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“A charming stay in a quiet corner of the city” 4 of 5 stars
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72, derb Snane | Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #250 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“A charming stay in a quiet corner of the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stayed here with family & friends while attending a wedding so we maxed out the whole place. The rooms were lovely and cool and the central courtyard was a great place to socialize and drink tea with everyone. It was clean and friendly.

It certainly is tucked away inside the Medina, which is part of the charm but finding it the first time is not easy. Felt like a nice friendly neighbourhood: we had no qualms about walking back late on our own. Take a torch though - the street lighting is not consistent on the back roads.

We only had one problem: we'd been promised all week we could pay the bill on our card but when it came to it they said the machine didn't work and we had to pay cash. We had to sprint around town in a hurry trying to draw cash from a machine before leaving. Machines break, I understand that but it would have been nice to have known before the last minute.

Room Tip: 1) There are porters at the Medina entrances. Hire one to take your luggage in a cart and to find t...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Sedona, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Riad Majala is tucked inside the Medina, yet is very quiet. While it is a bit of a trek from the closest road open for auto traffic, we were able to find our way by following left turn, right turn, left, right...etc. The rooms were comfortable, and the baths were very nice. While not super upscale, it served our purposes nicely. We slept peacefully there and enjoyed the attentive care provided by both the day and evening house keepers. One night we requested a dinner made by the house keeper, which was fresh, lovely and delicious. It was perfect after a hot, tiring day to dine peacefully in the courtyard. And the cost was very reasonable, especially compared to some of the mediocre tourist trap restaurants nearby. We look forward to returning to this small, peaceful riad.

Room Tip: Upstairs room on the side- less sunny, and therefore cooler, in late afternoon
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Walldorf, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013 via mobile

Apparently this building is not a restored old riad, it is all new. Rooms are large, well equipped and very clean. Bathrooms have good showers and are clean, as well. The riad is located in the thick of things, but at the end of a small maze of alley and therefore it's quiet. Breakfast was good, too. We had dinner at the riad, one night. It was OK, but nothing to rave about as other reviewers did. Maybe the chef changed...

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

I wrote a review about our wonderful stay here on the sight for Riad Majala's sister riad (Riad Magellan), but wanted to add a specific review and recommendation regarding the dinner we had at Riad Majala. We had arranged for a private dinner at the Riad the night we arrived, BEST IDEA EVER. The setting was beautiful, the food was simple but incredible and it was nice at least for the first night to return to the tranquil walls of the riad for dinner instead of searching for a place while still getting acclimated to the city. I believe the meal was less than 50 euro, but regardless of cost the food was wonderful, definitely the best meal during our week stay in Morocco.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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16 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Perfect location, half way between the souks and Jemaa El Fnaa; there is a somewhat intrepid 3 minute walk from the main street to the riad, down tiny alleyways and one especially dark tunnel. This does mean it's nice and quiet. Opt for an airport taxi; a car will drop you a 5 minute walk away and a man with a trailer will take your bags to the front door.

My girlfriend and I were there out of season (in early March) and were the only people staying, so I can’t comment on what it’s like having other guests around. It is relatively new, and as you can see from the number of reviews here it is less well known compared with other riads which have hundreds of reviews.

An excellent, filling breakfast is included: fresh fruit & yoghurt, bread and jam, tea, coffee & juice and a further option that changed every day (pancakes & banana cake were the best.) It is served on the roof terrace, which is surrounded by the greenery of a royal garden. We were told by Philippe, the owner of another riad (Magellan) that this was unique and that all other riads have views of other buildings. It's a really lovely spot.

Youssef was very friendly, spoke good English and was on hand at all hours to help us work out what to do each day: which hamman to go to, the best time to visit Jardin Marjorelle, how much we should expect to pay for all kinds of things, which food stalls to chose in the main square. Day trips to Essouira and Ourika Valley can also be arranged.

The room was very clean and tidied every day, as was the whole riad. The bathroom and shower were also very good, though I should add that, while I got a hot shower every time, I never really understood how!

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the courtyard.
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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western australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

Everywhere you go in Marakesh, you are asked 'where you from' and after you tell them the same response 'big welcome'. The people here in general are kind and generous and specifically that is the case at Riad Majela. The website description of the riad and its location is accurate; it is a quiet oasis amid the delightful chaos of the medina and one we returned to to regroup during the day. Youssef welcomed us each evening and each morning,served delicous, simple breakfasts on the roof terrace and brought us cold beers when we returned shattered after a hard day of getting lost. I would return to this lovely location if I were lucky enough to be back in Marakesh.

Room Tip: If you are big on locking doors and high level seurity, the curtained doorway and no keys to the roo...
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  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

Stayed here for 5 days and had a wonderful experience. Staff are extremely helpful and friendly. They even walked us to the local hammam to make sure we didn't get lost. Rooms were well equipped and very pretty. Great breakfast. Riad is very good value for money. Would recommend the airport pick up as it is in heart of medina and hard to find. Roof terrace is perfect for chilling after a day in the medina!

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 72, derb Snane | Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
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Ranked #250 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at the heart of the Medina in the charming and sought after Mouassine district, the Riad Majala provides an oasis of peace and tranquillity. A total restoration and refurbishment was completed in 2011, providing all modern comforts, whilst preserving all the historical and cultural features of a traditional Riad. In this exquisite setting the staff at Riad Majala will warmly welcome you and ensure that your stay here is truly memorable. In this calm setting, just a 5 minute stroll to the place JEMAA el FNA and to the avenue Mohamed V, your stay at the Riad Majala will enable you to enjoy all the aspects of the Medina. ... more   less 

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