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“A true experience of Marrakech Medina” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Les Ammonites
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Derb el Cadi 51 | Azbezt, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #124 of 467 Hotels in Marrakech
Milan, Italy
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“A true experience of Marrakech Medina”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Riad is located in a small pedestrian street in the northern part of Marrakech medina. The place is not easy to find so, at least on arrival, the main suggestion is to ask for hotel assistance to reach the place. Otherwise, if you feel adventurous, just ask taxi driver to drop you down at Ben Salah Mosque and after proceed by feet inside the medina in direction of Medersa Ben Youssef; once you find a not tall minaret on your right, just turn left and find the Riad on the right after 50 meters. Beyond this, the location is perfect for tourists interested in explore al medina secrets. The majority of attractions are at walking distance and the souks are just outside the door. The Riad personnel is extremely helpful providing supports, advises and concierge services every time you need. The breakfast is amazing since it is cooked expressly for you and contains several moroccan sweets and pastries. Eggs are also provided on request and without any extra charge. The dinner provided in the Riad is also a nice experience that you cannot miss. I suggest this property for your getaway in Marrakech Medina but I also suggest to do not plan a stay longer than 4/5 days.

Room Tip: The Riad has 6 rooms (even if they promote some of them as suites). Three rooms are located at first...
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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Cairns, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An excellent family owned and operated hotel located in the heart of Marrakech. The atmosphere in the hotel was amazing with beautiful rooftop views of the old city.

The rooms were spacious, comfortable and of course, clean and in my opinion to the standard of a Sheraton/hilton but with a family friendly feel.

The staff were friendly and made the experience even better by organising a personalised trip out to AitBenhaddou and preparing a traditional Morrocan dinner for us. This dinner was so good and much tastier than the food from the touristy restaurants and cafes in the main square.

Highly recommend this hotel in Marrakech.

Thank you for your hospitality we look forward to returning :)

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

A quite place to stay. Good museum nearby Musee Boucharouite. We had a great room - but the rooms vary, some have poor window access. We ate breakfast on the roof a few times. We stayed a week.

Staff very friendly and helpful. Gang of young local kids play football by the front door - I gave them a spare pair of good walking boot I had with me. They gave nice local colour. Good location to the North of the centre meant that we saw quite a few less usual sides of the Medana. We would walking in to the centre a different route each day over the week we stayed. Great fun.

This riad also offers cooking lessons. Zinab, the resident chef, showed me how to prepare traditional Moroccan soup, a superb aubergine and tomato dish (Zaalouk), Moroccan chicken and an orange and strawberry dessert. I liked using the riad kitchen to prepare food in, seeing what pots and pans they used and how they worked.

I sat down with my partner and we were served with and ate the dinner for two that I had cooked. Yum.

Well worth it - the riad should promote this more.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

Gorgeous spot, quiet but near enough to the bustle!

Houda is amazing and she and Majda are incredibly patient and will assist with anything! Even when the GPS sends you way off in the wrong direction when trying to find the near parking location.

Do the cooking class! It was a blast. Extremely accommodating with special food needs.

I love the garden roof and, well, everything about this little Riad.

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 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 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Good points:
Houda (the manageress) was very friendly as were the rest of the staff including Jamal and Majda. They were very helpful and were always on hand to answer our queries. Houda even gave my wife a rose when we left.
The room we had (superior double) was very spacious and clean with good facilities including TV, AC, a safe and comfortable bed and sofa. We were provided with free tea during our stay which was an added bonus.
The breakfast was very nice and varied including fried eggs, yoghurt, french toast and cake.
The riad was in a peaceful area and had a relaxing atmosphere which is what we wanted for the last few days of our trip. It was close enough to Jamaa El Fna, about a 15 minute walk with souks on the way which was nice.


Bad points:
The main reason we could not give this riad a better rating was the location. It felt as if it was in the middle of nowhere and it was difficult to find and to get through as taxis cannot go directly there, they drop you about a 10-15 minute walk away from the riad and there are no directions or signs to help locate the riad. We ended up having to pay a local boy to show us the way. As you can imagine this was a tiring experience with all our luggage walking through the narrow souks and alleys. We also had to make sure we did not get back too late in the evenings as we were worried about getting lost and the shops nearby closed early at 9pm. Because of the location we ended up organising our taxi to the airport through the riad and had to pay someone extra to help take our luggage to the pick up point of the raid’s driver. This cost us three times the amount compared to getting a taxi on our own but we chose this option following our bad experience of trying to get to the riad initially. However it should be noted that this extra cost is mitigated by the fact you do not have to pay ‘the city tax’ (2.50 Euros per person per night) that other riads make you pay.

Room Tip: Pay a bit extra and get the superior double rooms.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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Cairo, Egypt
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

They upgraded us to a beautiful suite instead of double room as it was our honeymoon.
Also ,their staff is so friendly and their breakfast is delicious and plentiful.

A lovely quiet retreat from the busy medina but close to major attractions.

A special hello to Majda who served us breakfast every morning with the most wonderful smile :). Houda was also extremely helpful when she explained all the surrounding attractions and arranged for different things like the scooter rental and return taxi.

PS. Do not be afraid if your taxi mentions that the hotel is not in a good or safe area when initially dropping you off- not the case at all! Taxi took 100Dh from the train station to the riad.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ithaca, New York
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Beautiful decor and a welcoming staff greeted us at this lovely riad in the "Funky Old Medina". We were met by the lady of the road, the lovely Miss Houda, who gave us an immediate tour of the beautiful building and then showed us to our quarters (more on that in a bit). Because we'd taken a fairly early flight and arrived around noon, we were a bit famished. After speaking to Houda, we were promised a "light" lunch (which turned out to be more than light and absolutely delicious). We then retired to our room.

The room was beautiful, from the giant, 4-post bed to the most comfortable mattress. The decor in our particular room was gold and purple, and I felt like Moroccan royalty! The bathroom was beautiful, the sink inlaid with ammonite fossils (which my paleogeologist boyfriend loved) and beautiful tile on the floor. There is no shower door or curtain, but there is a heater in the bathroom, so if you go in January, which can get chilly, I recommend running the heater for a bit before you shower.

We enjoyed a few dinners at the riad, which were lovely (the chef is a magician with aubergines!) and breakfast is included and homemade.

If you need anything, you have only to ask! Houda even went out of her way to infuse an herbal tea for me because I was having, ahem, "tummy trouble". The wine served in the riad is the basic Ethiopian President (white, which is a semillon and red, which is a cab) but both are quite nice.

My only complaint was how short the hot water lasted (and honestly, since most people probably don't go there in the middle of winter it's not such a big deal), and being woken up in the morning when the night guard would disassemble his cart. And watch for flying soccer balls as the local kids like to play footie right outside the front door.

Boyfriend booked this as a romantic little spot and it surely lives up to that. I've already recommended Riad Les Ammonites to a friend and recommend it to you, as well!

Room Tip: Try to book a room that is not facing the little square.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Derb el Cadi 51 | Azbezt, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #124 of 467 Hotels in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Les Ammonites 5*
Number of rooms: 6
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