Riad Alwachma

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 #109 of 1,065 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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