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“A quiet and central place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Palais Riad Azukar
84 Derb Lala Chacha, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #431 of 1,031 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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“A quiet and central place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

My wife and I stayed a week here in early October. This is a quiet and friendly place very centrally located.

To pick up on some of the points raised earlier, avoid the baggage kid like to plague or you will pay 8 quid for a hundred yard walk.

Don't expect a hotel - this is a riad staffed by a few very nice housekeeping staff, who will try to understand your school French and help you. The owner is very nice and helpful and will give you some great advice.

The weather in October was superb but we understood that this was a bit unusual for the time of year when it can start getting cool.

Avoid the kids who will tell you that the way you are going is closed and try to get money from guiding you the wrong way. Also avoid the "do you recognise me - I am a waiter in your hotel !" ploy. Otherwise there is limited hassle and you will have a good time.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 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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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

Two friends and I stayed here on our first visit to Marrakesh (and Morocco). Set within the old city walls and 5 only minutes walk from the main Medina square this place is a great haven of peace and quiet after a day of exploring the hustle and bustle of the city. The rooms are basic but perfectly clean and comfortable, our toilet and shower room was clean and modern feeling, the room had air con in it also which is such a savior after being out in the heat all day.

The Riad itself felt light and airy, there is a cold plunge pool in the center of it which is great to wallow in to cool down after a day of wandering. Lots of space on the roof terrace and lots of comfortable seating for lounging around on. There were a few people staying there when we were there, but everyone was very quiet, the peacefulness was great. I'd imagine this place with drunken students in it might be a bit of a headache.

The staff were very friendly and I didn't get the feeling that they were being friendly for the sake of it like you get in lots of places. They all were genuinely very warm and approachable. Thierry the manager was great also, friendly and helpful; he can arrange trips for you to do. You can buy water, drinks and food in the Riad also.

I wouldn't think twice about staying here again or recommending it to my friends and family. Very happy I stayed here! :-)

Just to note, it does help (as with all of Morocco) if you can speak a little French (if not Arabic to start with).

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

We arrived to a very wet Marrakech and were collected by the arranged transfer by the hotel for 20Euros. I would recommend it as this place is not the easiest to find if you were to take a local bus or pay for a taxi yourself.
On arrival the manager Thierry was not there, he had gone for the day and so we were told to sit down and given tea by one for the staff whos english was very limited. We were shown to our room which was lovely, spotlessly clean. Although there is no local (with as key) on the door I thought we would feel more worried about it but after a day or two soon settled into the fact that it was rather a safe little spot to be in. The safety deposit box is in the wardrobe but it is not bolted in and can be picked up with your worldly possesions in!
The breakfasts are great, freshly squeezed orange juice, home made omelettes and cakes and some fresh fruit.
We didnt have the best weather whilst we were there so one day were really stuck in the riad. The rain was monsoon style! The ipod docking station was not in our room as advertised so we had no music to listen too on that nor a TV to watch. The small dipping pool looked more like a pond, it didn't look very clean or safe to be in, and infact on our last day someone had put too much chemical in the pool and it was foaming and our eyes and throats were burning, They had to empty the pool it was that bad!
The roof terrace is delightful, the loungers are comfortable and you can even get the wifi up on the roof!
Having visited Marrakech 3 times now, this Riad is not ideally situated for someone who might feel a but apprehensive about a walk along some dark alleys in the evening back from the square. At one point we were quiet intimidated by young men shouting at us and swearing at us on route to the square. A taxi to the main square is not an option really.
This Riad is in a good location if your happy to walk about for places like Bahia and Badi place, Djemma El Fna square, Royal Palais etc.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kent
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2011 via mobile

Lovely place, stylish, good location and fabulous breakfast

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2011

i found this place on a Riads dedicated website. It looked really colourful, quaint and clean.

They provided an airport transfer service. We were dropped off at a little square, which unaware at the time, is a two minute walk from the Riad. We had a bit of an unfortunate encounter with a man who picked up and carried our suitcases in a trolley. We had been advised by the transfer driver to give him 20 dirham. We only had 100 and the suitcase man insisted on keeping 80. Not a good start.

The Hotel Manager Thierry is brilliant. A really friendly guy and gives the best advice, be it food, amusement or general tips. The Staff in general are really friendly always willing to help.

The Riad itself is very pretty. Lots of colours and a little splash pool downstairs. The room we had was a quadruple and was clean. The only issue we had with the room was the smell coming from the toilet. We are unsure as to whether this is general sewer stink or if it was specifically this Riad. Either way, it was easily remedied by closing the door.

All the linen was clean and the rooms were cleaned daily. There wasnt a lock on the room door so we presumed this was a given as it was a locked Riad. The Breakfast was lovely. Always had an option of fruit, cakes and bread. You could choose between coffee, tea and orange juice, all in all...a lot of choice.

The Roof Terrace is lovely and music is always playing. The staff are always on hand if you want to have a drink or two.

Its a 10/15 walk to Djemaa el Fna. Reasonably close.

I would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2010

Really friendly and helpful manager/owner, rest of staff have limited English but try. Riad is attractive, splash pool lit by candles in evenings to create good ambience. Rooms are quite small and basic but clean. Breakfast is also quite basic but fresh. Centrally located so easy to walk to most sights but quantity of motorcycles and pollution in streets getting to centre really quite an issue. Makes Riad even more of a welcome haven but makes you reluctant to go out at times! Could be quicker at getting rooms ready for new guests and cleaning rooms.

Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2010

Myself, my husband, son and son's girlfriend stayed at Riad Azukar for 4 nights last week. We have nothing but praise for the location, accommodation and help from staff.

Thierry the manager arranged for us to be picked up at the airport and driven to the riad - something i would recommend. It was only a 5 minute walk into Jmaa al Fnna and at no time did we feel unsafe. The airconditioning and pool were a godsend considering the 49 degree temperatures we experienced - it was great to be able to cool off after a few hours of hard bargaining in the square - and then go back for more! Rooms were spotless and the breakfast , although simple, filled us up until lunchtime.

We enjoyed our stay at Riad Azukar and would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a great place to stay!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: 84 Derb Lala Chacha, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #431 of 1,031 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
RIAD Modern and trendy design is no more for elites!!!Azukar is the place for those in quest of discoveries and curiosities Located very close to the frantic Djemaa el Fnaa square, in a peaceful neighborhood; Riad Azukar has 8 rooms en suite with air conditioning, WIFI and Ipod Stations.Azukar also has living rooms, dining rooms, a bar and a swimming pool.Azukar has just been opened and offers excellent customer services such as restaurant, laundry, concierge, etc. ... more   less 
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