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“Elegant and authentic Riad in a great position, just perfect!” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Capaldi
1 Derb Sidi Ahmed Ben Nacer | Kaat Bennahid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #317 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Elegant and authentic Riad in a great position, just perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I think staying at Riad Capaldi is what really made our trip to Marrakesh so enjoyable. Pulling up on a busy little road with scooters whizzing past, having been up since 3am and in nearly 40 degree heat, we felt a little bit daunted! But we won’t forget the moment we stepped in to the Riad- suddenly the noise and hustle and bustle from outside totally disappeared and we were in the surroundings of a calm, peaceful, cool and elegant Riad, with a beautiful scent of Moroccan Rose oil.

We were lucky to have the Riad practically to ourselves, other than just one other guest, and so we really felt we were staying with relatives that we haven’t seen for a while! The service was friendly and personal and Aiden, Mohammed and the team couldn’t do enough for us. I echo the comments from the last few reviews. We had taxis, a restaurant booking and a guide all arranged for us and nothing was any trouble. We were escorted to and front the taxi pick up point so that we knew which taxi had been booked and also so we could find our way. The guys were always on hand and we enjoyed chatting to them about Marrakesh and various other things.

We enjoyed Moroccan Tea on arrival and were given a recipe and some tea when we left as we want to attempt to make it ourselves now we are home. Im glad we pre-ordered lunch for when we arrived as it was great to spend some time up on the terrace and not rush out trying to find somewhere. We had Beef and Chicken Tagines with bread, sauteed potatoes and french beans-we were so full that we didn't bother with an evening meal and my husband felt it was one of the most delicious meals he’s ever eaten! The food and drink was reasonably priced and we had a few drinks up on the terrace with lunch and when we came back from an evening out.

The rooms are all on the second level and I’d booked the Ivoire room, which had a huge bed and a lovely decor- traditional yet modern mixed with contemporary furnishings and the bathroom had a gold sink with gold accessories. The hairdryer was pretty terrible but it was so hot that I just let my hair dry naturally anyway, and it did not take long!! We had not one but three vases of fresh roses during our stay. We slept well, although I vaguely remember hearing the call to prayer one morning, but fell back to sleep straight away. The call to prayer is fascinating to hear, as one mosque starts, then another, then another.

The Riad is situated right next to the top of the Souks of which we did get lost in but we always ended up at the main square. And actually Aiden showed us an easy way and so we didn’t get lost after that! We bought many things here (leather bags, belts sandals, lamps, tea glasses, spices, Argan oil) and took the advice to look around on the first day, see what we wanted and then purchase the next day. That way we got an idea of what was on offer and how much we wanted to pay.

We visited Jardin Majorelle which is well worth a visit and nice shade from the scorching sun. For drinks and eating out Grand Café de la Poste in Gueliz (the new town just a 5 min taxi away) and Le Comptoir Darma (candle lit restaurant with a belly dance show) were both lovely and quite up market. Café Arabe is one of the only places we found in the Medina where you could get a cocktail or glass of wine and that too was a lovely place with 3 stories high with a courtyard for dining. I wouldn’t bother visiting the skybars at the Bab Hotel or the Renaissance as they were looking at bit tired, particularly the Bab hotel. There were a few otehr recommended restaurants near the Riad but we didnt get a chance to try them out.

I would without a doubt recommend this accommodation to friends and family and if we get a chance to go back to Marrakesh then this is the place I would stay at. I personally feel you get a great Moroccan experience if you choose to stay in a Riad as opposed to a large hotel, and this one is just wonderful!

Room Tip: All rooms are on the same level and decorated beautifully so it just depends on your budget!
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Norwich, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Three friends and I have just got back from an amazing week at this Riad. A stunning building in the perfect location, only a few minutes walk from the souks and about ten minutes from the main square. despite being so central, the Riad was an oasis of calm and really quiet day and night. the roof top terrace was a lovely place to catch some rays and the plunge pool a welcome addition in the Marrakesh heat! The staff were so welcoming - Aidan and Mohammed in particular made our week away so much more enjoyable -with their guidance, recommendations and generosity. They were happy for us to come and go as we pleased, but always on hand for some advice, or to take us to a restaurant they recommended, or arrange a taxi and hamman! we really couldn't have asked for more. thankyou!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

We spent 2 nights there in April. We received such a warm welcome from Aidan and Mohammed. The riad is elegantly and beautifully decorated and a cool oasis after the hustle and bustle of the streets. Our rooms were large and cool with beautiful bathrooms. We ate a fantastic lunch on their roof covered terrace the first day we arrived. Aidan then showed us how to get to the souk and the main square, which really helped us get orientated. Our whole experience (our first time in Marrakech) was made easier and more enjoyable by the help we had from the staff at the Riad and by being so close to the souks, we could go out and explore and be back at the riad in 5 minutes. We can't find anything to criticise, thank you to all the staff at Riad Capaldi.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We stayed in March for a birthday treat for 4 nights. After arriving late into the medina we were greeted and escorted to the Riad. Walking through the busy and narrow streets was initially somewhat daunting because it was so different to the UK despite being only 3 or so hours away. But once we walked throught the hugh wooden front door into the Riad , with its ambiotic candles and fires we relaxed and had dinner. Next day Aiden had arranged a guide to take us around the medina as its very busy and easy to get lost on the first day.By day two we were able to get out and back by ourselves which we found less pressured.At night we were escorted to our restaurant and picked up when finished. We had excellent food at Le Jardin set in a beautiful garden ,which Aiden had recommended.We enjoyed a caleche tour and great cocktails at trendy Cosybar.The breakfasts at the Riad were absolutely excellent,yogurt,fruit,pancakes,omelette and we ate by the fire always.Our room was Jasmine which had its own fire which was lovely on the cooler mornings and evenings.Aiden,Mohammed and Badha could not have done more for us.We were glad we stayed 4 nights as it takes a couple of days to get used to the poverty and hussle and bustle But if you are looking for something different ,its that all right and the Riad was very romantic.

Room Tip: The shower in jasmine does suffer a slight damp smell but its a lovely room.You will be woken at 5pm...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Stayed here for two nights in March. Located at the edge of the souks, the riad is right in the medina and an easy walk to the major sites. Although as with most riads you can't get a taxi to the door, the riad will arrange to meet you and transport your luggage.

We stayed in the Rose room – due to the traditional design rooms are narrow but well designed and decorated. Bottles of water are supplied along with fresh flowers, robes and slippers. Had a couple of small issues – the lights in the bathroom are very dim, the shower head was a bit blocked up so the water doesn't flow too well, and the hairdryer was rubbish so bring your own if you have long hair!

There is lots of space around the riad, with a lounge, library and big roof terrace. The terrace was the best part of the road – with lots of seating space, a log fire for the evenings and a few sun loungers. Great place to watch the sunset over the medina and on a clear day you could see the snow on the tops of the Atlas Mountains. Perfect place for a glass of wine in the evenings.

Breakfast is included with the room and served on the roof terrace – fruit and yogurt, bread and pastries, pancakes, orange juice and tea/coffee. Watch out for the wasps though, we ended up moving tables three times to avoid them. We also had dinner one night in the dining room, the beef and prune tagine, which was very tasty though a bit heavy.

Overall a good place to stay, though could be excellent if a few little issues were sorted out.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We have visited Capaldi hotel in March 2014 for 2 nights. Unfortunately, Riad did not leave up to our expectations - we have visted Morocco many times and have stayed at different riads over 15 times. Upon arrival we were very surprised to see in the interior garden - plastic lawn which was probably supposed to be natural grass or carpet...We have never seen this before in Marrakesh...Right by it there were a few large Moroccan lamps for candles which have obviously been cleaned ages ago ( judged by dirty glass) and they have been lit during our stay. The bedroom and bathroom were quite basic. The ceiling shower worked in a strange way - the water didn't come out from the wholes which were probably blocked but from the side of it. Very large terrace on the roof but without views over town. Outdoor terrace furniture was so dirty that we didn't want to sit on it. Table covers during breakfast have not been ironed. Location of Riad is a bit complex - for the first time we couldn't find our way back and had to get someone to escort us ( paid money for it) every time we went back. On the positive note - lovely staff including manager always eager to help. Always offered to light fire-place, serve drinks, show our way around etc. We believe that the mentioned negative points relate to the owners not paying enough attention to the standard of their hotel, it's quality, attention to detail... Next time we will choose a different Riad for our stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We spent 2 nights here in late March.Hidden in the middle of the Medina if you are looking for the traditional Riad experience you won't be disappointed. The decor is stylish and reflects the traditions of Marrakech without straying too far into the cliche. We stayed in the Dome Suite complete with private sitting room and roaring fire lit by the staff each evening. All the staff are extremely attentive especailly Aiden, the Riad manager who took the time to guide us through the Souk. If you are worried about staying in a Riad in case you get lost in the Medina don't be, it really isn't that confusing and its really the only way to truly experience this fascinating city Would certainly return

Room Tip: We stayed in the Dome suite, up its own spiral staircase to a top lit private sitting room with log...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Derb Sidi Ahmed Ben Nacer | Kaat Bennahid, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #317 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the ancient city of Marrakesh, Riad Capaldi has been painstakingly renovated. With its contemporary styling and the emphasis on comfort and privacy, stepping into the Riad from the souks, the contrast is startling, a peaceful and a tranquil haven away from the hustle and bustle of the medina The 2 deluxe suites and 5 well-appointed bedrooms are located on the first floor, looking down onto the courtyard which has its own private pool, salon, library and dining room. ... more   less 
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