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“EXCELLENT LOCATION, STAFF, FOOD AND ATMOSPHERE” 5 of 5 stars
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Riyad Al Moussika
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   62 Derb Boutouil | Kennaria, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #52 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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“EXCELLENT LOCATION, STAFF, FOOD AND ATMOSPHERE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

We had booked to stay here for three nights on a recent trip to Morocco, however, due to a problem with our booking we had to spend the first night in a neighbouring riyad - a 3 minute walk away. The Riyad Al-Moussika staff were most apologetic and up-graded us for the two remaining nights to a superior suite, plus a bottle of Proseco. Although this did not actually give us any hardship, it was a bit annoying to be told of the change a full month after our initial booking. Despite this we loved our time there and thoroughly recommend this riyad for a realxing stay in Marrakech.

We were met by an hotel representative at the airport who took over our luggage and provided a car/taxi which delivered us to the riyad and a welcome drink. The staff, headed by Hassan were very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble for them during our stay. The up-graded suite - Al Azrak or the Blue Suite - was large with delightfully decorated ceilings, a large walk-in wardrobe, 4 poster bed, tables, chairs and a desk. The stunning bathroom was well equipped and contained the largest bath I have ever seen - 10ft x 5ft x 3ft deep - which was totally impractical but fun - there was a shower!

The whole of this riyad is stunning with elegant balconies, a courtyard that doubles as a restaurant - Pepe Nero (see Trip Advisor restaurant guide), various dining and sitting rooms and a roof terrace. Breakfast was excellent with fresh orange juice and pastries, toast, various eggs and all served on the terrace.

Riyad Al-Moussika is a delightful and elegant building situated in a small, quiet lane and less than a 10 minute walk through narrow lanes to the exciting and colourful market square and souk in the Marrakech Medina. We had a really pleasant stay, thank you Hassan and your staff.

  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Riyad Al Moussika is a beautiful, peaceful place to relax and unwind after a busy day sight seeing and shopping in the souks!! Just a five minute walk from the main sqaure, it is the perfect place to stay. We stayed in the Green room which had it's own roof terrace, perfect for a bit of sunbathing. The room was spotless, with a view over the beautiful courtyard and pool. The breakfasts were great, as was the complimentary mint teas and pastries. We booked one evening in the restaurant of the Riyad,which was the best meal we had throughout our stay in Marrakech. The manager and staff were always friendly and willing to help. Would deffinately recommend.

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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Due to the special offer for February we decided to book a suite to celebrate our anniversary. We made a good choice and our holidays have been very pleasant. The blue suite is just amazing ...a dream. The level of the service very high and the breackfast,included on the fare, large and delicious.
A special thanks to Hassan the manager, who has been so helpful!

  • Stayed February 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Back to Marrakech, we wanted to make the experience of living in a traditional riad and our choice was completely successful. Riyad Al Moussika is a very special place: I was finally able to get an authentic experience of everyday life of the people of Marrakesh.
The riad is beautiful and has preserved the flavor of the past ... it is as if time had stopped a hundred years ago ...
The service is discreet, but very efficient, the experience of the hammam with traditional massage, the excellent and copious breakfast, have contributed to make our stay a unique experience!

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

From our first step into Riyad Al Moussika to our last wave good-bye, our stay was absolutely the best we have ever had! Our room with the hand painted ceilings, the fabulous breakfasts watching the birds bathe in the fountain, the tasty lunches provided each day, our hammam treats that relaxed our over shopped bodies, the mosaic floors, the amazing staff...every one of them always smiling, helpful and courteous ...every single aspect of the riyad is a work of art! We will be back!

  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

The pictures of the web site of Riyad Al Moussika do not succeed to give a correct image of this hotel, so we were very favourably impressed when we arrived by its real beauty ...Magnificent! We stayed in the gorgeous green suite that has a private terrace where we had our late breakfast, (delicious!) taking advantage of the sun that despite the season was quite hot. This hotel is in the centre of the old medina, but it is quiet and a few minutes distance from the main square.
The service of the young team of boys is attentive and fast.. They really satisfy all your requests in a professional way.
Orange juice freshly made, Italian expresso, capuccinos and teas with yummy homemade patisserie at any time are included on room’s fare as the use of the hammam and the airport transfers. We will come back one day.

  • Stayed January 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

This was our first trip to Marrakech and Morocco, and what a wonderful welcome it was to stay at this haven of peace, charm and elegance in the bustling medina - steps away from the action, but extremely quiet, located at the end of a small alley.

We were picked up at the airport (included in our room rate) around 11pm, and, after a 15-min drive, arrived at the Riyad, transported into a different world, a different age... Mr. Hassan and Abdel, who were fantastic hosts around the clock, greeted us with mint tea in the courtyard, our bags were taken care of, and we immediately felt at home.

We absolutely loved our large room (the Al Alzrak suite or "blue suite"), which gave out on one of the courtyards. It has a large fourposter bed, from which you can gaze up to the beautifully painted wooden ceiling, and is tastefully furnished, has a huge walk-in closet, and a separate entrance that leads to the roof terrace. The marble bathroom is amazing, with the largest bath tub (with three steps!) ever - you could almost swim in it, fit for an emperor! As it gets quite cold at night in December-January, the excellent heating system (on when we arrived) was most welcome.

All personnel was very friendly, and pur hosts went out of their way to make this a memorable stay. They helped us to rent a car for a week for our explorations beyond Marrakech (excellent, brand new vehicle for reasonable price, delivered at the Riyad), and, when we left, Abdel drove in front of us on his scooter to show us the way out of town!

The Riyad also has an excellent restaurant, Pepenero, which serves fantastic Italian and Moroccan food. We ate here every evening, in the courtyard, as the food was so good, and the ambience fabulous. We were offered a glass of prosecco free of charge, with a delicious amuse bouche. It is important to book a table, as the restaurant has an excellent reputation as one of the very best in town, so many people come to dine or have lunch.

Breakfast is a feast as well, with delicious orange juice, fresh fruits, excellent yoghurt, eggs any style, Moroccan pancakes, croissants, rolls and much more!

We enjoyed our two nights (26 and 27 December) in the Riyad Al Moussika so much that, after our week of touring, we decided to stay there again for our last night in Morroco. We weren't disappointed: same warm welcome, and very relaxing last day. We were offered the same room, discounted because we came back!

We strongly recommend the Riyad Al Moussika and would not hesitate to return. Many thanks to the hosts and their staff for such a delightful stay.

Stayed December 2012
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Additional Information about Riyad Al Moussika

Address: 62 Derb Boutouil | Kennaria, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#39 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#140 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Riyad Al Moussika 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Al Moussika - For comfort, style and refinement. THE Riad experience in Marrakech! Situated in the ancient medina of Marrakech, five minutes walk from place Jemaa El Fna, the Riyad was once one of the residences of the former Pasha of Marrakech, Thami El Glaoui, and has been refurbished to a very high standard in the Andalucian style. One of the gates of Riyad Al Moussika opens on to a garden with old cypress trees soaring to the sky, a huge bougainvillea climbing across the pergolas, a swimming pool, in the centre or, more precisely, an Andalucian basin thirteen meters long, tiled with a mosaic carpet design. Here water falls from a white Carrara marble fountain to the songs of numerous small birds creating an idyllic scenario, in spite of being in the heart of central medina. A fireplace gives the winter evenings a cosy atmosphere, as do the impressive modern paintings, carpets, sofas and armchairs. There is a hi-fi system and an art deco Pleyel grand piano perfectly tuned for the pleasure of the guests. The Turkish bath or hammam in white marble with a relax room where, on request, a professional masseur can take care of the guests. There is a unique view of the medina and the Atlas Mountains from the two terraces that are sheltered partially with wooden pergolas and surrounded by large terracotta flower vases. Tables, comfortable armchairs with cushions and teak chaises-long allow guests to request breakfast and candle lit dinner, as well as to sunbathe during the day. On one of the terraces there is a pavilion with Moroccan sofas, cushions and lamps should some of the guests prefer a more intimate space. The resident Chef, Grand Diploma Cordon Bleu, has devoted his life to gastronomy and invites lovers of fine dining to experience his repertoire of Moroccan, Italian and French cuisine at the haute Cuisine riyad's Restaurant PEPE NERO. There are 4 double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathroom. All rooms have air-conditioning / heating system, telephone with external line, television with the major satellite channels (BBC, CNN etc.), Internet wireless connection is available and DVD in the music room. ... more   less 
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