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“Hidden Gem” 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 #72 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
Cobham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Hidden Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Tucked away down an alley off a bustling shopping street leading to the main square a small unremarkable door was the only indication of the riad which lays behind. Stooping to get through we then negotiated differrent turns and steps to finally spill out into the courtyard shaded by fruit bearing trees and with a water centrepiece thoughtfuly scatterred with rose petals..Breakfast on the roof with the muezzin competing with the birds; rooms draped in rugs and wonderfuly coloured painted ceilings all added to a fantastic experience. Thoroughly recommended.

Room Tip: The camel room off the main courtyard could be noisy if fellow guests are late night revellers.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Munster, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Besides all the quality and inspiration you can see, feel, touch, experience and last but not least taste in every feature of this wonderful riyad one of the major benefits is the amazing tranquillity just at the heart of the medina. You can directly dive into all the huzzle and buzzle of the city´s heartbeat at Jemma El Fna and the surrounded souks and just a few steps away behind thick walls and a heavy wodden front door you will find a perfect refugium for a pleasant break, having a mint tea or a cappuccino, cooling down in the pool and making new plans for the rest of the day always supported by great staff, if needed. You can virtually switch between pure and intense Medina lifestyle and a relaxing me-time just on demand within a minute, that´s a terrific experience that also mirrows the contrasts you will find out there and really helps to make the most out of your stay in Marrakesh.

Room Tip: Rooms on higher floors are even more quieter
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Cold Spring Harbor, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Lovely hotel with extremely helpful staff. The hotel and patios are beautiful and it is difficult to believe you are just steps away from the craziness of Jemma El Fna. Great breakfast as well. Would have loved to have had time to use the hamam....Would definitely recommend!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I had really been looking forward to my stay at Riyad el Cadi, and all of my high expectations were surpassed. Everything was truly first rate: the location, the style, the amenities, the room, the food, the staff. I would never stay anywhere else in Marrakech and have recommended to all of my friends and family.

I was a little bit worried about how I would fair on my first trip to Morocco, as a young(ish) woman, travelling with another female friend, but I need not have been worried. We never really felt unsafe and found Moroccans to be very welcoming, friendly and interesting people. That said, Marrakech is pretty intense with all of the crowds, cars, motorcycles, horses and donkeys, not to mention the pressure to buy at all of the stalls. For this reason, I was particularly pleased we stayed at Riyad el Cadi. It was very close to all of the action in Jemaa El Fna ( main square), yet it was in a good neighbourhood, and once inside the door, it was blissfully quiet and peaceful. You could really unwind from a hectic day of touring or shopping!

Finally, just wanted to say my two favourite aspects: I am a bit obsessed with interior design, and the interiors of Riyad el Cadi were to die for! – incredible collection of art works, beautiful lamps, and rugs. Beautiful, authentic Moroccan furnishings edited with a slightly more minimalist, contemporary European eye. Just loved it! Also, the staff were so lovely and all seemed to be multi-lingual - we were extremely impressed.

  • Stayed September 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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Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

brilliantly designed and thoughtfully put-together riyad in the heart of the medina, but amazingly quiet, considering the chaos outside the door !! Wonderfully helpful staff - Ali, Saïd, Tarik et. al. - made us feel totally at home and spoiled. And do yourself a favor - have dinner here one evening - wonderful kitchen, nice Essaouira wine, and dessert, in the beautifully lit courtyard, all with lovely music playing in the background .... we stayed in the Master Suite, with quiet rooftop lounge chairs, canopied courtyard, wonderful layout, just a real treat to stay there. Breakfast on the upper terrace also a real treat. And meeting the riyad's owner Julia was a bonus. Fascinating labyrinth of rooms leading through other rooms through hidden courtyards to a pool .... one wonders at some point if you'll find the way back .... Great travel experience here !!!
Only caveat - could use a more comfortable mattress !!

Room Tip: We put AC on at night to help with morning noise, since we wanted to sleep in a bit ... otherwise am...
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

The el cadi makes you feel at home, tastefully decorated, excellent service, a hamam just for you - the perfect place to relax after a busy day in the fascinating old town of marrakech - what else do you want

Room Tip: difficult to choose, every room is different
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  • Stayed September 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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Sao Paulo, SP
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Riyad El Cadi is a perfect spot for the ones who dream about experience Marrakech: the structure with courtyards and hidden rooms makes you feel how it would be to live in that place. The staff is attentive in the Moroccan way, which means friendly and always ready to suggest you options like dinner, hamam, tours or cooking classes but you don't see them walking around the riyad as in American Hotels, which means you get all the privacy you need.
The Riyad also offers shuttle service from and to the airport and you should take it. Once the Riyad is inside the Medine, it's hard for the first time visitor to get to it. After your first night it's easier to find yourself in the Medine and it's another point for R.El Cadi: it's not far from the square and the souks (markets).

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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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:
#65 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#67 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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