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“Paradise in Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Azoulay
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   3, Derb Jemaa El Kebir, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #20 of 1,125 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
“Paradise in Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Riad Azoulay is paradise in Marrakech. Walking through wonderful narrow alleys, spice markets, and noisy streets life is transformed as soon as you walk through the door and into this riad. Enchanting, quiet and delightful are words that don't begin to describe how much we loved it here. Our room was spacious and comfortable for three people and most notably the staff, Rida, Yassine and Younis were wonderful, going out of their way it would seem to anticipate your every need. We enjoyed a quiet rooftop dinner fit for a king, a hammam that was luxurious and hospitality that knows no limits. Everyday breakfast was a banquet. Thank you Massimiliano, Rida, Yassine and Younis for treating us so well and making our stay one we will never forget.

  • 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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15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Where does one start? The rooms, the dinners, the breakfasts, the staff, the smiles, the tea, the welcome, the tortoises, the pool, the call to prayer, I could go on forever. We have stayed at one of the best Riads in Marrakesh some years ago now and didn't think it could be beaten - we were wrong. Here at Riad Azoulay you will find happiness abounding. From the lovely Massimiliano (the owner), to Safa the excellent cook, to Yassine, Reda and Younes who are all swift and silent footed helpers, to the lovely Nadia, Karima and Fatia who keep the Riad in tip top condition, right up to the dear tortoises who zoom (sometimes literally) around the riad as if they own the place. I couldn't possibly recommend this highly enough. They pick you up from the airport - no matter plane delays etc... and they smile as they do it. Nothing but nothing is too much trouble. Favour the green room if you can - we visited some of them but liked this one best. So to resume: Don't go anywhere else - just come here.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Miami, Florida
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

When we were first walking to this Riad we weren't sure what to expect but lo and behold the doors opened to an absolutely pristine and incredible oasis. The staff was incredible. The owner, Massimiliano will cater to your every need. The food was excellent and the massages were spectacular. And of course, there is the friendly turtle (Max?) who is well known for being the fastest turtle in the world. He will greet you as soon as you sit down for a welcome drink. My only small gripe is the area the riad is in. If you return to the riad after the markets close, the area is a bit sketchy. This is not unusual in Marrakech but there are riads in which we would have felt a bit safer when we came back late. Nonetheless, the location is excellent in terms of accessibility to the markets and the city squares. I highly, highly recommend.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

It was my first time in Marrakech and I spent 3 wonderful days in Riad Azoulay.

The location of the riad is great, a 5 minutes walk from the Djemaa el-Fna place.
The riad is beautiful, very charming and nicely decorated. My room was small but very cute and pretty quiet.
The breakfast changes everyday and it is trully delicious. Weather premitted, I strongly recommend to have it served on the beautiful roof top rather than inside in the central patio.

But the most amazing thing about the riad is the staff. Massimiliano and his staff are so kind, always willing to help and to facilitate your stay.

Definitely a great address, highly recommended!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I took my family of four children to Marrakech by car from London. A wonderful journey and it was a pleasure to arrive at this Riad. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The service is personal and the breakfasts and dinners a real pleasure. The Riad is in the middle of the spice market and the Riad is found along a maze of small streets, like an oasis. I would really recommend this place and when we return to Marrakech I'll be staying there again.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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New York, New York, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

My friend and I stayed at Riad Azoulay last week for 3 nights. It’s by far our favorite memory of Marrakech. A home away from home and an escape from the bustling square, souks and motorbikes outside. We loved every bits of the Riad: the deco and design are beautiful yet not over the top; the rooms are spacious and clean; the owner and staff are so welcoming, kind and helpful; the food was delicious… One of our favorite things to do is to drink mint tea and have cookies on the terrace at night. Two girls in Marrakech for the first time can be hectic but with the help from the staff at the Riad, it really made things so much easier and enjoyable for us. They arranged transportation from the airport, they even bought train tickets for us and arranged last minute dromedary rides. Younes is so helpful and friendly. He showed us how to get to various places and he found the bracelet my friend left behind and brought to us before we got in the taxi – THANK YOU YOUNES!
Regarding the comments of the location and the 4 o’clock prayer from some of the previous reviewers, we really didn’t find either being a big deal. The Riad is in the Jewish quarter of the medina (south side) and inside a dark alley. The shops around it close around 10pm. However, unless you are planning to party until 2am in Marrakech, it’s really not that big a deal to walk back at night (although it’s better if you are not alone). Both of us are good sleepers so we went right back to sleep after the prayer.
We highly recommend the Riad to anyone visiting Marrakech!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

When we arrived in Marrakech we were picked up at the airport, which Riad Azoulay arranged. Upon arrival we were greeted at the door by Max, the owner. He made us feel very welcome. The staff are courteous and polite and made us feel at home straight away.
The Riad itself if stunning. Tastefully decorated, with each room having its own character. Cooking class and dinner not to be missed.
Stefano

  • Stayed July 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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Address: 3, Derb Jemaa El Kebir, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #20 of 1,125 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Azoulay 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riad Azoualy is located in the Medina of Marrakech, in the middle of the Mellah, the ancient Jewish quarter of Marrakech, a few steps away from the Bahia Palace and a 10 minute walk from the legendary Jemaa-El-Fna square. The Riad Azoulay combines the comforts, the traditional ambiance and the charm of old riads. The building has been restored to its former splendor of the past using the traditional materials, finishes and techniques. ... more   less 
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