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“A jump in the moroccan reality” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Louaya
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   24 Derb El Halfaoui - Dar El Bacha | 24 Derb El Halfaoui - Dar El Bacha, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #37 of 233 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Basel, Switzerland
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35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A jump in the moroccan reality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We stayed in the Riad Louaya for a week and we will come back again for sure.
Very well located, even if tricky to find the first time, neat to Djeema El Fna and Dar el Bacha souk's entrance. The atmosphere is lovely, the food is great and the staff is gentle and helpful.
We stayed there for my girlfriend's birthday and, even traveling quite a bit in my life, I never had such a good feeling for a hotel staff. They helped us, cooked for us tajine and couscous, prepared mint tea (even at night time) and, as cheery on the cake, went to buy a cake for my girlfriend the day of her birthday. Amazing people that helped us to get deep into the moroccan reality. The rooms, located at the first floor, are very nice, each of them furnished in moroccan stile with his own bathroom. At the last floor there is a terrace available for breakfast in the morning. Free Wi-fi is included.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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NYC
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

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Beautifully decorated
Lovely bathroom with working toilet (this shouldn't be a bonus, but I've found in regards to Moroccan accommodation, that this really is a big bonus)
Very helpful employees
Free wifi or access to their wifi enabled computer (if you didn't bring a tablet/comp/phone)
Great breakfast

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Room had a musty kind of smell initially. I opened the window, and it was okay.
This place is a lot of alleyway turns off the main road. I was just a little bit afraid at night (as a solo female traveler). One of the alleyways had a lot of construction going on-- holes and such -- so that wasn't so much fun.

Overall, Pluses far outweigh the minuses, great little place, highly recommend.

Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Liverpool
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

A bit tricky to find, but once you're there its very peaceful, relaxing and secluded. Wonderful breakfast every morning included, with the traditional morroccan tea! Staff very freindly and helpful, especially the manager whose english is word perfect and was always on hand to help- or chase after us with an umbrella on an overcast day! Wonderful roof terrace for relaxing in the sun and gazing over the Marrakesh skyline

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

We stayed at Riad Louaya for a couple of nights and then returned for one more. We really enjoyed our stay there. We did find the Riad difficult to find, but other reviewers did not have the same problem so it may be down to our map reading skills (the taxi driver sending us in the wrong direction did not help matters either).
The Riad itself is so pretty. It is traditionally decorated and the roof terrace is lovely, with various seating areas, sofas and loungers. We loved chilling out on the roof terrace at the end of the day.
We had two different rooms, both triples. The first room was a good size and had plenty of room for the three of us. The only complaint I had was that there was no door to the bathroom but rather a curtain. We were three friends travelling together so perhaps shared more than we would have liked. Other than that, we had no complaints.
The breakfast was included and good.
The area was perfect, it was close to the main square a 10 minute walk or so away, but its also on a street with a local Moroccan market so it feels a bit out of the tourist trap in a good way.
The people who work and run the Riad were really accommodating, helpful and friendly.
Overall a really good stay and we would definitely return and recommend.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Macau SAR
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

While touring Morocco for 35 days, this Riad was perfect for all the reasons: great location (just 10 minutes walk to Djemaa El-Fna, Koutobia and other historic sites plus banks, exchanges, ATM, etc), simple but beautiful cozy room, clean and above all a great place to relax in the calm medina' alleyways during my 8 days in Marrakech! Nice and helpful staff. I recommend this Riad and if back again to Marrakech I'll stay there for sure. Insh'allah!
Cheers from Macau SAR -China
Jacira Monteiro

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2009

I stayed in Riad Louaya for 3 nights with my mother and sister. We liked this riad because:
- it's relatively easy to find: it's close to Dar el Bacha palace and famous restaurants Dar Moha and Dar Marjana, so it's easy to tell taxi driver/caleche driver where to go
- It's relatively close to important sights: Marrakesh museum/Madrasah Ben Youssef is arond 10 mins walk; Djemaa el Fna is 10-15 mins walk
- it's very quiet and comfortable
- the staff is VERY friendly and helpful: I forgot one of my bags when checking out and one of the staff ran all the way to the main road to give it to me
- we felt quite safe walking around the area after dark
- the riad decoration is beautiful but restrained -- but you can still see the original features of the riad such as the calligraphy around the courtyard, which we found very interesting

One thing I don't like is the bed in our room (the triple room) - it's very hard, especially the single bed. If you like soft bed then this will be a problem; if you prefer moderately firm bed (like me) then you will find a sleep but only after a while.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Address: 24 Derb El Halfaoui - Dar El Bacha | 24 Derb El Halfaoui - Dar El Bacha, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 233 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Louaya 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Louaya is a true traditional riad in the shaded patio of orange; decorated with a marble fountain. Riad Louaya is located in the heart of the Medina of Marrakech, in the famous district of "Dar El Bacha". Very nice house with 4 bedrooms, comfortable with air conditioning and wifi. Refined decoration, you will quickly feel the privileged guests of this serene place. Riad Louaya is located near major tourist sites, calm and very accessible district, taxis and parking at your service. By the street you join Antiques in 3 minutes Souks, the Museum of Marrakech and will continue your walk to the Djemaa el F'na in 5 minutes. Our cook is available to prepare your lunches and dinners you and make you discover the traditional Moroccan cuisine. Our staff is at your service to arrange day trips or several days, meet your needs and advise you restaurants, entertainment, massages, sporting activities .... Our staff is present 24h / 24h, 7 days out of 7. ... more   less 
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