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“Reasonable Riad for the price” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Riad La Perle de Marrakech

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Riad La Perle de Marrakech
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Derb Ihihane no6, Sidi Ben Slimane | Bab Taghzout, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #603 of 1,060 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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16 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Reasonable Riad for the price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

First up a sign outside the Riad would be good - there is not even a written or painted message - this does not help in relocating it after going out or to know you are at the right place in the first instance. Leaves you open to the 'boys' who want to help you find it and then expect exorbitant fees for the task - something most people are only to happy to offer travellers in their country for free! TIP: Learnt to ask a woman - she doesn't charge :)
Otherwise location was good just be aware it is Bab Tharzouk you need to say find it not Ben Slieman as the owner instructed/told me.

The riad is in dire need of some general TLC - whilst nothing was completely dreadful - doors in rooms were not aligned and hence very hard to open or close. Window shutters had a similar problem. Outside environ needed some care - small things can make all the difference to the appearance. Like pool should be clean even if not used. Shower leaked and not really great to use.
NOTE: Had to ask for Hot water as apparently they run on solar - when that doesn't work they need to switch it over to electric. So our first morning was with cold showers!
There are no toiletries supplied other than a bar of soap - not even a spare toilet roll :( - good thing we came prepared.
Breakfast was adequate - but not what I would call full ... no fruit or yoghurt only 1 muffin and 1 Moroccan pancake, no cheese or olives or savoury just strawberry & Apricot jam! We had to ask for fresh 'hot' tea as what was offered was undrinkable - even for Morocco.
Bedding was fine and linen ok.
Pick-up service was offered and accepted but I felt the charges (without notice) were somewhat excessive. The driver was really great, (only reason why we rate service 4) we really appreciated his care and attention and thanks again to him for that.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Sao Paulo
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

Great place near to the central square. Clean, good breakfast and the owner is really focused in helping the guests. It's the most cost-benefit in Marroco that we found. it's not expensive, and has a good service. important: looking for some place in Marrakesh in a nightmare because the medina in confused and no one will know how to help you, so, ask for a map with the Riad Location before to go to Marrakesh.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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47 hotel reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

Located within the walled city, on the northern side. Its about a 15 minute walk to the main square, once you know the way!
The riad will arrange a taxi pickup from the airport for €40 (though when we left from another riad the charge was only €20). The pickup is handy because there is no car access to the riad - you'll have to walk the last five minutes, ending up down some narrow (two person wide) laneways that can appear dingy or medieval. The taxi driver will take you to the riad. If you decide to get to the riad by yourself, whatever you do, don't accept a local to guide you - they are not being friendly and will charge like a wounded bull.
Stayed 3 nights in their largest room (a family room), so that was more spacious than our companions who had a small room, which seemed to be what the other rooms were like. This is a small riad (maybe six rooms), run by the lady owner, who lives on site with her daughter (who we hardly saw). The bathroom is OK, clean, with an 'open' shower. Generally OK though one morning there was no hot water.
Breakfast is simple with freshly baked Moroccan bread (quite tasty), along continental lines.
One can sit in the courtyard, ground floor, or use a banana lounge on the upper level passage ways between the rooms.
Other guests were of mixed ages, from young to old (50+). The stairway to the rooms is narrow with tight corners. Travel light because you'll be carrying your own bag up and down the stairs!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

Hospitality 2nd to none in this small Riad; an oasis in the midst of medina madness. Great welcome. We stayed 5 nights and nothing was too much trouble. Our room was small but we were offered a larger room if we didn't mind the builders banging from the next door building. We opted for the smaller room with the call to prayer and the neighbours morning cockerel instead - but we had earplugs so slept through the lot. Late breakfast for us lazy bones was no problem and even in late January the sheltered roof was sunny for a lounge with a book or surfing the net on free wifi.

Room Tip: Our room was small but adequate - if the builders have finished maybe opt for a larger room.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

An absolutely brilliant budget hotel!

We decided to do a last minute city break to Marrakech in December for a friends birthday and chanced upon Riad La Perle de Marrakech. The fact that it was a little tricky to find at first added to the excitement of being in Marrakech and exploring the many roads and pathes of the old town.

Soulhia is an absolute gem, she was such a brilliant hostess, nothing was too much for her or the housekeeper and we truly felt as though we were at a home from home. Breakfast was lovely, our rooms were made up everyday and we had as much mint tea as we could handle.

The city itself is incredible, no doubt it is not for the faint hearted and a little french will go a long way but I would certainly recommend the place to anyone who loves culture and exploring new places.

Room Tip: The three bed is a little pricier but it's a great size, alternitavely do for the red room on th...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

The hotel is ok for the price you are paying. The double room was basic, rather small, but clean.
What we didn't liked was the area. It was 20 minutes away from the tourist part of the Medina.
At night it was quite scary and pretty hard to find.
The hostess was really nice and served a good homemade breakfast.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

Riad La Perle de Marrakech is an excellent place to stay when visiting Marrakech. It is situated in the medina, and gives a flavor of what it is like to live there. Most of the interesting places in Marrakech can be visited on foot from the rad, but be aware of the hectic traffic! However, very conveniently, there is a taxi stop (Bab Taghzoute) 150 meters from the riad. The owner of the riad is very helpful: on the day we left we had to get up at 5AM and not only had she organized a taxi to take us to the airport, she had also gotten up to provide us with coffee and a quick breakfast! That is what we call service!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: Derb Ihihane no6, Sidi Ben Slimane | Bab Taghzout, Marrakech 40 000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #603 of 1,060 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad La Perle de Marrakech 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
RIAD LA PERLE DE MARRAKECH THE PEARL OF MARRAKECH RIAD BIENVENUE WELCOME Au cœur du centre historique et culturel de Marrakech (Mohamed Ben Slimane el-Jazouli était un grand mystique du XIV ème siècle et aujourd'hui un des sept saints patrons enterrés à Marrakech. Il a donné son nom à la fontaine ainsi qu'au quartier où elle est située.) à 10 minutes de la place Jemaâ-el-Fna, vous découvrirez le charme du Riad la perle de marrakech. ... more   less 
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