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Riad Zayane
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   36, derb Nakhla | Bab Doukkala - médina, Marrakech 40008 , Morocco   |  
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Ranked #198 of 1,054 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A really lovely place to stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Riad Zayane Atlas is a lovely quiet place in an excellent location just minutes from the bustle of the souks and the square. We were very well looked after, especially by Kamal who remained friendly, attentive and patient with our attempts at GCSE French! Nothing was too much trouble for him. We went on a 'deal' which included dinner for one evening but the food was so delicious and the surroundings so pleasant on the roof terrace that we decided to eat there on other evenings too. A splash pool had just been installed and was a welcome addition. The room we had was a bit small but this didn't really matter as there were plenty of nooks and crannies to lounge in and relax. I have no hesitation in recommending Riad Zayane, it is excellent value and I would certainly stay there again.

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Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Temperature was good this time of year, mild english summer. The riad is just inside the medina so everything is walkable to, approx 20-30 min, depending on pace! It is located down a dusty track, approached thro a small local market, (if you want European, go outside the medina!)
The riad is small, 5/6 rooms on a first floor balcony. Tasteful, good quality modern conversion with good sympathetic local ethnic feel. The inner balcony faces onto a courtyard with water, refreshingly cool. The courtyard is covered with retractable canvas roof. Excellent roof terrace for sunbathing/relaxing.
You can order evening meal for the evening in the courtyard, with a days notice. It is medium priced but better than most of the meals you will eat out!
The day to day manager is Jaovad who also cooks the excellent meals. Unfailingly helpful staff, who went out of their way to make us feel at home.

Room Tip: All the rooms open out to a central covered enclosed courtyard, so all OK. Like most places you get...
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  • Stayed April 2012, 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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Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

We chose this Riad from the British Airways list and despite a delayed flight arrival and the resultant confusion of the airport pickup we were delivered to the location and met at the street and then escorted a short walk to the Riad (As other reviewers have said - Finding any Riad can be difficult, so being met and guided in was brilliant)
On arrival we were warmly greeted by Jo, given mint tea ( we are now hooked on mint tea!) and everything about our stay including places to visit and the best routes into the landmarks etc was explained - A great start
During our 5 days, nothing was to much trouble and for Jo or the girls including organised an excursion for us which was excellent. We ate in one evening which was both great value and excellent food and each morning the breakfast was different and there was always enough food for a good start to the day - The omelettes are the best!
This Riad is an oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of Marrakech and coming in through the heavy front door after a hectic day was wonderful and to be so quiet as soon as the door is shut was amazing, as was the rooftop area where we sat out in the evening watching the stars.

We recommend this Riad without hesitation!

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

I can honestly can not recommend this Riad enough it was the most beautiful and relaxing accomodation I have ever stayed in.

When we arrived we were a bit harassed as the lane leading up to the Riad is quite a culture shock when first arriving in Marrakesh but we were then welcomed into Riad Zayne which is like a little peace of heaven in the noisy, bustling city. Joad who I gave the best customer service as did the ladies that work at the Riad that I have ever expereinced. Welcoming us with Morrocan mint tea and even prepared us a three course dinner at about 10pm at night in the riad, when we arrived.

The food at the riad was the best we tasted in Marrakesh, succlent tagines and lovely sweets and the rose wine was really good. The breakfasts were different each day and a lot of effort was put into them.

The rooms are decorated and themed, we were in the African room which was very nice. The roof terrace was nice to go up and sit and realx on one of their sun bed. There is also a plunge pool but we never got round to using it.

The Riad is very relaxing and I can't wait to go back!

Room Tip: All rooms look lovely and have an individual theme, we stayed in the African room which was very nic...
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  • Stayed May 2011, 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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London
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

Stylishly decorated, charming and helpful staff, good food, centrally located inside city walls, close enough to the main square to walk there easily, but also in a 'real' neighbourhood away from the main tourist area.

  • Stayed February 2012, 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed for 5 nights between the 9th and 14th of Jan 2012. We arranged transfers on the morning of our trip by calling the Riad direct from the UK after panicking about finding it as we were arriving late in the evening. We had planned to get a coach / bus from the airport, but opted for the safe bet of having someone meet us. They were very accommodating despite the short notice, and as arranged a taxi driver met us at arrivals at the airport. We were very glad that we had done this because as it has been mentioned in previous posts, the Riad is just off a busy medina strip, and we probably would never have found it, but thankfully the taxi driver, a regular driver for the Riad, parked on the main road near the medina walls, and took us directly to the Riad. It is very unassuming and you would definitely miss it if you didn’t know what to look out for, so I would advise a hotel arranged transfer for the arrival at least. Turns out, however, that the coach station is literally a 5-10 minute walk across a busy road and then through the gap to the other side of the medina walls if you are braver than us!
We were pleased to see that the reviews about it being a stunning Riad were correct, and the friendly host served us complementary mint tea while we filled in the paperwork. Our room was beautifully decorated, with fresh rose petals strewn across the table and placed around the gold sink in the bathroom. The bedroom is spacious but was slightly disappointed that they didn’t have a tv ( I quite enjoy finding out what foreign tv’s like after a busy day of sightseeing) however I feel that this was probably for the best as it would have spoiled the décor. It came equipped with a spacious wardrobe which also contained a safe, and also had a air-con / heater system The bathroom was spacious and had a sort of wet-room style shower the water was powerful and warm enough for a good shower.
The breakfast was healthy and adequate, mainly comprised of fruit salads, yoghurt with a choice of compote / honey, croissants, fresh juice mint tea and a ‘main’ which varied daily (boiled egg / pancake etc).
The staff were very accommodating to our needs, and were genuinely helpful when ever we asked for advice or recommendations. As we were there for 5 nights, we decided to go on a day excursion and the Riad owner arranged a taxi to collect us, wait at the destination, and bring us back when we were ready at a very reasonable price. He also arranged for us to go Quad biking with a company he recommended which was a great day and none of this felt like a burden to him.
The only criticism I have is that it did feel a bit awkward to have a beer on the roof terrace in the evening after a long day. If we were any later than about 11pm all the lights would be turned off and all the furniture put away apart from the deck chairs, and as we were on holiday it would have been nice to have a few night caps, perhaps cocktails on the room terrace. I think though, that the staff thought we were a bit crazy as they mentioned a few times that it must be far too cold to sit on the roof terrace in the evening but we were welcome to go up it we wished – it did get a bit chilly in the evening but nothing compared to the weather we had just left behind in the UK!
I also feel I should warn you that the initial arrival to the area where the Riad is was a bit of a cukture shock to us to begin with as it is just off a busy local market street which can prove to be a bit smelly, and you instantly feel like an outsider curious looks aimed in your direction. But after a day of adjusting to the Moroccan way of life we genuinely enjoyed out stay at this hotel, and Marrakech – very different, but would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Delightful Luton
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights. It is truly an oasis in Marrakech. Again we booked this accommodation because of the reviews and were definitely NOT disappointed.
We managed to find it quite easily with a map.
The people were very personable and made you feel welcome on first meeting. They were also very helpful with information and advice.
The room was lovely. I feel the cold easily and because riad's are made for very hot weather I was concerned I may be a bit cold... but not at all. I didn't feel uncomfortable with the temperature at night or early in the morning.
The bed was VERY comfortable and slept very well each night.
Breakfast was lovely, a treat every morning.
We would definitely stay at Riad Zayane again if we went back to Marrakech. Good value for money.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Address: 36, derb Nakhla | Bab Doukkala - médina, Marrakech 40008 , Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #198 of 1,054 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Zayane 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Idéalement situé à deux pas de la Mosquée Bab Doukkala et des transports en commun, le Riad Zayane est une magnifique maison d'hôtes de Marrakech à cinq minutes à pied des Souks et quinze minutes de la place Jemaâ El Fna . Outre ses 5 chambres et suite climatisées à la luxueuse décoration métissée, le Riad Zayane dispose d'une terrasse sur le toit avec solarium, d'un salon et d'une salle à manger ainsi que d'un magnifique patio aux zeligues bicolores avec bassin et fontaine traditionnelle, où vous pourrez vivre un dîner aux chandelles des plus romantiques autour de mets savoureux typiques de la tradition culinaire marocaine, concoctés par la cuisinière du Riad. Le personnel est disponible 24h/24 et vous aidera à organiser excursions et visites guidées de Marrakech et ses environs, ou encore à réserver une table de restaurant et autres billets de spectacles. Un service de navette pour l'aéroport vous sera fourni sur réservation préalable. Enfin, l'accès Wi-Fi est gratuit dans tout le bâtiment. Un parking payant se trouve à proximitéIdeally located near Bab Doukkala Mosque and the public transports, Riad Zayane is a beautiful Marrakesh guesthouse within a 5-minute walk from the Souks markets and 15-minute walk from Jemaa El Fna square. In addition to its 5 luxury guestrooms and suite exquisitely decorated, Riad Zayane has a rooftop terrace with solarium, a lounge and a dining room, as well as a beautiful patio tiled with zeligues and boasting a traditional pond and fountain, ideal setting for a romantic candlelit dinner over tasty dishes of Moroccan cuisine, concocted by Hayat, the in-house cook of the Riad. Staff are available 24/24 and will help you organize excursions and guided tours in Marrakesh and the surroundings, or to book a restaurant and tickets. A shuttle service to the airport will be provided on prior reservation. Eventually, a free wireless Internet is available throughout the building. Charged parking is available nearby ... more   less 
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