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“a little piece of heaven” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Itrane
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   113, Derb Jamaa | Derb Dabachi, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #24 of 1,137 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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“a little piece of heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

I have just returned from a 4 day break in Marrakech,with my husband and daughter, staying at Riad Itrane. The Riad had been recommended to us so I knew it was going to be good, but I can honestly say it exceeded our expectations. As soon as you walked through the door there was a feeling of calm and tranquility amid'st all of the hustle and bustle of the Jemaa El-Fna square which was just around the corner.From the minute we arrived Abdul and Ahmed couldn't have been more helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for them, so too were Charlotte and Patrice,the owners,we can't thank them enough for making our stay such an enjoyable one.The rooms very typically Moroccan were spotless.. Our room had private access to the rooftop terrace,which was lovely especially at night time. Breakfast was a delight, with plenty to eat. Lovely pancakes and freshly squeezed orange juice and plenty of English breakfast tea. I read lots of reviews prior to our trip, and I am glad to say every one was right. Riad Itrane is a little gem.

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  • Stayed April 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Tarporley, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We stayed at Riad Itrane for 3 nights from the 10th to 13th of April. It is situated just off the Jemaa El Fna and so you are couple of minutes walk from the bustling souks and the the square. It was amazing to leave the beating of drums, the snake charmers, dancers, teeth, poultry,fish and spice sellers to step inside this tranquil oasis. There is a small pool and an orange tree in the centre of the Riad. There are lots of nooks and crannies with books, Moroccan carpets and tiled fountains. Breakfast was a continental breakfast with pancakes and the coffee was lovely. Everything was clean with plenty of hot water. The roof terrace was lovely to sit on and listen to the call to prayer. The staff were helpful and welcoming. Anyone can stay in a large hotel but if you are looking to stay in a traditional Riad I would recommend this one.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 16, 2013

Riad Itrane ("Garden of the Stars") is on a quiet alley off one of the liveliest streets leading out of the famous Jemaa El-Fna, so it is only a few steps from that essential focus of Marrakech. The riad has spread back through what were three traditional Moroccan houses, so it is a delightful little maze of three arcaded courtyards, one of them with a pool. We chose one of the suites added on the roof, with view outside our door over the town and to the High Atlas range.

The breakfasts were good; during our week-long visit to the country we grew fond of the traditional riad breakfasts of crepes and honey. The staff, especially Mohammad, were very helpful. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

This was a great Riad, minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the Souk and the main square, but down a little alley meaning it was very quiet unless on the roof. It is difficult to imagine a better location.

The rooms were fine - we had a nice one with en-suite on the top floor. No lift, but that was no problem, the staff were eager to help carry luggage if required (but not pushy). I personally found the bed a little hard for myself, but the wife found it very comfortable.

Common areas were nice too, Breakfast/dinner could be had in the dining room (I guess) or outside (which we always chose).

We ate there the first night - it was an entirely acceptable meal (with reasonably priced wine), but to my view the food in Marrakesh as a whole was nothing to write home about.
It was a safe place to eat on our first night, but I probably wouldn't eat in again. The food may be considered a bit overpriced compared to what is available off the streets, but I suspect it was not overpriced compared to other hotel meals.

Riad Itrane is not a 5 * hotel, but much more intimate and enjoyable.Tipping was done at the end of the stay, all tips being put into a pot for distribution amongst the staff - this I liked.

Of course, there is a lot of hassle on the streets, but that is Marrakesh - but if you can't cope with that, you shouldn't be thinking of going to the city in the first place. But if you do go there, you should not be disappointed with this Riad.

I have no hesitation recommending this Riad to friends, family, and to Trip Advisor.

  • Stayed April 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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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

This raid is perfectly situated only minutes from the square. The owners and staff were delightful and very accommodating. The rooms were clean and well appointed and the views from the terraces, over the Medina with the snow covered Atlas in the background were the best!

Well worth a visit.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Dakar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This was the first place we stayed in Marrakech and its in a great easy to get to location. The people were friendly when we first arrived and the room was clean and comfortable. We also enjoyed sitting on the deck watching the sunset. This place could improve on its service though, we arrived around 5pm and there was no food available at the riad even though they have a working kitchen. Okay I understand but then I wanted to call and make a reservation for a restaurant they acted like they were bending over backwards for me to use their land line.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I stayed here with a friend last week. We were only there one night and chose the riad based on TripAdvisor reviews.

The riad is in a great location, very close to the souk but the street it is in is very quiet. It is really nicely decorated and is very pretty.

The room was nice and well-looked-after, as was the riad in general. However, the hot water in the shower didn't last long and the shower ended up being cold.

The roof terrace was beautiful, we spent a morning sunbathing there before heading out of Marrakech to Essaouira.

Breakfast was pretty standard - bread, pancakes, orange juice etc. Nothing too spectacular, but nice and included in the price (as was the case with all the places we stayed).

Overall, I liked the place, mainly for the location and how well-maintained it is. However, having stayed at several other places during my trip, I am not sure the price, which was considerably higher than everywhere else we stayed, was entirely justified.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 113, Derb Jamaa | Derb Dabachi, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 1,137 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Itrane 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at only 2 minutes( 0,300m) on foot from the famous Place Jemaa El Fna, taxis and at the entry of the souk and close to the main monuments, Medersa Ben youssef, Palace Bahia and Baldi, and at the entry of the souks, this authentic and magical Moroccan guest house combines the peace and quiet of a local side street and the bustling excitement of all types of interests in the heart of the picturesque medina and close to the centre of "Gueliz", the modern city. This splendid Riad is the oldest neighborhood, it was completely restored in 2008 with elegance and modernity by Moroccan craftsmen in the respect for tradition. " Riad Itrane" provides three courtyards, with threes, flowers, a fountain, and a superb counter-current swimming pool pool, many terraceswith sun deck where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Medina, the Atlas mountains and the koutoubia. Comfortable living rooms and a spacious dinning room equipped with fire places will offer you a combination of relaxation and delight. Within this unique setting, a particularly attentive team is at your disposal 24/24h to provide you the highest standard catering services which contribute to the excellent reputation of this guest house. French, English are fluently spoken here. Breakfasts are plentiful and varied, and our delicious lunches and dinners are on demand before 11h00 AM, and at a reasonable price. Special birthday dinner with a birthday cake made by the best pastry of Marrakech. " Riad Itrane" welcomes you in the heart of Marrakech to make your dreams come true within a peaceful and unforgettable setting..." " Itrane" means " star" in Berber language, this "star's guest house" will therefore make your life more radiant! ... more   less 
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