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“A peacefull oasis amongst the madness of Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Attouyour
Derb Lala Azouna 51, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #358 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Bristol, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A peacefull oasis amongst the madness of Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

We arrived from the airport in the taxi booked for us by Samata before we left England. We were so glad we did too. We would never have found it otherwise, tucked down a maze of alleys in the Medina. The taxi took us as close as he could, then Samata came to meet us and walked us to the Riad. We were slightly worried about what would greet us as we wound through the dusty maze, but all our fears dissolved as we entered the Riad. What a magical little place!

Samata was very helpful and attentive. He explained where we were and gave us a copy of his famous 'Magic Map' and showed us how to get to and from Djemaa El Fna square. The first walk into town was quite an experience, but with his map we magically found our way back. You have to navigate some of the less tourist trodden paths which for a family with two young girls was quite scary initially, but by the end of the week we couldn't pass through without being stopped for a chat by friendly traders and locals. We really started to feel at home.

What a treat is was every day though to return to the calm of the Riad. It truly is an oasis, and always so peaceful. Samata was always happy to advise us on etiquette or for finding places. His advice on pricing in the souks was invaluable for our first haggling experiences. If we needed anything booking he would always happily do it. The service he gave was far superior to some I have received in expensive hotels.

There are so many good points of this Riad it is hard to list them all here. There are the little 'sparrows' that live in the Riad. They sleep in little wicker baskets put up by Samata, and greet you for breakfast most days. The cleanliness of the whole Riad far exeeded my expectations. Samata and his sister do an amazing job. I was also surprised that there was none of the usual 'wildlife' that you find in hot climate hotels. Bar a couple of ants, we saw NO insects inside the place at all! Something the girls were glad of.

The rooms are not huge, but we didn't spend long in them anyway. Most of the time we were on the lovely little roof terrace. The air conditioning came on in the bedrooms in the evening which gave us a lovely nights sleep. We didn't want it on all the time as it would mean re-adjusting to the intense heat everytime we went outside. The 5am call to prayer was a shock the first night, but you soon sleep through it.

Breakfast was simple but enjoyable. We ate out every night so didn't try the evening meals (available on request).

By the end of the week we were really sad to have to leave. We will certainly try to get back to Riad Attouyour again. If you are looking for 5 star facilities/activities this might not be for you, but if you want a charming, peaceful, relaxing escape from the bustle of Marrakech this place is top of the bill!

I am so glad we chose Riad Atouyour, it really made our holiday.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

We were travelling through Morocco for 2 weeks and this was one of the best places we have been! The service is excellent, the room was very clean and the location very central. They also helped us a lot arranging a great tour in the desert...we'll definately return!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

My daughter and I stayed for 4 nights in June 2011.
We booked a transfer fromthe airport and I highly recommend this as you will have no hope of finding the riad on your own.
The taxi can take you only so far, then you will be met by the owner, Samata, who will guide you the rest of the way. It is a rabbit's warren of narrow winding alleyways that are not signposted.
Although Samata drew us a map,we still got lost the first time we ventured out,but after that we became more familiar with the route.
Our room was small,but clean and comfortable with it's own bathroom.
Samata arranged a tour to the desert at Merzouga, which was cheaper than anything we could have booked before arrival.
The tour was 3 days,and Samata allowed us to leave our bags at his Riad and booked us one final night's accommodation on our return from the desert.
He did a load of washing for us...for a reasonable price.
We required breakfast each morning at a different time and this was arranged cheerfully.
All in all,we were happy with our experience

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011 via mobile

Three of us stayed here and really enjoyed our stay. What made it great was samata who works there, he could not do enough for you. So much so he went and bought us bus tickets to agadir. We got a taxi from the airport to the riad. The taxi dropped us off in an alleyway and said he couldn't drive any further. A young kid then got our bags with a cart and took us through many winding alleyways to the riad. I asked the kid how much it would cost at the start, and he just said what you like. Here we go I thought. Anyway we got there and samara let us in. I gave the kid 20 dirrham, but he said it wasn't enough. Here we go!!!!!!!We had no change but managed to rustle together 30. The actual riad inside was excellent, it was cool, clean and so much character to it. There was only us staying there, so it was very quiet. Samata gave us a map to walk into the square, which can be a nightmare walk first time, as there is so much hustle and bustle. But after doing it a few times, it's fine. It's only about a 10minute walk, really easy and interesting walk. The breakfast is pancakes and great coffee. We did a tour to the zagora desert through the hotel, managed to get it for 60euros. It was a good tour, although shame it takes so long to get there, but then what can you do. The driver is not a guide and doesn't really speak to you, especially as he didn't speak english. But staying in the desert made it all worth while. One thing before getting into the desert there will be a stop off. A guy will try and make you buy a rubbish head scarf for 50dirrham, don't buy it they are rubbish and also he sold it as you having no choice and you needed it for the camel ride, You don't!!!!!!! All in all though had a great stay and really enjoyed it. Oh just one thing about this riad you do not have much privacy in the rooms, as sitting downstairs can hear everything!!!!

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2011

My husband and I stayed in this riad for one week . While it's a bit off the beaten track, we welcomed the quiet as a break from the busy medina.

Everything was clean/tidy, breakfast provided at flexible times. Manager booked excursions and reservations to restaurants, etc on our behalf.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2011

When we first arrived in Marrakech, to get to Riad Attayour we had to walk through a maze of tiny alleys and we were a bit apprehensive, I admit. Especially when as we got to the front door, there was drainage work so had to try avoid falling into a deep hole (this should be finished by now I think tho and the riad were extemely apologetic about it)
Inside was a completely different story. The courtyard was neat, clean and quiet. The room was lovely, clean and breakfast was delicious. Best thing about the riad was Abdelhadi who was kind, pleasant and very helpful about finding our way around Marrakech with a very useful map. We stayed for only one night although because I forgot some shoes I had to return a few days later to collect them and he had kindly kept them safe. If you can't afford to really splash out on a riad but want something of the riad experience, then this is a good one. We stayed later in a more expensive riad and yes you do get a little more but I thought for the cost, riad attayour was excellent value.

My one piece of advice is to get the airport transfer - we didn't and got a bit ripped off in the taxi and by the 'helpful boy' who had to guide us from the taxi drop off to the riad. Taxis cannot get to the front door and you'll never find it on your own - €15 is definitely a good price for airport transfer in comparison to what it cost us!!

Room Tip: all rooms are fine, I think.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2011

Riad Attouyour.
We arranged a taxi through the riad to collect us from the airport, the driver took us as far as he could then guided us through the streets and dark alley-ways, we felt very vulnerable & a little intimidated by all around us especially when the driver seemed to be lost and had to ask for directions. Eventually with the help from some local children we found the riad. We were greeted by the lovely Samata, he explained that the riad was owned by people who lived in France & that he along with the help of his sister managed the riad.
Our room was nicely furnished with moroccan features and had a lovely ensuite. The rest of the riad was tastefully decorated & we found it to be very comfortable & inviting. The roof terrace was very nice with sunloungers and a table with chairs - very peaceful and a great suntrap but the walls were so high that there was no view!
Each morning we were woken by the bird song which was lovely. Breakfast was not what we are used to but was fine & consited of moroccan pancake, bread served with butter + jam & or a madeira type cake. The coffee was great!! You will get lost the first time you go out, with the help of Samata's map you will recognise the landmarks and will soon know the place like the back of your hand!
Samata was always happy to answer questions or offer advice he suggested a great daytrip to the Ourika Valley to see another side to Moroccan life (about 400Md each including lunch). We had a very enjoyable 5 night stay here before moving to a hotel on the outskirts of town that we'd prebooked.

  • Stayed March 2011, 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 Lala Azouna 51, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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