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Riad El Zohar
56 Derb El Hammam | Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #20 of 1,043 Marrakech B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic Riad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

What a wonderful place to stay and amazing value. An oasis of beauty and calm in the centre of the medina. We were a group of nine and had this gorgeous Riad to ourselves. We all agreed that our holiday of four nights would not have been so enjoyable were it not for the warmth of the welcome, kindness, useful information and amazing hospitality under the management of our hosts..British born Allan and his delightful French wife and her sister. We were told to treat our surroundings as home and it could not have been a more comfortable one! We were greeted with smiles by all the helpful staff and absolutely nothing was too much trouble. At our request Allan had arranged a pick up from the airport as well as the return arrangements and so from the moment of our arrival everything went smoothly. He also organised a gala evening for us complete with musicians and dancer. It was amazing. We ate at the Riad, where the food (especially the breakfasts where freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade yoghurt and melt in the mouth pancakes were a highlight) was truly delicious, but also dined at a local restaurant recommended by Allan which was superb. A terrific day was also spent in the Atlas mountains, again organised by Allan. Our spotlessly clean rooms and lovely bathrooms were beautifully furnished. We ate a superb "light" lunch one day under the tent on the roof terrace, which provided a tranquil place to relax after the hustle and bustle of the souks. Our whole experience made our first visit to Marakech unforgettable for all the right reasons. We were sad to leave and will no doubt return.

  • Stayed November 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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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Our relationship with the riad began before we even left England. Allan responded with good humour (and useful information) to my many emailed questions. From the point of our arrival at the riad, centrally located in the medina, to our departure 5 days later, you could not have asked for more helpful and hospitable hosts.All the rooms were beautifully furnished, beds were comfortable, and showers had plenty of hot water. Seemingly, no request was too much for Allan and his staff, and Allan was also a knowledgeable guide, taking us into the souk to show us good places to purchase items (and also pointing out not so good places!) Several of the group went to the cookery school and thoroughly enjoyed themselves, while the rest of us got to eat the results, which were delicious.
I would unreservedly recommend this riad if you are looking for somewhere that will positively enhance your holiday experience.

Room Tip: They're all good but we stayed in Talilit,on the first floor which was lovely.
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  • 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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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

The Riad is in the centre of the Medina with the souks less than 10 minutes walk away. The beautiful building is steeped in history which Allan is happy to explain. On arrival we were told to treat the Riad as our home, we were not confined to our bedroom we ate breakfast in the courtyard, sunned ourselves on the roof terrace, and sat by the open fire in the lounge on a chilly evening sipping wine! Cleanliness was of the highest standard and towels, robes and some toiletries supplied. Allan, Malika and Touria and there staff could not be more helpful, available day and night. Breakfast was a real treat with fresh fruit and daily home baked Moroccan delicacies. An information pack reviewed restaurants, maps were provided and we were taken to The Square to acclimatise us on the first day. I was nervous as I travelled with my daughter but I need not be we were given tips which really helped us appreciate Marrakech & although neither of us have a sense of direction we found our way around and had fun. We stayed 7 nights.We enjoyed the cookery lesson at the Riad including shopping for ingredients and our family loved the lemon & olive chicken. I thoroughly recommend staying at El Zohar and would love to return .

Room Tip: We stayed in the twin room but glimpsed in others and they were all decorated to the same high stand...
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  • Stayed November 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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Castell de Castells, Spain
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

What a fabulous place to stay, centrally located, less than 5 minutes walk from the Souks yet amazingly peaceful within the riad. Allan, Malika & their staff went out of their way to make us feel so at home, always on hand to guide us in the right direction with helpful tips and information and at the end of each day, there was always a warm welcome home and genuine interest in our daily adventures. The traditionally decorated rooms are comfortable, spacious & spotlessly clean and we were encouraged to feel at home in every part of the riad. We enjoyed most of our meals on the roof terrace, colourful breakfasts of orange juice, fruit, yogurt, homemade pancakes, cake and then, having ordered our meal for the evening, the wonderful scent of the herbs & spices drifting up from the kitchen whilst it was being prepared. All in all a great week, we felt safe, well looked after and left feeling like old friends.

  • Stayed November 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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Beverley, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This Riad is superb. In the middle of the Medina and on the edge of the Souks the friendly English and Moroccan owners and equally willing staff will greet you and advise you on each step of your visit. With only five rooms (and we had the Riad to ourselves for two days) there is plenty of time to interact with guests and for a very personal service. Nothing is too much trouble. Excellent advice was given from day one - from what to see to dealing with shop owners. We found everything we wanted within walking distance. The Riad is used as a house and home from home so guests have access to every space from the salon with it's welcome evening fire (at least in January!) to the roof terraces with both shade and open spaces for sun bathing. Tea and coffee is dispensed on demand by the lovely staff and is free. The meal and lunch we had at the Riad was great value and traditionally prepared. The shower in our room was great and the beds comfortable. I have no complaints at all and look forward to returning at some point and renewing my acquaintance with Allan and Malika. Brilliant fun!Thanks to all concerned. I would certainly recommend this to anyone but perhaps especially those visiting this wonderful city for the first time.

Room Tip: The rooms are all slightly different. Go to the Riad website and have a look. I don't think I wo...
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  • Stayed January 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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Beverley, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

The Riad El Zohar was an excellent place to stay so central. This was my first visit to Morrakech and it was made so much easier as the proprietors of the Riad were happy to impart all their knowledge of the area. Such a warm and friendly Riad, the staff were always on hand day or night to give friendly advice and help us to find our way around. I was taken to the spice shop by the owner so that I could by spices that were both excellent quality and value for money, including saffron at an exceedingly good price.
The Riad El Zohar has 5 rooms, we stayed in the Moulouya; the room was very comfortable for two people, with en-suite. Both of which were to a very high standard of cleanliness. There was plenty of room and storage and on the odd night when my partner snored too loud and took up the whole bed, there was a little extra place for me to put my head down for a couple of hours.
The Riad had was a very relaxed atmosphere with the proprietors checking in regularly with us making sure we were having a good time and able to do what we wanted to do. They were able to give advice on the best places to view and eat and also where we should be a little more vigilant.
The terrace in the Riad was a great place to catch the sun or to have afternoon tea under the shade. Complementary Tea and coffee was available on demand and was always served by cheery friendly staff. The evenings in the lounge with a blazing fire were just one of my favourite memories of the Riad. I would recommend this place for couples, families, travelling friends or even if you are on your own they have a room to suit all traveller and a warm friendly welcome for all.

  • Stayed January 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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We stayed here on our first visit to Marrakech for 5 nights over new year and this is definitely one of the most special places we have ever stayed. All the staff are constantly friendly and helpful even when you're demanding the fifth cup of mint tea that day and the owners Allan and Malika take a genuine interest in their guests which is rare to find. I'd definitely recommend taking advantage of the cooking lessons offered by the Riad - we helped to cook our new year's eve meal and ate it in front of an open fire which was lit especially for us by Erradi. Plus amazing breakfasts, fantastic shower and a location that manages to be both peaceful and right next door to all the manic action of the souks.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 56 Derb El Hammam | Mouassine, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #20 of 1,043 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A historic 18th century riad set in the Mouassine district at the very centre of the Medina - the old city - right at the start of the souks. Perfect riad for exploring the city & for exeriencing local life ... more   less 
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