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“Oasis to relax after a crazy day of souks” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Asrari
42 Derb Derdouba, Marrakech 40040, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #141 of 471 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Bristol, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“Oasis to relax after a crazy day of souks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

My wife and i have just return from this lovely 6 bedroomed Riad(March 2012) Away on a 3 night 4 day break.We booked via "Voyage prive" Who only select top qulity accomadation,so we knew it would be good.I would also agree with all previous reports on the Riad.on TA.
In my report i will try not to repeat what has been said pior .All that has been said is true .
Before you travel you may have done you homework about Marrakech ?
The Riad is in a very safe part of the old town walls " Madina" .we were given a great map of the area/souks /square and soon found our feet.However is the town is too much for you ,Adele (guest manager will arange a guided tour for you , small cost )Alcohol not served due to licencing issues ,but we where welcomed to bring a bottle back to drink in the Riad.
After a day out we just sat on the roof terrace ,reading in quite ,drinking fresh mint tea.or in the cool POLO room (,where i ended up havind a afternoon nap on ,but that holidays for you !)
A fresh shower and we were ready for our meal out,however,The Riad can provide a good evening meal or snacks.But we wanted to explore the Colourful Town.and resturants and souks /square.(some advised by the Frank,we mostly used ,CAFE ARABE,as it was about 5 mins walkfrom the Riad and en route to or back from the crazy square,also the smaller SOUK CAFE,)
We where lucky to meet the owners during our stay as they are very much involved in the running of the Riad,ensuring the quality of staffing ,food ,decor,hygiene and your total needs during your stay.A real pride in there operation,they call your "home" during the vist,something you would not get from a large hotel chain.
Frank (French owners) spoke good English as did all the main staff.The welcome we had was fantastic ,a welcome mint tea and biscuits was relaxing.Any trips ,tours and spa booking can all be made the the Riad( all quality checked by them prior !)
There is not direct car/taxi acces to the Riad ,this is the norm in Marrakech old town . I strongly advise to get Riad to collect you from the Airport and return you to the Airport !!!
Do ,nt gamble with unkown taxi driver and there ad hock fees !
Towels in room,hairdrier,free bottled water,free safe,shower gels.no tv ,air con. Clean, good size room , ensuite large .We stayed in the Mexican styled room.we where able to leave suitcases in the Riad and return to Riad to change clothes, after checking out due to late flight time.
We would definitely return,and recommend this Riad.
..........The sun was hot ,the staff warm and friendly, the whole trip was a" cool" time ..

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  • Stayed March 2012, 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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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this beautifully renovated Riad. The accommodation is stylish, clean and comfortable, the breakfast (served on the roof) is just right. But what really sets this little place apart is the service. Not only did they take care of us during the day (guiding us around the souks and the sights) but also arranged tables for us at some of the best restaurants in Marrakech and the best new bars and clubs too. They even arranged a pummeling at a very good hammam! Moreover, they always took great care to make sure we found our way there and back wherever we wanted to go - which is a big plus in a confusing city. This is the sort of attention you normally only get from concierges at the plushest hotels - here it's all part of the service at a little Riad on a tiny side street in the medina. What more could you wish for?  If you're new to Marrakech (as I was) and want to mix the lux with some of the authentic old medina experience, you really can't go wrong with this place.  I will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

We stayed at the Riad Asrari for 4 nights, end of November to beginning of December. The hotel was a delight, the scent of cinnamon wafted out when the outside door opened into the little reception area. From there, the central covered courtyard was filled with orange trees and a little fountain - there is even a pet tortoise! All the rooms are individually furnished with Morrocan antiques and curios - our room had brightly coloured little masks on the wall and a shower shaped like a little tent. The bed was extremely comfortable, so much so that a late afternoon 'doze' ended up as an early night! This place is extremely clean and welcoming. Breakfasts are served in a romantic Bedouin tent up on the roof by Adil, pronounced 'Adgie', who was so sweet and helpful in recommending where to eat. The breakfasts themselves consist of little pancakes served with honey and jams, home made yogurt, and a selection of morrocan cakes and pastries. This place was a delight to come back to after a day of hustle and bustle in the souks or sightseeing. Perfect for couples!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 42 Derb Derdouba, Marrakech 40040, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#57 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#130 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#135 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the Marrakech Medina, in the area of Bab Doukkala, easy to reach by car or a ten minute walk from the JEMAA el FNA Square and beautifull Majorelle Gardens, this 17th century Riad has been restored with full respect to the Moroccan tradition, keeping its original characteristics: a patio shaded by trees, the coolness of its very old marble fountain, peaceful living-rooms and a beautifully planted terrace where you can enjoy the Sunset and the view of the Medina... The RIAD ASRARI is a traditional riad with wonderful moroccan craftsmanship such as sculpted plaster ceilings, exquisitely carved Cedar doors, colorful tadelakts and zelliges skilfully composed of delicate oriental patterns. You will be welcomed with traditional pastries and Mint tea by our thoughtful and discreet staff. You will discover peaceful places to rest: the terrace and sun-beds, comfortable sofas and the kaidale tent under which you can have your breakfast. You can also relax, read and dream in our beautiful living rooms... On the patio, you will be enchanted by the magestic pace of our two tortoises as they follow their daily sunbathing ritual If you are patient enough you might also see our chameleon who plays hide and seek in the trees ! The furniture and decorative objects were procured during the owner's numerous travels, or were designed and made on site by Moroccan craftsmen. Many Primitive Art pieces are exhibited throughout the riad... All of these well considered elements have been combined for a perfect getaway. In the RIAD ASRARI, you can forget television and noisy pools...You will discover another Marrakech, in the heart of the Arabic Tradition: authentic and refined ... more   less 
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