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“Clean and Pleasant Base For Your Trip” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Marrakiss
3.5 of 5 Guest house   |   103 Derb Moulay Abdelkader, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #477 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Clean and Pleasant Base For Your Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

It's a not a fancy five star hotel but you will find all the rooms very clean and comfortable. The location is excellent.

Location - a few minutes walk from the Marrakech's main square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, it is a great location for getting to all the major attractions on foot. It is a little difficult to find at first but once you've found it you won't forget. People in the street can provide directions but often they expect to be paid (don't pay more than 10 DH).

Comfort - the rooms are a little on the small side but very clean with a pleasant furnishing. The mattresses on the bed are a little hard (I actually prefer this though). There is sometimes noise from neighbouring buildings but you are in the heart of the city so can't really expect otherwise.

Breakfast - pretty basic with just bread, cheese spread, orange juice and tea/coffee each morning but it does the job.

Internet access - wireless broadband is available on the ground floor but doesn't work in the rooms.

Staff - All the staff are friendly and helpful. The reception staff speak good English. They don't try to sell you extras or push for tips.

All in all, this place is excellent value for money.

  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
280 helpful votes 280 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Like most of the Riads this is a small B&B style hotel. You will need a guide or luggage porter to find it the first time because like all the other Riads, sign posting is just about none existant, but then even street names are hard to come by in the old town! Situated down a quiet side street, the outside of the Riad is literally a heavy wooden decorative door. Inside it is decorated in simple Arabic style, lots of glazed tiles etc. The central courtyard is pleasantly cool and there is a small roof top sun deck with seating and about 6 sun loungers - the hotel has about 10-12 rooms so never feels busy. The staff were very helpful and all spoke good English. Our room had 2 comfy single beds, plently of wardobe space, a decent sized bathroom with walk in shower, and most crucially air conditioning that worked! It was late April and the city was baking at 45c for the 3 nights we were there. You are literally 1 minutes walk from the Souks (markets) and 3 minutes from the main square where everything happens! The Riad is down a quiet, and at night dark side alley but we never saw or heard any trouble here or anywhere else in the narrow city alleys which pass for streets. If I go back to Marrakech I would stop here again, it gives you a way better feel for the whole Marrakech experience than stopping in a European style hotel in the more remote new part of the city where you are 30-45 minutes walk from the old town, where all the attractions are located

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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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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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 #477 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Marrakiss 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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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