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“A little gem” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #113 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“A little gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Just back from a 4 night stay and blown away by Marrkech and very happy with the riad. However, it is almost impossible to find without a guide. Unfortunately, although we agreed with the taxi driver from the airport that he would take us to the door (or as close as you can get in a car) we were set down what seemed like miles away in the medina. The GPS didn't work on the iPad, I suppose the buildings block the signal, so we paid a lad to take us there and even he got a bit lost and it was about a 20 min walk with our luggage. Once there though, we were made very welcome by Patrice who brought mint tea and pastries. The place is clean, comfortable, delicious breakfasts and well located for the souks, medina, Fna, Katoubia etc. Recommended.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Pros: Service excellent (Patrice was very helpful and sorted out our transfers when Jet2 let us down), breakfast superb and changed every day - enjoyed on the roof terrace, free wifi, central location, dinner really good - felt like private dining on the roof terrace, good strong air con, very clean and peaceful with a lovely plunge pool in the courtyard

Cons: Difficult to find initially but Patrice very helpful with direction, room a touch on the small side/a bit too much furniture in it, our bathroom a bit dark

Conclusion: very good, would highly recommend. Made a real difference to our stay in Marrakech

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We spent a long weekend in Marrakech to celebrate TB's birthday and booked Ambre et Epices and after a few emails with Patrice, requested the Trésor de Chine room, on the first floor.

We had a great time staying here, it's small enough to feel like a real guest home, but there is plenty of space to spread out and relax in the sun. Patrice and the rest of the staff are very welcoming and attentive - helping us to make restaurant bookings, helpful hints on attractions, and providing some champagne for a special birthday breakfast treat (there was even some singing!) If you want a chilled night without leaving the Riad, the team can also prepare a delicious traditional Moroccan meal for you, finished off with a glass of wine by the fire.

Like most buildings in the city, all the rooms face into the centre of the riad, meaning no exterior view. Heavy wooden doors are closed at night ensure that you're not woken to early by light, however in Marrakech, you're more likely to be woken by the early calls to prayer - this is unavoidable in the city centre, so pack earplugs if you're worried about getting a full night's sleep. The rooms are also individually decorated, so you can pick the one that best suits your taste.

If you're bad with directions, make sure you take detailed notes on how to find Ambre et Epices... you get the hang of it after a while, but it's not the easiest place to find.

Room Tip: The Tresor de Chine room is on the first floor and has an extra-long bath!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We have recently returned from a five night stay in this riad. As other travelers have stated it would be impossible to find on your own but we were met by Abdul who escorted us Up the small alleyways to the riad. Once inside the door we were greeted by Patrice who along with all the other staff Abdul, Fatima and the girl who cleans the rooms works extremely hard to make sure your every need is catered for. The riad itself is an oasis of peace and tranquility! Much appreciated after the madness, hustle and bustle of Marrakech. It is tastefully decorated in cool colors, each bedroom being individually designed, I would liken it to a small boutique hotel. We stayed half board, breakfast was served on the roof terrace and was different every day, being a mixture of either delicious fresh yogourt or fresh strawberries or eggs along with delicious breads and pastries. Evening meals were three course and we had home made soup, or Moroccan salad to start (highly recommended) followed by a different tagine either chicken or beef, desert was usually light, either poached pears or oranges or creme caramel, all freshly prepared. Patrice is extremely knowledgable and helpful about navigating around Marrakech and even arranged our return pick up to the airport. All in all a little gem, highly recommended and if I were to return to Marrakech I would definitely stay here.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We chose this Riad on the basis of all the great reviews and were not disappointed.
We took the hotel arranged taxi transfer (included in the price) and were very happy that we did as we would never have found it without the guide. If you book 3 or more nights direct with the Riad then the return airport taxi is also included, otherwise it costs euro20. Our room on the ground floor was good with a comfy bed. Breakfast each day varied slightly with fruit salad one day, an omelet another and fried eggs on a third.
Patrice is very welcoming and helpful.

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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We stayed 4 nights at Riad Ambre et Epices and had an amazing time.

Patrice and staff were extremely friendly, helpful and went out their way to make the stay as enjoyable as possible. We asked them to arrange taxi transfer to and from the airport which was well organised and took the hassle out of this part of the journey. I'd recommend this as the Riad would be very difficult to find unguided!

The Riad itself is perfectly formed and the roof terrace was a lovely place to relax in the afternoon heat. Our room was a little small, more due to the fact that we'd got an online deal than anything else and can't be held against the Riad (in future I think I'll book direct).

The location is excellent, just a 5-10 minute walk to the souks and 15 minutes to the new town. There are a wealth of good restaurants close by. We ate in the Riad one night and also had lunch on our last day - the food was excellent and I would highly recommend it. The breakfast was also very good with something slightly different every day.

Very happy that we chose this as our place to stay in Marrakech!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

Stayed 5 nights at this Riad and it lived up to our expectations after reading the comments from other guests.
Proprietor Patrice was a wonderful friendly host and takes great attention to detail and looks after you throughout your stay.
We took advantage of the Riad's organised taxi service from the airport, where we were met, greeted and efficiently transferred to the Riad.
Abdul guided us to the Riad and was always on hand, helpful, very friendly and attentive throughout our stay.
We ate at the Riad twice, which was a very relaxing respite from the hustle and bustle of the City, we definitely recommend the food and the local wines.
After a busy day sightseeing we walked back around 5pm, ordered a bottle of local Moroccan wine and sat up on the roof terrace to chill.
Overall, a great place to stay... P and N

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 #113 of 1,080 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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