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“Maybe not luxury, but close to it” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Ambre et Epices
3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   89-90 Arset Aouzal | Bab Doukkala Medina, Marrakech 40000 , Morocco   |  
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Ranked #137 of 1,148 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Dumfries, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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“Maybe not luxury, but close to it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2010

We stayed two nights in Marrakech on arrival and one on our way out after travelling round. Riad Ambre et Epices was a lovely welcome and a great way to round off the trip (with a suite on the last night). It's a fairly new riad, so was a bit difficult to locate, even with local taxi drivers! Our first room was very nice, the only minor quibble was that it opened directly onto the breakfast area, and you could feel slightly exposed! The bathroom facilities were a bit old, but that was part of the charm, and they functioned ok. The suite on the first floor had a huge bath and bed, and was as I said just a lovely way to finish off our stay. The rooms stayed nicely cool. Breakfast was lovely, a good selection o breads, pastries and jams, with yoghurts and great fresh orange juice.

The staff couldn't have helped more, especially sorting us out when we got lost (twice) in the Soukh. Take note of where you are, and of the location of the nearby mosque, as this is just about the only way back without assistance! We found some of the amateur guides slightly aggressive, but they went away eventually! Others were very helpful though.

Thoroughly recommended, though as this was our first visit (hopefully not last) we don't have a comparison.

Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2010

A corner of perfection to recover from the chaos on the streets! We were so pleased to have such a lovely bolt-hole to return to, with excellent staff and open areas. Our room was fairly small, but it was perfect for us, and with all the other spaces to relax in it wasn't a problem. The plunge pool provided refreshment, and the endless mint tea was delicious!
A true gem, where the staff are incredibly helpful and the standards are high. Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

We just returned from three nights at this glorious Riad. It is away from touristy area in R'Mila, a short walk to the Fondouks, where you can see master craftspeople at work. It is also close to the Sooks. Staff were always available to help us, even ordering us a birthday cake for our daughter. Service was amazing. It made our trip.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2010

We came to Marrakech for only two days and stayed at this charming Riad 15th & 16th Dec. We had the Orchid room on the top floor - very compact but fine for a short stay and the bed was extremely comfortable. We only had a small bar of soap provided so were glad we had packed shower gel etc. No glasses in the room for drinks but a fruit bowl was left on our first evening which was a nice touch. A lovely sun deck with beds just outside our door, a peaceful spot to chill out away from the city madness! The whole place is peaceful, tranquil and has been renovated very sympathetically. At this time of year the public areas can be quite cool due to the design but the dining room had a large patio type gas heater.

We had pre booked an evening meal before our arrival and were pleased we had done this as our flight was diverted to Agadir due to poor visibility in Marrakech. We consequently lost the entire first day being coached back and were very tired, the thought of navigating the dimly lit alleys and finding a restaurant did not appeal. However, the meal really wasn't up to much but they tried very hard. Breakfast was very nice with a mix of breads and sweet pastries etc and the fresh squeezed orange juice was fantastic.

The location could be quite daunting - finding your way through the labyrinth of unmarked alleys requires real memory skill (or a phone with Sat Nav). Also, the Riad has no sign - you just have to remember what the front door looks like! Thank goodness on arrival we were escorted from the taxi drop off point (following a phone call to the Riad from a very helpful taxi driver at the Airport). We had lost our pre-arranged pick up due to the diversion

We were fortunate not to be hassled to any degree whilst out and about and were mostly left alone. A polite 'no,thank you' was all that was required. In fact most people we encountered seemed most helpful and good natured. We even braved the street food in the lively atmosphere of the main square on our second night. It was very good, very cheap and no tummy problems afterwards!

The staff at this Riad were friendly and helpful and we look forward to returning in the near future and hopefully see a little more of Marrakech - it was impossible to see much in one day!!

Be aware the Riad only accepts cash

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Co Clare
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2009

Beautiful, pieceful and clean riad. Staff very friendly and helpful. Not too far from Djemma el fna. Breakfast nice, but could be a little bit more varied, maybe som fruit and youhurts etc

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

The riad is stunning with lots of little attention to detail and wonderful staff who bent over backwards to help us with any requests. We travelled as a group of 3 and had a large enough room to accommodate us. The bathroom was absolutely gorgeous! We were lucky to have had the roof terrace to ourself one afternoon and enjoyed the sun, breeze, mint tea with traditional sweets and some cool background music. Would definitely recommend this riad to travellers who want to be away from the mainstream package tours that hotels and resorts offer.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: 89-90 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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #137 of 1,148 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Ambre et Epices 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally located in the heart of the Dar El Bacha's old district and very close from the famous Souks, this former house, owned in the past by a big trader of spices, renovated in the respect of the art and moroccan traditions, will become your new address in Marrakesh. Riad Ambre et Epices is a place of interbreeding by its refinement inspired at the same time by the East, Africa and India, all in an authentic Marrakchi atmosphere. Turkish bath, massages, swimming pools / Jacuzzi, terraces and solariums will contribute to your well-being and your relaxation, before joining one of the 11 suites and rooms suggestively decorated by the most important steps of the spices route. ... more   less 
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