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“Delightful respite from the chaos of the medina...” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Chafia
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   15, derb El Farrane | Médina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #37 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Naples, Italy
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Delightful respite from the chaos of the medina...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Riad Chafia is a delightfully quaint Riad (Moroccan B&B) that can only described as a haven or respite in the middle of the chaos of the Medina.Our rooms were well appointed and comfortable; worth noting is that our Moroccan style open shower was enormous and amazing.
The Riad itself is beautifully decorated, to the last detail. Patrick, the owner, is a French expat and architect who took three years to renovate and decorate the Riad with impeccable taste. Riad Chafia has been open for about a year and it is no surprise that it is almost always full. With only five rooms, Patrick and his staff’s hospitality would put most southerners to shame! In short, after entering the medina and ducking (literally) into a tunnel that leads to a largely unmarked tiny wooden door, we were very pleasantly surprised by our lovely stay at the relaxing Riad Chafia.I would recommend it to anyone wanting to experience Marrakech in its full glory, and its incredibly affordable rates are the icing on the cake!

Room Tip: we booked the silver/grey room w/ the large tufted headboard...highly recommend it!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Stayed here for 9 days earlier this year. Patrick, his friends and family go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and your stay enjoyable. As other reviewers have said, it is an oasis of calm once you walk through the entrance.

The rooms are quiet (once the other guests have settled down) and dark - perfect for sleeping. Bathrooms are large. Everything is clean and attractively designed.

The common rooms are stylish, yet cosy. Breakfasts are huge and included in the price of the room. You can also have a fabulous, home cooked dinner in the riad.

It is a little hard to find, but it is in a quiet area of the Medina and close to everything.
Patrick can send some one to bring you there. However, patient, adventurous types can try to find it themselves - best attempted if you had a short flight and plenty of sleep. ;)

Room Tip: We stayed in #4 and #5, I liked 5 best.
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  • Stayed January 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Beautifully designed riad, excellent location, but the best thing of all wa the host Patrick. He really made our stay with his hospitality and recommendations. I have travelled a lot but never had a host like him. I have recommended the riad to others already and would go back.

  • Stayed February 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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Taunton, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Really enjoyed our stay at Riad Chafia. Patrick was always prepared to stop whatever he was doing and help us. Convenient location, excellent meals and relaxing terrace. Couldn't believe how quiet it was compared to the rest of the medina.
Would definitely consider a return visit if we ever go back.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We stayed in Riad Chafia for a long weekend in December and enjoyed our time there. The welcome was really warm and friendly and we had even a city trip with Romain, one of the staff of the Riad who showed us the center and gave us some helpful advice. The Riad is well located and inside the Medina and few streets to the jemaa el fnaa square. The rooms are nice decorated and clean. Furthermore we had a great breakfast every morning. We really recommand this place: i dont think there is much rIad like this one where u feel so home thanks to the owner patrick and his crew, Will come back for sure: Melanie and FX

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Antwerp, Belgium
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

I normally never write reviews, but now I just had to...
There are places you never want to go to again, places that were ok, places you want to go back to some time, and there are places you wish you could stay. Riad Chafia is one of the latter! As soon as you are dropped off at the gate of the Medina, you enter a new world, and although the riad is less than a minute's walk from the gate, you'll likely get lost. So be sure to ask the guesthouse owner Patrick/Tarik for precise instructions or taxi arrangement before going.

Once arrived, Patrick will warmly welcome you in French or fluent English, and proudly show you around. The riad is very tastefully decorated, no kitsch! Patrick and his girlfriend (sorry, forgot your name!) and sidekick Romain, will make your stay hard to forget: you'll arrive as a guest, but leave as a friend... (hehe, can't believe I said something like that ;-) ) Lots of things to say, but I'll keep it short: ask for the superb meal (it takes long to cook, so ask early enough), Patrick has good tips on where/how to go and whatnot, ideally located, delicious breakfast on the roof, peaceful at night, very cosy rooms, nice talks, ... We loved it and will come back for sure!

Andy and Marion (Antwerp, Belgium)

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Riad Chafia is immaculate. Beautifully decorated, fabulous furnishings, totally peaceful despite being in the heart of the souk, and Patrick and his staff were very relaxed but willing to help or advise without being intrusive. We were only able to stay for two nights but would have loved to have stayed longer. The breakfast was delicious and the whole experience was superb.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 15, derb El Farrane | Médina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #37 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Chafia 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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