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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 #476 of 1,134 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Spalding, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great for a genuine experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Stayed at Riad Dubai for a three day break in Marrakech. It was clean and though basic very comfortable. The staff were friendly and gave helpful advice about Marrakech on arrival including a good map and a business card,which was great to give taxi drivers when trying to get back after a long day. The breakfast was lovely and could be eaten on the roof terrace. The negatives about the riad was that you can not get all the way to it by road and have to walk down a windy passage to get to it. We landed at night and this was quite daunting, though in the light of day and the friendliness of the locals it was an unjust fear. If you are looking to experience the real Marrakech surrounded by morroccans living their day to day lives then I am sure you will be happy to stay here. If however you are used to a more sterile environment a more modern hotel is probably for you. If fit you could walk to most of Marrakech's main attractions within half an hr. Taxis however were easy to find. Would I go back there yes, but wouldn't say it was for everyone.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I was there for 1 night, it is a cozy kind of place. I will not give full points as it should have been better for the money they charge. [May be because I am Indian and i find it expensive]
The person there is helpful and gave best possible service. The location is deep into the Madina area so finding it on our own is very difficult.
Rooms are very small but full of heritage same time old. The sleep quality is also not that great, it is just OK.
I like to roof top sitting arrangement that is worth.
Overall, it is deep into the Madina, may be 1 km form the central area.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Hi, I would like to share my experience at the Riad Dubai 4 stars (supposedly) hotel.

First of all, the Riad is quite hard to find. It is located deep in a Kasbah. At one point, getting there, my husband and I thought the man in charge of the hotel (Mustafa) was tricking us into a dark corner of the kasbah to steal our suitcases...

The inside of the Riad is charming. The lady in charge of the cooking and cleaning is really welcoming, polite and nice. We liked her very much. There are only 5 rooms in the Riad. The rooms are dark (no light) and the bathrooms smell horribly. There is no lock on the door, which worried my husband and I. Fortunately, nothing was stolen.

The bed is also not particularly comfortable and the whole Riad is certainly not soundproofed, so you hear absolutely everything.

Please, if you are to take an excursions to either the desert or around Marrakech, do not make business with the Riad. All the prices are in euros, because the exchange rate is much more profitable for them and since we are Canadians, they invented an exchange rate and although we refused to pay that rate, we had too in order to avoid a heated argument. I advise you to take your business somewhere else.

My husband and I would have been really happy if this Riad was a youth hostel. For having traveling around the world, I can tell you that this Riad really looked like certain youth hostel I have come across. Unfortunately, this hotel is qualified as a 4 stars one, which we think is absurd. We were expecting something much more high class. That being said, it was a real Moroccan experience, which we kind of enjoyed...

Room Tip: The room in the corner is definitely the best.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I almost want to write something negative, to ensure that I can always book a room.

The Riad Dubai is excellent.

Perfectly located for a trip to Marrakech. The rooms are spacious and fitted as you would expect from an authentic Moroccan Riad.

Mustafa is a very welcoming host and provides wonderful hospitality.

The breakfast fills you up until dinner.

I look forward to returning soon.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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 February 26, 2014

Riad Dubai was everything and more that we expected from the descriptions we had read before we left to go to Marrakech. The manager was so very helpful and we were made to feel at home straight away. The rooms were clean and decorated in a beautiful traditional way, we had an upstairs room, but they all looked lovely. We stayed at the end of February and the evenings can get quite cold although we were not ever cold in bed as we had been provided with plenty of snuggly blankets. We were given a feast for breakfast everyday, that included, pancakes, croissants, yoghurts, olives and more bread than we could ever eat, with syrup, jam and cheese. We chose to eat in the courtyard most days but we did eat on the upstairs terrace once, although made friends with lots of bees!! The walk to Jamaa el fna took only ten minutes, and went past a vast array of stalls and local shops, which provide you with a true medina experience. If we ever go back to Marrakech we would be very happy to stay at Riad Dubai for another week!
Make sure you contact the Riad in advance to arrange transfers, as they will make sure you get escorted right up to the front door, the Riad is situated in a maze of alleys that are a bit confusing to begin with, although we never got too lost!!! The manager gave us a decent map on the first day, but there are no maps that will ever be able to guide you through the souks, so don't even bother trying, just go with the flow, and make sure you ignore the young men telling you that the way ahead is closed! We had really good WIFI service the whole time we were there, which was a bonus, although some of the restaurants near the square have free wifi too. Rooms are all situated facing into the courtyard and do not seem to have any other windows other than the inward facing ones, this is due to the way the buildings are inside the medina- all very close together. We opened the shutters when we were in the room during the day and closed them at night, and never had any problems with not enough light. I think most tripadvisor readers will have taken the time to look into what to expect from a traditional Riad, so I am amused and perplexed at the reviews that are anything other than positive, due to poor location or basic décor in the rooms...If you enjoy staying in sterile looking hotel chain style rooms then do not stay in a Riad. If however you are looking for a unique room in a house that is furnished with locally crafted furniture, that may have a bit of peeling paint to add to the charm stay at the Riad Dubai. We also had room number 4 which we absolutley loved. We did not find it dark as we had managed to locate and open the shutters- and were provided with a padlock to keep the room secure whilst we were out, however we never felt anything but safe when in the Riad, or at any time in Marrakech. Previous (less than complimentary) reviews have seemed shocked that visiting Marrakech is "a bit of a culture shock", and that it is like "stepping back in time". I would suggest that in future they stay in the UK. We went to Marrakesh with the intent to experience all the sights and sounds that seem to have offended them, and we loved it!!

Room Tip: I think rooms upstairs would be quieter, although the whole Riad is not very large so I am not sure...
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We (2 couples) went to celebrate my friends (aka Eddie) 50th birthday. It was a fairly last minute booking and we got a really good deal so wasn’t really sure what to expect. We did however research by watching ab fab in Marrakesh and decided that we (aka Eddie & Patsy) were ready to hit the Kasbah. However as we were not heading to a private villa we contacted the Riad beforehand to arrange an airport transfer and to ask if they could prepare us a meal as we didn’t arrive until late evening.

We were collected from the airport as arranged although we had a slight wait as I think they were picking other people up who subsequently didn’t arrive. The taxi dropped us of at Bab krisba and we were met by staff from the Riad who escorted us through the Kasbah. I would strongly recommend you arrange airport pickup as it would have been very daunting trying to find the Riad through the winding passages and alleyways.

On arrival we were greeted with mint tea (which is very very sweet) and given information about the local area. They had prepared us a lovely meal of Moroccan soup, chicken tagine and a birthday cake and even a bottle of Moroccan red wine.
We were in a ground floor room which was fairly large, comfy bed, hairdryer, 2 sinks and a kneel down shower. Initially the toilet didn’t flush but soon rectified when we turned the water supply on. As stated previously the rooms’ only hanging space was a coat stand with a few hangers on but as we were only there for 3 nights this didn’t really matter. We also had a large chest of drawers. Eddies room was on the 1st floor and was similar but a tad smaller. They did however have a free standing heater (but no hairdryer) which took the chill of the room which would have been nice as our room was very cold.

The Riad was in easy reach of the Jamaa El Fna and after being given initial directions we soon found our way around. Whist we like the fact that the Riad was in the heart of the local community I would imagine this could be a little intimating for some as until you get to the Mosque you see very few tourists and often locals will tell you the area is closed but you have to be persistent and say that you know where you are going.
We packed allot into our 2 days and tried to complete the DK eyewitness top 10 things to do in Marrakesh – shopped in the souks, visited Jamaa El Fna day and night, took in the view from a roof terrace, saw the snow capped atlas mountains (from a distance), visited the Badi palace (hidden down a side street so hard to find but worth a visit) , ate at a market stall (not pleasant once we sat down the service was appalling, the food was tapas style and not very nice) visited the majorelle gardens (in a calèche although we got a taxi back which was cheaper) ate with the locals at place de ferblantiers (food cheap but not great) ate at a cafe overlooking the square (food good and very reasonable) and Eddie did a little street show assisted by a flashing torch (not in DK!) We unfortunately didn’t get round to trying any fresh orange juice but we give it all a far crack in 2 days and had a wonderful time.

For those of you who like a glass of beer on holiday we did manage to find a couple of places to drink one of which was Hotel Tazi (but rough and ready but ok) on the main street to the square and we were also guided to a little gem of a place. A little sceptical at first as we were been take down a mass of alleyways but hidden away is Restaurant Dar Nejjarine a really nice place very chilled and serves a variety of alcoholic drinks. Unfortunately we had already eaten otherwise we would have eaten here as well.

For those of you concerned about the weather and what to wear etc. during the day it was like a summers day in England (trainers, jeans, t-shirt and cardigan for me) the evenings however where a little colder and required extra layers (t-shirt, shirt, hoodie, leather jacket) not very Patsy I’m afraid but when I'm cold fashion goes out the window.

We did not spend much time in the Riad however we did make good use of the roof terrace enjoying our complimentary breakfast (yoghurt, pancakes, croissant, bread and laughing cow cheese!) and our pre and post evening drinks (duty free southern comfort).

We loved the fact that the Riad was tucked away as it gave us a real feel for the local culture.

The staff were helpful and friendly although I would avoid the man who meets you in the street and claims to be the Riads gardener and offers to take you to see the ladies cooperative preparing herbs and spices from the mountains, yes we got stung by a sales pitch in a very slick operation that made it difficult to leave until you had purchased something (and had a massage but that’s another story). Not to worry thought it adds to the holiday experience and all in all sweetie we had an ‘absolutely fabulous’ time and well worth the money. Ps has anyone seen saffy?????

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Excellent - but make sure that you call the hotel in advance to arrange transportation. The official price for taxis from the airport is four times the going rate. 70/100 Dirhams for small/large taxis. You will need to get to the "Bab Ksiba" Gate and from there it is a five minute walk through the casbah. There are some signs but ALL the locals know where it is. Staff will meet you at Bab Kiba.

Very comfortable. We had a welcome mint tea with the manager on a beautiful roof terrace with plenty information shared with us about Marrakech and Morocco. The food that was prepared for us was excellent, the rooms very comfortable and the staff very friendly and hospitable.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Address: 41, derb amezmiz - kasbah-bab ksiba, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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
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Ranked #476 of 1,134 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Dubai 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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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