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“A Magical Oasis in the Heart of Marrkech” 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 #82 of 465 Hotels in Marrakech
New York City, New York
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“A Magical Oasis in the Heart of Marrkech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I stayed at Riyad El Cadi for 5 wonderful nights and to say it exceeded all expectations would be an understatement. Let me first start with the property itself. It is tucked away on a side street within the souks, so you the serenity of the Riyad while also being within walking distance of Jemma el FNA, the main square.

I arranged airport pickup through the property, which I would highly recommend as they were waiting upon my arrival and brought me right to the Riyad. Upon check-in, I was upgraded to the Piscina room, appropriately named for it's view of the courtyard that made the mosaic pool center-stage. The room itself was very comfortable- charmingly finished with Moroccan artwork, antiques, and tapestries.

The other two courtyards were equally stunning- one with a rose- petal fountain, the other lined with lemon trees. At night, this last space held it's warmth, lit with dozens of candles that mirrored the open sky. The intimate dining space also opened up to this courtyard and on my first night, I had arranged to have dinner here. The 5-course Moroccan meal was delicious, only to be rivaled by the complimentary breakfast served each morning on the terrace. Perhaps the fresh squeezed juice and homemade breads were so good because I enjoyed them over views of the entire city.

I ended up spending most of my evenings on the terrace after excursions into the city and beyond. The attentive staff not only helped me organize guides throughout Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains but would ask my about my adventures upon my return. Julia, the owner of the Riyad, set the precedent and was so lovely that I vowed to take equal care of her should she ever come to New York.

I know if you stay here you will just love everything about it- know I can't wait to go back to Marrakech and stay at Riyad El Cadi once again!

  • Stayed January 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Our family stayed for five days over New Year and we highly recommend this friendly and relaxing riyad. Beautiful breakfasts on the roof terrace, excellent service and a wonderful New Years Eve dinner. We particularly recommend the cookery course. This is a great place to stay and is a tranquil oasis amidst the wonders of Marrakech.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Dive into the souks, hustled by the vendors, amazed by snakes and monkeys, negotiate with the berber, smell the odors... your body and mind go through a wide range of feelings here in Marrakech. Your in the orient. Then you open the door of this beautiful riyad and you step into a different world. Calm and stylish rooms, sunny roof terrace, friendly service and yes, luxury too. If you're willing (and financially able) to mix the authentic market experience with high class overnight stay, this is the place.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

My husband and I spent 4 days at Riyad El Cadi and love our time there. Our room was lovely and bright and we loved all the artifacts and textiles throughout the riyad. We had a fire lit each evening and enjoyed tea in front of it late afternoon. We shared a Hamman which was fun and celebrated New Year's eve with a delicious meal and music with other guests. Breakfast up on the sunny roof was a fabulous way to start each day. I would thoroughly recommend it as an elegant retreat from the bustle of the Medina.

Room Tip: we loved the Berber Suite
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  • Stayed December 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I celebrated my 50th birthday at Riyad El Cadi a couple of weeks ago with 22 friends from around the globe. We rented the entire place. It was a dream come true! The riyad is in a fabulous location. An oasis of calm. Fabulous service, food (especially the breakfasts) and the rooms---like being in an art museum with gorgeous decor and tapestries and art works throughout. The level of attention to detail from the staff was unlike anything I've experienced (and I travel extensively around the globe for work). They arranged live music the night of the birthday, prepared an elegant dinner, presented me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and even lit dozens of candles in the courtyard to say "happy birthday." Several guests also took cooking classes with the chef, which included a trip to the market. The most memorable birthday celebration in my entire life!

Room Tip: the berber suite is exquisite as are many other rooms...you can't go wrong
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  • Stayed December 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Everything about this stay was fantastic. The staff went out of their way to ensure our large group was well catered for. Special touches of roses in each room (including sitting rooms connecting bedrooms), breakfast on the rooftop and mint tea by the fireplace really made this stay memorable for me. I hope to go back in a warmer month to fully enjoy the pool and a private terrace.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

This stunning hotel is like a tardis, with multiple communal rooms to escape to and an awesome rooftop terrace to enjoy a sumptuous breakfast or just soak up the warmth of the city in peace and quiet. It is a real treat for the eyes, with a multitude of traditional rugs tapestries and old wood. The staff were amazing, very attentive and available whenever needed. The food was great too and the breakfast perfect (fresh fruit salad, fresh yogurt, pancakes, croissants or bread, with soft cheese and honey - yum!). The tucked away location has it plus and minus points. It's quiet and away from the mayhem, but like all over Marrakech the small alley ways are not to be walked alone, especially after dark.

Room Tip: Overall all the rooms are fantastic although there are a couple to avoid if you can - the Camel room...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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:
#77 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#77 Romantic 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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