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“Oasis of calm in a madcap city” 5 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 #81 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Oasis of calm in a madcap city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Marrakesh is one of the craziest and busiest cities I have ever been to. This Riyad with its central location was an oasis of calm after a day of sight-seeing. The service was excellent - discreet but attentive and with its numerous courtyards and nooks there was always a quiet spot to retreat to. It felt more like your home than an hotel.

The rooms were beautifully furnished and well-equipped.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this Riyad to anyone and although more pricy than others it really is worth it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Manchester, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I stayed here with my husband and two children for New Year 2012. It was brilliant and we were so well looked after. From the moment the porter met us in the main square everything was taken care of. The riad is beautiful and so peaceful and relaxing. All the staff are charming and really wish for you to have a great stay.

We stayed in the blue house which was perfect. We had so much space as a family and our own private terrace for breafkfast. Dinner was lovely too and very relaxed.

The staff booked restaurants for us and arranged a car to our next hotel on the coast. There is a laptop in reception to be used free of charge.

I couldn't recommend the riad highly enough. Just wonderful!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We have always wanted to go to Morocco, and decided to visit this summer. When planning the trip we saw that the Riyadh EL Cadi was very highly reviewed. We were worried when booking that we might not be able to make a reservation because it was a last minute trip, this ended up not being an issue. The staff was very responsive to our emails and they helped us book our room without too much difficulty. We stayed in the Chaouen suite, which was spacious and tastefully decorated.

As a first time visitor to Marrakesh, it would be difficult to find the hotel and the staff suggested that we have someone meet us at the airport and bring us to the hotel.  That was a great suggestion! Once we landed we were met at the gate by our driver and after a short drive we were within the walls of the old city.  When we got out of the car, the sights and sounds of the Jemaa-el Fnaa market were unlike anything we had ever experienced before.  Due to the narrow streets, the cab can only go so far. The El Cadi had a porter meet us in the square and brought us and our bags to the hotel - about a 10 minute walk.

Once we arrived, the check in process was quick and easy and we were struck by how quiet and peaceful it was.  We were brought to our room through a maze of stairs and corridors - we were worried we would never find our way back!  After settling in, we took a self-guided tour of the hotel and were amazed at how beautiful everything was.

The Staff had asked us if we would like to have dinner at the hotel, which we thought would be a great idea.  The food was delicious and the wait Staff was so friendly and attentive, well worth the price.

The hotel offered, an authentic Moroccan cooking class and we decided to take it. The class started with a trip to the market to pick up the spices and other ingredients for dinner.  Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us some background and history of both Marrakesh and the market.  We then made our way back to the hotel and began to cook.  The class was given by the hotel chef and translated into English for us by the hotel manager. We made two salads,a tajine, and a tangia. While cooking we were offered pastries, olives, orange juice and of course moroccan-tea.  All the food was delicious, and we were provided with the recipes so we could make it ourselves at home.

Overall, we can't say enough about the hotel and especially the staff. Everyone was so friendly, courteous and accommodating. We have travelled quite extensively and we can honestly say that we have never been treated better at any hotel, anywhere in the world.  We would, without any hesitation recommend the Riyadh El Cadi to anyone visiting Marrakech.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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 January 1, 2013 via mobile

Spent the Christmas break at this Riyad and can't sing their praises enough. Everyone from the porter (Said) to the manager (Yusef) that checked us in, to the other members of staff (Khadija, Samir, etc) were very courteous and helpful. The Riyad is very peaceful though it is close to the main square, and is within walking distance of the main attractions. Highly recommend!!!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bayreuth, Germany
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

We booked the Riyad El Cadi for a wedding celebration. We couldn't make a better decision. Great location, extremely friendly and helpful staff, delicious food, professional organisation, lovely rooms and suites!
Thanks again for an unforgettable wedding celebration!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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 December 2, 2012

Riyad El Cadi is a wonderful riyad in the heart of the Medina. Excellent service, food. Room was beautiful and spacious. My family had a marvelous time there and hope to return sometime in the future.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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 12, 2012

We arrived at the Riyad very exhausted from the train trip from Casablanca and from the moment we walked down the alley way 3 minutes from the square we knew this was a great find.

The staff are friendly and informative. The breakfast is fresh and plentiful. The beds are comfortable and spacious. The bathrooms are inviting, maintained and serviced.

It is a fantastic way to get the most out of the city. You are so close to the chaos and ambiance that is the medina while being able to chill in a warm and relaxing environment.

Thank you to the whole El Cadi Team.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
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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:
#70 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#75 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Riyad El Cadi 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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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