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“Worthy of its praise and high place” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Tamarrakecht
132 Derb Aghrab Bab Aylen | 132 Derb A ghrab Bab Aylen, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #31 of 465 Hotels in Marrakech
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Worthy of its praise and high place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

This is a great place to stay.

- Everybody was welcoming from the moment we arrived and nothing was ever too much.

- The rooms are comfortable and equipped with the essentials including a decent A/C (useful in the summer!)

- the breakfasts were good

- they offer dinner and it was very nice (one of the best meals during our trip)

- the mint tea and snacks upon arrival are great

The place is very quiet at night and is great for a good rest. Marrakech is a tiring and chaotic city, so choosing a nice riad is important as you will want to have a nice retreat from the madness. Some people have complained about the location but I'd say it was well located. a 15-20 minute walk to the main tourist sights is pretty short but far enough away to get some decent sleep!

Please note Marrakech is a busy place and you won't be alone on the walk back - it is not particularly intimidating. It certainly is less intimidating than walking back in the the UK!

The value is astonishing and I hope this continues. We would definately head straight back to this riad if we were to stay again in Marraketch.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

We felt really well cared for by Sara, who could not have been more helpful. The riad is modest, peaceful, clean, and well looked after, with an air of simple charm. The roof terrace is lovely for breakfast (which was very good) or for relaxing in the sun or shade during the day.

We liked the location - tucked down a back alley among the maze of narrow streets in one of the non-touristy souks - so that as soon as you set foot outside you are in the middle of the full-on bustle of the medina. It is about 10/12 minutes walk to the Fna Djema square. But don't try to find the riad yourself when you first arrive in Marrakech as you will almost certainly get lost in the tangle of streets. The Riad will arrange a taxi transfer from the airport, which drops you at the nearest gate in the Medina wall, where Sara's brother will meet you and escort you to the Riad.

The rooms on the ground floor are darker than the first floor - especially the one with brown walls (the one with white walls feels much brighter) . The ground floor rooms also give directly onto the reception area and TV/sitting space, so I was a bit concerned that other guests might decide to watch TV or sit talking late into the evening. As it turned out, there was someone playing the guitar there on our first evening, but it was actually quite soothing, and Sara would have asked him to move up to the roof if we had found it disturbing. The 2nd night it was perfectly quiet.

We paid 46 euros per double room per night, including breakfast. We felt it was good value and would happily return.

Room Tip: Rooms on the first floor are airier and quieter than on the ground floor.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

The Riad is very nicely decorated, maybe too much. There are way more pieces of furniture than you will see on the photos. I was wondering if we walked into the wrong Riad at first. Its very cosy. The terrace is very nice with a big lounge area completely in the shade.

The breakfast was excellent. Half Moroccan half European. The Moroccan part was different every day. Its copious. So copious you don't need to eat lunch.

The staff was very friendly. Walking directions and local restaurants suggestions were not the most accurate though.

The room is very nicely decorated and of good size. It was a little ternished by the extreme humidity of the bathroom, the smell coming out of the drain, and the 3 ginormous cockroaches that we saw in the room. After pointing it out, the room smelled very much like bug spray for the next 2 days...

Finally, location. It is right in the middle of the Medina, were the locals live. The surroundings of the riad are not touristy by any means. You have to walk at least 10 minutes towards Jemaa el Fna to see another tourist. The streets are very busy with pedestrians, donkey towed carriages and polluting scooters. It can be scary at first but you get used to it quickly.This is an experience to livenat least once in my opinion.

I would recommend this hotel but not the main floor rooms because they are very damp and attract roaches, and the kitchen noise as well as the reception desk's music spoil the otherwise silent and calm sanctuary.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

When we arrived we were amazed how quiet and peaceful it was at this Riad compared to the bustling streets of Marrakech!
The inner courtyard is just beautiful, there is a lovely water feature with dramatic colourful curtains and rose petals, and our room was also very pleasant - spacious, very comfortable bed and large shower.
Both Mukta and his sister were fabulous help whilst we were there - Mukta came and found us when we were lost walking from the grand square to the riad (it can get a little difficult to find your way, particularly at night!) and his sister was lovely to talk to (very well spoken english and french too of course)
We would be very happy to stay here again, it was a lovely visit and we felt it was a shame that we were staying only for one night!

Room Tip: when we walked from to the grand square from the riad it was light, when we returned to the riad the...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Riad Tamarrakecht is a great little place to stay in Marrakech. Sara, the young woman who more or less runs the place, speaks great English and extremely friendly and helpful. We paid about 50 euros a night and stayed for three nights.
The WiFi in the Riad isn’t always fast since lots of people are on it, but it works. It’s only available in the common areas, though. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and are cleaned daily. The breakfast provided is really tasty, and is available until 10:30am (if I remember correctly). Laundry is 1 euro per piece.
We booked a camel trip through the Riad which cost us 65 euros. My advice is to do more research on camel tours and choose a different provider. I did a camel tour out of Jaisalmer, India, so my judgment is relative to that tour operator.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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 May 8, 2013

My daughter and I stayed at this Riad after a long journey and were welcomed by Sarah and her brother with fresh mint tea and cakes. After we had the best shower in Morocco we went straight to sleep. Fantastic room with very comfy bed so that was no trouble at all. Sarah had told us that we could get breakfast any time we liked, so we did not have to hurry in the morning. When we finally got up we had a great breakfast on the roof and it all tasted so good!
We really loved this beautifully decorated, warm and welcoming Riad and will definately stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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5 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in this Riad for 5 nights in May 2013
The staff at the Riad organised an airport transfer and the taxi took us to the gates of the old medina where we were met by Sara from who walked us to the Riad.

This was handy as we never would have found the place on our own. It's tucked away in a back street in the heart of the old medina about a 10 minute walk from the main square.

The Riad is beautiful , an absolute gem, we were treated wonderfully through our whole stay and it felt like nothing was too much trouble, Sara organised a trip to the waterfalls and our bus tickets to Agadir for when we left.

Breakfast each morning was presented wonderfully on a stunning roof terrace and the food filled you up for a day exploring Marrakech.

The rooms are very beautifully decorated and very quiet.

If we were to ever stay in Marrakech again this place would be the top of our list.

A much more genuine feel than the hotels in the new town, a must stay if you want a real Moroccan experience.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 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: 132 Derb Aghrab Bab Aylen | 132 Derb A ghrab Bab Aylen, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #31 of 465 Hotels in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 6
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