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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 #132 of 1,046 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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“Top Marks!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

We have just returned from a fantastic visit to Marrakesh.
Everything and everyone at The Riad 72 was perfect for us.
There is a calm, spiritual atmosphere....such detail, so stylish!
We saw three of the four rooms.
They are quirky and tastefully decorated. Comfort and style....everything was thought of.

Room Tip: The rooms varied in size, but all looked tasteful. Woken up through the night with the Mosque calli...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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 May 30, 2013

After being dropped off from the airport we were lead along a few dusty alleyways and stopped at a the rather plain door of No 72. This looks nothing special from the outside but opens into a veritable oasis in the heart of Marrakech. The Riad has four double rooms, dining room, central courtyard (complete with dining areas, palm trees and water feature) and a sun terrace including a plunge pool and covered dining area. The whole Riad is stylishly furnished and decorated with a combination of classical and contemporary furnishings and fittings. The staff could not be more helpful and the food (breakfast and evening meals) was fantastic. Despite the many temptations of Marrakech I could happily spend 2 weeks in this Riad without venturing outside - a wonderfully relaxing place!

Room Tip: All 4 rooms are individually and beautifully furnished/decorated.
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  • Stayed May 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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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

We stayed at Riad 72 for a few days in April. What a wonderful experience for our first visit to Marrakech and Morocco. Christian, the manager, and all the staff were excellent, the service they provided was faultless and caring. The Riad provides an atmosphere of great calm after the buzz and energy of the Medina, it is much larger than we imagined. Our room was very quirky and on two levels, it had everything we wanted. The courtyard,roof terrace and other areas were excellent. We had dinner in the courtyard of the Riad on the first night and we highly recommend it, superb food and service. Breakfast in the courtyard was an enjoyable experience every morning. Good location in the Medina and easy to find after a day out. Riad 72 is excellent and highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

It is impossible to convey the level of service you get in this fantastic Riad. Nothing is too much trouble, There are only 4 rooms in this beautiful palace like building so you feel like you have the place to your self a lot of the time.It feels like you are at home in your very own mansion being waited on hand and foot.

The food is second to none and the wine is also good. Contrary to a previous review you do not have to have a full 3 course meal and can choose how many courses you want. In my opinion the service surpasses that of a five star hotel. Only the smallest room was left when we booked but even that was lovely.

It is far better to stay in the Medina because you acclimatize yourself to the the bustle and excitement that is Marrakesh and can enjoy it rather than being overwhelmed. So Riad 72 is perfect. It is in a less touristy area with its own little souk and you can get an idea of real life in the city. Yet is is bang smack next to all the action. Don't listen to people who tell you to stay in the modern part of the city. You will really miss out on the experience if you don't stay in the Medina.

The hotel organised an official guide for us on the first day and I would really recommend this. It was brilliant, we saw all the sights without being hassled and after that we had got our bearings and could navigate around like seasoned travelers.

Alcohol is not on general sale in Marrakesh so if you like a drink, it is essential to stay somewhere like this that serves alcohol.

Room Tip: the smallest room did not have a totally enclosed bathroom so fine for old married couples like us b...
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  • Stayed May 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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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed in Riad 72 for a few nights and it was wonderful. Excellent food and friendly service, and a perfect location close to everything but quiet and peaceful once you step inside. Dinner on the rooftop terrace on our first night was a perfect way to start our trip. Great value for money and absolutely beautiful rooms with lots of common space to relax in when the streets outside get a bit too hectic.

While it doesn't have a pool a lovely water feature in the courtyard and a little pond on the terrace to dip your feet would help keep you cool.

Not a great deal of privacy for the bathroom, but comparable to many other places of the style.

Would definitely recommend to my friends.

  • Stayed April 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

A remarkable riad. We had a wonderful stay here. Food was amazing, in particular the incredibly generous breakfasts we had on the roof terrace......a wonderful start to our day. The service we were given was faultless. Amazing location. Would always recommend this to friends and family heading to explore Marrakech.

  • Stayed April 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

From the moment we stepped into Riad 72 we knew that we were in for something special. There is a real sense of tranquility that owes as much to the refined tastefulness of the refurbishment of the riad as it does to the outstanding personlised service of all the staff. This is a boutique hotel at its best. No request, however small was too much trouble. The strawberries that we brought back from the market, which we asked to be washed appeared beautifully prepared moments later with a home made orange syrup and artisan yoghurt on the side. Dinners were outstanding and breakfast, served on the rooftop terrace overlooking the medina and with spectacular views to the snow capped Atlas mountains was the perfect way to start the day. Time spent in the kitchen one afternoon with Habiba, learning how to create some of the Moroccan dishes she serves, was a highlight. Cristian, who manages Riad 72 was extremely helpful and informative, providing not only valuable advice on where to go and what to see, but also offering insights into the cultural and historical aspects of Morocco. The room we stayed in, although one of the smaller rooms was extremely tastefully appointed with everything we needed...again the attention to detail was exquisite. No hesitation in recommending Riad 72.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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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 #132 of 1,046 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Riad 72 5*
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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