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“Riyad was beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
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Riyad El Mezouar
28, derb el Hammam | Issebtinne, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #459 of 1,072 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Riyad was beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at the historic and beautiful Riyad. Michel and his staff were attentive, charming and created a marvellous atmospheric for our short stay. The beautiful courtyard has a swimming pool, orngae trees and birds creating a fantastic atmosphere. Highly recommended

Room Tip: We were upgraded to a suite!!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

This Riyad, El Mezour, lived up to its hype, in that it is -metaphorically - an 'Oasis' in a difficult area: North East of the centre of the Medina. It's NOT in the centre of the Medina as some reviews claim. It is in the slums: the very worst of them. It would be impossible to find it or travel to it directly, without getting (expensive) assistance from the Riyad's own, arranged, taxi assistance, where you have to walk (nothing wrong with that), the last 600 metres through the worst slum area - constantly pushed by young men on '2-stroke' polluting mopeds, haze of blue smoke under the covering roofs - whizzing past you in the narrow cobblestone passages, brushing you (no worse than that was experienced in our case, at least), at high speed. The immediate surroundings are filthy: animals, excreta, and (rotting) produce on stalls offered to eat, within feet, that cannot be avoided. There are no road signs: (= guaranteed to get lost), then descended on by a hoard of young testosterone-laden men: 'helpers', all demanding money. Arrive there after dusk? You'd better take a torch. There is no lighting in the last 80 metres to Riyad El Mezouar, and the narrow dirt path with major potholes, to the entrance door is just set perfect to sprain an ankle or worse, if you don't have visibilty.

It's expensive to rent for what it is, but I agree with previous reviews, that it is 'a bit of a haven'. Lovely inside - not outside. The rooms (we had the main Suite) are difficult to heat at night (remember, in January / February, the temperature differential in desert areas night to day, is very large).

You can't get casual food nearby (at least, that's not contaminated by flies and hygiene issues). We were offered 'stir fry Spleen' at a stall. Anyone fancy that? Look up your anatomy before deciding.

The Riyad staff, Nadia, and owner, Michel, are first class: couldn't be bettered - otherwise the visit would have been lower (much lower) than 3*. The Riyad's dinner, which we had on arrival, was good, but it wasn't worth 1000 DHs (about £70+). We had a better lunch 2 days later at Cafe French 3/4 mile away, at half the price.

Our comments on The Medina itself are listed separately: at your peril venture there as a tourist in the surrounding area before and after dusk. No Road / alleyway signs: guaranteed hustling by indigenous young men, all (with one exception, a gentleman - thank for that, whoever you were) looking to misdirect you, then redirect you 1/4 mile later, for one motive only: money. And you will be aggressively pursued for that: despite being forewarned, and saying 'no' / 'non' to their advances, it never stops. Be warned.

Would I stay there again? No. We've had our 'Reality Show' in the Medina. 48 hours is sufficient, at least for us. But then also, it's just a 20 minute walk to 'La Mamounia' for lunch (if you don't get lost), one of the World's Great Hotels (also inside the Medina), where we stayed during the last visit to the Medina. Money talks. If you can afford it. That's in the other (SW end) of the Medina. Chalk and cheese is the understatement of the year (at least, if not decade).

Good as a base for a day excursion, e.g to Essaouira, a port 2/12 hours away (and reasonable travel costs) - where you will see real Argan Oil production / sales, goats up trees eating the berries, great fish restaurants, and experience the way market stalls should be run. You won't see that in Marrakech, near Riyad El Mezouar, or even in Jemaa El Fna.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Beautiful and peaceful in the centre of the medina. Staff very helpful ordering taxis and suggesting excursions, and the evening meal was fantastic (better than Dar Moha and that's saying something!). Made my fortieth birthday one I will never forget.

  • Stayed November 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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milano
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Riad el mezouar is a lovely place in the hearth of the Medina, well located and very quiet. Only 5 rooms (2 suites, 1 deluxe, 2 rooms). The staff is very friendly and gives good suggestions. The food is EXCELLENT ( the best in Marrakech!). There is no SPA but you can ask massages in your room, absolout marvellous! You feel like in your home. It' a place to' stay!

Room Tip: Suites Are big and very nice. Rooms also, but with a little bathroom. There is'nt very much plac...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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bonn
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

This is a small luxury and very quiet Riyad, very helpful service, well located to be picked up by taxis. There are only 6 rooms/ appartments and you do see nor hear hardly anybody. It feels like it is your proper home. Breakfast is served whereever you want it, even on the roof terrace or in your room. The staff guides you to restaurants or other places to recommend. This was my second, but not my last time.

Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

This Riyad is one of the best. Quaint, rustic, comfortable, and exotic. The service is personal and professional. I would recommend staying here on your first visit..

Room Tip: Choose the largest room.. It's still a value.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

We had first visited the Riyad with our kids (12 & 14) in 2009 and all of us loved it. It is a very quiet place in the middle of the busy and noisy Medina. You immediately relax when entering the door. Rooms are very nice furnished, just pure and tastefull. The staff is extremly helpfull and friendly and makes any effort to make you feel home.
We came again this year and it had not changed at all. It was great to see, that the same staff worked there, still with the same enthusiasm.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Riyad El Mezouar

Address: 28, derb el Hammam | Issebtinne, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #459 of 1,072 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the medina of Marrakech, just off the souk and close to the Jemaa-el-Fna square, Riyad el Mezouar is a luxurious hideaway, constructed in a XVIIth and XVIIIth century mansion. It is an intimate address, with the feel of an elegant private aristocratic house. The guesthouse offers three Rooms and two Junior Suites over two floors, in an authentic atmosphere and style, un-ostentatious and highly refined, reminiscent of the universe of the ancient Moroccan palaces. Its interior courtyard is a peaceful garden retreat. ... more   less 
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