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“Fabulous and Affordable” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Sidi Omar
mouassine N 85, Marrakech 40030, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #326 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Fabulous and Affordable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Riad Sidi Omar is an outstanding Riad in the medina of Marrakech. The hospitality of Omar and his family is the best care we have experienced in any of the Hotels, Riads or Dars throughout Morocco. Its location in Marrakech in the heart of the medina, but is uniquely insulated from all the sounds of being that close to the markets. This Riad is unique because it is their family house that they converted into a Riad for a family run business for tourism. We had the best time and also saved money staying here versus any other Riad in Marrakech.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

This Riad was an absolute gem in the craziness of the Medina. 100% reliable hot water showers, comfortable beds, clean quiet rooms, lovely roof top terrace, huge breakfasts, free laundry (yes, free!) and great location (5 minute easy walk through a fascinating labyrinth and entertaining souqs to the Djaama el-Fna). But the best part of the Riad was Sidi Omar himself (and his family who also helped with the running of the hotel). He met us at Marrakech airport and was nothing but polite, friendly and super helpful from that point until we left. He was the best host we could have ever ask for and arranged our whole 5 day trek, for a reasonable price, in the High Atlas.

Another thing to note is that Sidi Omar and his family are locals that have converted their home into a guest house. So by supporting Riad Sidi Omar, you are supporting the local Moroccon communities (a lot of other Riads have been bought out and turned into guesthouses by foreigners).

If either my partner Peter and I are back in Marrakech, we will definitely stay in Riad Sidi Omar again!

  • Stayed April 2014, 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 February 22, 2014

Staying at this Riad was the best possible choice for our holiday in Marrakech. Omar made us feel so welcome and comfortable that we were able to completely relax in his riad from the off...a great thing when the souqs and the medina begin to feel hectic and frantic after a long day of haggling! Omar gave us lots of great advice and guidance: going so far as to even walk us to his local hammam and explaining what we wanted in arabic to the people working there. This made for incredible experieces that we couldn't have organised without him. We're very grateful to and fond of Omar and all at the Riad.

The room was very clean - the bed was changed every day - and spacious. Our room was on the ground floor and in the morning the sound of the birds in the interior courtyard would wake us up. This was by no means a bad thing - what a lovely way to start the day! The riad is generally very secure and safe.

The provided breakfasts are lovely and plentiful, served on the roof when weather permits and are served whenever you want them.

It is hard to find though, I would definitely recommend contacting Omar ahead of your arrival. If possible, get picked up from the airport (he charges €15 which I feel is fair based on what taxis would charge) and the driver will walk you to the riad. If you don't do this then I'm afraid I don't see how you'd find the place without a guide, it would be almost impossible! Once you know how to get there (which isn't complicated once it's been explained to you in context), the riad is perfectly located. It's about 7 minutes walk to the main square and only about 5 minutes from a really fantastic bar - Cafe Arabe.

I highly recommend Riad Sidi Omar, I know that I'll be back!

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

I had such a wonderful time staying with two female friends at Omar's beautiful Riad in October. Omar has a heart of gold, an incredibly warm and welcoming host. He puts you at ease immediately. You arrive as guests but leave as friends! The location of the Riad can seem complicated at first but actually it is very simple once you understand the 'labyrinth' which Omar explained. A very intelligent and insightful man, I would not hesitate to recommend Riad Sidi Omar. Each morning we were greeted by most spectacular breakfast on the roof terrace, overlooking the city. The room was very clean, spacious and comfortable. Thank you Omar and family for an unforgettable stay in Marrakech and hopefully we will be back again soon!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

we were emailed some directions by the owner however the riad is very difficult to find! Once you eventually find this riad you will be greeted by a friendly family who offer brilliant hospitality.
The breakfast was amazing and the building is beautiful.
Rooms are clean and spacious.
Can get a little cold at night!
Would highly recommend this riad but would recommend the owner creates better directions to find this place.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Rabat, Morocco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

I had an excellent experience staying at Riad Sidi Omar. The breakfasts in the morning were absolutely delicious and Omar did a great job in making us all feel very welcome. I would say to make sure to contact Omar ahead of time about finding the Riad, because it is in the medina and so a little difficult to locate. However, once found it was by far one of the nicest riad's I have ever found in Morocco. The best part was that Omar gave us great recommendations for places to find good, cheap, delicious food and drink. Definitely ask him on your first day which stalls to go to for seafood (14) and orange juice (35)!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

I had a wonderful time staying at Riad Sidi Omar. Omar and his family were so welcoming and hospitable. He was very helpful and we had some great chats. The Riad is beautiful, it was lovely sitting out on the roof and the breakfasts were really excellent. Highly recommend.

Thank you so much Omar for your wonderful hospitality, and for making my stay in Marrakech so memorable :)

  • Stayed October 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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Address: mouassine N 85, Marrakech 40030, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Hotel Style:
Ranked #326 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
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