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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 #106 of 1,040 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Excellent value luxury 5 minutes from the Souks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We recently stayed 4 nights in this Riad. As others have written, it is a good idea to arrange to be met just around the corner by the staff, who will help with bags, as the Riad is hidden in a maze of alleys, which is very much a part of its charm. We stayed in the grand suite in the newer part of the Riad, which was a great room, with very good bathroom and a bath the size of a four man sarcophagus behind the four poster bed in the main room. As stated by other reviewers, it could do with a small wardrobe and drawers, although we understand that this is being rectified this summer. Also, to those complaining about the noise, this is a Riad in the heart of the Medina, where people work and pray at all hours - if you want total quiet, go to a soulless air conditioned box in the hotels in the new town.

We booked a day trip in a private 4x4 in the Atlas Mountains through Patrice, the owner. Whilst this was more expensive than some tours you can get, our driver was a knowledgeable berber from the region and kept us away from the tourist traps and this was certainly worth the extra money.

If you want luxury 5 minutes from the Souks, this is the place for you. Very good quality linen and towels, spotlessly clean, great breakfasts on the roof terrace, wonderfully helpful and cheerful staff led by Patrice. I would not hesitate to return here next time we come to Marrakech as what you get for your money is exceptional.

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  • Stayed April 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Excellent friendly service throughout our 4 night stay. We arrived at night and as it was our first visit to Marrakech we were nervous about what to expect and being able to find our way in the dark. However there was no need to worry as Patrice had organised us an airport pick up that drove us close to the Riad and Abdul was waiting to escort us the remainder of the way by foot. I recommend this service as it is a difficult place to find with no street signs! The next morning after a good nights sleep we were treated to a superb fresh breakfast (different every day) on the roof terrace with views across the city to the mountains. Everything that Patrice and Hatim recommended to us (restauraunts, cafes and trips) was top class and made our trip even better. Thank you to Patrice, Hatim, Abdul and the rest of the team for a superb holiday.

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  • Stayed April 2014, 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 April 13, 2014

In a city that gives you sensory overload, this Riad offers a peaceful escape. Patrice and his staff do a wonderful job of pampering their guests and making sure their vacation is something to remember. The breakfasts were excellent, with most of the offerings made right on the premises by the great cook. Fresh orange juice, pastries, homemade yogurt, fresh coffee and mint tea are a great way to start the day off right. Ibrahim serves these delights with a brimming smile that is genuine and heartwarming. We needed a couple of items for our son that we could not find so Hatim at the front desk managed to get them for us. He is another whose sense of humor and positive attitude is very much appreciated. Patrice booked us a day trip to Ait Benhaddou, which is a Kasbah at the " Gates of the Desert". What a great trip, made possible by our excellent guide and driver Youssef whose English and knowledge of the countryside were excellent and appreciated. Of course after a long day touring a hamam right in the Riad was both soothing and relaxing. You could go outside of the Riad for this experience, but the convenience of having it done on site was fantastic. We had 2 dinners at the Riad and both were authentic and flavorful. The rooms were inviting and comfortable. The soft beds were welcome at the end of at the end of very full days. The nearby Henna Cafe had good lunches and henna tattoos. We would definately stay here during our future trips to Marrakech.
A huge thank you to you and all of your staff Patrice.

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  • Stayed April 2014, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

Comfortable, quiet bedroom, excellent discreet service, food very nice (we had breakfast only.) However
the recommended local restaurants were fantastic cuisine.
If you want to experience the old & new Marrakesh this location is perfect.
Take the tour bus, visit the Jardin Marjorelle or lunch at Hotel La Mamounia. Best of all the locals were a right friendly bunch.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We stayed at this riad for three days as it was our first visit to Marrakech we wanted to stay right in centre of old town close to all attractions and also wanted a traditional hotel. This Riad ticked all the conditions. This is a lovely clean Riad with friendly and helpful staff especially Hatim and Abdullah with their Manager Patrice.

This Riad is 15mins walk to Jama El Fana from there 5-15 mins walk to all the attractions- Majorelle Gardens are 20mins walk in opposite direction from the Riad.

We booked the whole package including transfers through BA and had no problems at all.

Our friends who stayed in modern hotel outside Madina were really repenting their decision after looking at our pics of the Riad.

I would highly recommend this Riad to any anyone who wants traditional hotel full of character.

I will go back in Nov. to explore more of Marrakech.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

What a great hotel. The staff are excellent and very helpful as soon as we arrived someone was there to help us with our luggage, on arrival we had tea in the courtyard and given a map and a briefing about the area, followed by a tour of the hotel. Breakfast was perfect, well presented and always served with a simile. Couldn't fault this place - it's a must visit and in the perfect location to explore the city.

We stayed in Marrakech for 4 nights, and on one of the days we decided to visit the new town, where you'll find McDonald, Zara, KFC ect.. but after 2hours was bored and went back to the old city. When booking this holiday we couldn't decided weather or not to stay in the new or old city, after this visit we would definitely recommend the old city much more to see and do, and an amazing experience to be in the heart of the city.

Thank you to Ibrahim for consistently
providing excellent customer service.




  • Stayed April 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 April 7, 2014

We stayed in the new annexe of the riad for 4 nights and were well looked after by Ibrahim. The Riad is a cool peaceful oasis in the centre of the busy medina. The place was very clean and all the staff were very friendly. We booked a day trip to the Atlas mountains on the advice of Patrice and this was the highlight of our holiday. Patrice also arranged our airport transfer and Ibrahim escorted us to the pick up point and waited with us until the car arrived.On our first night Patrice booked us an excellent local restaurant and Ibrahim walked us round to it as we were unsure of the way.They couldn't have been more helpful.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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 #106 of 1,040 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Ambre et Epices 5*
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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