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Riad Ma'ab
23 Derb Chentouf, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #99 of 1,065 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Amazing experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2009

It was a very nice feeling when someone is looking out for you when you try to find accommodation, especially when we have to book 10 hotels for our trip. Thank you John for all your prompt emails and responds to my queries.

If you are looking for a place you are forced to smile to the staff or reception and always hide in your room, perhaps this place is not for you.

The concept of "coming home (=Ma'ab)" is very powerful. To realize this concept into real life could be very challenging.

We were very far from home, but for 1 week, we truly felt like staying home. Each time we arrived in the Riad, Houssain or Sara would open the door and greet us. It's a warm welcome feeling that not other hotel could provide.

The Riad is just lovely. The decoration is not overpowering, but it made you appreciate the art and craft. We like the top floor most, where we could spent hours just sit and forget about time, work, issues etc.

Service, food and health is the last thing to worry as Houssain, Sara and Raja will take care your stay. We really enjoyed the cooking lesson with Raja, and the chat each night with Houssain about Morrocan's life. It's not something that you could do in the normal hotel.

Overall, it was an amazing experience. Thank you everyone who made our Morocco trip memorable.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2009

Located in Riad Laarousse just north of the souks (markets) in the ancient Medina of Marrakech, Riad Ma'ab opened earlier this year after being painstakingly renovated to combine traditional design with modern facilities - lighting, power points, hot water, en-suite bathrooms and wifi internet access. It is a beautifully restored traditional Riad centred around a courtyard with fountain and cool, relaxed seating areas with clean, airy, air-conditioned en-suite rooms on two floors plus a roof terrace with shaded lounging areas, tables and seating.

It's easy to get to the souks and to walk through (or round) them to the main square, Djemaa el Fna (10-20 mins depending on route) and on to the Palaces and Kasbah. The Riad is very close to the Musée de Marrakech and Ben Youssef Mosque and Medersa (essential visits), handy for the Hammam el Bacha (for an authentic Hammam experience), with the modern quarter, Gueliz, and the beautiful Jardin Majorelle (YSL Garden) a short taxi ride or walk.

Riad Ma’ab is also very near to one of the best French/Moroccan restaurants in town - Restaurant Terrasse des Epices. This roof-top restaurant provides fine dining at sensible prices with discrete and attentive service. Way better quality and value than places near the main square, and relaxing too - highly recommended.

The Riad itself is tucked away from the busy streets and provides a calm and peaceful haven at any time of day. The service is excellent, from being met at the airport to the free water, tea and coffee, and the personal, friendly and relaxed breakfasts served on the roof terrace by Houssain and Sara.

John, the owner, provides all the info you’ll need in advance of your stay and accepts Paypal transactions, making booking straightforward and secure. There are copies of all the current guidebooks to Marrakech and Morocco for you to browse in the courtyard.

We really enjoyed our stay in Marrakech, and much of that has to be down to the hospitality we were shown at Riad Ma’ab. Houssain, Sara and Najat were great - so friendly and they made our stay relaxing and comfortable. It also helps that the Riad has been so well renovated and is peaceful and calm – great for unwinding after a day’s sightseeing.

I've already passed details of Riad Ma'ab on to friends and colleagues as a recommendation, and would not hesitate to return.

There are many Riads in Marrakech, but look no further because you will not find accommodation of this quality at this or even double the price....

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2009

What a delightful surprise Riad Ma'ab was - tucked away in the crazy hustle and bustle of the Medina, this beautiful riad is a complete sanctuary. The simple Morrocan decor in neutral tones would be difficult to surpass but the best feature was the amazing service. As I see other reviewers have commented, the staff were so helpful that we almost felt guilty! Our trip was a complete success due to help, patience and organisation of Houssain. I have reccomended this riad to all of my friends and family!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Arlington, VA, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2009

I couldn't ask for a better experience at Riad Ma'ab. John, Houssain, and Sara were so hospitable and helpful I almost felt bad. The Riad is completely gorgeous: the fountain in the center, the artwork and furniture, the terrace on the roof. I enjoyed my time in Marrakech but I know I will make an excuse out of Riad Ma'ab to come back. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a place to decompress after a busy day in the souks or Jma el Fna.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2009

Our family of 11 stayed at Riad Ma’ab in September 2009, and its our honor to write this review and thank John for the amazing time we all had.

The incredible customer service and attention began before we even arrived. John answered emails and questions we had within hours, and was always incredibly attentive and informative. In fact, he was proactive and considerate enough to actually contact ME a few weeks in advance of our stay to ask if the children in our family would require any special dietary requests. I have never experienced such wonderful customer service.

The website and pictures certainly raised my expectations about what to expect at Riad Ma’ab…but nothing could have prepared me for the beauty that was revealed when Hussein let us into the beautiful courtyard. All 11 of us, including 3 children, were completely awestruck and the exhaustion and tension from a long journey instantly eased away. We spent our first evening in Marrakesh lounging on the roof top terrace, enjoying the tranquil atmosphere and regaining our energy. The rooms were equally lovely, each with their own special touches that made them truly authentic.

The Riad staff, Hussein, Sara, and Najat, were more attentive than I thought possible. Hussein was very pleasant and eagerly assisted us with our (many!) requests. Najat’s cooking was sumptuous, and made it difficult for us to tear ourselves away from the Riad and go out into the city at all! They were all so patient and tolerant of the children in our group.

The only way I can summarize our experience is to say that Riad Ma’ab truly goes above any beyond any possible expectations I ever had of a ‘hotel’. It felt like home, and certainly feels like a place to which we all want to go return.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 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 May 20, 2009

Riad Ma'ab is an elegant, tranquil oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Set back in a quiet residential street inside the Medina, yet within a five-minute walk to the souks and Jemaa El-Fna Town Square. We stayed at Riad Ma'ab prior to the official opening so everything was brand new. The owners, John and Cindy, rebuilt the Riad during a three-year span that has resulted in a beautiful home away from home for the tired traveler. The Riad has 5 rooms with a sunny roof top terrace and a cool relaxing courtyard. We stayed in the room on the courtyard level that worked out great for us since we had our 4 yr old daughter with us. She needed more room to run around so we kept our room door open all the time and used the courtyard/salon as her extended play area. The bed and linens were very comfortable and we had a huge tub in our bathroom. Breakfast was traditional Berber and we had plenty of food. John and Cindy, along with their innkeeper Hussein, made us feel at home and took care of our every need. One night we were so tired from sightseeing and didn't feel like going out, Hussein cooked us dinner within a moments notice. It was delicious and our daughter kept saying "yum". We highly recommend Riad Ma’ab and would definitely return!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: 23 Derb Chentouf, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #99 of 1,065 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An English speaking B&B located in Riad Laarousse Medina Marrakech. Riad Ma’ab is a fully renovated riad in traditional Berber design and furnishing from local artisans. We have 4 bedrooms with private bathroom, two rooms with full bath and three with shower. We proudly use ecological cleaning products as much as we can and try hard to provide responsible low impact tourism. Raid Ma’ab is a place to which one returns. ... more   less 
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