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“Tranquil heavenly home in the middle of the chatter and marketplace of the Medina.” 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 #24 of 1,070 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Tranquil heavenly home in the middle of the chatter and marketplace of the Medina.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The staff at Riad Azoulay are attentive and very gracious. The riad is clean and fresh with lovely flowers placed through out the hotel. The scent that floats in the air is luscious. Azoulay feels more like visiting family that waits on your every need. Pleasing guests is their daily goal and I certainly experienced the result of that promise. I celebrated my 70th birthday at the Azoulay and was thrilled with the attention to my day! Sandro prepared for me a Risotto and Max made me a cake. It was delightful. So, go to Marrakech and stay at Riad Azoulay. It was a blissful time I will never forget. Most important too, I felt totally safe even at night walking through the Medina after Souks had closed their shops. Thanks Azoulay!

Room Tip: Be prepared to waken early for a few moments when the call to prayer is sung from next door Mask. I...
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  • 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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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We had originally booked another riad, but a fault on their booking system meant that they were double booked and so they booked us into Riad Azoulay instead. Initially I was disappointed at this, as I didn't like the look of it, but the website doesn't do it justice - it is lovely!

Do book the airport transfer (30 Euro return for 2 people) as you'll never find the place otherwise. Location is perhaps not the best, down a very 'real' street in the Mellah district, and you go through the spice souk to reach it. However, very conveniently place for the Badi And Bahia Palaces and Saadian Tombs, a 10 minute walk to the main square, and some nice restaurants and bars are close by.

The riad itself is cool, calm and tranquil. Rooms are well equipped and nicely decorated. Service is outstanding yet discreet.

Dining in the riad is worth it, and was our best meal in Marrakech. A selection of salads to start, a delicious meatball and fig tagine, chocolate cake. No choice, so if you don't like something or have any requirements then let them know in advance. 36 Euro/head, so not cheap, but delicious. Wine is available.

We had a hammam - a good black soap scrub and clay bake in a steamy room - good authentic experience but be aware that when the lady asks whether you want a massage afterwards it is an additional cost. However, hammam and half hour massage is 45 Euro, so pretty good value.

Overall, a really excellent riad in the approx £100/night price bracket. Yes there are more opulent places with proper restaurants and bars, but you will pay at least double the price for them.

Room Tip: Superior rooms re definitely worth the slight upgrade cost
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

We stayed three nights at Riad Azoulay and love every minute. The Riad is well located in the fragrant spice quarter of Marrakech and a short walk from the main square / bigger souks.

The Riad is spacious, beautifully decorated with excellent service - friendly and attentive staff - and was such a lovely tranquil haven to return to away from the hustle bustle of the city. The rooftop terrace is a nice spot for breakfast and to soak up the call to prayer with a mint tea.

We'd also highly recommend the food at Riad Azoulay, dished up by a Moroccan 'mama' chef - it was the best food we had by far during the three days we were there, much better than nearby tourist traps and overpriced restaurants. It strikes a balance between authentic and reasonably priced.

Room was very comfortable and we were upgraded on the final night.

All in all, a fantastic stay and we couldn't recommend this Riad highly enough - outstanding!

  • Stayed March 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

We stayed 5 nights at this beautiful riad and would highly recommend it. The location is perfect with many of the main things to do in the city within walking distance. We were greated from airport and safely driven/walked to the riad to be warmly welcomed with mint tea and shortbreads. The riad is tucked down an alley but the staff took us out the riad the first time to help us get our bearings and provided us with a map. The breakfast was varied each morning and delicious. The rooms were spacious and traditionally designed with a comfortable bed. Marrakesh is a busy place and this was a perfect retreat at the end of the day.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Staff and riad are absolutely amazing! from the moment you enter the riad, the staff treats you like royalty and there for anything you may need no matter how small, no matter what time. The indoor pool is heavenly and the Moroccan bath they offer is a must! We enjoyed a dinner poolside by the riad chef and it was superb and very romantic! Breakfast in the morning on the terrace was fabulous and an amazing way to start every day. definitely recommend to anyone!!

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Hi

This was the second time I visited Marrakech having previously visited with friends in a different Riad I was with my wife, in December 2013.

My initial view of the Riad was positive and having been guided through the mysterious routes through the spice market I was surprised to enter this home of peace and tranquility. The common area downstairs was beautifully lit with candles shimmering across the small pool.

The positives in my opinion were:

* The place was decorated beautifully
* It was always smelling extremely nice.
* The riad had the best mint tea I've had in Morocco.
* I stayed in the Tibetan room and the favourite room. The Tibetan was more private but I preferred the favourite as it was well located and had an open fire place which we got Yaseen to light with log fire. Beautiful on a cold winters night. Very romantic.
* breakfast was awesome, local in house cook.
* location was 10/10 just behind palace Bahia.
* No need for taxis very good location
* staff members Yaseen , Rida and the Cook Fatima couldn't have done anything better. Very friendly and well spoken fluentenglish.
* the owners are at hand at all times and accommodated as at all times.
* they made sure we didnot have any trouble
* location was very lively and joyous at night in the local streets. Riad was peaceful.

* I recommend trying the in house cuisine. It's really good.

overall an excellent experience if u want to really experience the real morocco.

Room Tip: The favourite was excellent and better than Tibetan.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 December 27, 2013

A perfect oasis of calm in a bustling city. Very helpful and friendly staff. Delicious breakfast and special lunch on request. Smoothies were a treat. Great location for the main square and all tourist attractions. Would highly recommend a visit

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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 #24 of 1,070 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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