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“Unsafe and bad located” 2 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Alsaad
Quartier Riad Laarouss | Derb el bakkal 11, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #671 of 1,057 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Ibiza, Spain
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Unsafe and bad located”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

It is a small place, good decorated and with a nice atmosphere inside.
However, the location is not so good. They will try to rip you off going in and out of the street all the time, there are local shops and people around really noisy (children playing, shouting and making noise with pans). The lady gives you a map and nice explanations, but the main square is much more than 15 min far away, a taxi there may cost you from 3 to 6€ (prices in the country are so so changeable).
Furthermore, we had a problem with room's door. It gets closed with a locker but there is always the choice to open it from the top just easily pulling. We reported to the staff that promised to fix it (no result) and explained it has always been that way and they have not had any problems since there is always a guard in house (although the night one is often disappeared).
Both things, may make you feel really unsafe and unquiet when you are just arrived in the city which is crazy itself).

Room Tip: Never take the room on the groundfloor facing the breakfast area. We were upstairs and it was OK but...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

The Riad was beautiful and excellent value for money. The staff were friendly and helpful and if you speak even the smallest amount of French it will go a long way. The breakfasts were delicious and only got tastier each morning. For a very affordable €12 we availed of the hotel's airport shuttle service and managed to completely avoid the problems other travellers seem to have had initially with finding the riad. Once you know where it is in relation to everything else, the rest of your stay is a breeze. The Riad is located ideally outside the sometimes overpowering hustle and bustle of Djemaa El Fna and the surrounding souks. It is in close walking distance of everything without feeling noisy or frantic.

The ability to pay by credit card would have been nice but we were made fully aware of the lack of this facility so there were no misunderstandings or illusions here. Overall, our stay could only be described as perfect. Highly recommended for an authentic, affordable and extremely welcoming Marrakech experience.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

A great place that is well kept after and provides a refuge from hectic Marrakech. The house staff were excellent and very friendly (take a French phrase book with you). The only reason why this place did not receive a 5 stars is because the wi-fi did not work and our rooms got mixed up. Also the place is inaccurately situated on google maps, the Riyadh is located in an alley way off Avenue Lakza (keep away from the kebab snack place directly opposite the alleyway they are rip-off). On the whole I would definitely recommend the place!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

In a 10-day trip with my fiancee covering four cities in Morocco, Riad Dar Alsaad was the most relaxing and pleasant. The price is incredibly reasonable for a spacious room and very polite service. Marrakech is an incredibly busy and hectic city, so it is an absolute must to be able to retreat to a little bit of paradise.

A few recommendations and responses to what some other reviewers had to say: like everything anywhere in Morocco, it IS difficult to find the first time around - for around 10 euros you can arrange for them to pick you up from the airport, and while that is more money than you would pay a taxi, I would HIGHLY recommend it as you can side-step the hassle. If you are going to be paying money to find where you are, you might as well know what you are getting into in the first place. The Riad is located about a mile from the Djemma el-Fna, so while it is a walk away from the action, when you get to Marrakech you'll find that is not a bad thing!

The staff does speak enough English for you to complete any necessary transactions, but if you do speak some French you'll really be able to see just how friendly the staff is (especially Rashida!)

We paid around 32 euros per night and got a rather luxurious experience for less than a European budget hotel. You can order dinner at the Riad but I wouldn't recommend it as you can easily find a better deal elsewhere.

The room comes with a unit for heating and cooling which works reasonably well. As with most places in Morocco, there is some street noise so light sleepers should come prepared.

All in all, we had a wonderful time in this Riad, and I would highly recommend it to anyone spending a few days in Marrakech.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Glasgow
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

Spent 7 nights in this lovely oasis, our room was perfect and very clean. Enjoyed the hustle and bustle and excitement of being lost in the Souk, although if you are tired it can be scary. The Riad is just off a very busy square, down a very narrow lane. Our room was delightful and on Saturday night one of the staff put rose petals around our room making it very romantic. The Riad contacted me before our arrival to arrange a driver from the airport to the Riad and to arrange an evening meal for our arrival. The day and evening staff could not have be more polite or helpful. It is true that there are no locks on the doors, so what, just don't travel with any valuables that you can't put in a bag and take with you.Loved every minute of our stay. The people are poor but always have a smile barter with them, make it a game. A real taste of Marrakesh

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011 via mobile

This was a beautiful riad with stunning rooms, great terrace and very clean. Overall the building was fantastic. 

The staff on the other hand were dreadful! Beware of guides in this part of the old town. When we arrived we had a guide from the taxi to the riad who tried to charge us €10 to guide us 100metres. We offered less and he was going crazy with us demanding the money, we were stood inside the riad door and the staff did not help us at all would not shut the door they let him scream at us and wanted us to pay him and clearly be conned. 

The staff were miserable, could not recommend anywhere to eat, said there was wifi but wouldn't give us the password. Added on €6 tax to our final bill. Breakfast was poor, no tea only coffee, just a small amount if bread, jam, butter. No cheese or yoghurt like other continental breakfasts we have had in Marrakech. No fan in the bedroom or air conditioning. Did not speak to us after initial check in, maid was more friendly and left to help us and she couldn't understand a word of English. On our last day we had a couple of hours to pass before our transfer was taking us to the airport. We waited in the riad and the manager was talking to one of the maids about us and he though we couldn't understand, we then sat upstairs in the lounge as they made us feel uncomfortable and the Maid came up to find us and closed all the bedroom doors so we couldn't go in the empty rooms, not that we were planning too. 

Overall the service was horrendous. 

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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48 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2011

Spent 3 nights here, first time in Marrakesh so was not prepared for the chaos. Firstly trying to find the place was a nightmare even after being there 3 days, it is truly a maze. Asking people to help is no good as all they want is money and then give you wrong directions. When you do get there it is quite nice, rooms were clean and nice however the doors do not lock when you leave so anyone can enter. They have room safes but are not bolted down so they can just carry them off. On arrival I paid in full to a manager but when I checked out a different manager claimed I did not pay. GET A RECEIPT...worked it out though. It is a fun city but very confusing. Breakfast was fine. Nice affordable place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Quartier Riad Laarouss | Derb el bakkal 11, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #671 of 1,057 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 25
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