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“The First choice for me!” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad First
Derb Jdid 337 Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #274 of 1,037 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London
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17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“The First choice for me!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Riad First ticks so many boxes I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It is close to Jmaa el Fna (10 mins walk) - not too difficult to find once you've located the turn off from Bab Doukkala which is one of the main souk roads and featured on all city maps (handy fountain and road sign as a pointer) - the design is modern but superb - with accents of traditional Moroccan design, the riad itself very peaceful and quiet, it has both a plunge pool downstairs and a rooftop paddling pool and sun terrace and most of all it has Fatima, the tireless house manager who runs the place like a tight ship and is completely warm and charming.

For our money our room was very spacious - an extremely comfy bed and deliciously deep carved bath with fluffy towels and bathrobes. There's a tv lounge (which you really shoudn't need to use, but handy for a night in with a movie!) and a dinner room where Fatima will arrange dinners by candlelight on request. There's even a gym (as if you would!)

Aircon worked a treat and the pool was very welcome at the end of the day.

Fatima is an angel - rushing around to meet our every need and always smiling and friendly - she made sure we had everything we needed, gave us handy tips on getting around, fetched cold beers for us, called us taxis etc. A hen party staying in the riad at the time were waited on hand and foot and it all looked effortless.

We stayed in three riads in Marrakech, this was by far the best value for money and most attractive.

Room Tip: We stayed in Chapter 4 - amazing bed.
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  • Stayed June 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We stayed in this riad for three nights, it was wonderful to feel we had a quiet place to relax after a busy day in the medina. Fatima and the staff were friendly and very helpful. The rooms are very spacious and beautifully designed. It is a small paradise in the middle of the medina!

  • Stayed April 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 February 22, 2013

Impossible to find without relying on the numerous touts but an oasis of calm from the noise and bustle of outside. Comfortable rooms but we found the shower difficult to use comfortablyand the toilet and shower being in the same room , albeit a L shaped room wasn't ideal.The rooftop didn't have great views but a good place to sit away from it all.
The people were lovely and we were directed to a great restaurant the first night. We asked for a meal on the second night and that, too was very good: chicken taginsea good meal on the second night we stayed. Breakfast was pleasant. pancakes, yoghurt, orange juice and on one occasion eggs

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Derb Jdid 337 Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #274 of 1,037 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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