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“An Oasis of Delight and Serenity” 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 #62 of 462 Hotels in Marrakech
London
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“An Oasis of Delight and Serenity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Riyad Al Moussika is the most gorgeous place to stay that I can imagine. You enter down a small alleyway through a door marked PepeNero (the hotel's restaurant) and are immediately in an open courtyard with ornamental fountains and pool, tall trees and bright flowers.

We found this place online and booked with Chahid one of the suites......... totally perfect with it's own Loggia and access to the roof terrace. We also booked dinner the first night at PepeNero. ~The food is perfect and they cooked a vegetarian meal for me on request.

Hassan and the staff here are delightful, efficient and can't do enough for you. The Hammam at the hotel was a wonderful experience followed by a massage which we did twice during our stay.

The building itself has been lovingly restored and is a work of art. The photos tell all. This is a place to relax, feel pampered and totally enjoy. It's location is perfect and you can walk anywhere in the Medina from here. Hassan also arrange for a day trip out to the Atlas Mountains which is a must.

I can't thank everyone at Riyad Al Moussika enough for a memorable, perfect holiday.

Room Tip: The suites are lovely but as there are only 6 rooms (I think) any would work.
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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cambridge, england
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

My wife and I endorse all the praise that is heaped on Al Moussika, and particularly the praise heaped on the staff. Hassan the manager was exceptionally helpful, friendly, and attentive, and in the restaurant his waiters were among the most efficient we've ever encountered. Their professionalism was extraordinary. Hassan and a couple of the waiters taught us more about Moroccan politics and manners than we could acquire from the guidebooks. They helped us feel as connected to the country as is possible in a five-night visit.

The hotel reviews in tripadvisor don't immediately link with the restaurant reviews - but in this case the two shouldn't be separated. Before we got there we hadn't realised that the PepeNero restaurant was in the Riad and that we could eat there every night without running the gauntlet of the medina's streets in search of good food. We did eat there every night bar one. Whereas the riad was half-empty in our time there (there are only 5 bedrooms), the restaurant, seating about 40, was always full of customers from elsewhere. You must book beforehand, and make sure you have a table in the courtyard under the orange trees.

The food wasn't cheap, but it was cheaper than London, and the some of the dishes (Italian as well as Moroccan) were first class - as one would expect in what tripadvisor classifies as the 2nd best restaurant in Marrakech. There were a couple of uninteresting pasta dishes; but at their best (the Moroccan lamb) they were superb. Only Moroccan wine is served, but it was good stuff on the whole.

Altogether a very happy stay, to be repeated should we ever return to Marrakech. And our warmest thanks again to Hassan and his wonderful staff.

On the one (Monday) night when the restaurant is closed we ate at Les Jardins de la Medina: second-rate food at exorbitant prices, and service that was a little too pleased with itself - altogether a pretentious rip-off compared to Al Mossika.

Al Mossika is hard to find on foot, though taxis can make their way through the medina maze to deliver you a couple of hundred yards away from its not very well signposted door. Still, one soon learns, and most places are within walking distance, if you're fit.

Although the bedrooms and courtyards are beautiful, they are quite small, so the whole experience is rather 'enclosed' - as riads of course are meant to be. This guarantees peace and quiet as well as freedom from the petrol pollution of the alleys (scooters!), but after a while one does yearn for vistas and space. Bedroom lighting tends to be puzzlingly dim.

Room Tip: we asked to be (and were) moved from the double room over the kitchens because of noise.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

I cannot recommend Riyad Al Moussika more highly. We were two friends traveling together staying in a twin bedded room. All of the rooms were beautiful with hand painted doors and ceilings in Moroccan style. The public spaces were light and equally as inviting. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted and offered delicious mint tea and pastries. The manager Hassan was incredibly gracious at all times and arranged for a traditional hammam experience in the hotel, and arranged other tours and reservations that we were interested in as well. We had the opportunity to dine in the hotel's popular courtyard restaurant "Pepe Nero", serving Italian and Moroccan dishes, and it was delicious. Breakfast was included in the price, and was served in a lovely dining room. We had fresh squeezed orange juice daily, as well as fresh baked pastries, crepes, fresh fruit, yogurt, and omelets. As wonderful as the meals and atmosphere were, I think the thing that was most outstanding was the service of everyone that we encountered at the Riyad. If I have the opportunity to visit Marrakech again, I would certainly return to this lovely Riyad. It was an oasis of calm and beauty in the Medina.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

My husband and I spent 5 days at Riyad Al Moussika this Valentine's. We had an amazing experience -- the place is absolutely lovely - nice done up, and comfortable. It was fully booked when we went, so we got a tiny room, but it was still worth the experience. The common areas were really beautiful as well - the courtyards, eating area, library, etc. It felt like staying in a royal yet home style accommodation. I also spent a lot of time in the terrace, soaking the sun. What bliss!

The staff is very warm, welcoming, and helpful...always smiling! As others mentioned, Hassan (the manager), is extremely nice, resourceful, and helpful. The hammam's great too (we went twice).

I especially liked the food at Al Moussika - the two dinners we had at Pepe Nero restaurant were superlative experiences / meals. As others mentioned, the breakfast can get a bit repetitive (we had it four times, which was just about enough), because it's the same menu everyday, but I must mention that unlike what other reviewers said, you can actually order stuff over and above the set yoghurt, fruit, and pastry menu. We ordered omelettes, Moroccan coffee, etc. and loved it all. Try the omelette with tomatoes and onions - it's delicious! I also loved the mint tea and Moroccan pastries they offered us everyday - it's really good. And the drinks (water, juices, tea, etc) were free, so we didn't feel ripped off!

We had such a good experience at Al Moussika that I really hope to go back soon, and do it all over again.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Washington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We stayed at the Riad with my brother and his wife. Both rooms were lovely. The service is perfect. Rooms are always cleaned and tea is offered on return from shopping. Lots of little details like that. Fresh flowers everywhere. Everyone wants to make guests welcome and is constantly checking to see if you feel welcome, and if there is anything they can improve. We intend to go back next year.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

My wife and I travelled in January for a weekend trip stay at Al Moussika. We booked quite late but reckon got a good deal for the price we paid.

Airport pick-up was hassle free as the driver was quite knowledgeable and professional. Upon the arrival, everyone was busy serving at the restaurant but we were still greeted by one of the staff and room was ready for us. We tried dinner at its restaurant - with Moroccan/Italian fusion, very tasty and atmosphere is great: music, orange tree and beautiful settings.

Room deco is great if you fancy something exotic. In the evening, temperature can be very low and heating was very good indeed. Bed was a bit over soft so didn't sleep that well.

The next day morning breakfast was served by one of their staff. I would say choices are quite limited, although pastries were all very tasty. This is something this riyad can potentially improve. You have such a nice restaurant and why not offer guests for better and more choices?

The management is overall very efficient and competent. I exchanged a few emails with Hassan and he sorted out pretty much everything for me, a bit thank you to him. Another thing the riyad could improve is to equip more necessities: tooth brush,tooth paste change charge etc.

Overall I will rate this place 4 out of 5, simply because there are a few more things to improve.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Stamford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Every bit as good as we had hoped. Excellent service, comfortable room, very good hammam, help and advice on days out and absolutely delicious food. A very relaxed environment. We will return next spring.

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#45 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#147 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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