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“Perfect place to arrive to, in a new unknown city” 5 of 5 stars
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Les jardins de Riad Laarouss
56, Derb Sidi Bouamar | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #651 of 1,071 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Perfect place to arrive to, in a new unknown city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

This was the first place we stayed in when we got to Marrakech. We got a airport transfer which was a good idea cause the riad is located in a residential area with lots of little roads, which only adds to the great feel of this place. Its really quite and relaxing.

We were greeted by Yessin who made us feel incredibly welcome (and even gave us a basic arabic lesson). The fact we were given our own key to the front door so we could come and go when we pleased was great.

Nadija made us the best breakfasts of our entire trip and was always very friendly, and was kind enough to wash some of our clothes for us.

The Riad itself is beautiful, peaceful and perfect place to retreat too after the hectic-ness of the main square, which is an easy 15minute walk away.

We stayed in the Orange Blossom room, beautifully decorated, I only wish I had a bathroom like that back in London.

The central courtyard is a lovely place to eat your breakfast in, little birds singing and lovely blossom trees all around you.

Would recommend to anyone, its not the closet to the square, but I think that is a plus side. You get to see more residential part of Marrakech, and the walk to the main square is pretty straight forward.

Thank you for a great stay.

  • Stayed March 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012 via mobile

Had a wonderful time, very friendly staff. A++ my family enjoyed every minute of the trip and will be visiting again very soon. Very good experience for the first time. Overall great experience and well spent time and worth it.

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

We had a great time staying in this Riad and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about staying here. The room was perfectly comfortable and clean, breakfast was delicious, plentiful and fresh. We were encouraged to come and go whenever we pleased, we had our own key to the Riad and could help ourselves to drinks etc from the fridge, and let Yassine the manager know. The location was fine, you find your way after a couple of walks to the square.
Yassine couldn't be more helpful to us from rescuing us when we didn't find Jemaa El Fna on our 1st night to advising us on how much to pay for glasses/teapots and even took me to the local souq for spices to bring home.
We had a fantastic adventure with our 9 year old daughter who loved Marrakech and it was great staying in a traditional Riad.
Thanks Yassine and Nadia for being great hosts!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

My stay at Les Jardins de Riad Larouss from 29 December 2011 to 2 January 2012 was nothing short of wonderful. The Riad affords the traveller the freedom to come and go at will (with an own front door key), to rest in the peaceful, cool rooms that can be made either dark or light, and that can be very quiet, or can be made to let in some ambient noise from the home. The overall feeling is that of tranquility, while the hosts Yassine and Nadiya are at one's disposal to offer advice and opinions on what to do in Marrakech. They are both very helpful and friendly and very pleasant to speak to. The breakfasts were delicious. The room was always kept pristine. And all of this at a very decent price. This riad is ideally situated for the traveller that likes to explore on foot, and is within a comfortable walking distance from the Koutoubia, Ben Youssef Mosque and Medersa, Jamaa el Fna and Jardin Majorelle. I can recommend this riad very highly, and will gladly return to it in future Incha'Allah. (Thank you to Yassine and Nadiya for making my stay such a wonderful experience).

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 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 November 22, 2011

our stay at the riad was very good experience , every thing we expected was there, the riad is in good location was only 10 minuts walk to the squire , the room was clean, the break fast
in time and good as weel , we get all the information we need from a guy called yassine who was very friendly with us ,
i really enjoyed my stay in marrakech especially in that riad , and i m sure i will go back soon

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

Our stay at Les Jardins de Riad Laarouss in August 2011 was very different from that of the three American friends who wrote the other 3 recent reviews. My teenage son & daughter and myself really enjoyed our holiday and had no problems with Yassine. However, as a courtesy to Yassine, I talked to him in French as much as I could - always good to make an effort when visiting a foreign country, although Yassine also tried to speak to us in English. Although the prices for additional services, such as lunch, dinner, mint tea, bottles of water, day trips etc were very high and in Euros, we were under no obligation to purchase any of these. We sussed out pretty quickly that bottled water cost a fraction of the price from the traders in the area. We were pleased to receive a Moroccan breakfast, rather than a continental, the-same-all-over-the-World one. Our cake, for example was freshly baked onsite by Nadia, as I saw the used loaf tin in the sink one morning. Yes, it was different from what we would at home, but that is part of the charm of travelling abroad. I don't know what expectations these other people had, perhaps they should have stayed in a coporate hotel. But I guess that would have been too pricey for them. We also thought the little alleys leading off from the main road to the riad were quite clean (no urine smell in the middle of hot August!), litter-free (unlike England...) and not scary at all, just curiously different! We perceived it to be a bit of an adventure to be living amongst the locals, what better way to experience a country's culture? At no point did we actually feel unsafe, however, the locals will try and make a bit of money out of the tourists! Who can blame them, being invaded by us, who are so affluent in comparison and of a culture alien to theirs? Some of the traders in the souks can be persistent and try to rip tourists off, others are kind and genuine, one just has to use one's common sense and be assertive. Yes, Yassine has a loud voice, but I would not describe his slightly abrupt personality as rude. Unless the aforementioned group of tourists gave him reason to be short and impatient?? He was helpful to us and gave both myself and my son lifts on his little moped to the bank and the market, respectively, so we wouldn't have to walk. What does his wearing a leather jacket have to do with anything, anyway? And what's wrong with his room leading off the roof terrace? He has to stay somewhere in the vicinity and I bet his room was more modest than the tourist accomodation - it's not as if he stayed in the rooftop appartment! Well, if these American tourists are used to big rooms, perhaps they shouldn't stay in a typical Moroccan house? The narrow rooms are traditionally built around an inner courtyard, just as the houses are built around small alleyways, that is the country's architectural heritage, so who are these tourists to judge? Incidentally, the bed- and bathrooms, as well as the little sitting room and courtyard area were beautifully and tastefully furnished and decorated. The only thing I'd say is the bedroom and bathroom floors could have done with a wash, but everything else was immaculately clean. We were also pleased how quiet, relaxing and peaceful it was as soon as one stepped out of the hustle and bustle of the city into the calm of the riad. And so what if they decided to turn that little splash pool into a planted area instead? It made the courtyard more like a garden, and they took great care of the plants, watering and pruning them regularly. There were also fabulous climbing plants all over the railings, which added to the charm of the place. We thought it was pretty much exactly like the photographs, and very lovely indeed, also reasonably priced compared to other riads online. We, too, used the sitting room and pc (and sometimes the internet failed) and even played music cds from the selection there in the evenings, but never got told off. But it is just common decency to have regard for other guests late at night. I'm sorry the group of American tourists didn't enjoy their holiday - it clearly wasn't "their kind of thing" - while we had an amazing time and loved being immersed in a different culture. I would advise prospective visitors to take subjective views - including mine! - with a pinch of salt and make up their own minds. If staying somewhere other than a corporate hotel is too much of a culture shock, just don't stay in a riad! Or be open-minded and release your sense of adventure, then you will make the most of your visit and stay!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2011

My stay in this riad inspired me to join tripadvisor & write a review. It's only fair to those of you looking to enjoy Marrakech....

I was looking forward to an excellent first trip to Morocco starting in the city of Marrakech. I was travelling with a small group. We are very seasoned travellers - between us we have probably visited at least 30 countries around the world. We have seen the best and the worst of what the world has to offer!

We love tripadvisor & saw excellent reviews for Les jardins de Riad Laarouss and we decided to take a chance and book it – it looked great online. We arranged an airport shuttle with the riad, they picked us up on time. It was very much over priced – we were charged 16 euros for the shuttle, however, when we returned, we decided to take a taxi and the taxi cost us 50 Dh for 4 people, the equivalent of less than 5 euro. Everything in the riad is exorbitantly overpriced.

It is also important to note that no one mentioned that the shuttle (or any sort of vehicle, taxi, etc.) can drive directly to the riad. You must walk through several alleys with your baggage which smell heavily of urine before entering a few trap doors which eventually lead to the riad. This was very scary and disgusting.

We were eventually greeted by Yassin, a young man with a motor bike and a leather jacket who did not seem to like foreigners, especially women. He hangs out with the groups of boys outside on the corners in the alley which made us feel uncomfortable. He speaks broken English and some French. He speaks very loudly and barks information to people. He was not helpful at all. He was very rude. The first day we came, Yassin made sure we were staying for the entire three nights then gave us a map. He was only available about 2 hours each day, mostly in the morning during “breakfast” and he was unwilling to give us his contact information when we asked in case of an emergency. We were given a very rushed “tour” of the riad.

The room was smaller than expected (all the rooms are small) and when we asked for a better room, he wanted to charge us much more than we expected. As soon as we started to ask questions, he rushed us and kept saying “can I go now?” … “Can I go now?”… we were unsure about where he was rushing to go because his main job is to manage the riad. Yassin seemed very angry and extremely unapproachable. He also told us that Osama Bin Laden is still alive and everyone knows he lives in Mauritania.

The breakfast was awful. There was one fried very greasy bread (like a roti or chapati...perhaps they were attempting to imitate a crepe?) and a stale cake they serve each morning with cold coffee. The highlight of the breakfast was the orange juice which was fresh squeezed - as is all the orange juice in Morocco.

Yassin also did not allow us to eat breakfast peacefully; he was trying to push us out as early as possible by asking when we are leaving. He also insisted on bleaching the floor and using chemicals to clean in the space we were eating just below our feet in order to encourage us to leave. He could have waited to clean when we left.
When we arrived, the place did not look like the pictures. There is no pool as the website insinuates…they have now filled that small 5 inch deep hole with soil and plants. There is a curfew and you are expected to be inside the riad at a certain time although this is not the case in other hotels and riads.

When we first arrived, Yassin offered the computer for our use in the riad. As a method of control, Yassin disconnected the internet service by taking the Ethernet cord away from the computer – he did not want us to use the computer and was forcing us to sleep. I was lucky that I brought my laptop. When we asked him why the computer said the Ethernet cord was disconnected, his response was “Yeah, maybe”.

There is a terrace in the pictures, but it looks nothing like the pictures. It is old and full of mold from rain water. We were not allowed to have access to the terrace. The terrace is next to Yassin’s door – he also lives in the riad – of course he takes the biggest room on the top floor.

Unfortunately, the owner named Wassim never came to greet us – but from the reviews we heard he is hospitable and welcoming. We assume he only sees good reviews and figured all was fine & he didn't have to meet guests anymore. We went on to stay at another riad in Tangiers which was EXCELLENT & the owner was very hands on & helpful during our stay. Yassin manages the place with a woman named Nadia who works in the kitchen. He also treats her poorly and we felt terrible for her each time he yelled at her which also made us uncomfortable.

Additionally, Yassin asked us several times to pay for our stay days in advance. The last time he asked us to pay was during breakfast on our last day – we had to insist that we wanted to finish eating our breakfast and that we would pay upon finishing. We felt very rushed and very unwelcomed, we would not recommend this place to anyone.

By 10PM the riad is completely silent. No one makes a sound. The main square & souks however are open well past this time. There were very few people staying at this riad. Our group sat in the “lobby area” where they have a small orange couch in order to talk, but we were ordered to whisper (literally whisper) as Yassin felt we were too loud for his taste. We whispered for three nights then paid too much.
THIS RIAD IS NOT WORTH THE VALUE AT ALL.

LOCATION: The location of the riad is very inconvenient. We were told to take a 20 minute walk to the square where all the souks are located. This walk was extremely dangerous and confusing as the street names are not always clearly marked. It is better to stay closer to square where all the attractions are located.

There are many other affordable options much closer to the Medina. Yassin gave Morocco a bad name and shouldn’t be working in a riad inviting foreigners if he does not like foreigners. PLEASE STAY AWAY from this riad. We did our best to enjoy Marrakech despite our mistake in choosing this riad…and it is a beautiful city with much to see. One of the best cities in Morocco to visit!

In short, stay somewhere else closer to the square & feel welcomed!

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 56, Derb Sidi Bouamar | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #651 of 1,071 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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