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“Most beautiful Riad” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Rafaele
5.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   derb el Ghanjaoui, 2 | Assouel, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #33 of 1,031 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Antwerp, Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Most beautiful Riad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We stayed in 5 riads all over Morocco, and this was certainly the most beautiful! Spacious, lovely rooms around an exceptional patio. Once you know the way to the location of the Riad in the medina you will find it very easily, thanks to the help of the two hosts. Furthermore, their Moroccan personnel is VERY good and the breakfast is nice. We also tried the hammam and massage, and would certainly recommend you try out the little hammam where they scrub you after applying black olive soap! For us catlovers, an extra plus was the queen of the Riad, the cutest and most beautiful cat ever! Ps. Wakey wakey at 5h30 you will hear the mosque calling! Greetings from Belgium

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

A beautiful Riad, which, as other reviews suggests is an oasis hidden in the hectic medina. The staff were all very friendly and helpful and we couldn't ask for anything more from our stay. We opted to have our last evening meal in the Riad and I must say the food was excellent, and I would highly recommend that you try it.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Florence, Toscana, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Riad Rafaele is an exquisite place, restored and furnished with fine taste by its owners. Our room was light, spacious and comfortable, with ample room for the 3 of us. The staff were all charming and most helpful without being too intrusive. We also had a fabulous meal in the courtyard one evening. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place and am looking forward to our next visit.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Sliema, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

The riad common areas and rooms are beautiful and comfortable. I would definitely stay here again. They helped us with all sorts of trip planning, and Hakim was so pleasant and helpful. They helped us out with souk purchases and finding restaurants late at night during Eid. The lunch on arrival (moroccan salads) was perfect. They also have some good wines!

We only speak English, so communication with the owners was a bit challenging for arranging airport transfers and meals. The riad, like most things in the Medina, can be difficult to find, especially if you wait until dark to find it. The directions they give you are very good though. It is very close to the sites, but the Ben Youssef mosque is across the street, which has a fairly long and loud call to prayer early in the morning (5am while we were there).

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Riad Rafaele has been beautifully & authentically restored by it's owners, Didier & Eric. When passing through the front door from the busy & noisy streets of the Medina, it is as though entering another world. The enclosed courtyard, with it's central fountain, plunge pool & orange trees, although open to the heavens, is a tranquil oasis. The owners & staff were friendly & helpful, even providing a remedy & tablets for a stomach upset. We arranged to eat there one evening, along with a German couple we had befriended, and the three course dinner, including Eric's chicken tagine as main course, was excellent. Eric also arranged for us a one day trip to the Ourika Vally, with a Berber guide to take us to the waterfalls. It is the attention to detail which sets Riad Rafaele apart. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Uxbridge
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We were drawn to Riad Rafaele by Didier write up and some of the reviews when we were looking for somewhere to stay in Marrakech. We arranged transport from the airport with Didier and was met by Hakim who helped us with our luggage. On arrival to the Riad, Didier and Eric welcomed us and introduced their staff. When we were shown our room, were could not believe how beautifully furnished, clean and calming it was. The ambience of the Riad is delightful. Didier spent time giving tips on how to get around and offered his assistance should we need it at any time, they would also help if you need help with booking excursions. Eric kindly accompany me and another group in the Riad on a day trip to the Valley, it was truly a beautiful and memorable day. The Riad also offers hammam and message by their staff and I had arranged to have one on my return journey. I would recommend this Riad for a truly wonderful experience to Marrakech.

  • Stayed October 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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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I have never written a review before but felt I had to after such a wonderful stay. I travelled with my daughter and we arranged transport from the airport with Didier - this made things so easy and hassle free. The riad is wonderful. Traditional, beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean.
Didier and Eric are perfect hosts, making you feel very welcome in their home and will do anthing to help you make the most of your visit. We ate at the riad on our first evening and the meal was fantastic. I definitely recommend eating there at some point during your stay.
The staff all deserve a mention as they are so friendly and helpful - especially Hakim who attends to your every need.
Thank you everyone for making our first trip to Marrakech so memorable -we will be back one day.

  • Stayed September 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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Address: derb el Ghanjaoui, 2 | Assouel, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 1,031 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad Rafaele 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The riad is located in the medina of marrakech at the northern edge of the souks, 10 minutes walk from the jema el fna square.We have 4 rooms from 20 to 25 sqm²(one at the ground floor is specialy dedicated to persons with mobility reduced) and two great following at the first floor. The terrace covers 250 sqm². ... more   less 
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