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Riad azalia
No66 Derb Jamaa Riad zitouni El kdim | Marrakech Maroc, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #27 of 182 Specialty lodging in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“I didn't want to leave!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

Thank god I found this place! I loved it! The minute I walked in, I got a great vibe. After a bit of friendly banter/bargaining they gave us a discount on the room rate so we could afford to stay there on our travellers budget (hence the 5 star Value rating otherwise it's probably a 4 star Value rating). So we got our bags and moved in. The room was clean, large and well furnished. The bed was big and comfortable. The bathroom was also big and clean, but the shower head kinda sucked. The breakfast was the best breakfast I had in my 1 month in Morocco. Homemade crepes, bread, jam, butter, egg, fresh squeezed orange juice and a WHOLE carafe of tasty coffee! They have wifi. At the time we were there they were changing the router so you could get wifi in the rooms instead of only in the downstairs lounge. Communication was not a problem as Yasine, their incredibly nice main employee, speaks English and can help you with everything. As with the rest of Morocco, speaking French makes things 100x easier as the cleaning lady and even one of the owners didn't speak English, but I never felt any rudeness while staying here as opposed to almost every other place I stayed. So all in all I really have nothing bad to say about this place. There's a first time for everything :)

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  • Stayed March 2011, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2011

We stayed in this nice Riad for 4 nights. It is less than 5 min walking from the place Jeema El Fna and from here you can walk everywhere in Marrakech.
The Riad is really nice, there is a beautiful terrace where you can have breakfast and the rooms are all quite nice. We were in the smallest one at the ground floor but was quite good, there are no relevant differences among all the rooms but in some of them there is also air conditioning (which you don't need in February).
The price are not really so cheap but before coming here we visited other 5 Riads and this was the best quality/price ratio.
The room was enough cleaned but not really perfect.
The staff was really friendly...the lady who cooks is fantastic and you could discover it at breakfast!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2010

Of three Marrakesh raids where we stayed on this trip, this one was the exception-awful. It was empty when we arrived, and we quickly understood why. We had to ask for sheets for the bed, because under the dusty coverlet there were none. Those that were brought in did not match.

There was a thin pall of dirt over the rugs, surfaces and everything in our "suite". The showergel and shampoo were contained in glass tubes topped up with miscellaneous industrial gels which we saw later on sale in recylced water bottles down the soukh. . They were scentless, these gels, probably a blessing in this case. The brass taps and brass hand basin, once no doubt a glittering part of the riad "experience", had accumulated verdigris which reminded me of the reasons why we tend to chrome plate our sanitary brassware back in the UK. The towel rail had some time before snapped off its brackets, leaving two sharp ragged edged brackets projecting from the wall at hip height.

We asked the lad at reception if we could have breakfast. or at least a coffee for 6.30 am the following morning as we were setting off at 7 to join a tour to Ouzarzate, a not unusual request. This was not possible, he gestured, because no one would be there until 8am. Indeed, would we please give him all the money (50 euros) that evening and let ourselves out in the morning. So much for the service.

When seeking a riad, be aware that the wonderful photos were often taken in the heyday of the establishment before the owners moved on, leaving the place in the hands of an inexperienced relative who has instructions to collect the money, guard the entrance, and shrug nicely.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Andrea E, Owner at Riad azalia, responded to this review, October 13, 2011
My name is Andrea, recently my husband Adil and I have taken over the lease of Riad Azalia. Yes, indeed the Riad was tired and in need of some loving attention. So we spent the month of August 2011 repainting and updating the whole Riad including all the rooms. We hope to update the photos on trip advisor in the next 2 weeks. The response from our clients so far has been very positive we hope any potential new clients will like it too. We would love to meet you,

Regards,
Andrea, Adil and staff.
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Address: No66 Derb Jamaa Riad zitouni El kdim | Marrakech Maroc, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 182 Specialty lodging in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Azalia places at your disposal 8 carefully decorated rooms, a patio, a kitchen with complete equipement, you will be to benefit from the tea room for your moments of relaxation. Riad Azalia also proposes to you to admire the incredible sight on the medina and the Atlas, from the terrace. Riad Azalia is in heart of Marrakech old city. It is the ideal starting point to survey the commercial streets of the old city, in Riad Zitoune El Kadim, very near to the Mosque, at 5 minutes with foot of the Djemaa El Fna square, you will be near the principal historic monuments of the city. Services : - Airport transfer – Riad Azalia – airport.- Breakfast.- Traditional Hammam.- Restaurant. When you discover Marrakech and its neighborhoods, we will put to you in relation to the various agents for the following activities :- Discovered of Marrakech and its souks.- Circuit of quad and karting.- Excursions in the valley of Ourika, the cascades of Ouzoud.- Visits of Essaouira.- Bivouacs in the desert towards Ouarzazate.- Kasbah of Benhadou.- Imlil.- Oukaimden ... more   less 
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