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“Great location, good value.” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad La Rose Du Desert
3.5 of 5 Villa   |   181 Arset Aouzal Bab Doukala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #37 of 205 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Great location, good value.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

The place is virtually impossible to find for the first time - we had to ask the taxi driver to call the hotel and someone came to pick us from the drop-off point. Once we knew where the hotel was, we really appreciated its location (15 minutes walk from Jemaa el-Fnaa).

Now a few things we did not like. The hotel charged us 5% on top of the agreed room price because we paid by card. The room we got was very dark and humid with not-so-nice smell coming from the bathroom. Breakfast was a bit of a disappointment - three types of bread, a bit of butter and awfully sweet jam. The best part of the breakfast was orange juice ;)

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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Kilkenny, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We had booked 3 nights but contacted the hotel on the email provided by booking.com well in advance to say we would arrive a day later at roughly 9:30pm but would pay in full for the 3 nights.

When we arrived our room had been given away as they hadn't received our email as it was their bosses. Alternative accomodation was provided but the ryad wanted us to pay the cost after agreeing the night before that they would. Very bad customer service. Afraid to loose out on one cent !!

Also upon arrival the guy who directed us from our taxi to the ryad was abusing and shouting at us demanding more money. Joseph allowed him to follow us into the ryad (two females being intimidated) and said to me - are you not going to give him his money.

I would highly recommend Ryad Azza nearby French owners who look after you and treat you with respect. More expensive but worth it ! They will give you lots of helpful advice and ensure you are not ripped off on taxi pickups etc..

Stayed April 2014
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Timisoara, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We stayed in the blue Riad.
The rooms are really nice, Moroccan style, comfortable, clean, nicely decorated, with air conditioning, a lot of places to put your staff (drawers, bedsides, small table) - all you need to have a comfortable stay.
Breakfast was delicious.
The lounge area is really beautiful and welcoming.
We were able to leave our luggage there for a whole day after checkout without any problems.

Location is hard to find, but I guess so are most Riads.

My only complaint, as other reviewer already said, is that the stuff is not reliable nor honest, they proved this on several occasions.
Generally they were friendly and talkative but I don't understand why they were lying when asking for fair indications and sound advice.

1) For picking us up from airport to Medina they asked 30 euros, the airport is around 5 km outside town; We took grand taxi for 25dh per person => 100dh(10 euros) total, and this was not the fair price, normally it would have been a lot cheaper
2) At our arrival taxi dropped us off maybe 100 meters away from the Riad; while trying to find our way several kids wanted to help us find our way, when we got at the Riad one of my friends gave them 1 euro for the 5 min spent with us, but they became really aggresive asking for more money. However, the lady just let the kids inside the Riad and didn't bother to help us, so they didn't leave until they got one more euro, the lady didn't bother at all.

So, all in all I would recommend this Riad but be careful with recommendations from the staff.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Robbinsville, New Jersey
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We were very happy with the staff and the accommodations. The staff were eager to attend to any need we had or to answer any questions. We found it very nice that they really wanted to learn about where we came from and to let them practice there English (which is very good by the way). The rooms were great size and comfortable. It's is a very close walk to the Souks and the square. I really enjoyed speaking to the staff. They couldn't have been nicer. The rooftop view is fantastic and we really enjoyed the Morocco lifestyle at the Riad. It was actually an easy walk through the Souks and there are lots of signs to point you back to the Riad. Just make a mental note to look up and to look for specific landmarks. It's pretty easy though. A wonderful time was had by all and we were sad to go. I look forward to going back. Please tell the staff you like Manchester United and I'm sure they will give you extra attention (in a good way). Enjoy.

Room Tip: I would suggest the bigger rooms on the second floor. Also try the local Moroccan wines. They are...
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We were made to feel welcome and all of the staff were both friendly and polite.

Our room was clean, comfortable and well equipped for a Riad in my experience. The roof terrace was very nice and overall I felt that they were undercharging for the standard of the accommodation.

My only quibble would be the rather dull breakfast - okay for two days but after that was a little hard work - I would have been more than happy to pay a couple of extra pounds per night for a bigger more varied breakfast.

I would not hesitate to stay here again and would recommend to others staying in Marrakech.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Droitwich, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We arrived here after a long journey followed by a mix up at another Riad we had booked a room in so as you can imagine not in the best mood. We were offered mint tea on arrival and the welcoming and friendly staff soon made our moods improve. Our room was well decorated, clean and comfortable. We only stayed one night as we were flying home the next day but I would happily have stayed at this Riad longer.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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Hong Kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The hotel was open two years ago and well maintained. The room is very well decorated, clean and comfortable. The staff, Nodin and Asma are friendly and can speak fluent English and French. They have a well equipped kitchen and may use it for self-cooking if no dinner has to prepare for guests. I use mny mobile phont GPS Apps to locate the hotel with no problem. My taxi dropped us off in a junction. We walked about 5 mins to get to the hotel. Just straight into the small road after passing some shops of the food market by walk. The hotel is just a few block in the left hand side when getting to a small mosque at the end. They have another block in the right but staff are mostly stationed in the left block.

  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 181 Arset Aouzal Bab Doukala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 205 Specialty Lodging in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Riad La Rose Du Desert 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad situated right in the heart of the medina, in a district the most secure which is DAR EL pasha, and 10 min stands of the famous place(square) JEMAA EL FNAA, it is Riad which has the best value for money. ... more   less 
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