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“fantastic riad in the exotic heart of Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Timila
135 Derb Jdid | Derb Dabachi, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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“fantastic riad in the exotic heart of Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2009

We have stayed in Riad Timila in February, May and October and loved it each time. The location is ideal for the Djemma el Fna and souks, in a vibrant quarter of the old city, yet feels gloriously private and tranquil when you close the front door behind you...

The owners have restored the riad with great style and close attention to detail and it feels far more like a home than a hotel. I can't wait to get back and try the newly installed plunge pool! The staff, Brahim and Zara, will look after you royally but also leave you in peace and are an invaluable source of local information about shops, restaurants, excursions etc... All you have to decide is what you want and when you want it.

Marrakech is the perfect city for a long weekend of shopping, culture, R&R or partying, and Riad Timila is the perfect base.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2009

We were recommended Riad Timila by a friend who had stayed there as a guest of the owner last year. Having been to Marrakech once before and stayed outside the city, we decided that, this time, the medina would be more exotic. We were met in the main square by Brahim, who is the charming resident guardian. He then led us through twisting alleyways until we arrived at a battered-looking door set into the wall - we weren't sure at this point what to expect but beyond it lay the calm and stylish riad that exceeded all our expectations. We were met there by Zara the cook who doesn't speak any english and very little french but she was all smiles (Brahim speaks fluent english). Our rooms were beautifully furnished with very comfortable beds - Brahim said the owners had imported the mattresses from the UK. Our bathroom (shower only) definitely had the "wow factor". We were shown the house and the huge roof terrace with its two resident tortoises and a great view of the atlas mountains in the distance, comfy sunbeds, an enormous dining table and various chill out areas - in fact we spent most of our free time - when we weren't sightseeing and shopping - on the terrace. The weather was great and it was the perfect place from breakfast in the morning to cocktails in the evening. Brahim and Zara were lovely and we had tea brought to our room in the morning, a delicious breakfast everyday and one day Zara cooked lunch for us, which was better and cheaper than the restaurants we went to. They have a hammam and massage room on the roof but we didn't have enough time to fit them in. I wouldn't recommend the riad for young children or older people as there are a lot of stairs (some steep on the terrace) but for groups of friends it is ideal.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Riad Timila

Address: 135 Derb Jdid | Derb Dabachi, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 169 Specialty lodging in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A magical, romantic restored riad in the heart of the medina, a stone's throw from the Square and the souks. Cool and stylish, featured in the Telegraph and 25 Beautiful Homes. Rent a room or take over the whole house - it's a fabulous place for a party. Wonderful English-speaking staff, hammam, massage, pool, goose down pillows, Egyptian cotton sheets, stunning views of the Koutoubia and the Atlas... ... more   less 
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