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“Beautifully Decorated Riad and Wonderful Hospitality” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Eden
25, Derb Jdid | Riad Zitoune Lakdim - Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #171 of 1,065 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Beautifully Decorated Riad and Wonderful Hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Riad Eden for two nights at the beginning of our trip to Morocco and then returned for our two finals nights in the country. We are so glad that we chose to spend all of our nights in Marrakech at this riad! The owners, Jerome and Sana, are very friendly as are all of the staff at the riad. We truly felt at home while staying here.

We stayed in the datte room, which is full of character and beautiful decorations. The bed was comfortable and there was plenty of room for the two of us to move around. The room is on the ground floor and is accessed from the courtyard which means that any conversations taking place in the courtyard are loud. Luckily for us, no one was making noise after hours so this was not a disturbance at all. There are only six rooms in the riad so I wouldn't anticipate noise being a problem at night even in the first floor rooms.

The dinner that we had at the riad was the best that we had during our week long stay in Morocco. We were simply asked what we would like to have for dinner and the following night our requests were accommodated. My husband had a meat tangine with a lovely salad, while I had vegetable couscous with an aubergine (eggplant) appetizer - both were amazing. We had fruit pastilla for dessert. It truly was fantastic. We chose to have breakfast on the terrace each morning which was a great start to our day. Any breakfast time was able to be accommodated.

The location of the riad is great - tucked away on a side street just far enough from the square that you are away from most of the hustle and bustle - but still a very short walk to the souk, restaurants/cafes, and sights in Marrakech.

The service that we received at this riad and the hospitality from the owners and staff are what made our stay so enjoyable. I would recommend this riad to anyone traveling to Marrakech and hope that we are able to return someday!!

  • Stayed October 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Admittedly we only stayed at Riad Eden for the entire of our Moroccan trip, however it provided the haven we needed in the midst of the Marrakech madness! As a few others have suggested in their reviews, the management has changed very recently, but we had a fantastic time with brilliant service so I can only assume that Jerome and Sana are keeping up the standards of the previous owners.

We stayed in the Chocolate suite - it was nicely designed with authentic Moroccan pieces and a lovely little private balcony overlooking the courtyard of the Riad. Upon arriving, Jerome sat with us and offered his advice on the best bits of Marrakech to explore during our week long stay. He was also very helpful about the culture and keeping safe, which was incredibly useful. The breakfast was brilliant each morning - we noticed with other residents the lovely ladies who cooked in the Riad were open to requests, however we let them surprise us each morning and I'd highly recommend this... Moroccan pancakes are delicious! On the subject of food, I would highly recommend eating in the Riad. We tried a few different places during our time in Marrakech, but by far the food at Riad Eden was the best. Homemade, authentic Moroccan salads, tangines, couscous, desserts and wine, and each night we had the living room to ourselves for a peaceful and tasty meal. We ate in the Riad four times during our stay and tried almost all of the menu - it's all fantastic but our favourites would be the avocado salad, chicken tagine and the apple pastilla dessert. If you'd like to eat in the Riad, be aware that you'll need to choose your dishes in the morning so let Jerome or Sana know in advance.

Riad Eden is in a good location, less than five minutes from the square and souks, but hidden away enough to be peaceful. The top roof terrace is lovely to sunbathe or read on with a good view, and we had breakfast on the lower terrace each day too. It may be a little tricky to find on your first day, so we had a 'guide' help us from where the taxi dropped us off, to the Riad. Once you know how to get to the Riad however, it's really straight forward and we had no problems.

All in all we had a brilliant time and would highly recommend Riad Eden to anyone looking to visit Marrakech. It may not be the cheapest Riad available in the city, but it was definitely worth the money from our experience! Jerome and Sana were wonderful hosts who went beyond the basic requirements (helping us get our own traditional Moroccan tagine, advising from a local's perspective on prices for pieces we wanted to buy so we knew what to haggle for, etc etc) and the wonderful people who work at the Riad with them made our holiday relaxing and very enjoyable.

  • Stayed October 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

This Riad now has a new owner, Joe. Emmanuel is no longer here. This turned out to be a disappointment - only look at reviews from the 1st of September 2013 on for this Riad.

Be aware that the owner smokes on premise and I assume allows guests to to so as well. If you are a non-smoker no not stay here! We were sitting upstairs on the terrace and could smell the tobacco smoke from down below.

We were double charged for airport transport. Good thing we had printed out our original reservation with the airport transport charge on it. Can not pay by credit card, and the room bill was presented in the evening, hand written on a scrap of paper, not added up properly (overcharged), and told the credit card machine was not working and we needed to pay cash. We asked for a receipt of all charges, Rashid, the nice young man left in charge, informed us he would let Joe know. We have not yet received a receipt.

The Riad is beautiful, close to the main square and the staff, Rashid, Zahara and Saida are great! We thank them for looking after us.

Be aware when you book this Riad that it is under new ownership and most of the reviews are not relevant!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here for a few days- it was he nicest riad we stayed in for the whole trip! We had the cheapest room available but it was beautiful and very comfortable. The manager was very friendly and helped us book trips and navigate around the city.

The breakfast is delicious and on our last night we had to leave at 6AM and so they set it up at 5AM especially for us! The terrace is good for sunbathing (since you can't really do it on the beaches) and has a good view over the city.

It is very close to the main square (~5 mins by foot). I would definitely recommend this hotel.

Visited February 2010

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

My girlfriend and I had planned a 2 week trip to see different cities in Morocco. Unfortunately, she got really sick by day 4 at Agadir - we even spent a couple of nights in the hospital - and decided to go back home to recover.

Riad Eden was the only riad that still charged us for the full length of our stay after knowing our situation. We asked for our reservation to be cancelled 3-4 days before the expected start date, but Emmanuel claimed that the riad policy was not to accept cancellations if fewer than 7 days were left until the start date.

Happily, we had better luck with all the other riads we had booked. All of them refunded us, even if we gave them a shorter notice than we had loved to, considering this event as a one-off.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

First of all very well located, close to but not in the hustle and bustle of the commercial areas. The Riad is stylishly decorated, the staff helpful and the owners very friendly, welcoming and responsive. Certainly recommended as your choice for Marrakesh.

  • Stayed August 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 June 23, 2013

I'm 6 months tardy in writing this review; it is of no less value. My wife, dear friends from Las Vegas and I spent the New Year's holiday at this wonderful hotel. Emmanuel and Hélène are among the finest hosts in Africa that I have come across in my 29 years of US Government service, including diplomatic duty. They rival the fine hosts that I experience in my current location of Tuscany, Italy. They spent a great of time with us, asking us of our Moroccan desires and helping us best plan our itinerary. They provided valuable advice to maximize our 4-day stay, including the best restaurants, spas, shopping areas, and unique touring areas. Hélène went so far as to assist us personally on a shopping trip. Emmanuel made sure that fine Moroccan wine was always available to us. I realize that Emmanuel and Hélène did not have to do any of this; however, they genuinely care about their guests and want them to enjoy Marrakesh as much as they do.
The Riad Eden captures the character and charm of what Arabia once was and probably should be. It does this while providing comfortable accommodations and attentive service.
I highly recommend the Riad Eden to anyone desiring the true Marrakesh experience. There is no question, I will return here upon my next journey to this city.

  • Stayed December 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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Address: 25, Derb Jdid | Riad Zitoune Lakdim - Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #171 of 1,065 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 6
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