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“Wonderful friendly authentic riad” 4 of 5 stars
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Aquarelle Riad
35 Derb Roda, Riad Laarousse, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #134 of 1,057 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Wonderful friendly authentic riad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2009

Myself and my partner stayed at this Riad at the start and end of our trekking trip to the Atlas Mountains. It was recommended to us by the Trekking Agency. We were intending to stay for only two nights but as we were unceremoniously abandoned in Marrakech when Ryan Air cancelled our flights we returned to the Riad for an extra night.
The Riad is situated in the old town of Marrakech in the heart of the Medina, and is about 15 minutes from the main Marrakech square. The area was very run down and consisted of a maze of narrow streets that are full of motorbikes, donkeys and very few westerners. I suppose the approach would be very offputting for travellers who are used to the large western style detinations and western style hotels. If you are looking for this style I advise you to stay in the new town, but you will miss out on the hospitality and authenticness of staying in the heart of this vibrant, historical, interesting place.
When you arrive at the Riad and knoock on the door you will be greeted by a wonderful welcome from the hosts. It is like stepping into a different world from the narrow alleyways outside. The hosts speak some English, and I got by with a mixture of English and French. The Riad is a traditional tiled courtyard surrounded by rooms. We had the room with it's own roof top dining area. It was really quiet and safe up there, though it was a bit a trek up to the room via narrow winding stairs. The room was a treat. Clean and tastefully decorated with an en suite shower and toilet. Simple and lovely.
We were given tea and cakes on arrival, and nothing was too much trouble for the hosts. Breakfast was served on the roof top and consisted of freshly squeezed orange juice, pancakes, coffee, mint tea, toast, jams and cakes. Lovely.
Other guests at the hotel were from Spain, Australia and France - though I don't think there are many rooms there, probably about four or five.

  • Liked — roof top room. Clean and welcoming. Historical Raid.
  • Disliked — The narrow alleyways and run down area was a little offputting.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • 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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Address: 35 Derb Roda, Riad Laarousse, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #134 of 1,057 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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