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Riad Ajebel
derb chotuka 91, kasbah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #128 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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“Perfect in every way!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Being my first visit to Marrakech I had no idea what to expect at all. I wanted to experience something real and different from the norm, which this city truly is! I also wanted to relax and enjoy myself.. And in Marrakech and the surrounding area you can certainly do that! That said it can be a bit intimidating if its your first time, and it can get a bit hectic. This is why Riad Ajebel is so perfect. Situated a little out from the centre in the beautiful old Medina wall its the perfect distance away from the major hustle and bustle - about a 10 to 15 minute walk. Some reviews have put this down as a negative - it is not. You get to see a bit of what the city is really like away from all the tourists without being too far away from the action... Its the best of both worlds.
Inside Riad Ajebel it is absolutely stunning. You really feel like you are having not just a holiday or trip, but an experience to remember. Its decorated in traditional style, with beautiful doors, furniture and pottery. It is also incredibly comfy and relaxing and the communal spaces (a fantastic terrace and hypnotically peaceful lounge area) instantly feel like an exotic , luxurious version of home - great after a long day walking in the mountains or markets nearby! You can also experience a Hammam and massage while you're there - dont be scared, its amazing!
The bedrooms are also beautifully done, always clean (as is the whole place), and i slept perfectly every night!
As for the best feature - It has to be Corinne the host, who helped us plan each day , gave us helpful advice, was always friendly and had time for us , and of course filled us with lovely tea!!
I will definitely be returning!

  • Stayed February 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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English first
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here with friends for 3 nights and the service we received was second to none. The riad itself is beautiful, the rooms spacious and the centre courtyard ands roof terrace extremely relaxing. Breakfast prepared by Fatima every morning was perfect for a day of exploring what Marrakech has to offer. Corrine was full of friendly advice and helped us with all of our needs day or night including booking our excursion to the waterfalls in the Atlas Valley and booking a room for our friends onward journey. I would highly recommend getting a hammam as I probably haven't felt as relaxed and tension free as I did afterwards in recent memory. Finally the Tea.....I drank a lot and enjoyed every single beautiful cup. I could go on and on how amazing this place is (and will at length to family and friends) but this place is somewhere you have to stay not only for the first class service but a true authentic Moroccan experience.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Raid Ajebel is wonderful, built into the walls of the Medina and its full of beauty inside too. The whole place is is tastefully decorated,the rooms are really pretty and the bathrooms are divine and spotless.
Food, Fatima,food ( the special Queen cook of the raid) and food, if its important to you to eat really beautifully prepared food, then eating at the raid is a must. The breakfast is delicious, fresh, home cooking at its best, Best chicken and herb tagine ever and you can if you want have wine with that, excellent wine too!
Our host was Corinne and we cannot thank her enough for all her help, advice , directions and so much more. Corinne helped us rent a car and even helped us drive out of Marrakech, goodness knows how we would have managed without her.
We walked everywhere from the raid and it was easy because Corinne always worked it out with us on the map and with her directions we never got lost ( we had her number just incase). The raid is well located, its only 10,15 mins walk to the place jemaa el fna, we liked that we were just out of the hustle and bustle.
We started our 18 day trip of Morocco at Raid Ajebel and had full intentions of booking another raid to finish our trip in marrakech but all 5 of us agreed that since the Raid was beautiful, Fatima's food excellent and Corinne the coolest, caring person we could hope to meet....We booked to stay again on our return and luckily for us they had 2 rooms!And then we met Uma the owner, who is lovely of course. Excellent , truly perfect.

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  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AjebelMarrakech, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Riad Ajebel, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Thank you Karen for your very kind words .
So happy to have your family sharing these beautifull moments in the riad
I will say to Fatma for the food but you told her allready and you know how she like them ; ))
I really look foward to see you again ... another trip to marrakech .??? and take your bag for a marocain kitty ; ))
MAny kisses to you...and Blaise and the BIG children (always children for you anyways !!!!)
corinne
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Edegem, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Riad in a very old building, situated at the outer wall of the Medina. The Riad has been renovated in the 'traditional' style, is absolutely beautiful, and an oasis of peace & quiet away from bustling Marrakech. Rooms are very charming and clean. The owner is a young, friendly guy, who acts as a perfect host. I only stayed one night at the Riad but when I left to head for the High Atlas mountains, he quickly assembled a small plastic back with goodies for the children in the Berber villages up in the mountains... a nice illustration of his personality. The only downside of the Riad is that it is located at the outskirts of the Medina so it's a solid walk to e.g. 'la place', which at the end of a long, hot day, can be a bummer. But hey, there's cheap taxis so it's a minus but should certainly not be a showstopper.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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nyc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Where to begin!? Words cannot convey the pleasures we experienced during our stay at Riad Ajebel. Perhaps you have always dreamt of a trip to Morocco, and perhaps Marrakech; then you start your research, as you dream. Maybe it is a bit overwhelming, the choices. A big hotel, or a Riad? And if a Riad, which one?! As someone who has travelled many continents and countries, and explored many cultures, I can, without a breath's hesitation recommend to you the Riad Ajebel. A true Oasis of calm and magic, run so smoothly by a caring, creative, intelligent, and sensitive staff, offering a truly authentic experience. Forget the big hotels – they are the same the world over.

First, Ajebel arranged for our transport from the Marrakech Airport to the Riad, which was a great relief and convenience. As we exited the baggage area, we were met by Fawad, who was holding a clear sign with our name on it. He greeted us with a warm smile and offered help with the baggage. He also explained things about exchanging money, and waited as we exchanged our cash there at the airport.
A brief 10 minutes drive and we had arrived at the Riad. The first thing you see is nothing. Just a mysterious ochre wall. And your heart beats faster. You see, Riad Ajebel is built into the ancient walls of the Medina of Marrakech. It is from the 11th century, and in the Kasbah! And also around the corner from the King's Palace. You walk through the heavy doors and there you are in the beautiful oasis that is Ajebel. A true Riad, with the courtyard, a lovely tiled fountain, and a grand palm tree growing up through the center into the Moroccan sky.

We were welcomed by a refined young man named Ilyas.
He speaks many languages, so there is no concern there if your Arabic studies are not up to snuff. Ilyas told us not to worry about our bags, so we left them in the foyer, and he then ushered us into the lush lounging area around the courtyard. Everything there is beautiful, the furniture, the lighting and fixtures, the fresh intoxicating smells. We were presented with a beautiful tea ceremony, where Ilyas explained Moroccan cultural and historical meanings to us. How lovely after a long journey, to be anointed with perfumed water, and to sip (the best!) Moroccan mint tea poured from a giant silver pot. He even explained how he makes it.
There, sitting inside this beautiful Riad (which incidentally, we also soon learned, once housed the extended family of the King, hundreds of years ago!), something then starts to click. About Morocco, about life in the Arabic world. This turning inward, where life was/is focused inward. The privacy. With no windows to the outside world. One starts to embrace this inward reflection in such a magical place.
After briefly retiring to our room, which by the way was just gorgeous (lovely bedding, antique tribal wall hanging, soft lighting), we found that our bags were there already. The room smelled deliciously of warm cedar, the colors warm and romantic.
We then met Fatimah, a gentle and blessed soul, with the face and calm of an angel. Fatimah is a genius when it comes to food. She made us an insanely delicious breakfast every morning (more on that soon!)

Then... the best for last, we meet Uma. How can one describe Uma with any other word than Goddess? The true meaning of the word. Uma is the proprietor of Riad Ajebel, and she is the reason why everything there is flawless. From the amazing staff, to her incredible taste, no detail is left unturned. The perfect marriage of Orient and Occident is channeled through her great attention to style and detail. But mostly it is her incredible warmth and her deep soul and spirit that come across, and you soon realize that she knows a thing or two about life. By the way, Uma's mother tongue is Spanish, so if you are able to speak Spanish, you will be lucky to speak with her. If not, she will still offer you her radiant smile and her tireless hospitality. There is always someone else on hand to communicate in English, btw, if that is your only language.

We ended up staying at Ajebel for seven nights. We hadn't initially planned on that, but after breaking from Marrakech for some time in Essaouira, and then not being nearly as enchanted with that town, we came back early, and lucky for us there was a room available at Ajebel. We stayed in two rooms there, that were both lovely, with great big bathtubs, and beautiful tadelakt work. I also got to peek into the other rooms, and can say that all the rooms are wonderful! Just pick your element! My favorite was Annar (fire!)

Every morning, whenever we chose to wake up, there would be the most incredible homemade breakfast for us, that Fatimah would make, with a beautiful table set for us either in the courtyard, or up on the lovely terrace where one can view the Atlas Mountains in the distance. Fresh squeezed orange juice, fresh fruits, or fruit salad, her homemade breads, honey and preserves, homemade butter, and these incredible Moroccan crepes that Anthony Bourdain would be peeing his pants over. And your choice of tea or coffee. She even had hot milk for the coffee. We were so spoiled!!!

Another highlight of Ajebel was getting the hammam and massage there. Of course Uma only has the best people work for her. Ajebel is really more of a family than anything, sharing the same warmth and sensibility. Before our treatments, we found two beautiful long white tunics folded on our bed, with the corresponding undergarments necessary, and pretty colorful babouches for our feet. The bed and tunics were also decorated with red rose petals. Another lovely touch. The women giving the hammam and massage were both named Ilham. It's no irony that the Arabic meaning of this name is "intuition," of which both these sweet and skilled practitioners were full, in their sensitive ministrations to us. They are great at what they do! My husband and I had our treatments in tandem, so it was nice to be sitting together later calm and relaxed, as we sipped the mint tea waiting for us after our massages. It is also divine to feel so clean and relaxed after a day exploring the intensity that is Marrakech!

Also on the staff is a lovely multilingual woman named Sophie, who tended to things when Uma wasn't around, and an enchanting man named Younes, who is a luminous and dear person, and a very fine musician. He was so very helpful and kind to us.
Because we felt so welcomed and at home at Ajebel, we also chose to have many of our dinners at Ajebel. Younes, or Uma, or Fatimah would cook amazing food, the table scattered with rose petals. Even wine was arranged (not easy to come by in this part of town). It was like being pampered in our own private palace. Everything they do is beautiful and delicious because it is done with love and generosity of spirit.

I could easily go on, because there seems so much more to mention and convey – the dozens of fresh roses stuffed in vases, the intoxicating, yet subtle scents softly wafting through the Riad, their great taste in music, that drifts softly through the sound system, the incredible natural bath products that Uma creates, Fatimah's outstanding eggplant salad, the private concert Younes arranged, featuring an exemplary young Gnawa named Adil who has a voice that will melt your heart... You must come explore and see for yourself! Oh, and there is wireless Internet, a great convenience, lest you need to reach out to the outside world.

We will never forget our honeymoon stay at Ajebel, and the beautiful gracious people we met, who now feel like our extended Moroccan family. It was an unforgettable stay, in an unpretentious, elegant, flawlessly clean, magical and inviting environment. One day we hope to return.

  • Stayed October 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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Charleston, South Carolina
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

The Riad Ajebel was was the perfect welcoming to the fascinating city of Marrakesh. We had not given our time of arrival, but Christina had arranged to have her delightful English speaking friend, Corinne, there to translate. We started off with a wonderful tea ceremony performed by Fatima, with all the history and meaning explained to us. They carefully went over maps with us to show us directions, preferable sites, and traveling advice.

My wife and I both felt that this place was the most welcoming and embracing place we have ever stayed. Christina truly conveyed that this was our house to share for the three days we were there. Our room was beautiful. The upper terrace was a place of total comfort and peace. Fatima made wonderful breakfasts and moved so quietly and peacefully that we didn't even realize she was there setting up a meal beside us.

Unis(sp?) was there in the evenings to help with any need. He had such an energetic and warm personality that you felt you had just met a new friend. The location was great in the heart of the Kasbah, especially when you needed to get a cab at night or to the airport, since it was on the edge of the Medina through Bab Ighlis.

We are greatful for the warm welcome we received at Riad Ajebel, which set the stage for our total appreciation of the scenes and people of Morocco.

David & Susan, Charleston, SC, USA

  • Stayed October 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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AjebelMarrakech, Gerente at Riad Ajebel, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
hello David

We are so happy you like our place and your worlds are so kind . It touch us a lot to know that you had a good time quiet and peaceful
We are waiting to see you again when you come to marrakech

Sincerely yours
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Frankfurt, Germany
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

I found the hotel Riad Ajebel as one of the biggest rip off in my 40 years of travelling. Overcrowded rooms with objects leaving barely enough space to move (and we took the second best room).. Situated in the farthest south corner of the Casbah meant long walks to and from the center throughout very small allies or a multitude of taxis. I could not believe that is rated with 5 stars ?!? The attention of the three staff people was the only appreciated part of the stay. and for this I want to thank them. Definitively over priced.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AjebelMarrakech, Gerente at Riad Ajebel, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
We Do not understand review on tripadvisor.
You talk about big scam when you know perfectly well that nothing we have cheated him. When you did your reservation by tripadvisor you saw the photos of the rooms and reserved knowing full well as they were, since you choose a particular one . THE photos are exactly as the reality. The rooms and the riad in general it self. We do not intend to be anything other than what we show

The location also is clearly in the web page. We are located in the Kasbah which is the most antique place of Marrakech. The people surrounding and the state of the roads that we can do nothing . So is Marrakech crowdy and bad roads And this also is writen in the web site


You know very well that we have tried to please you as posible as we could and we had special care also making you a price for the last 4 days, I giving the massage to your wife and to you so you could fell well. All three of us have been with all intention to make you having a special time
If you were not happy at any time, I have been listening to you and you could have told us


A critique as bad terms as big scam are very strong for a stay in a place that you chosen at tripadvisor and I think that we do not deserve these terms
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Address: derb chotuka 91, kasbah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #128 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Only a 15-minute walk to Jemaa El Fna Square, Riad Ajebel offers guest accommodation in a typically Moroccan, 11th-century building. A rooftop terrace with sunbeds, a hammam and massage rooms are at guests’ disposal.The air-conditioned, individually themed guest rooms feature local, hand-crafted furniture and free Wi-Fi access. All have a private bathroom with bathtub or shower and traditional berber carpets.A Moroccan breakfast is provided daily at Riad Ajebel and may be enjoyed in the room or on the terrace. ... more   less 
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