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“Ideal base for a flavour of Marrakech” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Lila
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Derb Dabachi Derb My Abdelkader No 21, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #519 of 1,079 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Ideal base for a flavour of Marrakech”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Unexpectedly there was dinner waiting for us on our arrival (we arrived after 8 pm) as Hannah thought we might be tired after our trip - she was right, we were very grateful and it was well worth the 10 euros per head. All our rooms were comfortable and very clean. There was plenty to eat for our breakfasts which we were able to have on the roof terrace in the morning sunshine. This Riad is ideally situated only a few hundred metres away from the Jamma el Fna market square and souks. Hannah was extremely helpful in arranging minibuses for our trips out to the Atlas mountains where we visited Berber villages and had guided walks. Being a large group we had to synchronise our shower times as water pressure seemed to be a problem particularly for the room at the top. Unfortunately we were unable to pay by credit card as the machine wasn't working.

Room Tip: All rooms were of a good standard, comfortable and clean. An ideal base for our group of 12 as ther...
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  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 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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Chester, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

The manager was fantastic he could not do enough
The weather in feb is not good very cold and wet
Only go if you can barter well, with everything.
Never go to the tanneries keep well away
I ma glad I have been but will never return ,

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Booked this Riad based on the photos and reviews on here. And we were not disappointed.
I had read warnings about being harassed from the taxi door by people wanting to show you the way to your hotel. We had this, that said I don't think we would have found the place otherwise! It is well hidden down several small alleys. Once we knew the way, we were fine getting in and out though.
On arrival we were given mint tea, before being shown up to our beautiful and spotless room.
Breakfast is a table filled with more food than you could ever hope to eat, at whatever time you roll out of bed.
The staff are always smiling and happy to help as best they can. Their English is not great, but better than my French or Arabic, so I can't complain.
Going in November it wasn't really the weather for spending any time on the terrace, while it wasn't cold it certainly wasn't sunbathing weather. But I did have a quick look up there, and I imagine it would be great in the summer evenings.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 May 15, 2012

Exelent location in the centre of town. Nice seclude courtyard, an oasis in the middle of the city. Beautiful rooms even the one at the top. Very clean. Gods beds, even for my 2 meters. Good breakfast, lunches and diners. But the best is Hanna ! She'll manages it all for you. She makes our days! all 7 of them!.

Room Tip: Non of the rooms are big, but you got to live outside, on the tarrace or both lounche area's. Ha...
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  • Stayed May 2012, 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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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2011

As arranged an efficient, friendly taxi driver picked me up from the airport. The porter (take €3 for him) was friendly and pleasant. When I arrived I was given mint tea and shown my room. For the price it was a decent room and clean. The bed was comfortable with clean sheets but the outer blanket could have done with a little attention. However the staff are extremely helpful and showed such care and compassion for my girlfriend when she fell ill.

The Riad is bright, clean and very well located just a stones throw from the Jammaa el Fna square and all the souks. Although it is down a maze of alleys that, once you realise is the norm in the area, lose their intimidation. The excellent location means no noise at night and you can walk to many attractions and drop off all the fake fossils and crystals you've bought in the markets!

I highly recommend this Riad, they go the extra mile to help you enjoy your stay.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

We booked this based on photos and location and the photos are very true to the appearance of the Riad and the location was superb as it is just 5 minutes walk away from Jammaa el Fna square, down a side street so there is no noise or disturbance from outside to be heard inside the Riad. Imane communicated very well with us via email and she arranged a private car to collect us from the airport and take us back - which was very pleasant and ran very smoothly.
The Riad was lovely and comfortable. The room was of lovely decor and the surroundings were lovely. We ate breakfast on the terrace every morning which is served whenever you get up (which is great) and although it is a basic mix of bread, jam and pancakes it was all very fresh and clean. Also fresh orange juice, filter coffee and tea were served. In addition to this, the Riad offers complementary WiFi to its guests which works suprising well considering the city you are in!
The reason I am giving my rating 4 stars instead of 5 is that the staff did not speak hardly any English and communication was difficult. A couple of days into our stay the bathroom light blew and it did not get fixed for the remainder of our stay, although we did try and tell them and point..etc... I used Google Translate for French which came in handy a lot. Another thing everytime we asked the girl there to recommend something for us, such as where to go they just kept promoting their own things (for example; you ask about Taxi prices and they will tell you they have a driver - which will most likely be more expensive) rather then giving us a choice and information regarding where to go and taxis etc was next to nil so if you stay here you must do your homework first.
We ate at the Riad one night as outside is SO noisy and dirty and a tourist trap (hence the short stay - 5 days is much too long). The food was nice however, bearing in mind the economy of the country it was a little overpriced for what it was. They charged 15 EURO per person. It was a nice break though from the noisy rough and tumble of outside.
Be aware that you can hear internal noise within the Riad. The glass on the windows is very thin and if people are walking around or when the family wake up it is possible to hear them (and they can hear you)!
There is a plunge pool in the Riad though we did not feel enticed to use it as it was right outside the family home on the 3rd floor so for us personally, we would have felt akward sitting there in full view of the host family, although it looked clean and well kept.
Despite all this for a 3 day stay in Marrakech the Riad is perfect as it provides a comfortable base for your trip

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

We recently stayed at Riad Lila. The first night, we were told that our room was not available as there was no running water. They offered to put us up in another Riad. We accepted. When we got to the square, the transport that was to pick us up was not there, although we had spoken with them a few minutes before and were told it would be waiting. We used another transport to get to Riad Lila. There was construction going on so we have to carry our bags over boards that were covering a large whole in the street. Once we got there, we had to carry our bags again over the hole in the street to the other Riad (Riad 2 Doors), which was lovely. We went back to Raid Lila for dinner (which was served 45 minutes after we were told it would be ready) and saw that all of the rooms were occupied—the water story was a fabrication to cover an overbooking. After our one night at the Riad 2 Doors, we were told our room would be available at Riad Lila at noon. We arrived the next day at 12:30 only to be told that our room would not be ready until 3:00. Then, when it came time to check out we were told that they would not accept credit cards (they list credit cards as a payment method on their website) and would need to pay cash. We needed to make our flight so had to come up with the money right then! To say that this was a low spot in an otherwise wonderful trip would be an understatement.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Derb Dabachi Derb My Abdelkader No 21, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #519 of 1,079 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Lila 4*
Number of rooms: 5
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