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Riad Anyssates
144 Derb El Bomba | Arset Ihiri, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #108 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Dunedin, New Zealand
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“Perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

My friend and I had spent a few days at a corporate type hotel for a conference, and decided to finish our time in Marrakech with a stay in a Riad. After looking on the internet we chose the Riad Anyssates. We are so glad we did! The only problem was only being there for two nights - we wish we could have stayed for much longer.

The staff were fabulous! Nicholas greeted us and checked our understanding of the surrounding medina and souks, and made sure we were well looked after. His English is fabulous, which was great, as our French was a tad limited, to say the least. The rest of the staff had varying levels of English, and with smiles and gestures we were able to communicate all we needed. We were incredibly grateful to be met near the gates of the medina and escorted in to the Riad (we may well have gotten lost) and even more so to be escorted to a taxi at night when we were leaving as it was chaos at that time.

The main area is beautiful. While it is not a traditional Riad, partially because it does not have a fountain, its bijoux pool is a very welcome and cooling addition. The bar is lovely and serene, and while we did not use the Hammam while we were there, it look incredibly relaxing. The resident tortoises (Bob and Caroline) are fun to watch too.

The room we stayed in (Sarah) was just as pictured, but perhaps nicer than expected. It is on the first floor, had excellent toiletries, linen, robes, and slippers, as well as free water and free wireless (with a great password). The breakfasts were absolutely delicious (best continental breakfast we have every had at hotel), served in the upstairs terrace where we could hear the noises from outside (they were not intrusive) and peacefully welcome the day. The dinners were also sumptuous, and served on the terrace where you could look at the stars and listen to the calls to prayer reverberate around the district. If you had specific food issues (vegetarian, allergies) you just had to let the kitchen know in the morning so they could cook something suitable for you. While we did not get a menu with options, what we got was just right: three courses - soups, tagines with hand made couscous, and light desserts (including kiwi tarts with our second dinner, totally appropriate for us as we are from New Zealand). We spent some of the first day relaxing in the sun on the terrace as well, and it was a perfect spot for that.

The price was excellent, and if we were to return to Marrakech there is no doubt that we would return to Riad Anyssates. We highly recommend it if you want a beautiful and relaxing place to be, only 20 minutes stroll from Jemma el Fna (well, depending on how much time you spend looking at the stalls through the medina), and we particularly recommend the breakfasts and dinners.

  • 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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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I stayed at the "Riad Anyssates" for the last week, at the end of August 2013. I was worried about the hot weather of Morocco at that time of year, but it turned out to be cooler than breezy San Diego. Turns out, as you get closer to September, the weather cools just enough to make it a great place to visit.

The staff were marvelous, both the French managers and the local Moroccan caretakers and cooks. Staff helped me find the Moroccan dishes I'd read about and wanted to taste. They had a great little map of the city that was well marked. A unfailingly delicious breakfast every morning. Service with style, but also very much with warmth -- from Nicolas, Aisha, Fatima, and especially Taham -- who doesn't go to bed until the the wee hours of the morning - until he hears that each guest has safely returned -- no matter how late that may be. So, no need to worry about security in Marrakech.

What I really like about this location is that it is very much in the heart of the Medina, so you pass the stalls and bustles of activity on the way in and out. Moreover, it is not far from the edge of the western edge of the Medina, so that it is as quick to walk into the Nouvelle Ville as it is to walk to the Djmaa el Fna (main plaza).

I hope to return.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 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 August 30, 2013

This was a lovely riad which we found on Mr and Mrs Smith but managed to book on booking.com (because Mr and Mrs Smith Family do not list it and their couple section have a rubbish website for booking with children!)
Anyway the riad itself is gorgeous! Beautifully and lovingly restored. It feels modern but there are lots of traditional touches.
We stayed in the Sarah suite with our two girls aged 9 and 10. It was more than large enough. They had two little beds and we had a huuuuge bed which was a delight to sleep on. I didn't even wake up for the 530am prayer calls as I slept so soundly. The air conditioning in the room is icy cold and it is spotlessly clean. However if you get this room, be careful of the heavy ras shower which fell on my foot on the first day when I put the water on. The water pressure makes it jump out of its resting place so we had to secure it with a hairband!
The pool is larger than other riads from what we saw and is a wonderful way to cool off in the Marrakech heat. At night it is lit with wonderful lamps so there is a lovely atmosphere just lounging around.
There is a bar and you can get good wine and beer at reasonable prices. It's all added to your bill which unlike other places we stayed in you can settle by credit card.
There is also a hamamm which my husband and I both used. He had a massage and I had a traditional hammam which was really nice for 20E.
The staff are lovely. They don't speak much English so you do need to be pretty good at French. There was also a French man called Jerome who was very helpful about places to go.
The challenge is finding this place. Book a petit taxi even if you are driving because the street names change all the time and this 'derb' is a tiny tiny street off a tiny street! The are two entrances. Use the front one vs the back if you are driving as it is closer to the parking which we paid 20 Dhms per day/night for. Taham knows the parking chap very well so make sure he comes with you to get that price.
The breakfast is comprehensive but the same everyday. Some variation would have been nice as we were there for three days. The dinner is a must have. We paid 20E for a fantastic three course meal which was a mixture of French and Moroccan. It's just served at a lovely relaxing pace and tasted amazing. They were really happy also to split one adult meal for my girls which always goes down well with me. No fuss. Everything was a yes.
There is also a lovely rooftop area for relaxing and a living room with comfy sofas, rugs, throws and a fireplace.
Would certainly stay here again.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely
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  • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

Overall our stay at Riad Anyssates was very good and I would recommend it to couples, small families or small groups of friends. We booked an airport transfer for our arrival which I think is a good idea as the Riad is a little hard to find. We did not meet Nicholas from previous reviews but his colleague Jerome was there instead.

Jerome runs a tour company that organises 1-3 day trips out of Marrakech. He was welcoming and friendly but we found him to be a bit of a strange character. He was negative about a lot of the tourist sites within Marrakech and we got the impression he was trying to get us to book on to one of his tours instead of doing our own thing around the city.

Overall, a very nice stay – however I recommend to do your own research on activities and restaurants and steer accordingly!

The good:
Location, cleanliness, friendliness, furnishings, manicure/pedicure, massages

The bad:
Breakfast - basically bread, butter, jam and coffee which was disappointing at these prices. Ok for those who like sweets in the morning but a boiled egg or slice of cheese would be nice for the rest of us.

Down the middle:
Dinner – decent food and price but it was service over an hour later than we requested and the staff spent the whole time we were eating cleaning the roof terrace. So instead of a nice romantic atmosphere we got treated to a 2 hour showcase of hosing and wiping.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at this relaxing riad

Nicholas and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Taham was on hand to help at anytime of the day or night and seemed to really enjoy his job! Nicholas gave us a map to orientate ourselves in the Medina which was, at times, a tricky task. The map was very clear on routes that were easy to follow and for us it took about 15 minutes to get to the square. The friendliness of the staff really added a personal touch that made us feel very welcome.

We stayed in the white room and it was perfect for what we needed. It was clean, the bed was comfortable and, although it was one of the smaller rooms in the riad, the high ceilings and decor made it feel big. The decor throughout the riad was modern with a clear Moroccan twist.

We only had one evening meal during our stay and it was nice - the large portions left us feeling very full. Breakfast was fruit, yogurt and pancakes almost every day. It would have been nice to have a little more selection, but it was fine all the same. Nicholas provided us with recommendations for good places to eat in the evenings. We tried Cafe Arabe and thoroughly enjoyed the food and the cocktails ;).

We had a wonderful holiday here and enjoyed every moment whilst in the riad; be it by the pool or on the roof terrace waiting for the breaking of the fast and the calls from loud speakers across the city.

We would stay here again without a shadow of a doubt! And possibly will return with friends soon!

Thank you for a lovely experience.

Emma and Mark!

Room Tip: If you are looking for a riad with a reasonably sized pool, this pool is remarkably large!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 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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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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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
#84 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#98 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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