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Riad Les Yeux Bleus
7 Derb El Ferrane, Bab Doukkala | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #365 of 1,040 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
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“Beautiful surroundings and impeccable service: a must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying for three nights in this beautiful riad and would heartily recommend it to anyone wishing for beauty and tranquility, away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Throughout our stay we were made to feel welcome by all the staff, who were courteous and kind. The service was impeccable: attentive without being overbearing. The managers helpfully made restaurant bookings on our behalf, shared useful local knowledge and always greeted us with a smile.

The riad is ideally located only minutes away from the Bab Doukala mosque and Jamma El-Fna square. It it something of a pleasant shock to go from the dusty, noisy streets of Marrakech, along narraow alleyways through a rather unassuming front door into a place of paradise: a central courtyard with an ice-cold pool, intimate seating areas on the terrace and beautifully decorated nooks and crannies which reveal tantalising insights into the rich arts and crafts heritage of Morocco. The rooms are spread over three floors and vary in size, but are beautifully decorated, comfortable and clean. Further seating and sun-bed areas are available on the roof terrace, along with a hammam and massage room.

A delicious breakfast is served on the terrace in good weather and comprises fresh bread, fruit, yoghurt, cheese and traditional pancakes, washed down with fresh orange juice and coffee. We enjoyed dinner cooked in-house at the riad on one night: simple, but generous fare of pastilla, chicken tagine, cous cous and roasted vegetables. The dessert of crushed fruits was unambitious but refreshing.

Overall, we had a fabulous time and would have no qualms about staying at le Riad les Yeux Bleus again. The only possible downsides are that the bathroom/toilet area is not screened off from the rest of the bedroom, which could be embarrassing! In addition, the availability of hot water in the bathroom was somewhat inconsistent. We also took advantage of the in-house hammam and massage treatments, which were relaxing and invigorating! Our top tip would be to clarify the final cost of these before you go ahead: hidden charges were not made entirely transparent.These issues, however, did not compromise our stay at this idyllic and peaceful haven.

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  • Stayed March 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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  • Rooms
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We brought the family and stayed for a week at Les Yeux Bleus. The riad is ideally located next to the Bab Doukala musk and you just cross the street to visit the medina. It takes 5 mns to walk to Jamaa El-Fna.
The place is extremely well decorated and the riad is not dark as others we stayed at. The rooms are not huge but very comfortable. A swimming pool has replaced the traditional fountain in the middle of the patio and is just big enough to relax after a good walk in the city.

People welcome you warmly, are useful and make you feel home.
We had one dinner at the riad (300dhs per head), they serve wine, good pastilla and excellent couscous. Could do better on dessert.
Breakfast is not very sophisticated (you can have nespresso coffee) but comprises delicious msamen crepes which in themselves make the trip worthwhile. It is served in the patio or on the terrasse depending on the season.
If you are picky on imperfections (you can - given the price), you may be disappointed due to some details like lack of intimacy in some rooms or intermittent hot water problems in the bathroom. However, the overall ambiance/decoration made us forget those points and come back with a large smile.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Didcot, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

We visited Marrakesh last weekend with a group of friends, 13 of us in all, to celebrate my husband's birthday. The booking process at the Riad was perfect, one phone all and several emails answered all my questions. The staff couldn't have been kinder or more courteous to us. We had a dinner on arrival which was very late by the time we all got there. The meal and the service was wonderful. All our friends were thrilled with the comfortable and unusual rooms and enchanted by the building and decor. It is very quiet and peaceful and the roof garden blissful! We cannot recommend the Riad more highly, it was perfect for us.

Room Tip: All rooms are different and unusual. Beds comfortable. Room next to the dining room quite dark, bu...
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  • Stayed March 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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We stayed one night at Les Yeux Bleus at the start of ten days in Morocco. It is located inside the Medina and one gets a great sense of culture and history. The hotel is a beautiful place and very atmospheric. The room was nice and bed was ultra comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay and went for a tremendous evening meal at La Maison D'Arabe which is down a narrow alley very close to the hotel. The manager was very helpful throughout. Thoroughly recommend this hotel as an introduction to the romance of Morocco.

Room Tip: I imagine that all the rooms are pretty good. The hotel is a "Riad" so all rooms radiate a...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is the most special place, it has a calmness about it so when you come back from the hustle and bustle of the souks and square you feel completely at ease again as you sit down to some delicious mint tea bought by Rashid. Two mornings running we asked for mint tea up on the roof tops and then on the third morning we didn't even have to ask as there was Rashid with our tea at exactly the same time waiting for us to go up to the roof top - what service. Nothing was too much trouble for them, we ate dinner there the first night which was delicious and then they booked restaurants elsewhere. If we didn't finish our bottle of wine they would always keep it for us, so we could finish it the next day. One of us had rather an important birthday and so we arrived with 2 bottles of champagne as a surprise for her and they very happily kept it in their fridge and opened 1 for us to have bucks fizz at breakfast with such charm and happiness.

The Hamman and massage was out of this world and definitely worth recommending.

As far as the loo situation was concerned, not having a door to shut from the bedroom, we soon discovered there was one with a door, basin, lock (soundproof!) etc up on the roof terrace and so there was no problem or embarrassment!

I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a very special place amidst the franticness of outside. It is really easy to get to anywhere being very central, just remember the address or take their card with you so when you get lost someone can show you where to go as just saying the name of the Riad didn't always work.

I went with friends to celebrate a birthday but am determined to go back for a romantic stay!

Room Tip: Choose a room in the old part overlooking the pool.
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

We stayed at Riad les yeux bleus at the start of our trip in Marrakesh and it truly is a beautiful and charming riad. In keeping with Morrocan architecture the attention to detail to the doors, walls and ceilings were amazing, beautifully decorated. The splash pool was very cooling in the midst of the august heat. Beds were super comfortable, breakfast was a feast! Staff were very welcoming and friendly. Definitely would love to go back again, hopefully soon....

  • Stayed August 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, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

We planned our trip through Best of Morocco, online - an excellent organization! We wanted to have a safe but exotic and memorable family trip with our two daughters, who were are in university - we had only 10 days as that is all their school break allowed. We started and ended our adventure in Marrakech, where we stayed at Riad Les Yeux Blue - truly an oasis after a long travel from Toronto via Paris in mid-February. The staff were so welcoming, the riad is so beautiful (and spotless). After the taxi ride and walking down the narrow alleyways of old town Marrakech (exotic even for seasoned travelers), we were dazzled from the moment the antique wooden door opened to a gracious welcome. The girls had their own suite - the decor is so authentically old world Moroccan - a five star hotel could not come close to this intimate setting. Rose petals on the made-up beds, a hammam, a cozy dinner, breakfast on the rooftop with a spectacular view of the city. We travelled with a driver across the Atlas mountains on a 5 day trek to the Sahara desert where we rode camels for an overnight camp out in the middle of the
Sahara (highly recommended). Our stop back in Marrakech at the end of our trip was so sweet as we felt like we had returned "home" when we arrived back at Riad Les Yeux Blue. Mmmm.. I can taste the Moroccan mint tea and homemade almond biscuits as I write this...... We all agreed, we would return here in a heart beat. A wonderful trip for friends, a couple or family with older kids.

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  • Stayed February 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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Address: 7 Derb El Ferrane, Bab Doukkala | Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #365 of 1,040 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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