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Riad Anyssates
144 Derb El Bomba | Arset Ihiri, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #112 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
Poole, United Kingdom
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“Quality and calm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Hidden away from the bustle and noise of the medina and souk, Riad Anyssates is like one's own personal oasis.
The riad is some twenty minutes walk from Jemma El Fna but once one has found one's bearing in the warren of alleyways it is always a relief to return to the calm of the riad.
Nicholas and the staff are friendly, helpful and welcoming
The rooms are simply but well furnished in Moroccan style and the air conditioning, shower, loo etc all work well.
Breakfast of fruit juice, local bread, fruit, preserves and coffee is served in the central atrium around the pool which offers a cooling and refreshing dip from the heat of the day.
The bar is well stocked with local, very drinkable wines as well as beer and spirits.
We ate dinner three times in the riad and the food is delicious.
There are good local restaurants within a ten minute walk as well as the numerous cafes, restaurants and food stalls of the central square.
Bargaining in the shops is de rigeur and you will be accosted by people offering to take you to the square, Berber markets, shops etc.
Either politely and firmly decline their offer or expect to be asked for money for their services. 20 dirhams is the standard tip though they will then look disappointed or even angry to try to get you to pay more
Do visit the Maison De Photographie for an excellent collection of photographs of old Morocco.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We arrive after a mammoth flight from london 4 hours late having encountered Rains/floods/ tempests!! thankfully no locusts.... yet!! Marrakech....crazy manic slightly scary ........Riad Anyssates .....tranquility peace calm ....based within the old city walls your driver will take you so far then walk with you through the chaos to your sanctuary!! Nicholas greets us with a smile, a table laid out with food, wine chilling!! Our room "Blanche" is lovely, so a quick shower then down to eat beside the candle lit pool.....food fabulous!! ...what a way to start a holiday....day two and still amazing ....I cannot fault this place at all.....oh well maybe somewhere to hang your clothes would be useful but who cares.......the tale of getting lost in the lanes of the medina will follow ......

Room Tip: We stayed in "Blanche" air conditioning works fine one of the cheapest rooms but perfectly...
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  • Stayed July 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

So when we arrived it was a little shock to the system having booked the terrace suite. Pls beware the it is one of the hottest rooms in the riad in high season. As the riad suites doors are traditional they have slight gaps in which doesn't make the air con airtight within the rooms. Plus the robes had dirt on them which didnt go down too well. We brought this to the attention of Nicholas the riad manager he looked mortified and he swiftly moved us to the red Josephine suite which was cool, large and has a massive roll top bath. Again the doors to the suite have slight gaps in and you had a padlock to secure ur door when u went out. Very strange at first but you get used to it. There is no tv, wifi worked fine with no problems.
Location- pls note the riad is in the north of the medina in a poor residential area. It takes around 15-20 mins to get to the main square which consists of thin winding streets which can be hard to navigate through (the riad give you a map with two routes). Takes about 15 mins from airport. We got lost many many times and both myself n my partner are seasoned travellers who have been to Middle East before. You will have bikes buzzing past, donkeys pulling wagons and cars driving through tiny roads/ tracks. It is crazy mad!
Staff- they r the biggest assets of the riad. Nicholas was welcoming, personable, helpful and just a really genuine guy. He would assist u with anything u needed from advice to light banter after a long day getting lost. The waiter/ server and the ladies in the hotel were friendly and attentive. Staff never ask or expect tips but we appreciated the high level of service they provided.
Food- breakfast consisted of fresh fruit, yogurt, freshly squeezed orange juice, pancakes, fresh bread and jams and fresh coffee. You could also ask for extras like omelettes etc. we had a evening meal twice in the riad which was nice and traditional. They serve wine n beer in the hotel. Moroccan wine is not bad. Try the reserve. 28 euros
Directions- *remember this point most important thing out of all the review. You will be targeted by the local teenagers, children and adults. They rely upon you getting lost to make money out of u. They blatantly lie and tell you to go in the wrong directions just so they can take u on a massive journey n demand money. We did not fall for this however I have lost count of the number of times a local has tried to send us in the complete wrong direct. We were 100 meters from the square n some local told us the square was the other way. They will tell u it's a dead end, road closed, ur going the wrong way. Ignore everything they say. Just keep walking n you will pop out somewhere thats familiar. They will approach u friendly in the street and try talking to u and say, " I don't want anything I will just walk with u". We just politely said no shukkran or said we are just exploring n ignored them. Do not listen to anyone's directions unless its shopkeepers or police.
It is an experience n was lovely to come back to the calm of the riad. I would get back to the hotel before 10pm as it can be a little un nerving walking back through residential areas late a night.
Women - as u are in a residential area u will be stared at as the majority of the women are covered up. I took a scarf or shawl for walking thought rat run to the square. In the square it's more relaxed no one is bothered what u look like. Had unpleasant experience with creepy old guy who was high on something a few roads away from the riad, who just blantently stared at my chest ( I was covered up) and followed us for 5 mins until partner shouted at him in Arabic. As the riad is not in a tourist area u need to have a map provided by the hotel with u at all times. If u get lost u can get a petit taxi for a few euros n get dropped off by bus station.
Tip - get the red double decker bus from the square. Not cheap 15 euro for 24hrs but will show u all the areas u can visit. U can hop on n off when u see somewhere to explore. Try the orange juice in the square at 4dh ridiculously cheap.

Marrakech is crazy, exciting, infuriating and an experience. Happy exploring!

Room Tip: In hot season choose room on lower or ground floors. Josephine is on first floor. Most rooms look in...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

as soon as we arrived at the old city of Marrakech we experienced a cultural shock. on our way to the riad we saw almost every strange thing we could ever imagine. when we entered the small alley where this riad is located, it was a little frightening. everything was like in a fairy tale!!! the rooms were amazing! Nichola was the best host ever!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights in the Blanche (white) room, booked through Mr & Mrs Smith. Room spacious and great bathroom.

Very pleasant riad in a quiet area - about 10 min walk to the first souks and 20 min to the Jemaa El Fna, a pleasant stroll. Riad provided a good map, otherwise we'd have been completely lost.

Great terrace for breakfast, resting from the hubbub of the city and watching the sun go down. Dinner fine but not outstanding. The wifi didn't work.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Malmo, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We stayed at the lovely Riyad Anyssates for a few nights in March. Having booked our stay through Mr & Mrs Smith, we contacted the riad before our stay to book transport from the airport which worked like a charm. We were welcomed to the hotel be the very helpful and resourceful proprietor Nicholas. During our stay he could always give us helpful advice about what to do in Marrakech, and arranging dinner and hammam in the riad. The rooms are lovely and feel personal, and the staff is always very nice and helpful. The common areas in the riad are very nice as well. Food at the riad is also very good and it is very nice to have dinner at the roof terrace. When visiting Marrakech I can truly recommend living in a riad inside the Medina for a true Marrakech experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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easington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

My husband and I spent 4 nights at Riad Anyssates. Never having travelled to Morocco we decided to stay in a traditional Riad rather than a hotel. The main reasons for choosing this Riad was the offer of airport transfers as taxis can be a bit of a challenge, and having a bar on site which some Riad's don't offer. The manager (Nicolas) was very helpful, always on hand to answer any questions, and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating . Overall a very relaxing and tranquil atmosphere.

Kate & Andrew

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 144 Derb El Bomba | Arset Ihiri, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection 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
Hotel Style:
#40 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#111 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#116 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Feeling, trueness, shift, these are what you shall enjoy at Riad Anyssates.As well as our “Table dhôtes” and our fill hammam services.The riad is between the exciting section Bab Doukala and the Riad El Arouss and the city remparts.The riad is ideally located between the souks, the famous *place Djema El Fna and the new city Guéliz with the taxis and guarded parking.The riad provides you with toplevel comfort, with a charming, warm and family atmosphere.With large volume and huge 380 m2 superficies, the riad provides each host with intimacy and friend meeting facilities up to 20 with exclusive reservation.To day the riad offers 4 rooms and extended terrace and space devoted to hammam and care services.The bar Lounge is open to 2 galleries, one in front the swimming pool, the other opening on the garden. ... more   less 
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