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Riad Radia
60, Derb Moulay Abdelkader | Dabachi, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #605 of 1,071 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Treated like Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

"Riad Radia has been in the owner's family for approx. 130yrs. It has been renovated and remodeled recently with the addition of modern amenities. Mademoiselle Rajaa is the very able and caring manager of the property. This riad has also been recommended by Trip Advisor.

We got there on the 31st of Dec. around 5:00pm we called the riad and Mohammad came to meet us at Cafe De France (you have to hire a luggage carrier guy to take your luggage to your riad in the Medina since taxis are not allowed in the medina), he saw our 7yr old struggling to keep up with the adults, as we were trying to make our way through the crowd at Jemaa El Fina, he just picked up our little one without hesitation and carried her to all the way to the riad ..so kind of him. Rajaa was there to greet us, she ordered mint tea and asked if the kids would like something different but kids loved mint tea so that’s what we all had. She didn’t leave for the day until she had made sure that our rooms were in order and we had all that we needed, needless to say this was service at its best.

When on vacation with kids we book accommodations that include breakfast, as most parents know that kids left on an empty stomach in the morning is a horrible start to the day and a mistake never to be repeated! But at Riad Radia they don’t just offer a good breakfast but its different everyday and they will have the breakfast ready at the time convenient for their guests! and they even offer to bring it to your room!! ahhh what a great start to the morning.

We Booked a Family Suite for 4 nights, it has direct access to the terrace and the most beautiful starry nights, and the most pleasant calls of the numerious wild African birds. This room has a flat screen T.V. And a mini refrigerator, great for the kids since we could keep snacks and drinks for the kids, this room also has an independent air conditioning/heating unit which kept us warm and comfortable during the cold January nights. The decor of the room is tasteful, there is a comfortable king size bed and the seating area was converted into two comfortable single beds for our two kids 11yr. Old boy and 7yr. Old girl. The room was very clean and full of light and our room and bathroom was cleaned every day and supplied with fresh toiletries and towels every day. If you need anything, always ask them, they are all more than happy to help their guests with their needs.

This was the only riad we stayed at during our stay in Morocco that had a lockable closet.

This was also the only riad that offered black tea (great news for those of us that like a good cup of black tea with cream and sugar in the morning) along with the usual mint tea and coffee.

This was also the only riad that tried to combat that smells that come form the bathrooms because of the old sewage system. They burned scented oil in our room every day and sprayed air freshener throughout the riad too, which took care the smells pretty well. Those of us who have stayed in other riads know that toilet smells is the issue that plagues almost all the old riads. The reason for that is that most of the riads are hundreds of years old hence the sewage system is old too and probably not intended to handle indoor toilets. I was told that the Moroccan govt has plans of digging up the old sewage system and putting in a new updated one soon.

This was also the only riad with a good internet connection in our fourth story room!

Mohammad and Huda were most courteous, ever smiling and and always willing to do whatever it took to take care of us. Mohammad slept at the riad at night which was very comforting. He spoke a little english and many a times he had been kind enough to give us directions to places we needed to go to and few times he just walked us to where we needed to go.. thank you Mohammad. Huda made sure she asked us every day if we needed anything, she didn’t speak any english but we did fine with her acting out sentences and and my charade skills. And by the way heads up for families with kids.....they offer laundry services. Thank you Huda for the numerous pots of mint tea you brewed for us at odd hours. There was another very nice girl who worked at the riad too, mostly behind the scenes...thank you too.

I can keep going on and on about the nice experiences at this riad and I will still have more to share.

I would recommend this riad to everyone with great confidence. The riad and the its staff are excellent, the location is great......just 5 minutes walk from the carnival that is the Jemaa! and still as soon one enters the grape wine covered street for the riad, everything gets strangely calm and quite. It was a perfect location in Marrakech medina........we could go out to eat our meals nearby (we ate dinner at Chez Aiesha @ the Jemaa everyday) do our shopping, go crazy at the Jema el Finaa and when we couldn’t take it anymore we used to escape to our peaceful riad until we were ready to do it all over again the next day.

Thank you Rajaa for taking care of us, your hospitality made our visit to Marrakech all the more memorable, you have a great riad and you manage it and the staff very well indeed. We would love to come back and stay at your riad again. Thank you also for the very thoughtful gifts.....Shukran kasira:)"

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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 April 27, 2012

Had a lovely time here and would strongly recommend it. A lovely, quiet place to stay away from the bustle of the souk, but right in the thick of things! The couple running the place could not have been more helpful and welcoming. We took the advise of a previous reviewer and emailed them in advance to book a taxi - well worth it! Lovely rooms, beautiful views, stunning architecture - what more could you ask for?!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hull, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

A very nice location, only a few minutes walk from Djemaa El Fna square and the covered markets. But still far enough from the major roads to be a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle.

We arrived in the evening and thankfully had pre-booked transfers through the Riad. A taxi to the edge of the square and then a cart for our bags right up to the Riad door. After a few days, finding the place will be like second nature, but when you first arrive and are travel weary, the Square and Rue Dabachi can be a bit of an overload on the senses.
Staff were lovely and very accommodating, on top of the included lovely breakfasts if you don't feel like eating out they were quite happy to cook other meals as requested (for a small charge added to your bill). With so many places we wanted to try we never ended up eating anything other than breakfasts in the Riad. We did however enjoy mint tea on the beautiful roof terrace on a few occasions.
When we stayed there it coincided with Eid Al Adha so the owner was away visiting Family. Though she was out of town we spoke over the telephone on a few occasions as she wanted to make sure we were enjoying our stay, which I thought was very nice of her.
The girl left running the place spoke both Arabic and French but not English, unfortunately my Arabic never advanced much beyond primary school level and my French, not much further. Luckily she was very forgiving of my French and we muddled through just fine.
The rooms are clean and simple, exactly want I want when I'm on holiday and there are only about 6 rooms in the Riad so it makes the whole experience more personal.
They also have their own Sauna and mini Hammam in the Riad available for a small charge, didn't try the Sauna but the Hammam was nice, after an explanation of the scrubs and scents available you're left to it. Preferable if you don't want to split up to go to one on the larger, sometimes crowded, segregated Hammams in the area.
To sum up we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Marrakech and are glad we chose to stay at the Riad Radia. If we ever go back to Marrakech I would like to stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011

Riad Radia.T.R. at top of main square...about 75 yeards away !
Our first trip to Marrakech and our Riad ( B&B ) did not disapoint. We requested a hotel organised Taxi to pick us up and return us to the airport which we would recommend to all travellers at about 20 euros each way. One of the riads girls met us at the main square, Djemma el Fnc, and escorted us down a maze of alleys to our Riad but which was only a few minutes from the centre of things. There are only 5-6 rooms, and they are quite small,IMHO. We elected to upgrade to a room on the top floor where there was a small suite. It was another 30 euros per night but well worth it.
Although the Riad does not have a restaurant there is a kitchen and on our first night we asked in advance to have a roof terrace Tangine supper, at 20 euros a head. Great value compared with other top end restaurants and wow what a view, a perfect introduction to marrakech. The Riad is 4 stories high and has one of the highest roof terraces in the Medina which means you really do have a view to die for as we laid amongst the scatter cushions.
The young girls speak local Arabic and VERY little French but NO English so you have to be patient.
the Riad Radia was spotlessly clean dispite the road-allyway being dug up outside the Riads front door.
Improvements ? Well for one, the excellent breakfasts should be served on the roof terrace and not down in the entrance area.
Thats about it, no other complaints, if that was a complaint....oh, and make sure the air conditioning works every day ( we had one day when it didn't but was soon fixed ). The owner lives off site in the new town but is in and out during the day.
If I was to return to Marrakech I'd return to this charming family run Riad. I do hope the recent bomb ( only 4 days after our return home ) does not effect travellers experiences too negativley.
I'd be more worried about the really obnoxious Souk market trader who abused my partner with a perfectly flawless anglo saxon invective aimed at her because myself and the three young women I was escorting through the Souk didn't buy this guys coloured scarves !!!!
Top tip....go to the Majorelle Gardens if you do nothing else !

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2011

We arranged our airport transfer through the Riad before arriving (20E each way) which was well worth it as we were met in Djemaa El Fna as the taxi couldn't go any further - it really would be a struggle to find it on your own the first time! Cath130s directions below are great and we wrote these down before leaving -- leave the square by Cafe De France through the covered alleyway, walk straight down for a couple of minutes until you see a red/brown building 'Patisserie' on the right...just before that on the left is an entrance to another alley, go down this and it's the second alley on the right. The first door on the left and there is a little sign confirming it's Riad Radia.

We were given mint tea on arrival and as there was only 1 room occupied when we arrived so we were shown each of the rooms and able to pick which we wanted. All seemed very similar other than a suite just below the terrace which was larger/more private.

The location was great as we found it a good base to explore the medina and were able to walk everywhere we wanted to see. Sitting on the rooftop terrace at the end of the day, watching the sun go down and listening to the hussle/bustle without being part of it was our favourite bit.

Whenever we returned to the Riad in the afternoon we were offered tea/coffee - once we took her up on this and asked for it on the terrace. On our last day we were asked for 2 euro for this - not sure if it was because the additional tea was not included in our stay as we had thought, or if we had to pay because we'd asked for it on the terrace.

The breakfast is plentiful and served whenever you get up - mint tea/coffee/fresh orange juice, porridge, eggs cooked in a tagine (very nice!), breads, pastries, spreads.

There is a nearby mosque so you will be woken up at 5.30am with the call to prayer - our first morning (a Sunday) this seemed to go on forever, although it does sound quite beautiful (and reminds you you're not in Kansas anymore Toto!). Even with earplugs it woke me up and you'd hear it wherever you stayed in the city.

Only tips would be to brush up on your French as they don't speak English and we struggled at times to get our message across. Also, the stone floors in the rooms were very cold so you may want to bring some slippers or warm socks.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2011

It is incredibly difficult to find first time. Leave main square in top right hand corner just after cafe de france. It looks like you are heading down a back street with a covered route, but don't worry it is the right way and it is safe, (if you are good at dodging mopeds!). Walk straight on for about 5 mins or 200m. You will see a reddy brown Partisserie on the right, just before that on the left is what looks like an alley through a covered open gateway. Again, don't worry, despite the cats and the resting locals it is the right way and it is safe. The Riad is down the second alley on the left, just after the roof covering ends. The door is the first on the right about 10 m down with a nice big door, but only a very small sign. Once inside it is a Very, Very pleasant place to be, a bit like being in a smart Roman Villa and the staff are quite delightful. We took the 'suite' on the top floor which added 30euros a night to the bill. It was a great place to be with an almost exclusive balcony area. The drains did smell a little bit, especially when coming back to he room in the evening and there was a big shock at 5:40am every morning when the local mosque sprang into very loud action. This was only very brief (5-10 mins depending on day) and eventually added to the charm and you will not avoid this wherever you stay. The terrace is a great place for taking tea and photographs of the local skyline. All of the bits of Marrakesh you will want to see are within easy reach and most things are close enough for you to return for a mid afternoon break and some extremely refreshing tea. Breakfasts were great and at a time of your choice and although we didn't have an evening meal at the Riad those guests who did said they were very good. Had debated doing an all inclusive outside the city and travelling in, but really glad we didn't and would highly recommend this Riad as a base. In fact Marrakesh in general is brilliant.

  • Stayed February 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2011

we arrived delayed - around midnight. with pedestrianised streets all around - we had a good 10 - 15 minute walk (IF we knew where we were going, which we didn't). Hidden down a backstreet off a backstreet off a backstreet - though only 5 minutes walk from the big square. they could have left the outside lights on - as we had booked and although an hour and a half delayed - lights and a proper signed would have been useful. Few street signs and house numbers! Very basic - so bring your own shampoo, hairdryer, slippers, bathrobe if you are so inclined. Otherwise - once situated - very convenient, very clean. Sauna & hammam weren't operating while there - but they are small and you might prefer going to a proper one in the city. Very sweet charming young girl taking care of the Riad - but somewhat inexperienced (no english, no map-reading, restaurant suggestions, ...)
I would stay here again happily. My friends were awakened by the early morning call to prayer - moi, didn't hear a thing. i'd be a terrible muslim i guess.

  • Stayed January 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 60, Derb Moulay Abdelkader | Dabachi, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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