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Riad Maison Africa
287 Derb Sidi Bouamer | Quartier Riad Laarouss, Marrakech 48000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #531 of 1,046 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Great Riad close to all on offer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2011

I agree with all the positive comments made about this Riad, secure, safe, well equiped, spacious, clean, great roof terrace, centrally located. Nick organised everything for us which went like clockwork.
Mustafa the manager, and Zahera, the housekeeper were brilliant and a massive bonus. I would wait and let Mustafa recommend tours etc. According to the previous visitors he is great tour / mountain guide and knows everything. Zahera is an amazing cook and she cooked the best food we had by a mile. Breakfasts were fairly simple but beautiful, fresh orange juice, coffee, fruit, pancakes etc. Zahera only speaks French but you will want to speak to her as she is lovely. She is also a good masseuse so bear this in mind before you pay a fortune a hammam. The riad is well furnished and the plunge pool is welcome. I would definately recommend this Riad to anyone.

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  • Stayed April 2011, 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2011

Recently came back from spending 5 nights in Riad Africa. The Riad was just amazing. Totally authentic and lived up to our expectations. We ate in the Riad on 3 occasions and the food was delicious and there was plenty of it. We could not have been looked after any better anywhere. The people we met in the Souks were very friendly and we very much enjoyed bartering for our goods. Although the Riad was just minutes away form the Souks it was a haven of tranquility and just far enough away from the hustle and bustle. Our experience came to an end all too quickly.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 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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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2011

Four of us stayed for 4 nights.

We were picked up at the airport as arranged and dropped off in the nearby small square where Mustapha met us and walked us to the Riad (3 mins down some little alleys - very atmospheric at night!)

He showed us round the Riad and made us some Moroccan mint tea. The Riad is perfect - better than the photos on their website. We had the whole place to ourselves, four of us where 6 or 7 could comfortably be accommodated.

The roof terrace is fantastic - views over the rooftops to the Atlas mountains beyond. Sun bathing (even in March!).

Breakfast is prepared by Zahira at 8-8.30am. Pancakes or omlettes cooked to order plus bread, jam, pastries and freshly squeezed orage juice.

Zahira is the most wonderful cook. We arranged for her to cook for us one evening and we wished she had made us more. Her home cooking is far better than anything we tried in town (and cheaper - 150Dm a head for 3 courses).. She is also very friendly and knowlegeable. She showed us how to cook the pancakes she made us for breakfast (not at all how English or French crepes are made). She even prepared a "tonic" from herbs and spices to sooth one of our group who had a queasy tummy - it worked a treat! She only speaks French (and a very local dialect French) but show a little patience and make a little effort and you will be very rewarded by her friendliness.

The only thing that let us down was a lack of alcohol! We asked Mustapha to get us some wines (there is beer available to buy in the fridge and in theory there is also wine available at the Riad). Unfortunately he forgot and the nearest (only) supermarket that we could find that sells alcohol is over a mile and a half away. If alcohol is a main feature of your holidays make sure it is prearranged for you!

The location is perfect. Close enough to be around 15 mins walk to the main square, but far enough away from the bustle. You also get to see a bit of local Marrakech when walking to and from the main sites. The walk through the souks is noisy and hectic - dodging the scooters, donkey carts, cyclists, people, horse drawn carriages. It's a miracle there aren't more accidents!

We arranged too stay late on our last day - we checked out at 5pm and were taken back to the airport (transfers are included). Everything went very smoothly and we knew we had Mustapha on hand if we needed anything and Zahira to provide our home comforts. We would definitely stay here next time we visit Marrakech.

  • Stayed March 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2010

Alas, it all went too quick! But we will always have such a memorable holiday of discovery into a different new world – it has always been a long cherished dream of mine to see Morocco and soak in Marrakesh. The call to Marrakesh for me has at last been fulfilled and as I dreamt it to be and more …… ! More so because of our stay in such an amazingly beautiful and may I say “awesome” Riad Africa! (I believe this term should only be reserved to and denote God / Allah!).

Riad Africa met more than our expectations – a peaceful oasis of calm, serenity and tranquillity to come back to from our exploration of the nearby Medina and losing ourselves to the intrigues of its Souk. We enjoyed the splendour of the Riad, the warm and attentive care & hospitality of the dedicated staff, the Manager Mustapha, Fatima, the housekeeper and cook.

And above all the authencity and splendour and prime spacious location of Riad Africa, the early daily wake up calls to the wonderful cheerful song birds, whose wide variety and names, Mustapha gladly displayed his amazing knowledge of, and the early calls to prayers ……….. yes after the 1st morning, a balm to the soul and a reminder of our own fragility and the frailness of the human life……...! I’m so glad of having enjoyed the experience!

We enjoyed Riad Africa mostly for ……………… sleeping with the doors open all night safe and secure, the most daily melodious dawn chorus that never failed us to waking us up to a new exciting different day, the cleanliness and comfort, its courtyard – its heart to a cosy resting meet up place for family and share our daily experience after exploring the Medina and our discovery of the Atlas mountain, Toubkal and the Ouirgane valley and its treasures, the different cooler Essaouira, a glimpse of the Atlantic and its ruggedness along this side of the coast,

Cannot think of a nicer place to rest and relax and come back to time again hopefully ………. Would love to return to Riad Africa again definitely! Let it speak for itself! We feel invigorated and re-energised from our wonderful hols in Marrakesh enhanced by the calming serene splendour of Riad Africa and all its high standard amenities

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2010

We were a group of 6 ladies on their first visit to Marrakech and to be honest were just a bit apprehensive beforehand. We needn't have worried though as the trip was fantastic and Riad Africa played a huge part in this. We were picked up by minibus from the airport and then met by the Manager, Mustapha to take the short walk from the drop off to the Riad. Initial impressions of Marrakech are a bit of an assault on the senses with the noise, the colours and the smells and then the door to the Riad opens and its just a haven of peace and tranquility. We had mint tea with Mustapha and then dinner which was delicious, our best meal of the trip. The rooms were all great, all with their own bathrooms, and beds were comfortable - one of our party wanted to take the mattress home. On our first morning after a lovely breakfast from Fatima, Mustapha returned to check everything was okay and was kind enough to walk us to the main square - think we would have got lost without him! It can be difficult to buy alcohol in Marrakech and we had bought some at duty free on the way out but the Riad also has a stock which you can buy from. We made use of the rooftop terrace and dipping feet in the small pool at the end of a hard day shopping at the souks was delightful! From my early conversations with the owner Nick to the service and friendliness offered by both Fatima and Mustapha, we could not fault anything and would thoroughly recommend.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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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Rabat, Morocco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2010

We have 4 kids (5,8,10,11). This Riad is really great for that. It has "only" 3 bedrooms so you can rent out the whole place for the same it would cost for 2 rooms at other Riads. With a large family it's better to rent the whole place, your kids won't disturb anyone, they can get up early and go to bed early. It's close to the Souks and everything. Yes, you have to walk some, but you get the benefit of being away from the noise at night. It really is a beautiful house. There is no staff on site, but we prefer it that way. The manager is very friendly and speaks english well. The pool is great to cool off in and has just enough space for the kids to enjoy, though you can't really swim. It's just for lounging. A/C in every bedroom is great.
My only complaints were that the housekeeping staff were not prepared for us. I think this is not a major issue, but one that I wrote the owner about. It's easily remedied.
The stuff you can't change in this Riad don't need to be and are great (location, quiet, lots of room, and beautiful). I also liked being in the Medina, but away from the square. No hasseling. You know you're getting closer to the square when the hasseling starts. The shops and souks near the Riad felt a lot more friendly and local.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2009

Riad Africa was everything I was hoping for and more. After extensive searching I selected this riad - even though it wasn't on trip advisor (at the time) from a large selection and am so pleased that I did. I was travelling with my husband, 3 daughters (8, 13 and 15) and my parents and wanted somewhere that we would have to outselves and that would be big enough for the 3 generations to relax in. The Riad is beautiful both day and night and the pool was a real treat as it was hot when we were there.
The laptop and plug in internet for the laptops was great and a real necessity with teenagers (although I think Mum used it just as much!)
We had dinner prepared for us on the night of our arrival and another night and that was perfect. Lovely to have a meal cooked for us and then not have to go anywhere. Also really good for us to have use of the kitchen so we could cook for ourselves when we wanted.
The manager was helpful with arranging activites including a balloon ride.
The location was good. Wonderful to stay in the Medina, can't see why you would go to Marrakesh and then not stay right in the old area. It was easy to buy some basic food (water, flour, eggs as well as fresh ingredients) and we were close to the souks for shopping and watching. I recommend walking to the Jema El Fna square (about 20mins if you don't look at anything on the way - otherwise hours!) and then getting a horse and carriage ride back if like us you're too tired for the walk back (and the prospect of getting lost). My 8 years old was so excited and although it seemed touristy it was a very effective way of getting 7 of us back together and a lovely way to see the area at night without being in it.
The owner was very helpful before the trip, organising train tickets for us, sorting a day trip and arranging for us to be collected from Casablanca and getting our luggage to and from the Riad was no problem (it had been a concern of mine as I knew it was a little walk from the car park).

  • Stayed October 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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Address: 287 Derb Sidi Bouamer | Quartier Riad Laarouss, Marrakech 48000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #531 of 1,046 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With 3 spacious suites, a courtyard with plunge pool, palm and fountain and an elevated roof terrace with fine panoramic views of Marrakech, Riad Maison Africa offers discerning travelers real privacy in homely, atmospheric and stylish surroundings. Traditional Moroccan dishes can be prepared for lunch or dinner, and for those that like cooking - we offer local cooking courses. Riad Maison Africa is ideal for couples, friends or families. ... more   less 
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