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“Wonderful welcome to an oasis of tranquility in the Medina” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Habiba
82, derb Jemmaa | Riad Zitoun Jdid - Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #586 of 1,065 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Scotland
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“Wonderful welcome to an oasis of tranquility in the Medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2010

We found Riad Habiba through Splendida.com - and had few expectations. We arrived to the taxi parking, were led down a few alleyways in the South medina, left the chaos behind and stepped into a delightful, stylishly decorated oasis of calmness and tranquility. Our room was (appropriately named) the Zen room and because the Riad has only 4 rooms, it can never really get noisy*.
The best asset of this Riad however, is its staff. Naima, the manager is a passionate and fascinating woman with loads of insight into the local area and culture. She speaks fluent french and has very good English. If you speak French, you will get the most value from her insights. She got excellent deals for us on transport to Imlil and gave me very good advice on a purchase in the Souq.

Samir, the night manager, is, by contrast, quiet, gentle, smiling but, like Naima, always ready to help.

Mention should also go to Fatim-Za and her colleague - who clean up but also gave me excellent advice on the Arabic alphabet, which I was learning.

Thumbs up all round for Riad Habiba!

(*One small point re noise - despite only a few rooms, the glass, marble and wooden surfaces and the interior courtyard means that noise still carries - so light sleepers, don't abandon earplugs just yet).

  • Stayed November 2010, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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NYC
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2010

I stayed here last week with my boyfriend who is Moroccan. Its located in a safe and quiet area of the Medina a nice walk from the J'ma F'na Square. Naima, the hotel manager and Samir, the night manager are amazing, warm, friendly hosts. They picked us up from a taxi area, offered sound advice about dining and tourist information. The riad is small- 4 rooms- and is simple and elegant. I stayed in the Moroccan Suite on the 2nd Floor- it was large and had a fireplace. Everything worked, everything was great. I loved this place and hope to stay there again next time I am in Marrakech.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Amsterdam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2010

Charming atmosphere, close to the souqs, main square, etc. Not easy to find or get to, though, as you have to negotiate a maze of unpaved alleyways.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2008

Our holiday did not get off to the best start as my boyfriend lost/had his wallet stolen in Marrakech airport. However,this experience was soon forgotten once we'd entered the beautiful riad. Aatif, the manager, was extremely sympathetic and even phoned Marrakech airport for us to see if the wallet had been found.

Despite our late arrival Aatif spent time ringing around the best of the local restaurants until he had secured us a booking at the excellent Kozybar. He then got a member of staff, Samir, to accompany us to the restaurant so that we didnt get lost on our first night - it is a warren! After the stress of losing the wallet the peaceful riad was just what we needed. Aatif, Samir and the rest of the staff had lit candles everywhere and it looked stunning. The interior of the riad is actually better than it appears on the photographs. We stayed in the split level Zen room which has a lovely - and huge - bath and is beautifully decorated.

Breakfast was delicious and was served on the sunny roof terrace with views across the rooftops of marrakech. The Riad is well situated away from all the noise but is still only streets away from the action.

We received excellent personal service at Riad Habiba, nothing was too much trouble for them and they made everything easy. They are extremely attentive, predicting your needs before you even have to ask.

I would definitely return!!

  • Liked — The extremely attentive staff and beautiful decor
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2008

We would highly recommend staying in this riad. It is a really lovely riad that provides a true escape from the chaos of the medina of Marrakech. The staff are extremely helpful and always at your service. They are the kind of people you'd like to sit down and share a mint tea with!! We were picked up from the taxi rank (unlike other riads we stayed at) and welcomed to a pot of mint tea. Atif (who spoke English; something which is not very common in Morocco!) suggested some places to visit which was great as we didn't have long in Marrakech. The terrace is lovley and a great place to relax. Our room was gorgeous and very clean..and breakfast was beautiful. The riad is also perfectly located to the Jemma el Fna. Do not miss the opportunity of staying in this riad.

  • Liked — Everthing!
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York, NY
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11 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2007

My fiancée and I visited Marrakesh in October 2007 and stayed at Riad Habiba for 3 nights. Our stay in this riad was one of our favorite memories in our two week journey in Morocco. Not only was the riad beautiful and comfortable – but we also got engaged in its rooftop terrace! We stayed in the Maroc room. It was very lovely and chic. The whole house was tastefully decorated and well-maintained. I liked that it was not stuffy at all. The riad used to be a part of Palace Bahia and is well located. The neighborhood was pretty quiet and the neighbors were pretty friendly. We felt safe going home at night. It’s only about minutes walk to the “The Square” and very short walk to the medina gate where you can take taxis. The staff at the riad made our stay much more special. Aatif, who manages the house, was simply wonderful. He was very professional and very helpful. He arranged for a car and a driver for us for a day trip to the High Atlas. He even offered to run to the train station to buy our train tickets for Casablanca. And Samir always assisted us with a warm smile – from serving us breakfast, opening a bottle of wine to walking us to the taxi stand. They made us feel safe and comfortable during our stay. I highly recommend this beautiful riad.

  • Liked — Tasteful design, comfort, location, staff
  • Disliked — None
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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43 hotel reviews
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2007

Stayed here for 4 nights and absolutely loved it. Everything about our stay here was perfect. The rooms were nicely decorated and were very comfortable. The staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and to give us information about Marrakech. We ate in the riad 2 nights and the food was freshly prepared and cooked just for us as we were the only residents eating there that night, it was absolutely heavenly and was served up on the roof terrace which made it even more atmospheric. Would highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 82, derb Jemmaa | Riad Zitoun Jdid - Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #586 of 1,065 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Number of rooms: 4
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