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“A hidden oasis” 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 #33 of 460 Hotels in Marrakech
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“A hidden oasis”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

An absolute pleasure to visit Riad Tamarrakecht. The family who run it were so friendly and helpful, accommodating our group of 4 adults and 6 children at short notice. The streets to the Riad, and even its front door are deceptive and once inside you can forget about the heat and chaos of the medina. The rooms are cool and clean, and the roof terrace is wonderful. Yes, this is not as close to the main sqaure as others, but it's not far and you will experience the everyday life in the medina on your way to and from the Riad. A big thank you to Sara, Fatima and Mukhtar (apologies for the spelling) for being so friendly and rescuing us when we got lost. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at the Riad! The family who runs the Riad is exceptionally friendly, helpful and kind. They were so welcoming and really wonderful with us and, in particular, with our 4 month old son. The food was delicious and they accommodated by food issues, the rooms were impeccable and cool even with the intense heat. The atmosphere was really relaxing and we would go back without hesitation. The only negative was the transportation to the Riad. Given the difficulty getting to the Riad, I'd recommend you ask them to pick you up at the airport or train station, because if you haven't been there, it would be really hard to find. However, the people who picked us up were not the friendliest and the price was kind of high in comparison with taxis, etc. We had planned to take a taxi on the way out but the owner offered to drive us himself. All in all, it was a very great stay and we would recommend it.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at this riad for 3 nights and really loved the place. The staff, food and rooms are amazing! The location is perfect. About 10-15 minutes walk to the main square. You will recieve a handwritten map from one of the family members. Pay attention to the directions and you will easily find your way through the maze in the medina. We also recommend that you make use of the airport-transfer offered by the riad as it will be difficult to locate the first time.

If we are going back to marrakesh we will most definitely stay at this place.

  • Stayed July 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Location not everyone's choice. Suited my needs perfectly. Away from the mayhem of the square. Safe walk about fifteen mins through traditional part of the city. If you want to see the real Marrakech then stay here. Great accomadation and food and hospitality. Rooms very clean and comfortable. Highlight of this Riad is the rooftop terrace. Awesome. Owners very helpful and friendly. Recommend trip to Atlas Mountains, if going again would stay two days in mountains.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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kolding
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Our Family had an outstanding week at Riad Tamarrakecht.
This Family owned Riad is beautifull, fantastic rooms, exquisit service in all manners and is placed in the midle off the Medina.
U will never forget a stay there and the lovely Family who runs the Riad.

  • Stayed July 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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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

The family that runs this Riad made us feel very welcome. The mint tea and sweet treats when we arrived allowed us to relax after our travels. Very helpful with directions, advice navigating the medina, and arranging transportation to the airport. Nicely decorated. A wonderful breakfast is included. We chose to eat our dinners here - a good variety on the menu and wonderful food and service. We would highly recommend this small family-run hotel to anyone traveling to Marrakech.

Room Tip: No elevator so be sure to specify a main floor room if stairs is an issue.
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  • Stayed July 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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Hobart, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We didn't quite know what to expect with this place for our stay, however based on the many great reviews on here we decided to give it a try. We have never stayed at a Guest House before, so it was quite a different experience. We arranged airport pickup but unfortunately it didn't start too well as after the driver brought us from the airport to one of the main "gates" to the old town, we were left waiting for 30-40 minutes in the heat with our taxi driver (who spoke no English), for someone to come and take us to the hotel.

Once finally arriving, we was greeted by the very friendly Sara who was very welcoming! My first experience of the Moroccan mint tea, and it was great. She sat us down and guided us through a hand drawn map of the Riad's location in respect to the main old town square which was helpful given how much of a maze the old town is! If you choose to stay here, please pay attention to the directions given :) We only got lost once, but just backtracked our steps and picked up a map from the old square and found our way again, it's quite easy once you get used to it.

Our room was on the ground floor, just next to the kitchen. I believe this is the room with the "smelly" bathroom, as it was a bit. It was a good size, and bed was comfortable. It has an air conditioning unit which came in handy, and a safe to store our valuables. We received a large bottle of water and a watermelon (?) in our room also. The bed was made very well and other than the smell in the bathroom, it was quite clean. Apart from soap, you will need to remember to take your own toiletries (eg. shampoo), however they were very accomodating to providing some when we needed.

The downside to the room was that it was quite noisy, being next to the kitchen and on the ground floor, and particularly with the setup of the Riad with non-sound dampening doors or windows, we had no chance of sleeping before everyone else was in bed and the place was quiet (which is was eventually).

We spoke to Sara about some day trips we could do and she had a selection of a few of the main sites to see in and out of Marrakech. We opted for the day trip to the coastal town Essaouira, and the day trip to the Ouzoud Falls, both trips were fantastic locations and the price was reasonable. The way the locals arrange these tours seem a little unorganised, we were picked up first and taken to a central "pickup" location where we transferred to the main bus and waited for other tourists to come along, seemingly until the bus was full. Guides always spoke good English and were helpful.

Breakfast was fantastic every day, with a new main dish each day, the food was very tasty and plentiful. We recommend having breakfast up on the roof terrace, it's a lovely comfortable spot! We also ordered some food one night from their own menu selection, for us a Tagine of course, which was also fantastic! Prices were ok, I can certainly recommend the mum's cooking regardless.

On our day of departure we unfortunately had another hiccup with our airport transfer, we had some language barrier issues with Sara not around, and us only being able to speak English, we was 40 minutes late departing to the airport. They were apologetic, it was just a little unfortunate about the language barrier as we didn't know what was going on.

All in all, this is a good place to stay to really experience the real Marrakech. Its location puts you in the heart of the locals old town area, and really puts you amongst it! We feel we wouldn't have come away with the true feeling of Marrakech if we had of stayed in the "westernised" chain hotels on the other side of town. You also get a true home stay feeling here at the family run Riad. Just be mindful of the language barrier if you only speak English, and perhaps arrange your own airport transfers (be mindful of directions to the Riad, as it can be hard to find first time).

PRO's
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Real home stay feel, great old town location, friendly, value, food

CON's
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English language barrier, noisy rooms, transfer arrangements poor

Room Tip: Avoid the ground floor room next to kitchen.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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
Amenities:
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 #33 of 460 Hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
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