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Riad Africa
94 - 95 Derb Sakka, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #179 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
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“Everything we expected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

A traditionally designed riad, with a friendly relaxing atmosphere. In easy reach of all the must experience activities and sights.
Multi nationalist visitors combined with Tim, the managers, wealth of knowledge made our stay very enjoyable.
I'd recommend riad Africa to anybody.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Rabat, Morocco
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12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Traveled in a larger group of 9 adults and 3 small children over the holidays. As has been mentioned, the location is great - an easy walk (and find) to Jemaa el Fna. Tim and the rest of the staff were extremely helpful and friendly and went out of their way to make our stay memorable. One word - if you are traveling with small children the pictures do not lie - there is a good size pool in the middle of the courtyard. However, there is a comfortable lounge area off to the side that worked well for those periods when we needed to entertain our toddlers (outside of the room but away from the medina). The rooftop is also lovely.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The Riad Africa was a perfect location from which to explore Marrakech, it was a short walk to the palaces, the souks and the square.

The rooms were comfortable and clean, though rather small when you have two suitcases laid on the floor. The food for breakfast was excellent and you got plenty every morning.

There was a couple of issues with staff having very loud arguments within the hotel both on a morning and late evening which we found very unprofessional. Along with the fact that it was suggested by staff that the noise was from other residents at the hotel which was not the case.

Whilst the location and the rooms were really good, I wouldn't choose to stay there again because of the staff. Whilst they were friendly and accommodating, I do not wish to spend good money to hear them arguing.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The average rating is justified for this place. The plus is the good service from Tim and team, proximity to the square. The low points are the size of rooms, everything is slightly old and worn out. The menu options are limited.
Its very friendly and cozy. I would have given it a better rating if I had not stayed at another riad which are way better for the same price.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Stayed with 5 friends in 3 rooms spread across the riad. Giving a balanced review the staff make the place really friendly and can't do enough. Basic breakfast I can't have diary so they found me eggs. They were happy to walk loan females to taxi when we wanted to go out. They were happy to book restaurant and answer any questions at any time of the day. The riad is located very central so very easy to get to food places, tourist bus, souks etc all within few minutes walk.

I suggest not taking a room next to reception as if people are coming in and out or ringing bell at night you can hear everything. You may have to wait a little bit for hot water but rooms are clean and have all you need for a few days so wasn't a problem. We ate the free meal on the first night but there are much nicer and taster food in other places for a similar price. I would be happy to stay there again but wouldn't take small children as you can hear a lot from corridors so I would be worried they would annoy others even though I am sure hotel welcome all.

People in Morocco are friendly but you will be hassled to buy stuff or give money. Make sure you haggle hard and you ask others average price for things as you can be ripped off. Careful of people willing to direct you in souks they will get you really lost and charge you to get back to where you started. All these issues are really minor and are things to watch out for. Remember the riad is not the same as staying in a hotel it is a traditional family home turned into a B&B. If you like a traditional feel and friendly staff then definitely place for you.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Delhi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

I was extremely impressed with the Riad Africa. It is located in an ideal location to explore the main attractions in Marrakech, most of which are within walking distance. The staff were friendly and helpful and offered advice about where to visit and a map! Breakfast was included in the price of our package and it was an excellent start to the day!
One of the best features of the Riad Africa is the roof terrace which is spacious and quiet. Although there was some building work going on during our stay this barely disturbed us.
I really can't fault anything about the Riad Africa. I would highly recommend it and will return!

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Riad Africa was a refuge from the wonderful chaos of Marrakech! Radoun, the manager, met and welcomed my friend and me with mint tea and a ready smile. Our room (Zambezi), on the second floor, was small but adequate and the bathroom was spacious. The room was dark (probably because of the ceiling paneling) but who wants to spend time in the room except to sleep and then, darkness is helpful. We did enjoy having a coffee/tea pot so we could have tea in the room before breakfast. There was TV (which we never turned on) and a hair dryer as well. We spent our time at the Riad on the lovely rooftop (before our visit ended the resident cat had taken to snoozing in my lap while I wrote in my journal) and enjoyed the benches overlooking the central pool on our level (easier to get wi-fi there too). We had the key to our room and the key to the front door so we could come and go at any hour. We felt well provided and cared for but not smothered. The location is wonderful: a path to Jemaa El Fna (the central square) on one side and the Bahia palace and old Jewish quarter the other way.
I cannot say enough about the great staff. Everyone was kind and welcoming and tried to do everything they could to make it a great stay. Radoun went “above and beyond” in walking me (and my two bags—yes I bought rugs!) to the taxi stand in the morning, got me a taxi and told me in no uncertain terms what to pay. I would stay here again. The surroundings were pleasant but the people made it special

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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: 94 - 95 Derb Sakka, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #179 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful refurbished first category guesthouse hotel in heart of Marrakech medina with large dipping pool and tropical roof garden. English-Dutch owned and locally managed. Riad Africa is very centrally located in a safe and peaceful residential neighbourhood in the Riad Zitoun Lakdim area of the Medina. Riad Africa has ten spacious bedrooms and suites themed after Africa’s most evocative and fabled destinations. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning, iPod docks, a local mobile phone (for contact with riad staff when out and about), bath robes/slippers, a hair-dryer and personal safe. High speed wireless internet access is available throughout the riad. Guests can cool off in and relax around one of the largest plunge pools in the medina. A tranquil palm-filled courtyard, a comfortable dining room/salon, a massage room, hammam, evening bar and private roof garden/terrace offer a choice of public areas in which to unwind. A range of health and beauty treatments are available including a massage/treatment room and hammam. Offering easy access (just a 2 minute walk from the taxi stand and bank) it takes just 5 minutes to walk to the bustling Djemaa el Fna square along the popular/easy to navigate Riad Zitoun Lakdim street. An excellent choice of local restaurants, cafes and shops is located within a 5 minute radius on foot, including the highly rated and atmospheric Kosybar. Other attractions located close by the riad include the Mellah, Kasbah and Dar Si Said Museum. Popular with couples, groups of friends and families with older children. ... more   less 
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