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“basic but good riad in the heart of Marrakesh” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Hannah City Hotel
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   28 derb Assabane | Riad Laarousse, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #690 of 1,041 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“basic but good riad in the heart of Marrakesh”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed at Riad Hannah in January 2013. Visitors should be aware it is a traditional guest house rather than a normal hotel. It is in the heart of the souks and medina so is surrounded by the madness and mayhem that is Marrakesh. Once you accept the difference you will love this. We were made so very welcome at the Riad. Ibissa was excellent at doing her best to help and please all visitors. And she loved practising her English.
The rooms are very spartan, it would be good to have a couple of seats to sit on and somewhere to hang clothes. No wardrobes or hanging rail. This would be useful for longer stays like ours. We did request some hangars and got after a few days. This would be a major help as a lot of our clothes had to remain in suitcases. A minor point.
The Riad was nice with a cool courtyard where breakfast was served. Breakfast was an interesting combination with eggs, cheese and excellent bread and marmalade. Good coffee and mint tea. Always a great way to start the day before the hustle and bustle that is Marrakesh.
Comments have been made about smells in rooms but I never experienced that. OK, decor could be freshened up but we must remember this is not a three star European hotel.
A Riad is a terraced town house usually with a central courtyard and balcony. Just like many of the family homes we visited whilst in Morocco.
An airport transfer can be arranged but if you're comfortable with how to find the riad then a Petit Taxi will take you from the airport to Ryad Larousse, from where you need to walk for five minutes through the souk, for less than 100 dirham (depends how good your bartering skills are).
The Riad is a 20 minute walk from the main square in Marrakesh, the Place Jemaa El Fna which is a wonderful hub of activity. Everything from wonderful stalls to eat at (all highly recommended), orange juice vendors, coffee shops and restaurants. Water Sellers, Snake charmers and vendors and stalls selling everything you could possibly imagine.
If this is your first trip to Morocco and Marrakech it may come as a culture shock but once you embrace the culture you will certainly want to visit again: very soon.
Ibissa was good to give tips on places to visit and when, she also can arrange tours to the coast, Atlas Mountains and the likes at excellent prices.

Room Tip: A number of rooms on the ground could be noisier as they open into the courtyard where breakfast is...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We had booked a mini getaway and while we didn't have many issues with the hotel, we did find that our room smelled really bad due to the damp that had developed in the bathroom.
They do seem to just paint over the the areas which the paint has not dried or peeled away.

We found that a problem when showering as the drainage system wasn't that great and had to wear flip-flops to stop our feet being washed with the pool of paint collecting at the bottom of the shower.

We was however given a much bigger room - which had the same paint problem - but at least didn't smell bad.

No doors on the bathroom made it difficult number twos.

Apart from that, they had arranged for us a trip to the Spa - which was half the price of anything around the local area and booked us our Taxi back to the airport.


Pros:
- Great location (10 minute walk from the main SQ)
- Free internet
- English speaking receptionist
- Clean towels and room cleaned nicely

Cons:
- No bathroom door (seriously why no bathroom door?)
- You can hear all the talk from the court yard
- Didn't stop a freeloader from conning us out of more money from taxi to hotel

If they fixed the bathroom issues I could give this a higher rating - hygiene is the number 1 thing when travelling.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

The staff is great, breakfast was tasty unfortunately the riad needs alot of work done. I had 3 different rooms: first one was terrible due to mold growing all over the shower. I had to be moved because I couldn't breathe and got a bad headache. The second room was only slightly better with no smell but still a bad mold problem :( third room was the night I returned from my desert excursion, which they did a great job arranging, room was okay but smelled like cat spray. I wish I could rate it higher but it needs alot of work done!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tallinn, Estonia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Good location,very close to the medina, Staff was very helpful and they share information about Marrakech, rooms were good. Was able to eat breakfast in the terrace. All was super! Definitely I will go again.

  • Stayed January 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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Fort William, Scotland, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Strengths :
Reception staff very helpful and spoke good number of languages to a high standard (Ibissa) making an effort to accommodate all requests and needs of each group within the hotel without bias. Some of the staff do not have lots of languages so there is a lot of smiling and guessing what you want (nice fresh mint tea usually) unless you speak the local french or arabic (who are we to judge if we don't learn their language). Questions were welcomed and answered about the local area and lots of advice was provided about the specialities of the culture locally to be more streetwise when out and about. The hotel has security staff for guests in the evening which was comforting given the environmental layout of the 'old city centre'. Breakfast was served on demand which was lovely if your on holiday especially if you don't want to wear a watch. The room had additional heating put in for us because of the time of year for our comfort. The building style was lovely even if it is not all new and shiny - it's an old style building with the pro's (fab architecture and design details) and con's (some damp) that come with that you either embrace this or you pay significantly more money to stay in a new shiny place - that one is up to you.
If nothing else the staff allowed us to meet some locals that didn't have dollar signs popping up instead of irises (like we experienced in the community for the most part). If it wasn't for the people in the hotel and the mutual relationships formed our holiday would not have been as good as it was!

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Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

It was great expirience! Really nice ppl and location! With pleasure will come again! Easy to take a taxi and in general all what u need near! Thanks for really good service and welcoming. Keep it up!

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We did not feel welcome or comfortable in Riad Hannah at all.
The transport from the airport to the Hotel (organized trought Riad Hannah) only worked after waiting and calling. We got forgoten.
Then they did not have the two rooms we booked in advance, so we had to move in another Riad "just around the corner" which was a 15 Minutes walk. And of course we were carrying our luggage ourselves. Plus: this other Riad was cheaper then Hannah but Hannah did not give us some money. The second night we were in Riad Hannah. We had booked a "suite", but the little, basic room with courtain towards bathroom did not look in any way better then the other rooms - infact I would say: they still did not have the rooms we were booking and paying.
The staff only started a friendly talk but turned fastly to a bored conversation - if you were lucky to see somebody. The manager is everywhere but not in the Riad.
Our stay ended by waiting again for the taxi the airport (which was again organized by the Riad the evening before departure). Luckily we only wanted to rent a car there and not get a flight back home: we would have missed it. So as much as I would like to like this Riad: I don't. I would never go there again.

Room Tip: Just don't go there. I've been several times in Marakesh: There are a lot of nice Riad in Ma...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 28 derb Assabane | Riad Laarousse, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #690 of 1,041 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad Hannah City Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Hannah offers 11 rooms. Rooms that are almost identical. They all offer a blend of Morrocan ambiance and European comfort.All rooms have a modern bathing room. Some rooms even have their own bathtub. All rooms have European-style sanitary. All mattresses have the same European quality, which we consider an extra reason to stay at Riad Hannah. A good night’s rest in a strange town is necessary. ... more   less 
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