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“Sanctuary in the middle of the buzz” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Riad Maroc

Riad Maroc
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Riad Maroc
100 Derb el Halfaoui | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000 , Morocco   |  
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Ranked #780 of 1,040 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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“Sanctuary in the middle of the buzz”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011

We stayed for a week in Riad Maroc with our toddler and it could not have been a more relaxing sanctuary from which to enjoy the hustle and buzz of Marrakech. Jalil and Amina who run the Riad are wonderful hosts - Jalil was full of useful information and always happy to help. Amina looked after us all - cooking wonderful and huge breakfasts, and flexible on timing to suit us and our toddler. She also made us wonderful suppers of tangines and Moroccan salads, which we enjoyed on the roof terrace after putting our son to bed. Both Jalil and Amina were also brilliant with our son, and we felt so welcome in this gorgeous authentic riad.

Michele, the owner, made organising the holiday easy and was also very welcoming and friendly. She provided a travel cot for our son and made us all feel at home in her lovely riad.

Staying here made our trip to Marrakech and offered a fantastic and different family holiday - would highly recommend to anyone who wants the relaxation of a holiday that the whole family can enjoy!

Our son is constantly asking for Jalil and Amina so am sure we'll be back!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

We stayed at Riad Maroc for 4 nights Sat 6th to Weds 10th August 2011 with 2 of our teenage daughters, 15 and 18, our visit was during Ramadan. We knew it would be too hot (it was!) and that Ramadan may impact us (a little) but Riad Maroc made our stay perfect. We continued on to Essoiria for 6 nights which is an ideal combination in the hotter months.

At the end of a winding street, "just another 2 corners" said Jalil with a huge beaming smile (he had met us at the airport) as we twisted and turned some more, and we stepped inside to a sanctury. Exactly how you expect a riad to be, bright paintwork, wonderful tiling (some repaired in a charming higgledy piggledy style) and purple bougainvillea cascading through the central atrium. That's what we loved, not overly manicured but extremely comfortable and in keeping. The berber shaded seating area on the roof top, perfect in the evenings after sundown. Interesting books on the bookshelves.

The house was so peaceful and fresh, we spent quite a bit of time there, venturing out in the morning and evening to cope with the heat, try the food stalls in the main square, great fun. If you join in with the banter and bartering it is not aggressive, just keep smiling, and speaking some French helps a lot. In fact we found Marrakech to be less aggressive than our only other visit just over 3 years ago.

Jalil and Amina are the kindest, most professional and welcoming of hosts, they do not live at the Riad but visit daily, so you wake to a superb breakfats, freshly squeezed Orange Juice, crosissants, eggs, Morroccan pancakes, fruit and yogurt, we didn't need lunch. On the first night we had arranged to eat in, and a marvelous Chicken lemon tagine with about 5 salads were waiting for us, eventhough Jalil and Amina didn't eat or drink all day, that did make us feel bad! One daughter doesn't like tagine but she loved Amina's, by far the best we had all holiday.

Our 15 year old also had a cooking lesson on our third day, again in sweltering heat Amina was fantastic, the two of them made lamb and apricot and walnut tagine for our dinner and salads, and Amina also showed her how to make Morroccan pancakes, that we had for breakfast the next day.

Booking the whole house is even more economical for 6-8 people, some people may find the bathroom/bedroom arrangements in a small riad not private enough if fully booked, but that's the riad style and it doesn't bother us.

For a budget price we had a luxury holiday and experienced a little of real Morrocco, superb value for money, 10-15 minute walk from the main square but an incredibly quiet location is the reward.

We highly recommend Riad Maroc to everyone who wants to experience the real Marrakech but in comfort (but perhaps not those with small children or mobility problems!)

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms cooler, 1st floor rooms more light, as you expect in a riad!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 100 Derb el Halfaoui | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000 , Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #780 of 1,040 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech

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