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“Nice Riad, Good Value, Good Location” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Le Marocain
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Quartier Berrima | 27 Derb Ahl Souss, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #390 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Brighton
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“Nice Riad, Good Value, Good Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

I stayed at Riad Le Marocain with a friend for 5 nights, we booked through a tour operator. The hotel was fairly easy to find after taking a taxi, however having the address at hand will most definitely help. A local boy actually took us to the entrance and the hotel proprietor kindly paid him a small tip. We were shown round the hotel, our room and to the roof terrace. The hotel is furnished and decorated in beautiful Moroccan decor. Our room was spacious and the beds were comfortable, the bathroom was clean and had plenty of towels, There aren't many facilities but everything you would need. The owner doesn't speak much English but this wasn't a problem as we managed to communicate effectively regardless. He also arranged for an Expedia agent to come answer any of our questions and to give us advice. We were provided with a simple but ample Moroccan breakfast consisting of pancakes, bread, tea or coffee, orange juice, honey, marmalade and butter. The owner kindly walked us to where the main square was so we knew our way back to the hotel which is surprisingly easy once you know. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk from the souks but far enough to get away from the hustle and bustle of the main square. All in all, I would highly recommend staying here if you're lucky enough to be coming to Marrakech. Additionally please be aware you have to pay a small local tax.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

It was difficult to rate this riad because my experience with it was pretty up and down. We arranged a taxi with the riad to pick us up from the airport at 11.30 in the morning. At 12.15 when it still hadn't arrived I got worried and tried to call. This was unsuccessful (probably my fault, may have taken it down wrong, and we had patchy reception), so we gave up and had to go on a rather expensive and convoluted taxi ride with a petit taxi driver who had no idea where the riad was. On arrival at the riad just before 1 pm we were greeted by a hostile manager who wanted me to pay for the taxi that we arranged that hadn't come (she insisted that it had, but Marrakech is a pretty small airport, so hmmmm). I refused (more because she accused me of lying about waiting for the driver, and it annoyed me than anything else) and from that point on we were pretty much dead to her. No real check in, no explanation of the common area, no information about any tours available, or if it was possible to have food in the riad.

This soured what might have been a better stay. The riad itself is very pretty, and spotlessly clean. There was hot water available when needed. I liked the location too, perfectly safe (even if hard to find), easy walk to attractions, without being in the crazy centre, which I think would have been a bit much for me. Main gripes were that it is really cold (it's an old building, and windows in the rooms aren't sealed, so fair enough), you can hear everything that happens in the other rooms, and although it is advertised as having wi fi in all rooms, ours only worked in one corner of the room. Breakfast is three small breads, jam, juice, coffee and tea. This is fine for us, but I know a lot of people expect more.

To summarise, if you want to stay somewhere cheap, clean, and attractive in the old town this is a good bet. It you expect a higher level of customer service, I'd say don't.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

We stayed in riad le Marocain for tree nights, we booked directly with the owner. The riad is very nice, clean and the room was very comfortable and traditionally decorated.
The staff (Amina and Marou ) was helpfull ...
RECOMMENDABLE one .....

  • Stayed January 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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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

Avoid this Riad. We had booked our stay for three nights via a reputable website and paid a desposit. On arrival, no information given and a very hostile manage demanded a further 15 euros as a tax. We were then shown to our room and told the heating was 'broken' and would be fixed the next day. The next day we were told (after we paid) the heating/air con wasn't included in our rate. At the time of year, it dropped to two degrees at night, this made for an uncomfortable stay.

Real shame as this is a fairly pleasant and clean Riad. While the location (and ease of finding it) isn't ideal, it could be so much better. Very sour experience, and I would absolutely avoid.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

This riad is charming. The decoration is very nice and the ubication is very good...the neighbourhood is very "authentic", and near the Mellah (jewish area). But there are a lot of negative points: there are no indications to get to this place, even in the outside door. There was no check-in: no information about the area, about the breakfast time, nothing...even we had to ask for the key. We arrived, we were guided to our room and that's all. No information about to whom we should contact in case of any problem...more over, the common area is cold in winter time.

More over, we had to go to other riad because, although we payed and had a confirmed reservation, we had to go out, because of a mistake in the reservation problems.


So, be careful with this place. Yes, it's beautiful and quite, but you can suffer some problems...

  • Stayed December 2011, 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2011

We stayed at the riad for three nights, paying £19 for a double room including breakfast. The riad is located is the Jewish mellah area of Marrakech, around a 15 minute walk to Djamaa El Fna square but close to the royal palaces. The riad is quite difficult to find so I’d recommend organising transport with them if you arrive at night or asking them for directions, we relied on help from local kids which got us there in the end (for a price :-)!). The quieter location means that you're away from the chaos of the square and souks but I found the walk home late at night a bit daunting for the first few nights as it’s quite easy to get lost.

The room was basic with en-suite wet room and air con, but good value especially in Marrakech. There’s an attractive courtyard to relax in where they serve a basic Moroccan breakfast. We were allocated a ground floor room off the courtyard which didn't feel very private and some nights were noisy when other guests came home so if I stayed again I’d request a room on a higher floor. The riad isn’t staffed at all times which wasn’t a massive problem for us, but may bother other guests who have a problem or need directions etc. as visiting Marrakesh for the first time can be overwhelming.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jyvaskyla, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

First, this is the second time I have been to a Riad, and the best Riad I would imagine, stylish, nice services, good price, and the most attractive location to the heart of Marrakesh, what can I say it is just the place where to be while you are there.

Room Tip: All the room were attractive to me I just chose according my budget
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  • Stayed August 2011, 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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Additional Information about Riad Le Marocain

Address: Quartier Berrima | 27 Derb Ahl Souss, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #390 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Le Marocain 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This riad is located in Marrakech (Medina), close to Royal Palace, El Badi Palace, and Bahia Palace. Also nearby are Saadian Tombs and Dar Si Said Museum. In addition to complimentary wireless Internet access, Riad Le Marocain provides a rooftop terrace, 24-hour room service, and dry cleaning/laundry services. In addition to complimentary wireless Internet access and air conditioning, guestrooms feature climate control along with bathrobes and a turndown service. ... more   less 
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