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“Expensive for what you get” 3 of 5 stars
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Riad Yasmine
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   209 Diour Saboune | Bab Taghzout, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #229 of 465 Hotels in Marrakech
Lannux
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Expensive for what you get”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

We stayed for two nights in October order to be with friends who were on a tour. Our room was quite spacious, everything was clean, the outlook onto the courtyard was pleasant.

However, we were very disappointed that the roof terrace (mentioned on the hotel website) was not in a state where one could sit - the furniture was rusty, there were no cushions, no lights.

The food was expensive and average - 25 euros each for a mediocre and small 3 course evening meal. When we checked out the receptionist tried to give us a very poor rate on the dirham/euro exchange, not a problem we encountered elsewhere.

We were astonished when we went to another riad in Marrrakesh later in the week to find it superior in every way - for the same price per night!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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NY
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

Our group had this hotel to ourselves when we stayed here in July, so each day it was like coming home from hectic sightseeing to a tranquil place with plants and the oh-so inviting plunge pool. It was crystal clean and just the right temperature, so several times I jumped in and after a bit walked up the several flights of stairs to the roof loungers to lie in the sun (which entailed passing the very modestly dressed woman at the front desk!) - but it was all good. We also ate our breakfasts up there, meaning the staff had to carry heavy trays of juice and coffee and plates up to us. But they were good natured about everything, including producing a dinner for us after 10pm when we got delayed in the souk. One of the young men tried to help us when we had a problem with the in-room safe, but his solution was to carry it off and bring us a different one, which I thought rather negated the security aspect! But the building felt very safe, our room was big with a new tv, big bathtub and good a/c - we had a very pleasant time there.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Hull
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

We were there in April 2011 but did not have time to review it till now.In a nutshell we will go back to this friendly hotel but NOT Marrakech.You either love or hate Marrakech and I am the latter.However please do not let me put you off going there,since the mountain areas are breath taking.
About the hotel it tucked away in a side street not far from the Souk and the main square,and you can walk there within 15 minutes(provided you don't get lost).We were warmly welcomed on arrival(on the day when the bomb went off in main square restaurant).Room was spacoius & clean.It was so beautifully decorated and you get what you see in hotel photos on websites.Bed was comfortable,bathroom was clean but water was either too hot or cold at times.Breakfast was good and sufficient.We had our first evening meal there,it cost £32 for two but I must confess we were not that impressed.We found eating out costs were quite similar to UK prices(for Morocco standards very expensive).Food was nice and we did enjoy every meal we had.On the rooftop gave a lovely view of surrounding ares,a must go place in the hotel.In conclusion we had a nicely stay in Riad Yasmine.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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29 hotel reviews
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Stayed here for 4 nights, staff were very warm and welcoming. The young men who served the breakfast loved to joke around with the guests. The riad was a nice size, about 8 rooms. Our room was named "Suite Yasmine", and took up one whole side of the second floor. It was a large suite, very comfortable. Large glass doors with sheer curtains, and several shuttered windows made up the front wall of the room.

Breakfast was typical Moroccan fare, fresh orange juice, good coffee, yogurt, cheese, variety of breads, and one morning, a giant crepe.

The riad was very quiet - I felt like whispering whenever I was in the public areas. Nights were blissfully quiet (except for the 5 a.m. call to prayer - it sounded like it was coming from the courtyard) - turns out, there was a mosque nearby.

There was a small plunge pool, which nobody ever used, but it was pretty. Sitting areas were nice, and the wifi signal was strong in the lounge

The area the riad was in looks sketchy to the uninformed - look around! It's just ordinary people going about their daily business.

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  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LONDON
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

Recently stayed here for a week and would recommend to everyone. I usually only book hotels as a base, but this riad was so relaxing and welcoming, it felt like home. It was our first time in Marrakech, so our time was used up by sightseeing, but had i been before, i would have happily spent more time using the sun loungers on the terrace. There is also a small pool, but not big enough to swim in.

Our room was large enough and comfortable. Very traditional Moroccan style so it made our stay unique from standard hotels. Only slight improvment would have been a small fridge, but the general room temp was fine and aircon was there if needed.

The location is very good, but as with anywhere in Marrakech, you will get lost! Maps are of little use for the medina. Once we knew the route, it's about 15 mins from riad to Jemma el fna. You can take a taxi and should not pay more than 30MAD. The location is actually very good because you need to walk though the souks to get to your destinations, a good opportunity to find some bargins.

Breakfast was billed on my booking confirmation as 'buffet', which is slightly misleading. It is basically a selection of pastries, bread and sponge cake on a plate, which were fine and i'm sure we could have asked for more if needed, but it's not a buffet in the true, 'help yourself' sense of the word.

All the staff are lovely, very helpful with directions, day trips and general advice. They spoke Arabic, French and some English. Thanks to all at Riad Yasmine for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2011

Staff especially Morad , is very nice and attentive from the moment you check in until the time you depart.
Owner Herve has even allowed for one of his employees, Morad to leave work a little bit early to show us the way to Djemaa el-Fna after dinner.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2011

The staff were great although the french owner seemed to bully them quite loudly and publicly.They were all very attentive and helpful and speak good english.Lovely decor and ideal for visiting zouks.The food was poor and expensive-£6 for a beer.Better to eat out!
Rooms very clean and towels changed daily.

Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 209 Diour Saboune | Bab Taghzout, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#93 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#167 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Yasmine 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of Marrakech's lively medina, Riad Yasmine offers genuine Moroccan hospitality in an elegant and fully-renovated two- storey wealthy home. Ideally located, the Riad is easily accessible by car, right next to a taxi station, and a 5 minute walk from the souks (market stalls). ... more   less 
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