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“tranquility amidst the bustling city” 4 of 5 stars
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Ryad El Borj
63 Derb Moulay Abdelkader | Derb Dabachi, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #238 of 1,053 Marrakech B&B and Inns
York, United Kingdom
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“tranquility amidst the bustling city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

There was good communication after we had booked the ryad, and we didn't take them up on the offer of helping us find it, you should. It is right in the heart of the city, a 2 minute walk from the main square and in amongst the souks. With that in mind we couldn't believe how peaceful the ryad was as soon as you opened the door. We had breakfast on the terrace each morning and mint tea whenever we asked. The courtyard was beautiful with trees and tiles. The pool was very cold and across the street, but ours was more of a winter break and didn't affect us. I don't think we could have had a better location or place to stay on our trip to Marrakesh.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We stayed for three nights in the Riad and had a great time. Daniel and his staff were all very helpfull. We really enjoyed the breakfast served on the terrace. The riad is perfectly placed to visit all of the attractions in and around the square.

  • Stayed December 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We (family of four with two teenagers) stayed three nights in the smaller of the two Riads, which we had to ourselves. Like the main Riad, it has the most beautiful courtyard with orange trees and the addition of a very striking plunge pool at the heart of it. Both Riads have been renovated and decorated with a lovely taste for authenticity. We were thrilled to arrive to such luxurious, exotic and quietly beautiful surroundings and were very pleased with the rooms which were most comfortably appointed and which had the smallest of details attended to, fresh roses included. We were welcomed by the owner Daniel himself who couldn't have done more to make our arrival, visit and departure any better or smoother. The staff, too, are to be commended for their helpfulness, kindness and attention. His cook is fabulous and we strongly advise you to book a meal or two there - the two meals we ate here were without doubt the best meals of our stay in Morocco. Breakfast on the terrace is a pleasure and delicious (plentiful too!). It's quiet, despite being a five minute walk along the busy souks from the Djema el Fnaa and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. We will definitely be coming back to the Ryad el Borj on our next visit to Marrakech and couldn't recommend it highly enough - thank you Daniel and all of your staff for such a wonderful taste of what we hope is much more to come.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

We recently stayed at Riad el Borj for 3 nights in the Douireya suite and one night in the Suite el menzeh and would completely recommend both for your stay at Riad el Borj.
The owner, Daniel, was away when we visited, but was in contact via email and his staff were very helpful and attentive. Had the best meal of our trip here as well. Breakfast was delicious. Drive from airport was on time and took us as close to riad as possible, there was then a porter there to take our bags the rest of the way.

This is the riad experience I was hoping to get. The terrace is beautiful and very comfortable. If you are in the el Menzeh suite you can actually go up onto the roof and have an exceptional view of the entire medina and koutoubia minaret.

Will definitely stay here again next time I come to Marrakech

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

We stayed two nights in this lovely Riad. In the middle of the medina only 5 minutes away from Jemaa el Fna this Riad is a peaceful, clean and green (a lot of trees and plants) place to recover from the hectic city.
Daniel, the owner, organisied a pick-up from the airport and someone who brought us with our luggage safely (without getting lost) to the Riad. Daniel gave us a map and a lot of helpful and interesting tips for Marrakesh.
The breakfast was delicious and the Riad's staff was cordially and always had a smile on the lips. The roof-top terrace is very nice too, although a little too hot in the summer months (for us).
We stayed in one of the two rooms in the little Riad, only one minute away from the main building. There you find the very charming (but small) pool to get refreshed and a very nice hang-out area, which you all share with the other Riad-guests. We loved our quiet room with the extravagant bathroom.
If we come back to Marrakesh we surely would stay here again!

Room Tip: The two rooms in the little Riad are very quiet and have a very nice hang-out area with a big tree i...
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  • Stayed May 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

My husband and I stayed in this Riad over Christmas and we could not have asked for a better place. Our host was the owner Daniel himself. He does not live on site but was there every day to ensure everything ran smoothly. The rooms were clean, the beds firm and the showers hot. The roof terrace is a real sun trap and an oasis of peace. Breakfast included some fantastic home made yogourt delicious.
Daniel could not have been more helpful particularly when my husband was not well. He also booked our onward train tickets and helped us book a 3 day excursion into the the desert.
This is a great place to stay if you want to be in the middle of the souks and yet it was amazingly quiet. The only outside noise one could hear was the sounds from nearby mosques calling the faithful to prayer.
The staff were very friendly and helpful even when we asked for especially early morning breakfasts. I would not hesitate to recommend this Riad to others and if I ever return this is the place I would come back to.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

The riad is in the very center of the medina (old town Marrakech) about 5 minutes from the main square. It is like a little paradise in the middle of the crazy city. The weather was nice enough (at Christmas time) for us to have breakfast and later sunbath on the rooftop terrace during the day.

During the renovation most of the original decoration, woodwork was kept so the design is very authentic and pretty. The owner of the riad (a French guy) was very welcoming and he gave us useful tips (for restaurants etc). Merci! His staff is also good.

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms are probably sunnier and some have a private terrace.
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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
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Address: 63 Derb Moulay Abdelkader | Derb Dabachi, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #238 of 1,053 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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