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“Clean and attractive, excellent food, extremely helpful proprietor” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Slawi
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   92 Derb Ahmed el Borj | Sidi Ben Slimane, Kaa Sour, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #39 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Clean and attractive, excellent food, extremely helpful proprietor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

A friend and I recently spent three nights at the Riad Slawi. There are probably bigger and/or fancier Riads, but I would not trade either for our experience at Riad Slawi. Riad Slawi is attractive, clean and comfortable, conveniently located, serves delicious food and is exceptionally well-run and accommodating. The evening of our arrival we enjoyed an outstanding 3-course Moroccan dinner, actually the best meal we have had in our five days so far, and was the least expensive. The dinner was prepared fresh on site and included a fabulous - and generous - assortment of Moroccan salads, wonderful chicken tagine with lemon, fresh bread baked that afternoon, and a tasty, light dessert. The breakfasts were just right, consisting of freshly squeezed orange juice, yogurt, and each day something pancake or crepe-like hot from the pan, a different kind each day, delicious and new (at least to us), served with jams and cheese, all hand prepared on the spot by two lovely women.

The rooms were spotless, generous in size, attractive and comfortably appointed, with free wi-fi, AC, mini fridge (stocked with water and soft drinks at very reasonable prices), western bathroom, clean comfortable bedding, sitting room and closet space, plus there were two other luxurious sitting areas inside and a beautiful roof-top terrace.

The proprietor speaks English as fluently as he does French and Arabic. He was responsive and efficient right from the first contact and he was tremendously helpful during our stay. We felt secure that if we needed help with anything we need just call and he would come to our assistance. He escorted us personally from the Riad through the souk to Jemma al-Fnaa to show us the route and established a meeting place should we feel we needed his help getting back. He took us to excellent restaurants and ensured we were given good tables, and he negotiated our taxi for us on our departure. He was patient and generous with his time through our many questions about the souk and the culture, providing valuable context for our experiences.

All of this provided us with a unique opportunity to enjoy the experience of the old city while enjoying a sense of comfort and security.

Please know that the entrance to the Riad is not accessible by car so if you are taking a taxi you will be let off at a spot about 3-4minutes and probably either escorted by your driver or taken by a porter in a red cap who wait in the area. Don't let the alleyways and dark doorways deceive you - inside is absolutely lovely and the people you meet on the way friendly - and the children are especially charming.

  • Stayed September 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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London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Visiting Marrakech for the first time was an excellent experience. Adam is very helpful by arranging a taxi pick up from the airport. On my first day he showed me the way to the main square.
I quickly learned my way to and from the riad and gave me a map just in case, Adam still checked to see if I was ok which was cool.
The breakfast and dinner that Outmani and Zakia made was really لذيذ (tasty) and much welcomed after a lond day. Riad Slawi is a beautiful and much earned retreat after a day exploring.
I hope to return to Marrakech and Riad Slawi soon!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 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 June 27, 2013

I can't recommend this place enough, and I agree with pretty much all the recent reviews. Adam is incredibly helpful and friendly, and helps turn a lovely Riad into a really welcoming one. As others have said, I'd recommend eating in one night (quality traditional food), and taking the suggested trip into the mountains is also worthwhile. I think some people stuggle with the winding alleyways, but Adam is always on hand to help, and it's actually pretty easy. To get there, arrange a taxi/porter with the riad upfront, follow your provided map the first time you head to the square, and if you pay attention both those times, you'll be fine from then on in. All in all, a brilliant stay.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Visiting as a couple we had a fantastic stay at this family run riad hidden away in the maze that is Marrakesh. Adam, the manager, was super helpful with all our needs - going out of his way to navigate us through the streets, pick up tickets for us and make our travels less stressful. He was extremely accomodating, and I would strongly recommend a stay at Riad Slawi!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here in and had a wonderful time. The family who runs this Riad lived in Montreal at one point and their son Adam accompanied me everywhere during my stay - it was like having a friend/ private guide in the City... I felt bad that he had to come with me everywhere but as I was traveling solo, his family insisted!! This riad has the most beautiful and peaceful appearance and feeling. It is steps to the Jemaa al Fna market and they have a gorgeous rooftop patio which is perfect for sunbathing in privacy. This would be my first choice for stay in Marrakech and I hope to return again sometime very soon!! Thank you to the Zniber family for such a great stay.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Stayed for 5 nights in June 2013. The stay from start to finish was fantastic. Adam is really welcoming, really helpful and always ready with any questions we had. He even set us up with a guide who took us out into the mountains for the day (totally recommended if you get the chance). The riad itself is beautiful - really clean, relaxing and beautifully decorated. Also, the dinner offered is amazing and well worth it. The riad is down some little back streets and you do need to follow a porter on the first occasion, but after you know where you are going it is really not that hard to find, and can easily reach the square in 15 minutes. A great stay, can't recommend it enough.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

We arrived late in the evening and were a bit overwhelmed by the streets of Marrakech. However once we met Adam (the owner) and stepped inside this gorgeous Riad we sighed a big sigh of relief and were able to relax and enjoy our trip. We had the most amazing meal the first night we arrived and it was one of the top meals of our whole trip! If you stay here you must eat at the Riad one night at least. Adam was extremely helpful and guided us into town and supplied us with a map back to the Riad. The room was very comfortable, well decorated and impeccably cleaned. The only issues we had was the location, it took about 25mins from the square to walk there and also it is in a hidden away location, however we travelled as 2 young girls on our own and didn't have any major dramas as long as you keep your wits about you. Thank you so much

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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: 92 Derb Ahmed el Borj | Sidi Ben Slimane, Kaa Sour, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#49 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#111 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Slawi 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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