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“Excellent homely ryad with perfect staff and surroundings” 5 of 5 stars
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Ryad Amiran
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Bab Doukkala | El Hajra Arset Ben Brahim, 23, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #108 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Excellent homely ryad with perfect staff and surroundings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We stayed at the Ryad Amiran in April 2014 and found it a wonderful place to stay. There are only 5 rooms so it's cosy and homely, with the lovely open courtyard in the middle which is characteristic of ryads.

The place is run by a friendly and helpful couple who made the stay very personal, they gave us lots of advice and even rang our airport driver for us! The rooms were cleaned every day with a personal touch and the breakfast was filling and varied. We also had dinner there a couple of nights which is a little more than what you would pay elsewhere but was home made and peaceful.

Its about a 15-20min walk to the main square and Marjorelle gardens, and actually this is a good thing as you will need to get away from all the hustle and bustle! The downside is like the rest of Marrakech its tucked away, so I would expect to find it difficult to locate on the first day. We had an airport transfer and even he didn't know where it was at first! Once you've walked it
once or twice you will be ok though.

This ryad is rather an exception in modern day holidaying - with friendly staff who go out of their way to help and with perfectly maintained and unusual rooms. Its not for you if you don't want the traditional Moroccan experience and are not happy to be without a tv for your stay!

The only thing to be aware of is the city tax which we were charged on our last day - it was around £40 for 2 of us for 5 days, there was no warning that we would be charged it and no explanation of what it was actually for. As with all things in Morocco you never know when you are being ripped off, and we weren't expecting it - which meant we had no money left for our last day! You have been warned...

We would stay again! *****

Room Tip: We had the Perle room - look on their website for pictures
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Hidden away in the maze of streets within the medina, it can be found by following the many signs located when you finally reach the locality of the Ryad. My advice is to arrange a transfer from the airport and we were walked to the location in the first instance. I think we would certainly have struggled if we had taken a taxi and just been dropped off at the gate, if you were dropped off at the correct gate.
Inside the Ryan it is peaceful and calm with a roof top terrace from which with difficulty you can just see the atlas mountains.
No Tv in the rooms but there is one downstairs, but then it is Morocco so other than CNN news you will not get a lot in English.
Hairdryer is supplied in the rooms and the showers were excellent and hot.
Comfortable beds although ours was set rather low.
Would certainly recommend if you would to immerse your self within the medina. The main square is a good twenty to twenty five minute walk away depending on whether or not you keep getting lost.

Room Tip: Forget the room, just get a transfer from the airport and get the guide to walk you to the Ryad. All...
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Stayed here for 4 nights in March 2014, and had a lovely time. The staff make it - the owner, manager and all the staff went out of their way to be helpful, welcoming and friendly. They gave us great advice, arranged food late one night when we arrived late due to a problem with our transfers, and lots of tips. The Ryad itself is beautiful, very relaxing, and just the right atmosphere for a trip to Marrakech. No, it's not a European 4-star hotel, but then you're staying in a Ryad, and it has all the grace and elegance of a welcoming guest house. Lovely sun terrace too. It is a little hard to find, but then isn't everywhere when you're a first time visitor to Marrakech? Overall - thanks, brilliant, and if we return to Morocco, will definitely be calling in again!

Room Tip: All the rooms look onto the central court, so there will be a little noise, but they all seem comfor...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We had an amazing time! The Riad is beautiful, stylish as such an oasis in the heat of the city. The roof terrace was a wonderful place so spend our down time!

We arrived very late and were a bit daunted upon arrival at the Bab yacout gate as it is like a rubbish dump! But one we saw everything in daylight the next day it was fine! We found Edwin the owner and Amin the manager to be so lovely and helpful! They have us so many hints and tips! We got lost the first time we went out but found our way back (despite a local sending way out of our way and asking for money to take is back! - thankfully we both have good sense of direction so we politely said no and went back to the Riad!) after Amin have us perfect directions, we never got lost again for the whole week.

Fatima is lovely and a very good cook.

We have to give a huge mention to to Ahmed though - he was a wonderful friend who we will never forget, nothing is too much for him! He even stopped for a chat in the markets. He makes the best mint tea in the world!! And on top of working every night in the Riad, he is also at college in the day studying to be an accountant. We feel very lucky to have met him - I only feel awful that I lost his email address so I couldn't send him the photos of us! I hope he can pick them up from here!!

The only downsides were that the meal we had there - although an amazing meal, was pricy compared to anywhere else we are. Also the water is very expensive when you can buy it for virtually nothing at the end of the street. We ended up in a different room to what we were told, however it was still amazing! The other thing was we didn't book our own excursion to the Atlas Mountains as the Riad said they could sort it for us; the trip we took was wonderful and so was our guide Saiid, however, perhaps through our own fault of not explaining, it was not the trip we expected or had read about from other people. We didn't get to eat with a Berber family and we constantly stopped and as a result ended up spending more than we anticipated, although we got sone lovely items. I think we were just wary as we had no idea of our itinerary and how much we would end up spending!! Saiid was a wonderful guide and he and my husband had a few laughs at my expense!!

Overall we would definitely stay here again :)

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

A riad is a mini-palace buried in the depths of medieval alleys that looks like nothing from the outside but inside reveals, usually, what was once a grand private home.
This riad is decorated with art but not in the traditional mosiac style.
Its very clean and comfortable and the breakfast is good. We did not take other meals there but many people did.
Ryad Amiran is on the north west of the medina near Bab Yacout - about five minutes safe and well signposted walk from where most taxis drop you. With a little ingenuity its possible to walk right through the medina to the Djem El Fna, otherwise follow the walls.
The owner speaks English and will arrange excursions, and the riad is licensed to sell alcohol, something of a rarity in Morocco.

Room Tip: As fas as I know, all the suites are different, so ask if you have particular requirements.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Booked this Ryad for a week. It was a bit difficult to find, would have been helpful if we had known that its near Bab Daukkallah and Bab Yakoot restaurant. Upon arrival we were initially informed that we don't have a booking. This was thankfully incorrect and we found out 15 mins later that we had a reservation and there was some misunderstanding. Our room was changed half way through our stay due to another "misunderstanding". They need to be a bit more organised I think!

Apart from the minor hiccups it was actually a brilliant place. The rooms are good size and very clean. The whole Ryad was very well decorated and the hospitality staff were excellent. The area is quit safe and the walk to the main square through the tiny streets is very interesting.

The Ryad is around a 20-25 min from the main square (someone told us its 10 mins, which is not correct)

Overall very good experience but please don't listen to the manager if he tells you that u need to pay 50 dirhams for each taxi ride to the city center. The real rate is be 20-30 dirhams!

ps: The breakfast was very good
ps2: The rooms are a bit dark and dont have TVs; My wife tells me thats what differentiates them from normal hotels..

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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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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Address: Bab Doukkala | El Hajra Arset Ben Brahim, 23, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #108 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ryad Amiran 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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