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Riad Argan
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   33, derb Zenka Dika | Marrakech Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #8 of 1,031 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“No Better Place in Marrakesh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

The Riad Argan is the perfect place to stay in Marrakesh. Based on all the rave reviews here we expected a great place to stay and this Riad exceeded all of our expectations. Francois and Bernaud provide us with a warm and cozy home with all the amenities. Their staff of three sisters treateded us like a part of the family.
My sister and I went for my 50th birthday celebration, and from the moment we made the reservations Francois was friendly and thought of everything we needed to make this a special weekend. Francois recomendations for what to do were always on point. When we were thinking about where to buy leather Bernaud even took my sister on his motorbike to show her where the store was. Bernaud and Francois gave us an orientation to town and also made sure that we understood how to bargain what to expect for prices.
The staff was superb,, they treated us with immense kindness and introduced us to the berber culture. Kadija and her sisters ensured that the ambience developed by Francois is carried through every moment of your stay.
The Riad is very close to the Plaza and all the main tourist sites. It is decorated beautifully, and gives you a true Marrakesh feel. Thesmall size makes for an intimate and homey atmosphere. The rooftop patio has a view of the Atlas mountains and is spectacular place to start your morning.
Thank you Francois Bernaud and Kadija for a wonderful stay. .

Room Tip: All the rooms were beautifully decorated, the rooms on the first floor are near the dining so if you...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 January 11, 2013

I second all the great things that have been said about Riad Argan. Thanks Francoise and Bernard for making our stay in Marrakech so wonderful. Truly attentive and friendly staff in a clean and homey setting. We loved the rooftop and the warm sun during the day. It is close to everything, and Francoise's orientation is perfect. Breakfast was delicious and tailored for us (strong coffee with hot milk), and they even arranged lunch for us on the rooftop one day when we didn't feel like going out.

Room Tip: Only 5 rooms and all seemed fine. We were on the ground floor and it was private and quiet.
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  • Stayed January 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
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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

The Riad Argan deserves the superlatives heaped upon it by others: great location, safe, clean, and a warm, friendly and helpful staff. My wife and I loved everything about it. You will not likely regret Francoise's advice on things to see and do –all were worthwhile and all within a reasonable walk even for this elderly guy. Refreshments on the rooftop were welcome and oh yes, and do consider dinner at the Argan.
What made our stay at the Argan all the more worthwhile was the not entirely anticipated adventure of staying in the medina. One surprise, for example, was that what appears on a map as a road leading from the Argan to Jemaa El-Fna is in reality a cobblestone walkway, varying from perhaps 8 to 12 feet wide. Pedestrian traffic mixes with bicycles and motorbikes --which sometimes move with lightning speed. With all sorts of things for sale spilling out of the innumerable shops along the way, the walkway may narrow to no more than 5-6 feet. Pedestrians sort of watch out for the wheeled vehicles and drivers sort of watch out for pedestrians; same thing for the souks and the Fna. If there are rules for pedestrian and all other traffic, they seem to be at best informal. It’s crazy, but somehow it works. Go, enjoy the Argan where Francois will get you oriented to the medina, and you’ll have an experience you won’t forget.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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 December 25, 2012

Second Xmas at Riad Argan for us....and we have promised not to wait a whole other year before returning!
If you are thinking about visiting Marrakech, this is the place to stay...steps away from the best lunch cafe, and minutes from the best roof top bar and the best Italian Moroccan restaurant of the city.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

In Marrakesh on business and decided to skip the typical business hub hotels. Wanted to experience the atmosphere of this bustling city. Great decision. From the time we arrived to the moment we left Francoise and Bernard made us feel as if we were the only guests they were concerned about and did everything to make our stay a wonderful experience. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

My friend and l stayed four nights at the Riad Argan. From the moment we were met by Francoise who was so helpful it made us feel completely at ease. We didn't realise how much we would enjoy our stay. Salah and Kadesha particularly were brilliant as were all the staff. Kadesha took us to a market to buy food for a meal that we would help to prepare and she showed us how make a beautiful meal. The rooms were calming, clean and tidy. Breakfast was good quality and generous continental style. Francoise helped us with our tour need and Yusef the driver was very helpful in our trip into the Atlas Mountains. The whole stay was made much greater by the staff being such good fun.
A stunning and lovely time - a giggle per minute all round.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

My daughters arranged this surprise trip to Marrakesh as a birthday gift and we had a wonderfull time. Riad Argan was just perfect, they could not have been more helpful and provided a wonderful oasis of calm from the madness that is Marrakesh. The riad is located right in the heart of the Medina and was the perfect location for exploring the souks and other places of interest.
Our hosts at Riad Argan arranged for us to be collected from the airport and also provided an excellent evening meal on our first night. The staff were friendly and attentive without being intrusive and gave us helpful advice about how to navigate the labyrinth of alleys and narrow streets of the Medina. We had a crash course in local customs and etiquette (including bartering) which was invaluable.
My highlight of the trip was visiting the Hammam, arranged at a very good rate by Francois. After a busy day exploring the city, this was the perfect way to chill out, especially as the Hammam was almost next-door to the Riad!

  • 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
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Also Known As:
Riad Argan Hotel Marrakech
Riad Argan Hotel
Address: 33, derb Zenka Dika | Marrakech Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 1,031 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Argan 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
RIAD ARGAN is situated in the heart of Marrakech one of Morocco's most important cultural centers, walking distance to the famous place jamaa El Fna.Accommodation: Three storey Riad: Ground floor: 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, dinning area, living area and dipping pool. Second floor: 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms Third floor: a beautiful spacious roof terrace which one can enjoy the evening breeze; Our chef can prepare Moroccan dishes at your request.It's decoration and spirit will make you feel in harmony and a profound feeling of tranquility. ... more   less 
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