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“Hidden Luxury in the Heart of the Medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad 72
5.0 of 5 Guest house   |   72 Arset Awzel, Bab Doukkala | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #114 of 1,064 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Hidden Luxury in the Heart of the Medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I cannot say enough about Riad 72. Riad 72 was a luxurious safe haven from the chaos just beyond its walls in the Medina. First of all, the riad itself is one of the oldest and most well-known in the city. Its decor, gardens, and terrace are so perfectly decorated that one feels immediately calmed while simultaneously experiencing the charms of Moroccan decor: color, pillows, iron work, palm trees justting up thru the ceiling. With only 4 rooms, the hotel truly starts to feel like one's home. A fact that the charming, and incredibly warm staff will remind you of constantly, " you are home, whatever you like."

The unexpectedly fun aspect of this riad truly was the staff. They take the word "doting" to a new level and went above and beyond to ensure we felt at home. As two American women, we felt a bit nervous when going out from time to time, and Rashid and Norman were always more than willing to escort us, call taxis, arrange guides, etc. We were always welcomed back from our day with warm mint tea and cookies and a smile.

Even having spent a day at La Mammounia, the premier luxury resort in Marrakech, I still suggest everyone stay at Riad 72.

As a side note, speaking French (even a few phrases) will go a long way at the hotel, and in the city in general.

Room Tip: all 4 rooms are gorgeous!
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  • Stayed February 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Berlin, Germany
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Our holidays at Riad 72 was a real pleasure.The service was great - thanks to Habiba, Aziz, Thouria, Rachid and Cristian. Fine cooking, a terrace with a fantastic view to the Atlas mountains and a hammam. The Riad 72 is perfectly situated in the Medina. We really appreciated our stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a cooking course!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North Devon
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Due to adverse weather conditions we ended up staying four nights here rather than the original two. The riad is beautifully decorated, our room was lovely with a huge comfy bath. My partner is 6"4 and he really liked having a bath he could lye down in. All the staff where really friendly and helpful, going out of their way to help us on many occasions. We ate in the riad a few times and the food was always great, much better than any restaurant or market we went to. The location is very central and close to all the main sights.
We would very much recommend staying here!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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London
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34 reviews 34 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

This has to be one of the best secret treasures in Marrakech. Have spent several long weekends of relaxation here with good food and wine as a bonus. The building is stunning with amazing views from the roof top terrace. The plunge pool is not big but we got 6 people in to cool of which was fun especially as the wine was flowing.
One tip is to ask Fatima for her Orange soup..it is amazing and if she ever gives you the recipe please tell me.
The staff will make you feel welcome and there is nothing too small that they will not assist you on, even escorting you to other restaurants.
You will have the best time here especially if you and your friends want to hire the wholeplace. Had an amazing birthday here one year
Enjoy

Room Tip: If you like a good bath then ask for the Amal Room as the bath is to die for
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Milano Marittima, Italy
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

The ryad 72, is absolutly unic, after arriving in to Marrakech airport, the ryad sent a driver to pick me and my wife, was our first experience in Marrakech, the ryad is an oásis inside the Medina, the location is excelent Very quiet, and close to the main Marrakech attractions.
The decoration is amazing, simple and Very confortabel, the rooms confortabel and with Excelent dimensions, the bathroom was beautiful, Excelent shower, Excelent amenities, everything clean, the towels Very good quality. On the terrace we fund a Very small, but fresch kind of pool, a could shower, and the most confortabel pool furniture i ever experience, Very good to take a nap, or read a book.
But above all That i have mention above, what was really important, the service provide for the staff, all of them from the lady in the kitchen, until the waiters, and the door man, they really made our tripe fantastic, helping with rezervations, a 7 stars service, allways helping in everything
This hotel is the best value for money That we can have

Room Tip: The ryad have 4 rooms, we stay at the small one, and cheaper, but i saw the others, and ours was per...
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  • Stayed September 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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Sydney, Australia
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236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

This place is an oasis of calm amongst the harsh climate of Marrakesh.
It does not rely on opulence to reflect its luxury - its underatated simplicity in elegantly restored spaces does it all for you. Modern conveniences such as air-con etc are all there. No TV but goodness, I hope that you can survive without one with this type of holiday....
A particular gem is to be had with the afternoon worker Rashid. My goodness - are there no bounds to his generousity of time, knowledge and patience? His off-sider Shira as well as the lovely morning chef were incredibly accommodating, polite, friendly and smiling, and were a joy to return or wake up to...
The view on the terrace is lovely. The food is great. The service is first rate and genuine. The location is central but also in the heart of the medina - isnt that what you came here for - to have that experience of being in the historic quarter of a millenium-old city????

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Colmar, France
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Perfectly situated just inside the Medina, on the same side as Place Jma el Fna. Very easy to walk to taxi stand. 2 minutes drive to The Place. They organise airport transfers. Rhislaine welcomed us into this hidden haven, and in her gentle way made sure we were comfortable at all times. We enjoyed a lovely traditional meal, cooked by Habiba, on the roof terrace...3 stories up for each course, thank you, Rhislaine! For info, prices are European, at Eur60 for our 3 course meal for two. But how much better than going to a restaurant. Great terrace overlooking Marrakech rooftops, with a plunge pool in which we spent Sundown hour with the champagne we took along with us. Comfy Teak loungers. Our 'luxury' room with split level was pretty, but if I returned to Riad 72 (which I would, happily), I would opt for the standard room or the suite on one level. Hmmm, bed was very hard, with just one pillow. Ask for a second one! Lovely, quality fittings in the big bathroom. Gorgeous public area, banana palms, cooling fountain, birds fluttering around. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 72 Arset Awzel, Bab Doukkala | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #114 of 1,064 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad 72 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad 72 is a romantic retreat that mixes the best of modern Moroccan craftsmanship with contemporary Moroccan design. It has its own private hammam and, thanks to its lushly planted patio, fountain and water features, songbirds are often found here serenading the guests. The terrace is one of the highest of the medina. It offers incomparable views over the old city and onto the majestic Atlas mountains: ideal for soaking up the sun or a sunset aperitif. ... more   less 
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