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Ryad Amiran
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Bab Doukkala | El Hajra Arset Ben Brahim, 23, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #331 of 1,031 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Riad Amiran”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We stayed here for a week after booking a last minute holiday to Marrakech.

The hotel was fantastic right from the start with Amir furnishing us with all of the information we needed to navigate the souks right to the square.

The courtyard is a peaceful oasis where breakfast is served. Much better than expected with fantastic service and they were happy to serve us on the roof terrace at our request.

The room was very comfortable, clean and with a great bathroom / shower. Don't book a transfer through your travel company, either do it through the Riad, or, if you're feeling adventurous haggle, 70dhm should be more than enough from the airport!

Room Tip: The hotel was happy to offer us a room which suited our requirements, just ask.
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  • Stayed December 2013, 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Ryad Amiran for 5 nights for our anniversary trip and we had such a lovely time there. We met with the Owner, Adrian, when we first arrived and he made us feel very welcome and so very at home right away. Adrian sat with us and went through all the details about how to get around the city, as well as, Dos and Don'ts which were very useful as we know very little about the city. The Ryad is located in the medina which is within the city wall and it is considered an "old town" area. We thought it gives a very authentic feelings of the city. We didn't think it was difficult to find at all after a day of observing the area. In fact, I think it is well located as it is close to the famous city gate and not very far to walk to the main square (but far enough to be away from the noise). Anyone who had been to Marrakech would know that you WILL get lost and will not remember your back to where you are staying on your first day or two, the staff at Ryad Amiran helped us a lot by explaining the easiest way to get around the small, identical alley ways and told us not to let anyone show us the way back unless we are willing to pay silly amount of money in return. The manager gave us a lot of tips and recommendations on the choice of places to visit to fit with what we wanted to do or see each day. The owner, Adrian, recommended a fantastic restaurant for us to go to for our anniversary dinner which made our night even more special. The Ryad is smartly decorate and very clean. Our room was made each day, perfectly with great attention to details. The roof top is a great snug even though there is no view. We didn't mind about the fact that there was no TV in the room as there are so much more interesting things to see around town. Breakfast was basic but very good. As I am not a fan of sweet breakfast, it wasn't a problem to ask for more eggs and bread instead. You can use the computer in the office area to access internet and there is free wifi available. Very highly recommended for Rad Amiran. You won' be disappointed. You will feel very welcome at home, just like staying at a good friend's house :) (If you are looking for a hotel type of set up, I'd say you should stay in a hotel but if you look for a warm and personal touch then this place is perfect).

We left without seeing everyone, so I take this chance to say thanks again for looking after us so nicely and all your help and advises during our time of stay. If we ever go back to Marrakech again we would definitely return to stay at Rya Amiran.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

We had read very good reviews about this Ryad so we decided to book it.
It was listed as a 5 star which I do not agree at all.
First of all, location is inconvenient. Taxi drivers were not aware of were it quite was and our driver called the Ryad to get directions. Once we crossed the Medina wall we stopped and he told us it was only a few blocks from were we were. It was dark at night and 3 young men approached us directing into different alleys, they were unsure as well. Then they agreed on one direction and told us to follow. We reached the Ryad and they wanted money, but not any tip, a big tip as they said it would have to be split among 3 people!
We entered the Ryad and on the good thing it has is the staff, very attentive all the time.
We had to pay for room and taxes straight away, which I found a bit uncomfortable, without even been shown the room.
Then we were taken to our room. Very small. Not even space for our suitcase. Dark. No TV set. the blankets were all wrinkled.
The bathroom had mold. The drain was quite blocked so if one took a shower the water would remain without draining for at least 1 hour. The soap! it was one same big bar for every guest, ours had been used already and would most surely be used by the coming guests as well.
The first night there was just a hanger in the bathroom, the second night the hanger had a bath robe.
The tissue box was empty inside the bathroom compartment.
The toilet-roll holder had been ripped-off from the wall so the toilet rolls were kept at the back of the toilet, on top.
Very noisy rooms, one could here everything that happened outside the room or next door.
Basic breakfast, but ok.
The place did not look clean to me.
I cannot understand the 5-star rating. To me it was a 3-star. Disappointing.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

My overall impression of the Ryad was a fantastic one, it is beautiful and tranquil with very welcoming and helpful staff. All of them could of not done more to make our short break enjoyable.

When we arrived at the airport we had not arranged a transfer so got a taxi from outside the front, we were ripped off by the driver. When we arrived at the Ryad they were disappointed by this and said we should have contacted them- my advice- contact them and arrange a transfer!! We did this back to the airport and it work very well. Bab Yacout is the closest gate in the city wall and any taxi driver will know this (as the owner said the King eats in a restaurant close to here every month so it is a well know gate- don't let the driver tell you different!)

On arrival at the Ryad I was very impressed with how beautiful it was. It is a really oasis in a busy area of the Medina. It was very quiet and relaxing, a real surprise and just what I needed. All of the staff were without exception extremely friendly, knowledgable and helpful. On arrival they took time to good advice to help with getting around, what to see and do and throughout the stay continued to help with anything we needed. I asked if they could arrange a hammam (body scrub) and they directed me to a very nice spa where I had 2 hours of treatment including a body scrub and massage for a very reasonable 450 dirham.

On arrival at the Ryad I was very surprised to have to pay city taxes- this was per person per night and worked out at 450 dirham for 2 people for 4 nights. As the ryad did not take card they wanted cash for this along with the taxi ride meant we found the nearest cash point very early in our trip!

The rooms were very comfortable, good size and well equipped although I did not find the hair dryer others have mentioned- just meant I was a bit scruffy in the photographs!! Rooms were very clean, as was everywhere else in the Ryad and the roof terrace very pleasant both during the day and in the evening although I agree that there is not a view!

BE WARY-All in all I loved this Ryad but the slight sting in the tail was one evening we decided that we would eat there. We had had a busy day getting lost and returned exhausted not wanting to venture out again. We were offered water and a Shisha which we took up, we also drank two cans of coke from the rooms. We then had a meal including four small cans of beer (2 each) and another bottle of water. In total this came to 1200 dirham (over £100). The food was pleasant- the starters simple salads, the main course a chicken tagine and boiled potatoes and some mint tea. The food was 350 dirham each which I felt was extremely expensive and far more than other local restaurants. We spoke to other guests who also felt it was pricey and although pleasant not fantastic. I was also concerned that there did not seem to be a consistent price charged between guests and no where were the prices for the food advertised. The service throughout could not be faulted though. It would be good to be clear about the price before guests eat, this would stop unwanted surprises at the end.

Despite this I would stay here again and recommend to friends.

Room Tip: We stayed in Diamonte which was very dark and quite meaning very good sleep.
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  • Stayed November 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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

Just finished a stay at this Riad. Lovely little place albeit intially hard to find but once you know where you are easy to navigate. Hospitality is good, not quite what i had hoped for reading previous reviews but not bad by any strech. A special thanks go to Ahmed what a sincere guy. I heard you are studying and i wish you all the best. The house maids are great and go to great lengths to smarten up your room each day ready for when you are back from exploring. Amir is friendly and offers good advice on the city. The riad itself is very clean and well kept. It has all the moderm comforts, a fridge/mini bar, wifi, a (proper!) hairdryer, air-con, a hugeeee bed with lovely duvets and pillows and a huge shower maybe better than my one at home. Breakfast is fine, basic but gets you through till lunch, its nothing fancy but was nice and fine for us none the less. We chose not to eat here for dinner (we were going to, but another couple staying advised it was quite expensive and nothing you could not get anywhere else) but heard it was pleasant. The rooftop is nice although there is no view (so not sure of the previous reviews stating there is!!) Everyone we met who was staying were lovely. The main gate 'bab doukkula' nearest the hotel gets very very busy and keep an eye out for motorbikes and cars heading your way!! Overall was a very nice place to stay during our visit to marrakech. Most attractions are in okay walking distancs if you are able bodied. If not the taxi rank is not far. The locals are friendly and say hello most of the time. I am a british 23 yr old woman and can honestly say i never felt scared or threatened, thats not to say i wasnt stared at and attracted attention but i felt very comfortable, even late at night (although i was travelling with my partner) We did get many offers for guiding but we politey refused and found our own way in the end - mainly due to the worry of giving money for this! (apart from when we got dumped by our taxi on arrival and desperatly needed help within themaze of the Medina!!) I would stay here again, thank you Riad Amirian for a pleasurable, lovely and home away from home we had a great time!!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Have read some of the other reviews on here and although the location is a bit of an eye opener it was exactly what we were looking for to explore the real heart of Marrakech. I guess some on here either didn't put the research in or are better suited to the infinately more expensive hotels in the "new Marrakech".

Firstly the Ryad itself, found just inside the city walls down one of the alleyways, the door opens to a lovely guest house with 5 rooms on the balcony level overlooking the downsatairs communal/dining area. The rooms are basic but traditionally decorated with large en-suite & walk in shower. Air-conditioned with a comfy bed all you need for a good night sleep until you're woken by the first call to prayer by the Iman over the loudspeakers on the nearby Mosque at 5am!
All the staff are friendly & helpful, Amin the manager arranged Taxi's to and from the airport, gave us tips on where to visit & how much we should pay for taxis or horse drawn carriage, he also booked a once in a lifetime balloon flight for us to watch the sun rise over the Atlas mountains & a luxury spa trip for Hamman & Massage. Breakfast is basic & as mentioned the "mini bar" containing water/soda etc is very expensive but shops down every alley way sell the same for a few dirhams. We were going to eat an evening meal in the Ryad but were put off by a rather vile couple who seemed to do nothing but complain from the moment they arrived so can't comment on the quality of food.
Marrakech itself - if your looking for lounging by the pool, 5 star luxury & bars & restaurants then stick the newer part of town & pay for it (we took a trip there one night £9 for a cocktail & £6 for a glass of coke so be warned!). The first night venturing into the main square is daunting & you will get lost as we were promised. Yes the streets & alleys are not clean, do smell and seeing groups of locals hanging around is a little intimidating but someone will offer to show you the way, usually expecting a tip for the privelage but most are polite keen to practise their english usally point out the sites on the way. Once you find the main square its pretty over-whelming, at night food stalls are packed in as the owners try their "cockney" patter on you to tempt you in, most sell pretty much the same basic food at the same price so take your pick. Through the day you will see snake chamers, monkeys on leads and the shops coming to life. Wander through the Soukhs & be prepared to haggle for everything we usually ended up paying less than 25% of their opening offer. (If your looking for spices etc head to the Jewish Mellah where you will pay a fraction of what the shops around the square charge). The best advice i can give is act confident & a forceful but polite no thankyou is usually enough to warn off the overkeen shop keepers.
All in all we had a wonderful experience and got to sample a totally different culture and met some very welcoming people.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Windsor, England, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

Basic but nice interior. There is no bar and they rip you off on drinks in fridge. £4 for bottle of water (which is 40p in shops!) £3 for can of pop and they had the cheek to chargd 700dirhams for dinner (£70) which we couldnt even eat it was so revolting. The Riad (b&b) is located in the old Moroccan quarters which is vile, putrid and rotten. Poo & pee everywhere, it was like living in sewers meet rubbish tip. The stench was unbearable. You have to pass it to get to the French New Quarters which was so clean and so different to where we were put. I am in shock that any1 would send tourists there. Qwerty Travel will be hearing from you immediately after writing this review

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bab Doukkala | El Hajra Arset Ben Brahim, 23, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #331 of 1,031 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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