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Riad Ambre et Epices
5.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   89 Arset Aouzal | Bab Doukkala Medina, Marrakech 40000 , Morocco   |  
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Ranked #105 of 1,079 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A real gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

A fantastic place to stay and within a very short time you almost feel like a local wandering through the alleys of the Medina. A terrific location and in easy walking distance of all the sights. Patrice gives you a short introduction when you arrive and the welcome is amazing. Nothing is too much trouble. No disturbance from building work going on next door and you only have to navigate the occasional donkey cart delivering! The two rooms we had were very comfortable and heating efficient if you visit in the winter when the nights can be cold. Different Moroccan breakfast each morning with delicious orange juice. Do book a dinner one evening at the Riad as the cooking is fantastic and a very high standard - nice wines also. Open fire in the sitting room as well which makes it cosy. We booked the Atlas Mountains day trip with Patrice when we arrived and Philippe, our guide, gave us a memorable day - excellent value with lots of local knowledge. This part of the Medina is where the locals live, work, shop and pray and they are all very friendly.

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  • Stayed January 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Well presented Riad tucked away in the Medina. Attentive and very helpful staff particularly the manager Patrice. Fantastic breakfasts on the terrace and an excellent day out to the Atlas Mountains booked by Patrice. Would highly recommend as is a calm and tranquil retreat after the hustle and bustle of the medina. Plenty of places to eat nearby and if in doubt ask Patrice or eat at the Riad. The Moroccan salad was excellent. The evenings are quite cool in Marrakech in December so a glass of wine by the fire does the trick. Kids slept in a separate room but I felt reasurred about their safety. Would definitely go back!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Brussels
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Stayed for 3 nights at this Riad. The room was lovely, the staff were lovely, Patrice was ready to help us at all times and didn't get annoyed when we kept asking to use his computer! (maestro cards do NOT work in Marrakech!). We got picked up from the airport, compliments of the Riad.
Overall had a fantastic time, it is a bit complicated to find the Riad the first time but Patrice provided with a map beforehand so we never got lost.
Even though I didn't see the other rooms, I would definitely recommend the Racine suite, the bathtub is the perfect ending to a hectic day!
Merci Patrice and staff for everything!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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UK
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

we had a 3 night stay here. Its in a great location but ask them to meet you from your taxi - they can also arrange airport transfers for you as its hard to find the first time as it really is hidden. Once you have found your way there once its fine.

The rooms are very well equipped. We had dinner in one evening and the quality of the food was great. Breakfast is also very well catered.
I would recommend this riad. its in a good location, nothing is too much trouble for the staff and they will look after your every need.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012 via mobile

I don't normally write many reviews but Patrice was just so helpful and the riad was so brilliant I wanted to write about it. I emailed Patrice to ask to book us an airport transfer after reading other reviews. He kindly did this so everything went perfectly. He also booked us a day in the mountains which was so lovely and my favourite part. The room was beautiful and I loved the candles at night. There are so many small touches that make it, my favourite being a different Moroccan breakfast everyday.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 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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Bolton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We were met at the train station (despite the train being 2 hours late!) and were driven to a point in the medina where one of the staff of the Riad met us and we proceeded on foot from there. It was dark and I was worried that we would never find our way out!!! When we arrived at the riad - like many others said it was an oasis! After the customary Paperwork for the government - and the forms - we had some traditional mint tea, then Patrice showed us on a detailed map where we were, and how to move around the medina! This orientation was exactly what we needed.
We had booked dinner that night of arrival in the riad - that too was a good idea.

If I could say 2 things - one is about the lights - for someone who was travelling with a person who has eye issues - the lights in the riad were often not bright enough. In my room on the first floor - the shower was really neat - but one could barely see to read a book at night.
Secondly - we made the booking on line - and fully expected to be able to pay for the 2 rooms with credit cards - and were quite disapointed when the day before check out - we learned that we could not ...

Despite these items - I can also say that patrice went above and beyound the call of service when one in our group was feeling ill - and we asked for some plain boiled rice. Despite no chef being at the riad that evening, Patrice stayed and cooked some rice and kept asking if there was anything he could do - send for medicine - etc.

I would stay here again in a heart beat!

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms had better lights
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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 November 21, 2012

Beautiful property, stylishly furnished with many Thai accessories. Excellent, friendly service from Patrice, the manager.As other reviewers have stated, you will not find this place on your own so book a reputable transfer from the airport. Sadly, when we visited in October, the weather wasn't good enough to take advantage of the small pool or roof-terrace. We took advantage of the in-house hammam and had a massage in our room which was good value compared with other places. The property is about 10 minutes walk from the Djemma el Fnaa and ideally placed for the souks

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
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Address: 89 Arset Aouzal | Bab Doukkala Medina, Marrakech 40000 , Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #105 of 1,079 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Ambre et Epices 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located in the heart of the old district of Dar Elbacha and near the famous Souks, this old house, owned in the past to a large spice merchant, renovated with respect for the art and tradition of Morocco, will become your new address in Marrakech.Riad Ambre and Spices is a place of mixing to the refinement of its decoration inspired both of the East, Africa and India, all in an authentic atmosphere Marrakchi.Hammam, massage, swimming pool / jacuzzi, solarium and terrace . ... more   less 
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