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“A Real Marrakech Experience” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Le Coq Berbere
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   37 derb Assabanne, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #173 of 1,079 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
“A Real Marrakech Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

If you want to experience the real Marrakech, this Riad is the place for you. It is located in the Larouss area of the Medina and my wife and I stayed here for 10 days in November and paid around €50 a night. We had free transfers from and back to the airport which were organised by the hotel so that was a bit of a bonus. You really need somebody who knows the area to get you to the Riad because the Medina is so complicated to navigate you will easily get lost in the meandering streets. Pay no attention to the streets as you approach the Riad because once that front door opens, you are transported into a different world. The first thing that struck us was the peace. Outside is all hustle and bustle but inside there is a tranquillity and quiet which is quite mesmerising. We were sat in the open air courtyard by a small rose petalled pool and given a rundown of the principal places and sights by Mohammed over a pot of mint tea and given a map marked with all the relevant information. Long white drapes flow from the first floor balcony and the whole experience is quite ethereal.

The Riad has only six rooms and ours was on the first floor. It consisted of a large double bed which was very comfortable, small wardrobe, bathroom with shower and toilet and all decorated with traditional materials. There was plenty of hot water, an air conditioning system and a heater if you need it – we did in November during the evening. Woven flax adorned the wall above the bed, lintels painted in bright colours and wooden shutters over the windows.

Breakfast is usually served on the roof terrace and on most days it was warm and sunny enough to do this. Breakfast consisted of mint tea, coffee, a hot pancake, bread stick cut into pieces, fruit, apricot and plum jams, yoghurt and cake of various types. Dinner is on request and there is a small menu offering local dishes but we did not try this. There are so many restaurants in Marrakech in every price range, you are spoilt for choice.

The staff are a real credit to the establishment. Nothing is too much trouble and Bashir in particular is an absolute mine of information. If you want to know where to eat, buy wooden boxes, go on tours, find museums he knows a huge amount about Marrakech and Morocco generally. This is so important in a place like Marrakech because the culture is very different to western culture and local knowledge can save you a lot of time and trouble. On one occasion, we were seriously delayed on our return train trip from Casablanca and did not arrive back at the Riad until 1.30 in the morning. The taxi driver rang the Riad from the station in advance quite unbeknown to us and Mohammed was outside in the street looking for us. Now that’s dedication to duty!

Being a Muslim country and a fairly devout one, alcohol is not sold in many of the smaller Riads or restaurants for that matter. Le Coq Berbere is no exception but there is no problem with you buying wine or beer in a supermarket and bringing it back to drink. In the supermarket you can expect to pay around 70 dirham (about £6) but about three times that in restaurants if they do sell alcohol.

Tours to places of interest can be organised by the hotel and it is best to try and do this with at least two other people because it halves the cost. We went to the Atlas mountains and Essaouira and both trips were really good.

Overall we would say that if you want to experience the real Marrakech atmosphere this is a great place to stay and at a reasonable cost, but don’t expect 4 star quality. It is comfortable, the roof terrace is lovely especially on a warm November afternoon and the staff are really helpful. On the downside the Riad does need a bit of upgrading in parts, some of which are looking a bit tired.

Room Tip: Rooms on the first floor are quieter
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lucca, Italy
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

From our first 3 nights at the start, to the last night after a week of biking in Morocco, the Riad of Le Coq Berbere, was a breathe of fresh area, relaxed, quiet and an escape from the chaos and speeding mopeds of the surrounding streets of marrakech. from when we stepped in, we were greeted by smiles and more.. the staff were very friendly and nothing was too much... Youseff smiles for 24 hrs a day ! we had an excellent dinner on the roof top here, so ask for this if you want to have an evening in, bring wine and relax... they even went out to get us some beers ! the terrace was excellent with wi fi on the roof. we had a group of us and used most rooms, Rouge, Blue, majorelle and Scifano... nearly all... and all were excellent... well furnished, water provided in rooms, and shower gel etc. confortable and exactly want one needs...

only problem with stay : Scifano room was small for the double room for 2 people and if used for 3, check first, if you are a family of 3 maybe OK... as the appartment has a double and single with bathroom diving the two rooms, so bathroom has 2 doors-one from each room, so this needs to be judged for bathroom use and also access to rooms as single had to access via double, and the bathroom. as side door was locked. a problem when you have 2 people sharing that are male and female and not related as such ! and using bathroom, we presumed 2 rooms to have bathroom access via a lounge area or more, but not so.

however - excellent location, excellent staff, excellent food on site, dinners and breakfast
rooms were confortable, clean, and we slept no problem.

can recommend 101% - just check rooming before staying.

Room Tip: majorelle was an excellent room for a couple... spacious. As was blue, a bit smaller but still a goo...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We stayed here for 3 out of our 4 nights in Marrakech after being disappointed with another riad. Despite arriving late at night, we were warmly welcomed and provided with helpful information, including maps of the medina and tips on how to get around. The staff went out of their way to ensure we had a good stay and that we had everything we needed. The riad was easy to find and located in a good area, about 5-7 minutes walking from Jamaâ El Fna Square. Rooms are very clean and comfortable, and the riad itself is well maintained, tastefully decorated, and has tons of room to relax after a long day of visiting Marrakech. Couldn't ask for anything more from our stay - would highly recommend.

Room Tip: The aircon is stronger in some rooms than others. We asked to change rooms to one where the aircon w...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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San Francisco, California
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8 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Nice 4 day stay. In a low hassle part of the medina, friendly staff and lots of common space make this a nice place to spend a few days. Terrace is big and sunny, where a nice breakfast is served. Beds and rooms are excellent, with rooms opening up to the main courtyard. Inward facing rooms mean there can be a lack of privacy sometimes, but that is how these places are designed. There was a large group at the Riad when we were there, which made us feel a little like we were invading someone else's family vacation.

The Riad was easy to find right off of Place Riad Larrouse. Taxis can drive you within a few hundred feet, where a signed turn lands you at the front door. This made for a stress free arrival.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

Classy Riad that is a calm oasis in the middle of the bizarre. We loved laying out and catching some sun, listening to the birds, and seeing the city and hills in the distance after breakfast each morning. The hosts are very friendly and help you navigate the city and what to enjoy and what to look out for. For travelers looking for a small place, full of character and a good value, this is the place. We had our 4 day babymoon there and won't forget it

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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233 reviews 233 reviews
82 hotel reviews
Reviews in 105 cities Reviews in 105 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Bashir looked after us very well , dinner on the rooftop terrace in January was a highlight . the riad and ooms are little changed since the previous owner occupied the riad and the feel is clean , beautifully decorated and presented . It took less than 10 mins to the suare once we got used the the route which was not too difficult to follow .

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Fantastic stay thanks to Bashir and Hisham, they went out of their way to ensure that all our needs were catered for. Located in the heart of the Medina, a 15 minute walk from the vibrant square. I would definitely recommend this Riad to anyone wanting true Moroccan hospitality.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 37 derb Assabanne, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
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Ranked #173 of 1,079 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Le Coq Berbere 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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