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Riad Marrakiss
3.5 of 5 Guest house   |   103 Derb Moulay Abdelkader, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #524 of 1,028 Marrakech B&B and Inns
The Hague, The Netherlands
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“Excellent price-quality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Hidden behind a big door in the medina you can find this riad in a perfect condition. Quiet and clean. Only 3 minutes walking to the big square. Restaurants, shops etc. nearby. In the riad there's a small roof terrace and a small room for breakfast but there's not much extra space to sit down and to relax. In fact the riad is suitable for sleeping and having breakfast and offers nothing special. But if you realise that you pay only 40 euros a night, the riad is not very expensive.
Staff is helpful. Beds bit stiff.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

This riad is in the madena and hard to find initially. Taxis are not allowed in the square after 1 pm and it was hard to navigate. It is down a dark alley! It was a short walk to the djemaa el fina.
Joseph the owner is helpful. Breakfast simple but nice. Room cold although the air con doubles as a heater we were not given the remote to access this. Warning the beds are very hard!!
There was a lovely roof space which we sat on in the evening. The madena can be overwhelming so you may wish to consider the new town. Taxi to new town 20 diram £1.60 Taxi to the airport 100 dirham £8, tajine 60 diram £5. Food is good.
Took trip to Atlas Mountains 25 euros very good would recommend it with ismi tours.

Room Tip: We booked the triple room although there was only 2 of us to get larger room. Rooms are small.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013 via mobile

Very central yet peaceful and relaxed atmosphere . The staff are really friendly and ready to help. The room was clean and well decorated , with the traditional hard bed ! Great value and I would stay again

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 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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Hereford, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

If you want a quiet room in a very central location, this is the place to seek out. (Stayed 23-26th Feb. 2013) Room 7 is a luxurious twin room with shower and toilet at the top of the hotel, handy for the roof terrace and the sun loungers. Josef and Ali and the lovely lady who serves breakfast (called "Wafa" - phonetic spelling) will cater to your needs - just ask for anything you need and they will help you out. Continental breakfast is included in the nightly room rate. The hotel is beautifully designed and has been kept very much in the local style. Rooms have air conditioning and heating. If you are unfamiliar with the area, the simplest way to find the hotel when you arrive in the Djemaa el Fna square is to commandeer a barrow boy with "un chariot" at the entrance to the Medina (or at the entrance to the square as vehicular traffic is banned in the square after about 11.30 am) show him the written address, and let him transport your luggage in his barrow directly to the door of the hotel. (Standard charge 20Dirhams, which you should negotiate and agree before you set off - they will initially ask for a lot more, but just move on the the next chariot and they will concede 20 DM.)
If you're walking, come out of the Cafe de France and turn right to the narrowing head of the main square, and turn right along the rue Dabachi. Take the second on the left after approximately 150 yards, opposite the mosque, which is the rue Db. AbdelKader, and Riad Marrakiss is 50 yards on the left, no. 103, through some low arches.
A final suggestion, relevant to a stay at any hotel in the Medina, is that if you don't want to rise to pray with the pre-dawn first call to prayer from the competing local mosques, you may wish to take along and use a pair of effective earplugs. Alternatively, get up really early and get out and walk around. It will be well worth the effort.There are very very few tourists around before 8am, and the Medina is a totally different place - belonging to the locals, with everyone hurrying to work or school.
Finally, the standard fare for a petit taxi from the airport to the Djemaa el Fna square (or return) is 70Dm plus optional tip, but again, make sure you agree the fare before you set off.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

What a perfect location about 2 minute walk to djeema el fna and in the heart of the medina feels like your back in time apart from all the buzzing mopeds!!!!! Just walk on the right and you'll be fine!!
Rooms spotlessly clean breakfast is just bread and cheese but plenty of coffee.theres a brilliant donut man on the main medina street where they only cost 1 dirham perfect any time of day!!!
Roof top terrace is a love rly sunny spot in the afternoon perfect to unwind after a busy day exploring!

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

We organised an airport pick up which I would recommend for at least arrival in order to get there easily and not get picked up by wandering "guides"

Once you've seen the route it is easy to find.

The rooms are basic but are clean and comfortable, you made need the duvets provided in winter months as it does get cold over night. We never had any problems with hot water even though we had 3 of us staying.

The staff are very helpful and will point out wherever you need to go.

Only downside is the poor wifi signal but you can pick that up fine downstairs.

You will get woken up by prayers at 6am unless you are a very deep sleeper but that'll probably be the case throughout the Medina.

The roof terrace has brilliant views and its good to get up there in the evening before heading out.

For the money paid its very good value, I probably wouldn't go to Marrakech again as there is not much to see after 4 days but if anyone I knew was going I wouldn't hesitate pointing them to this nice little riad

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

As other reviews have stated, this hotel is centrally located right off the main market and the souks, but, it can be difficult to find. We took a taxi from the airport and they dropped us off at Jemma el Fna, the main market and we wandered around for a short while before stopping in a few hotels and restaurants to ask for directions. We eventually made it down the correct street to the hotel. There is a door with the name of the Riad on there but its easy to miss.

If you are taking a taxi from the airport, you should expect to pay around 100 MAD (which is a decent price.) All the taxi's were asking for 200, though the people inside the airport said it should be around 100. The hotel is not very far from the airport so negotiate before you get in the cab. We ended up paying 150MAD on the way from the airport, but negotiated 100 MAD when we grabbed a cab to go back to the airport. If you take a local cab to the major sites, its usually around 20-30 MAD, but again, negotiate up front as most tried to charge us 50-100 MAD.

Our room was very basic. We had a triple in room number 2. It was decent but freezing giving the weather in January. The blankets were not too warm and there is no heating of course so if you go during the winter time, just prepare.

There are no amenities, not even soap to wash your hands so make sure you bring all the toiletries and necessities. There is a small shop open just down the road where you can buy anything you might need as well (soap, shampoo, etc). There is no hair dryer either.

The room overlooks the court yard and there are loungers on the roof if you wanted to sunbathe.

Breakfast consisted of a basket of bread with jam/butter, a glass of orange juice and coffee was on offer. Additionally, we each received one pancake on the first day (but did not get anything else except the bread and juice on the second morning). Breakfast is from 8-10.

FYI...WiFi only works near the front desk, not in the rooms

Recommendations/tips:

- When looking for the hotel, if you did not arrange something in advance with them, ask nice looking hotels or restaurants for directions. If you start following a local, they will expect a tip.
-There are boilers in each room but mind the limited hot water. Its should be more than enough but if you have multiple people, I would way wait a bit between showers to let the water heat up again.
-Don't forget you still have to pay the 23MAD tax when you leave (even if you prepaid for the hotel). I don't recall if this was per person per day, or just per person but you can ask when you get there.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Riad Marrakiss

Address: 103 Derb Moulay Abdelkader, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #524 of 1,028 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Marrakiss 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel-guest house has seven rooms with double bed or two/three singles beds. All rooms dispose of their own bathroom and are equipped with shower built with the original Moroccan techniques and materials: tadelakt and zilige of Fez. The air conditioning system affords you the maximum comfort in all seasons.The entirely renovated furniture, according to the Moroccan style, helps make the intriguing and enjoyable feeling of living in an ancient Moroccan riad in the Medina of Marrakech. The ryad is pleased to offer its guests a WiFi connection.L'albergo dispone di sette camere con letto matrimoniale o a due/tre letti. Tutte le camere sono con sala da bagno e doccia in tadelakt e zilige di Fès. L'impianto di climatizzazione permette il massimo confort in tutte le stagioni.L'arredamento interamente rinnovato, che però riproduce l'ambiente marocchino di un tempo, contribuisce a rendere intrigante e piacevole la sensazione di vivere in un antico riad marocchino all'interno della Medina di Marrakech. Il riad è dotato di collegamento WiFi. ... more   less 
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