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Riad Dubai
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   41, derb amezmiz - kasbah-bab ksiba, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #305 of 1,041 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
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“General review of the Riad Dubia”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We were based in the Riad Dubia in the Kasbah district of Marrakech. This was about a 20 minute walk to the main Jemaa El Fna market square in Marrakech.

The city wall around Marrakech is quite extensive and our transport from the airport dropped us off at one of the gate openings in the city wall, where we were met by the Riad manager. It was fortunate the manager met us, even with our map at hand we would never have found to riad on our own. The typical narrow maze of streets and alleyways is very confusing and no street names! Anyhow we arrived at what looked like a very typical Riad (boarding house). It only had 6 rooms for guests. The Riad and room were clean but basic.
The Riad manager was very welcoming and gave us very detailed guidance on where and where not to go on our travels etc.
Our room did not contain a wardrobe, which I thought was unusual so we had to hang our clothes we had brought for evening on a coat stand. The thing is we never used these clothes. Marrakech is very casual, and people do not dress up at evening.
The showers was constructed of skimmed concrete or similar. It operated well and looks worse than it is.
There was a roof terrace for sun bathing and relaxing and breakfast could be taken up there.

One point I found a little annoying concerned hotel costs during stay, meals drinks etc were priced in Euros, but when I came to check out I could only pay in Dirhams local currency, with my credit or debit card. Therefore I was at the mercy of the Riad managers exchange rate!

There is no pool at the Diad Dubia, but a sister Riad Qodwa has a pool. The Riad Qodwa is about 40 minutes drive out of Marrakech, however the Riad manager offers free transfer arrangement to and from the Qodwa. You can take this trip as many days as you want. You will only probably get about 4 hours at the Qodwa each day since the journeys have to fit in with drivers schedule. Normal journey time during our visits say leaves Riad Dubia at 11am and leaves Riad Qodwa return journey about 4pm

Room Tip: There are only 6 rooms in the riad.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I went to Marrakech for a 3 night break with my two daughters. I can't rate the Riad highly enough. All the staff were extremely helpful ensuring we had a great time - nothing was too much trouble. They were helpful, attentive and informative. Had a great day trip to the waterfalls, arranged by the Riad. Would love to return

  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

I booked my holiday online - package of flight and accommodation. It turned out we would stay in the Riad Dubai. We couldn't have been luckier. As me and my brother did some research we found out that this was one of the best accommodations in town. It was only a short walk to the Djemma El'Fna directly situated in the old town of the city. As we wanted to have an authentic stay in Marrakech it was out of question to be in one of the all-inclusive clubs of the city. It had to be a Riad. RIAD DUBAI.

A couple of days before our holiday we were called and the Riad arranged our airport transfer. Great service. In Marrakech we were warmly welcomed in our Riad. Housni took time to show us a map of the city and give some helpful tips. We were also served some "Berber whiskey".
Houssin, Hassan and Abdul did everything in their power to make our holiday unforgettable. They were always nice and friendly. Whenever we needed something they were happy to help. From the beginning on they made clear that we should feel like at home. Nothing was ever too much trouble.

In the mornings we were always served a great breakfast (fresh orange juice and coffee, bread, crepes and a croissant, cheese, olives, butter, jam and honey, as well as a yoghurt). All of that was included in the Riad price. In the evenings the Riad also offered dinner. We only had dinner once but it was delicious.
Riad Dubai is also offering a range of excursions to different destinations. We booked three different tours. Although the price was slightly more expensive than if we would have booked with an agency directly we thought it was more secure booking through the Riad. We were told that they take full responsibility and this was worth a slightly higher price. Besides one of the guys always came with us to the meeting point to guarantee our safety in the early mornings.
The rooms in the Riad were fantastic. Clean and 1001 nights style. There was an inner courtyard from which you got to the different rooms. The courtyard was kind of a communal place where we spend a lot of time when we were in the Riad and where we had breakfast. Up the stairs there was a nice roof terrace. For everyone who wants to even stay connected in their holiday - Wifi is free in the Riad.
There is only one thing I would change. The prices should be displayed in Dirham instead of Euro as this would make the payment easier. Other than that I have to say I am 150% with Riad Dubai. Me and my brother would go back there straight away. Whoever wants to stay in Marrakech for a fair price and experience an authentic accomodation please choose the Riad Dubai. Great friendly and hard working people. THANK YOU FOR A FANTASTIC TIME. Five stars are well deserved.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We stayed here as a young couple in late march 2013 after reading the great reviews, and it exceeded all expectations!!

It is a beautiful, very traditional Riad in a great location, away from the hustle and bustle but only a short walk away from the main square. We stayed in room number 1, which in previous reviews had some negative comments, however we loved it! Beautifully decorated, and cleaned by the maid daily, we couldn't have asked for more. One of the most beautiful parts of the Riad was it's roof terrace which we sat on regularly relaxing with a glass of wine.

As mentioned by most reviews the best part about the Riad was the service. Housni, Hussan and the rest of the team were just excellent, waiting on our every request willingly and going out of their way to be helpful.

We ate at the Riad most days either for lunch and dinner as we had half board. Although choice is limited, the food we had was very good. The lovely complimentary breakfast consisting of pancakes, croissants, breads and yoghurt was made for you whenever you felt like waking up.

Overall it was an amazing trip to Marrakech, and we don't think it would have been the experience it was had we not stayed in Riad Dubai.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Superb customer service and attention to detail from beginning to end. The right balance between helpful and giving people their space. Good meals. We satyed in two different rooms through our stay both up and down stairs. Both were very good. Wifi Excellent signal unlike many places. Good airport pick up service at a good price.
What can I say. Also good practical help. We have been to North Africa and Morocco a number of times but this is the best service we have experienced and because of this would be superb for first time marrakech travellers or those lacking a little confidence as you will get looked after but not ripped off.
Best place I have stayed in North Africa!

Room Tip: Upstairs probably better. but all excellent.
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  • Stayed December 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We stayed here a week March 2013, had a lovely room on the 1st floor. Breakfast on the roof looking at the Atlas Mts each morning superb. This is not an hotel but a traditional Moroccan house providing accommodation and a service attitude that hotels could not match. Nothing was any trouble for Mohammad, Abdullah or the cleaning lady whose name I forgot. The house is situated down some less than appealing alleyways, but that is the nature of the Kasbah area, the locals were friendly and the area is safe. Make sure you arrange for your airport pickup through the Riad and there are no problems. The walk to the centre of town is quite simple after the first time, the various traders enroute get to know you. Treat everyone with a smile and some banter and things go well. We did some of the recommended activities, finding the over night Zagora trip long but very interesting. The driver on our trip was good at driving but not so good at looking after his customers wants, ie the stops and the time spent at places depended on whether he had friends to sit and talk with. The Berbers at the overnight stay, they seem keen on what they do and treat the tourists well, they get very little for their efforts so they warrant a good tip. I can not speak highly enough of the efforts of the staff at Riad Dubai to make our stay so enjoyable.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

We went to Marrakech for a 5 night break and cannot recommend this Riad highly enough. Husnai, Hussan and Abdul were the most wonderful hosts - nothing was too much trouble. They were helpful, attentive, informative and by the end of the 5 days, our friends. So much so, we spent our last evening sitting on the roof terrace sipping tea and chatting with them!

The location of the Riad (at the end of Rue de Kasbah) was amazing, and gave us plenty of opportunity to sing Clash songs as we meandered through the medina streets. The rooms are simple but perfectly formed. The bed was super comfortable. The terrace where u can have breakfast, relax in the sun or sip cold drinks at night was beautiful.

But above all, and there were many good things about this Riad, were the staff. A huge thank you to them for making out stay so special.

  • 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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Address: 41, derb amezmiz - kasbah-bab ksiba, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #305 of 1,041 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Dubai 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At the heart of the Kasbah of Marrakech is our beautiful Riad Dubai, 5 different beautiful suites with every comfort, air conditioning, safe, bath & shower, mini bar, SAT TV, internet wifi. Said the owner will prepare a special Moroccan cuisine for you, a terrace is waiting for you to relax and unwind, we organize all kinds of excursions in Marrakech and Morocco, a shuttle service to all airport transfers. Said and his wife Malika are waiting to offer you a pleasant and impeccable holiday . "Welcome to Riad Dubai" ... more   less 
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