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“Great Place” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Swaka
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   53 Derb Ragragui, Riad zitoun Jdid | Palais Bahia, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #216 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay here. The location seemed a bit dodgy at first due to it being down a series of back streets but after walking it a few times we realised it was ok. Walter was a great host to deal with and also met us from the taxi. He gave us a great welcome at the Riad with mint tea and some info on the city.
All the other staff were very friendly and welcoming and the breakfast each day was great. We also received a free room upgrade and the room was fantastic with a great shower!
The only downside was the rooftop jacuzzi was not on whilst we were there. I would definately recommend this riad.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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walter F, Propriétaire at Riad Swaka, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
hello

We all do at Riad maximun and upgrade is normal if we have the opportunity!
To Jacuzzi, one must understand that here too it winter there!

to soon

walter
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Stayed here for 8 days. Beautifully decorated and so peaceful within the courtyard. The Riad was clean and tidy and the staff were fantastic. So polite and accommodating - Walter, his wife Fatima and Brahim. It was a sanctuary to relax after a hectic day out on the Marrakech streets and sit out on the rooftop terrace. We had a home cooked meal by their cook Latifa which was the best meal of our trip. There was so much food and we were disappointed only by the fact we couldn't finish it!

We had all the excursions booked through the Riad and we were picked up which was stress free. Location was good as it was a 5-10 minute walk to the main square and most of the main attractions. Great value for money.

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

The Riad is on a quiet little street yet still close to the central square that you are close to all the hustle and bustle of the city life. Our room was lovely and clean and decorated in traditional Moroccan style. All of the staff were very accomodating and there was nothing that wasn't too much trouble for them. The owner Walter even took us to a couple of his favourite shops so that we could get the best quality gifts. His wife also cooked us the most amazing traditional Moroccan meal. We will definitely be going again!

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  • Stayed October 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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walter F, Propriétaire at Riad Swaka, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
hello Katie

it is that you're amazing!

We wish you lots of good things.
If you return to Marrakech our house is always open for you

good luck

Faty and Walter
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We looked at 15 or so Riads in Marrakech medina and Swaka was by far the most beautifully renovated. Rooms are larger than most Riads and are comfortably furnished with lovely decor. All have been recently restored. Area is super quiet (no motorbikes!). Fatima and Walter are a friendly couple who treat staff and guests like family. Charming stay

  • Stayed October 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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walter F, Propriétaire at Riad Swaka, responded to this review, October 20, 2013
Hello
Were the people who make the nice Riad!
It is true that the Riad is in a quiet neighborhood at the same time very close to the souks.
thank you again for your compréhention (tickets to Essaouira)
Big hello Fati who thank you for the compliments of her decor!
à bientot in Marrakech
fati and walter
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Walter and Fatty, as well as their staff, showed us a great Moroccan welcome from the moment we entered their peaceful Riad. Always willing to answer all of our needs, they even took from their personal time to bring us shopping for mosaic tables which are manufactured on the outskirts of the city. Great times, great people, an easy choice!

  • Stayed March 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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Address: 53 Derb Ragragui, Riad zitoun Jdid | Palais Bahia, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #216 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Swaka 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
RIAD SWAKA is at the heart of the medina of Marrakech, easily accessible by taxi, in the lively RIAD ZITOUN JDID, backed by the gardens of the Palais Bahia, a few steps from the fabulous JEMAA el-Fna and traditional decor.After an experience with another Riad, we now have our own home and we will continue in the same spirit: You are above all "guests"Marrakech is a city full of surprises and we love to share.Swaka Riad is in the tradition of guest houses: Home and wellbeing.On arrival you will be greeted personally around a mint tea and traditional pastries. We are available to answer your questions and help you discover authentic Marrakech. All staff will be at your disposal to make your stay more enjoyable.You will discover the Riad and spaces for relaxation, the pool to cool off after the excitement of the souks, the terrace with its sun loungers and whirlpool, its comfortable sofas and pergola, where you take breakfast and dinner without forget for the relaxation lounges, reading or daydreaming. ... more   less 
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