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Riyad Al Moussika
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   62 Derb Boutouil | Kennaria, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #67 of 469 Hotels in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, United Kingdom
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“Peace and tranquility”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Having stayed at Riyad al Moussika several times in the past my visit this week confirmed that it is one of the best places to stay in Marrakech. The Riyad is situated in the Medina (the old town) but the moment you enter it you leave behind the bustle and noise of the street and find yourself in an oasis of tranquility. The building is a former Pasha’s Palace, there are only four bedrooms all of which are beautifully decorated and look out onto peaceful courtyards where the only noise is the singing of birds and the burbling of the fountains. There are two terraces to sit and enjoy the sunshine and the restaurant, Pepe Nero, is said to be one of the best in Marrakesch. Judging from the dinner we enjoyed I can confirm this is true. The staff are exemplary - charming, efficient and helpful - in fact nothing is too much trouble.

If you are thinking of spending a few days in Marrakesch you should definitely consider this Riyad

Room Tip: My personal favourite room is Al Akhdar which has the benefit of its own secluded roof terrace.
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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I have just returned from a week in Marrakech, where we stayed in the Riyad Al Moussika. The riyad is located down a little side street 5 minutes walk from Jemaa Al Fna. As soon as we arrived the staff couldn't do enough for us. We were invited into the library for mint tea and Morrocan pastries and then given a tour of the riyad. Which had two courtyards, one with a pool one with a fountain and both decorated beautifully. Our room the "Al Boutikali" room was decorated in a traditional Morrocan style and was larger than most double rooms you get in hotels of this price. The whole riyad was spotlessly clean and the water in our room which came in a glass bottle was replaced daily. Although you only pay for bed and breakfast, you are able to request all non alcoholic drinks whenever you want for no extra charge and these always get served with a selection of fresh moroccan pastries. The breakfast was served in the courtyard and because there are only 4 rooms in the riyad it's normally very peaceful at breakfast and the waiter serves the food quickly. The breakfast menu is set and consists of fresh yoghurt, fruit, orange juice, pastries and eggs cooked to order and fresh coffee/tea. The food was delicious, but an area they could improve would be to vary the breakfast because after 7 days of the same breakfast we did get a bit bored of it. The food in the restaurant which is part of the hotel, Pepe Nero is amazing and we ate there 2 nights and had great food and great service both times. The best thing about this riyad apart from the amazing decoration was the staff who were all incredibly nice, helpful and welcoming. One evening we wanted to go to a particular restaurant but weren't sure how to get there, so the riyad staff booked us a table there and ordered us a taxi which was much cheaper than if we had got a taxi off the street ourselves. The riyad also organise and pay for a taxi to and from the airport for you. I cannot praise this riyad enough, we had an amazing stay with them and would recommend it to anyone.

Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We've just had 5 nights here. We've had a number of stays in ?Morocco and Marrakech but the first time that we've chosen a riad. Ok, it isn't a luxury hotel and that takes a day to get used to - no reception, sometimes no-one around etc, but as the stay went on we enjoyed the peace and calm. There are only 4 rooms - 2 suites and 2 singles/small doubles. Our suite was large, beautiful painted ceilings and doors, a very comfy bed and a huge bathroom with large sunken bath - all marble. This riad is an old pasha's palace and is lovely. There are some small points, like choice of chairs and big outdoor gas heaters (open fires would have been so much nicer) but the staff are lovely, caring, attentive etc. it's a 5 minute walk to the main square but back from the streets and behind the gate, it's very peaceful. The real draw? The restaurant - Pepe Nero - fusion of Moroccan and Italian cooking. Food is absolutely delicious - beautifully presented and a terrific choice. It's no surprise that the restaurant is packed each of the 6 nights it's open (not Mondays) and the 'phone seems to ring constantly. Even if you don't stay here, do consider eating here. Breakfast is included and can be had in your room - we had fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh warm pastries and good coffee - omelettes also offered.

Room Tip: There are only 4! One of the 2 suites has it's own roof terrace.
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  • Stayed January 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

i can't rate this hotel enough. From the moment we arrived till the moment we left, we were treated like royalty. Our suite was like something out of a movie. Spacious and incredibly comfortable. The extra bonus of this riad is the in-house restaurant (Pepe Nero). Delicious food and you can choose between Moroccan or Italian cuisine. The restaurant was full every night which is testament to how good it is. Our breakfasts were pretty good each morning and great coffee! The riad's location is also superb. Nice and close to the main square and basically to everything! I would encourage anyone to stay here. It was undoubtedly the best "hotel" experience I've ever had. They also arrange airport transport for you. Everything was so easy! Oh and the pool is divine. Nice and cold for those hot days. You can also sit on the balcony at night and look over the pool if your in the royal suite. This review really doesn't do the place justice or explain how incredible the staff were. I hope they read this and see how grateful we are for the last 6 days of paradise.

Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The driver sent by the riad pulled into a dusty, non-descript square with no telltale sign of a hotel. We proceeded on foot through an alley off the square, soon arriving at a door with a Pepe-Nero Restaurant sign marking the entrance to the Riyad Al-Moussika. It felt tranquil inside standing in the entryway next to a rose-filled fountain in front of a pretty pool flanked by large trees and lush plants, especially after traveling through Marrakech from the airport. The manager, Hassan, greeted and directed me upstairs for a welcome of mint-tea and pastries while I filled out the required paperwork in the comfort of the library. My room was just past the library while friends had a double-room at the head of the stairs on the opposite end of the balcony.

The single room was comfortable but not large, though the bathroom was fairly good size with a large bathtub with shower. The interior feels elegant with a brass double bed and some Moroccan/European accents. But some might see it as simply furnished with a flat-screen TV on a narrow open cabinet, small side desk, nightstand, and chair. There is sufficient shelf storage and a small hanging space in the closet, but no in-room safe. The glass entry door has outer wooden doors that when closed work well to keep out noises from the hallway. A small window looks out over the inner courtyard and inside wooden shutters help keep out the noise from dinner guests at night.

The restaurant was one reason for booking our stay here, and we were not disappointed. Dinner can be 2 or 3-courses and include Moroccan or Italian dishes or a combination of both (I believe the owner is actually Italian). The 3-course dinner was enjoyed, but found to be a bit too much for us. My friend’s birthday was the day before, during our travel to Morocco, and we mentioned during booking that we’d like to celebrate her birthday with dinner at Pepe-Nero on the night of our arrival. They surprised her with a wonderful apricot sponge / chocolate mousse birthday cake, which was an unexpected nice touch (and delicious).

Breakfast was set up in the inner courtyard with its centerpiece rose-filled fountain and surrounding ornamental orange trees. We were told the fruit was very bitter and not used for the fresh squeezed orange juice at our table (so don’t pick any for a snack later). Breakfast is a mix of European and Moroccan fare with muesli, fruits, eggs made to order, Moroccan crepe-like pancakes, and pastries. Afternoon tea and cookies/pastries are offered and you can take the service on the small rooftop balcony, though we didn’t find too much of a view except for Marrakech rooftops.

The riad is within the medina and easy walking distance to the Jemaa el-Fna square. Another advantage to the riad housing the Pepe-Nero Restaurant is that there are signs along the road to the square directing people to the restaurant so it’s easy to find your way back.

There are only 5 rooms in the riad and when you see the number of tables set up downstairs, plus the fact that the entrance shows the restaurant and not riad name, you realize that the restaurant is the main focus and money maker. You need to accept this if you decide to stay here. However, it doesn’t seem to distract from the service provided for those staying at the riad. All the staff was great from the manager Hassan along with those that served us at dinner and breakfast. Al-Moussika in Marrakech set a high standard for the other riads that we tried during our travel through Morocco.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

We had very high expectations for this riad as we had read many reviews and it came highly recommended. It was beautiful but seemed a bit dated and the rooms a bit small especially for the price and compared to other places we had stayed. Overall the focus seemed to be on the restauarant and the rooms an afterthought. Our first night in town we were tired and just wanted to relax and unfortunately every public space was filled with restaurant guests. In the library guests were waiting for their table and unfortunately they were loud and drunk and we felt unwelcome. We could not really relax in our room as it was small with only one desk chair. There was nowhere to relax on the first floor at all in or in any of the courtyard areas. In addition because the courtyard is part of the restaurant it was very noisy and the noise lasted until 11-midnight, including a singing of Happy Birthday that woke us up. We knew there was a restaurant on the premises we just didn't expect it to be the focus. Also on our first day we couldn't get anything to eat at 3 pm because they were getting ready for the restaurant and there was always a constant bustle going on in anticipation of the evening. The roof top terrace was also not inviting, there is no view and all of the furniture was covered up. The welcoming sweets and tea were very good as was the breakfast food. Unfortunately the service at breakfast was extremely slow and unattentive and we felt very awkward. We finally had to ask for coffee after sitting there for 30 minutes and breakfast itself took almost 45 minutes even though there was only one other couple there. We weren't asked if we wanted anything like eggs although they were available. Unfortunately the staff seemed very indifferent. On the other hand,the manager was very helpful and friendly and went out of his way to make sure we had a nice visit. He seemed a little overworked and was very understanding when we said the riad was not what we were expecting and wanted to move. If you want to eat at the restaurant every night and be a part of their rhythm this is probably a nice place to stay, just make sure you know what to expect. We wanted a nice serene, romantic place where we could relax and unfortunately were not able to do that here.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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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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Additional Information about Riyad Al Moussika

Address: 62 Derb Boutouil | Kennaria, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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:
#52 Romantic 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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