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“A wonderful honeymoon stay in this charming riad” 4 of 5 stars
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Riyad El Cadi
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   87 Derb Moulay Abdelkader | Dabachi, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #54 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Derry, United Kingdom
1 review
“A wonderful honeymoon stay in this charming riad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2011

We stayed here on our honeymoon in Marrakech and were delighted with our experience. The service in particular was excellent - we returned to the riad for one final night after a week away exploring the country and were pleasantly surpised to find they had prepared us a welcome snack, upgraded us from a room to a suite, and prepared the hammam (Turkish bath) for us.

The rooms were simply and elegantly furnished, with interesting features such as handwoven rugs and unusual artwork hanging on the walls. Our room was a little cool at night as it was in a shady courtyard but we thought that was to be expected in a traditional rather than modern home. The riad overall was lovely and had unexpected charms - when taken on a guided tour one of the staff pulled back a big tarpaulin on the roof to reveal a drop down into a courtyard where a wonderfully fragranced orange tree was growing. The scent hit us like perfume. Oh, and breakfast on the sunny rooftop was a treat.

The location was very central - only minutes from the main square- which was great. Some guests may find it a drawback that the riad is down a winding alley with a very rough, potholed surface that is difficult to navigate on foot, nevermind in a wheelchair / vehicle / with a pushchair. But the advantage was that it was tucked away from the chaos of the city.

Overall, really lovely.

  • Stayed February 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

My wife and I spent a week in Marrakech living in Riad El Cadi. It was a unique and wonderful experience. We have travelled the world, but the Ottoman Suite at the El Cadi is definitely one of the best we have ever stayed in. It is extremely large - which is of course nice - but what is truly unique is the interior decoration. All 90 m2 simmers of authentic, well balanced tranquility. From the original Berber artifacts to the more modern furniture.
The whole Riad is practically a museum of old Berber culture, stemming from the founder who used to be the German ambassador and true art collector. The riad is now run by his two daugthers.

The service is of course perfect, the kitchen fantastic, the location within 4 minutes walking distance to Djeema-El-Fna - and still the Riad is calm and quit.

So if you want to spoil yourself - try living at the Riad El Cadi.

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  • Stayed April 2011, 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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2011

We spent a wonderful week here at the end of January with family and friends to celebrate my 40th birthday. Even before we arrived, the Riyad had been exceptionally helpful in making all the arrangements (no mean feat for over 14 people) and the warmth and hospitality of all the staff never stopped throughout our stay. Nothing was too much for them, from guiding us late in the evening to a very hidden restaurant or laying on the most sumptuous candlelit meal for my birthday.

The riyad itself is a wonderful example of local architecture - a very stylish warren of a place that frustrated and delighted in equal measure! Large and spacious rooms look out on to glorious patios and even at this time of year we were able to enjoy the very tasty breakfasts on the roof terraces overlooking the Atlas. Pity though that it was too cool to use the lovely sunken pool or linger for too long in the sun - that would be reason alone to return.

The riyad has clearly established good links with various services - their recommended guide of the medina, Aziz, went down really well and we had an excellent value trip into the gorgeous Ourika Valley.

It was a really perfect way to celebrate my birthday. My only regret is that it's rather pricey and so I might have to wait for another "special" birthday until I return!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Houston, Texas
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503 helpful votes 503 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2011

This is a marvelous place. A quiet little heaven with small rooms and gardens to discover. A place that will give you a feeling of being part of One Thousand and One Nights.....
The service is excellent. The breakfast is a dream - served on the roof. The afternoon tea a must, take it on the roof and hear the multiple stereo effect when five, six different minarets are calling the prayers, enjoy a bottle of wine infront of the fireplace... or relax in the library where you can find books of Morocco in almost all languages.
If you are in love with Hilton or any of the big chain hotels this might not be what you are looking for - this is a personal, charming place. It is not like a five star hotel - it is hard to give it stars because it is very different - you are living in an old moroccan house, not in a new western hotelroom. It means that you will not get a heated towel rack etc. If that is importent to you, stay away - if you on the other hand prefer a feeling of being in Marrakech this is for you! The city hassel is right outside, but inside it is a quiet little heaven. Just like a dream - (have to be mentioned that the beds are a bit hard, but that seems to be the standard in all Morocco)

  • Stayed February 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2011

I had the great fortune to stay here a couple of years ago I'm glad to see through this forum that it has not changed as my partner will be staying here again this year the people who run and own this place are fantastic the food sensational and the service not to be faulted

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2011

I don't normally write reviews but I feel I have to after staying at El Cadi. My husband and I stayed for three nights in the middle of February and the experience really exceeded our expectations. The riad is elegantly decorated (full of amazing art), beautiful courtyards and a wonderful roof terrace for breakfasts in the sunshine. The rooms were spotless. We also ended up eating in the riad twice as the food was excellent. This place is real value for money unlike many other places we've stayed in. The location is great as you can step out into the souks and then retreat again. The staff were all utterly charming and helpful. Somehow I don't think the website does justice to quite how lovely this place is.

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2011 via mobile

A beautifully appointed Riad with a fabulous chef and wonderfully helpful front desk staff. Breakfast on the rooftop overlooking the Medina and fresh market gourmet dining to order if so desired. Off the main square and down some side streets - easy to lose one's way at
night!

  • Stayed October 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 87 Derb Moulay Abdelkader | Dabachi, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#42 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#60 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#66 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Riyad El Cadi 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riyad El Cadi - an oasis of calm welcomes the sophisticated traveller. Riyad El Cadi is a like a private art museum, but without a trace of stuffiness. Spread over 6 houses, the riad is an elegant 'home from home' - a glorious mix of chic, comfort, hospitality and art. Wander around courtyards, corridors and alcoves and you'll discover magnificent Berber and Islamic art treasures - a true feast for culture-vultures. ... more   less 
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