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“A real Oasis” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Asrari
42 Derb Derdouba, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #141 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
York. England
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“A real Oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Four of us stayed at this lovely Riad for 4 nights in mid October and I endorse most of the positive comments made by other reviewers. The Riad is spotlessly clean and very stylishly furnished and when you pass through the unpretentious and pretty anonymous entrance door you are in a world of cool and calm after the heat noise and hustle of the Marrakech streets and souks.
The Staff were lovely, helpful and charming, happy to book taxis or restaurant tables or give advice on where to go. We got the Riad to book taxis to and from the airport and although it may have cost more (25 euros each way) having seen some of the local taxis we were happy to pay for a modern airconditioned vehicle!
I must agree that breakfast did become a little repetative and a bit more variety would have been appreciated but the fresh orange juice and yoghurt were very enjoyable.
The owner was away when we stayed but took the trouble to telephone us to make sure we were happy and that there were no problems. A good indication of the obvoius desire to have happy guests.
We would recommend asking the staff to book a table at the Dar Yacout restaurant which is very near to the Riad. Most of us thought that the food was just better than average but the building is stunning and the whole experience well worth the fixed price.
We would be very happy to stay at Riad Asrari again and intend to do so.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Datchet, England, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

The Riad is a lovely and quiet haven in the manic atmosphere of Marrakech.

It is located outside of the tourist area which we found to be a big plus, but is only a short walk from the main square. Taxis from any of the main sites cost us no more than about £2 or £3 if required.

The staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly. They, and the Riad Asrari itself, were a very large part of the reason we enjoyed our stay in Marrakech so much.

Room Tip: The suites are much bigger than the standard rooms. We stayed in the Africa Suite which was superb.
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  • Stayed September 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 Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Horningsham, null, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Situated in the North of the Medina of Marrakech, this beautiful Riad is a real gem. The rooms are tastefully decorated and stay lovely and cool even in the heat of the day and the roof terrace is a stunning place for breakfast. The staff, however, are the key ingredient in making Riad Asrari amazing, they are friendly, welcoming and will go more than the extra mile to make your stay extra special.

All the suggestions offered to us by the team turned out to be complete successes especially our home cooked meal on the roof terrace as well as our meal at Dar Zillij.

Thank you.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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bangkok
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
57 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Beatuful Riad that really lets itself down. Firstly we arranged for a pick up because we knew it was difficult to find. We were charged €25 for a journey that took 10 minutes from the airport. We discovered later that a taxi would be a maximum €10. Our room was the suite which we were upgraded to and it was beautiful. However our towels were not changed the entire 5 days nor was our bed linen changed. We spoke to other guests and they had the same, so it is clearly policy and not an oversight.You only get a free bottle of water the day you arrive, after that it's €2.5 unless you buy from a local shop where it's €0.50. Breakfast was very nice except that it's all bread and cake and the same every day with no choice offered and no fruit.
On the positive side the staff are all extremely nice and helpful and the Riad is absolutely beautiful. It's just a shame they let themselves down in such simple ways.

Room Tip: Because its a Riad rooms are small but all are nice
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

Perhaps what makes Riad Asrari such a delight is the friendly and helpful staff, always ready with a smile. It is a traditional old Riad in the heart of the Medina, yet luxuriously designed with unique, colourful rooms (and very welcome air-conditioning!), each with a special theme. Gorgeous toiletries!!! The courtyard is a cool calm haven, and the roof terrace provides not only the shaded space for breakfast, but a chance to recline peacefully with a book, maybe with a peppermint tea and some little biscuits, and think about all that you have seen and done that day… and where you are going for dinner! And if you are not sure, you can always ask. I really enjoyed my stay. An absolute treasure.

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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bristol
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
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 ..

Room Tip: If you plan to stay for more than a weekend break , 2 rooms are like small apartments , you could ch...
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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
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Address: 42 Derb Derdouba, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#51 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#104 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#141 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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