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Riad Tamarrakecht
132 Derb Aghrab Bab Aylen | 132 Derb A ghrab Bab Aylen, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #32 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
New York City, New York
2 reviews
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“Beautiful luxury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Absolutely beautiful riad, so finely decorated and pieces chosen with care. The Bab el Jdid suite was sumptuous and the bed was more comfortable than my bed at home. The breakfast was so relaxing, served on the roof with the sun shining down on us as the cats watched us eat. Only 15 minutes to the main square, and easy directionally, once you get it right. Sara was kind enough to give us insights into Moroccan women's lives, and I'm happy to see a Moroccan family own and operate a riad. Overall a beautiful place to stay that was simply perfect.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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 February 10, 2014

To quote Monty Python - "And now for something completely different". Forget about staying in tourist hotels in the New City, where you will only get a sanitised version of Morocco. Riad Tamarrakecht is situated in the heart of the medina - the Old City - where you are surrounded by the "real" Morocco, but in no way does this involve slumming it as it is nicely decorated in local style, it is peacefully quiet, the food is good and the personal service is excellent. Whatever you do, make sure that you ask them to arrange transport for you to get from and to the airport as they will meet the taxi at the gate of the medina (Bab Aylen) and take you and your bags to the Riad - without it, you will never find your way. As soon as we arrived, Sara drew us a map showing the way to Jemma El Fna, the main square where it all happens in Marrakesh and which will inevitably be your focal point, and we had no difficulty in getting around. However, I would not recommend the experience to anyone with a severe mobility problem as the route is crowded with street vendors, motor-cycles and hand- and donkey-carts - though, having said that, my wife was recovering from a recent broken leg and managed fine. I would also suggest when you first venture out into the medina that you identify a landmark by which to identify the turning to find your way back to the Riad as it is down a rather anonymous-looking alleyway. Sara arranged for us to take a one-day excursion over the Atlas Mountains to Ait Benhaddou and Ouarzazate and her brother took us to make sure that our transport was waiting. The money for this, as well as for our accommodation and airport transfers, was payable in dirhams or euros (we chose dirhams), but Sara was totally relaxed about payment and I think I was more anxious to pay her than she was to receive payment! Incidentally, it might help if I mention that on leaving Marrakesh you will need to stand in the queue at the airport to get your boarding card stamped even though you may have checked in on-line, as you will not be allowed through security without this. In summary, a most enjoyable 6-night stay, largely due to the attentiveness of Sara and her brother - and of course those cats!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 February 1, 2014

We have just returned from a stay in Marrakech - our final holiday as a couple before our first baby arrives in the summer. We chose this riad based on another Tripadvisor review by accident really - what a good accident! The riad collected us from the airport, depositing us at Bab Aylen, where we were met and guided to the riad on foot. There we were welcomed by Muqta, who provided tea, cakes and a ten minute orientation lesson, complete with an extremely handy map of how to get to the main square! And within seconds of sitting down there was a cat on my lap! In fact there were three cats, two of which (Mimish and son of Mimish) belong to the family. The third (nicknamed Stareycat) is a neighbourhood cat. But they were very sweet, led us to our rooms, tried to climb on us, and ducked in our room when we weren't looking! So if you really hate cats, perhaps this might not be great, but we loved them.

Our room (first floor, furthest away from the stairs) was really lovely. Clean, great bathroom, with a table and chairs outside looking over the centre of the riad. It was just lovely. Breakfast was superb, and eating it on the roof was great too. You can see the rooftops of the medina.

The hotel is about a fifteen minute walk from the main square. There are plenty of riads closer than this, but we loved the walk. We felt that we saw real life in those streets, further away from the tourist zone. We would have missed that if we stayed somewhere else. So if you want an experience that takes you off only the main roads, that shows you real Marrakesh people going about their daily lives, then this is perfect.

The hotel was fantastic value, 60 euros a night including breakfast! We could not fault it at all.

Sara and Muqta were really friendly, helpful, and you know they would look after you.

So all in all, we would highly recommend this place to anybody.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I cannot say enough nice things about Sara and the family that runs the place. They make sure you are looked after as you acclimate yourself to the Medina area. She drew us a map of the old village and gave us great advice for getting around the Medina. And because they are a Moroccan family, they know everyone in the area.

The rooms are well-appointed and very luxurious. The Riad is impeccably clean and the beds are very comfortable. Everything about the place is first class. Its perhaps a 15 minute walk to get to the Medina and there is a lot of great stuff to experience on the way. And its really wonderful to come back to a quiet refuge like this Riad after being immersed in the spectacle of commotion that is the Medina.

This placed should be listed a lot higher!

  • Stayed December 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

Tried to write in danish, but Tripadvisor didnt like that. Well, this Riad is situated in the old original part of the city, the Medina. We were picked up in the airport and recommend doing so, as Marrakech is a bit confusing the first days of the stay. But after that you quickly learn your way around without getting too much lost. You pay the Riad for picking you up - and only the Riad!
The Riad is a small family owned hotel, where Sara and her family makes you feel very welcome. They are always smiling and friendly. All questions are being answered correctly and does not cost you extra (like outside these walls). And - most important - you can trust the information you get here. Sara gave us a very good description about finding our way around and a general info about the city and even about the whole society.
The included breakfast is excellent and plenty. Fresh orangejuice and pancakes every day :) We also had dinner some evenings, and you owe yourself to do that. Sara's mom is a very competent chef. Try her pastilla :) We really enjoyed the food here.
After walking around for hours in the narrow and noisy streets, it was a relief to enter the Riad again, where it was always very peaceful and quiet. All the rooms were beautifully decorated after local traditions. We liked that a lot.
They have cats in the Riad. They are cute, but beware - they might try to grap some leftovers from the table ;) And another thing. We were there in January, and it was a bit chilly. So remember to bring your warm clothes this time of the year, as dinners are served outside in the atrium.
Finally is just left to say many thanks to Sara, her brother and the rest of the familiy for a nice stay in Marrakech. We recommend others to stay in Riad Tamarrakecht.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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6 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

We had an excellent stay at Tamarrakecht and would definitely recommend it to others who are seeking an authentic, non-touristy experience in this wonderful city. We are a young, well-traveled couple and spent three nights here in January. Seamless airport transfer was arranged at a very reasonable price, taking us right to the front door (important to help get your bearings the first time around!). The Riad is located about 10-15 min walk from place Jemaa-el-Fna. At first glance the route to get there may seem confusing but once you've done it once, it is easily remembered and the staff will always come get you if you are lost! The bonus is that you get to walk through a "real" neighbourhood and get the taste of Marrakech that is lacking in the fancier Riads around the square. We walked it many times at all hours of the day/night and did not feel unsafe in the slightest -- and some of the best mules and chicken vendors were along the way!

The Riad is comfortable and unpretentious; clearly family-run and Sara and Moktar were gracious hosts, answering all of our questions and providing us with many awesome inside tips on the culture and vibe of the country (and fair price for teapots!). This is what made the difference -- you can go crazy comparing Riads but we learned that they are all basically the same, it's the people that make the difference and you will feel at home at Tamarrakecht. There are even a few adorable cats that hang around and snuggle you on request!

We rented the Bab el Jdid suite on the second floor and it was lovely and calm (note from my wife to the ladies -- hair dryer is included!) The room is authentically decorated and quite comfortable, though hot water was sporadic (common throughout Morocco, not their fault!) and the WiFi signal came and went in the room. We had breakfast each morning on the rooftop terrace and it was wonderful -- they changed it every day but it invariably included Moroccan pancakes, eggs, pastries and fresh OJ/tea/coffee.

On our last night Sara's mother cooked us the best meal we ate in Morocco -- savoury and warm Harira (soup), succulent beef and prune tajine and lovingly prepared chicken pastilla (b'stilla). We ate so much we could not move for almost 24 hours but it was worth it!!

In short, if you are looking to experience the "real" Marrakech at a reasonable price, and are not afraid to walk through a real street on the way to the main square (why some people prefer to avoid the locals while travelling mystifies me...) then look no further! Thanks again to Sara and her family!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Michigan Center, Michigan
2 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We stayed here for one night and wished we had more time to spend at this lovely family owned riad. It is very well decorated and the rooms are stunning, and have modern amenities. Lovely breakfast on the terrace! The owner's daughter Sara was a most gracious and informative hostess who gave us an excellent map of the route to the main square, and her brother was very helpful with the breakfast and other needs. The owner is very polite and personally made sure we were well cared for. And the roaming cats were a special attraction for the children. We hope we will be back one day for a longer stay!

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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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 #32 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 6
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