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Riad Moucharabieh
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   27 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #135 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We stayed at the Riad Moucharabieth for 6 nights for our honeymoon at the beginning of June. Hidden down a small alley, once through the door, this is truly a beautiful Riad. Adorned with roses and rose petals everywhere, it is plain to see that it is run with much love by all the staff especially Nora and Majid. Our room was very clean, with maid service every day. All of the seating areas were extremely comfortable and relaxing. Breakfast up on the roof terrace was an excellent start to the day. Nora and Majid made us feel very special. Also a full body massage at the Riad Moucharabieth should not be missed! We would definitely recommend this Riad.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Stayed here for 4 nights at the end of May 2014. This is an oasis of calm in the mystical magical chaos that is the Medina. Staff and owner worked really hard to make us welcome. Don't be put off by the outside approach to the Riad, once you get behind the front door it is wonderful and very atmospheric.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ada, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This riad is a lovely oasis in the chaos of Marrakech's medina. The rooms are large and beautifully Moroccan in design, the public areas comfortable and relaxing and the staff is professional and welcoming-there is also a beautiful rooftop patio looking over the city's rooftops. The beds are serviceable, if not overly comfortable but the bathrooms look like something out of an Arabian Nights tale- large and wonderfully tiled. There was also a good hair dryer! If you are looking for a unique experience that reflects Moroccan hospitality, the Riad Moucharabieh is a perfect spot.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The rooms are a little dated, but overall our stay was fantastic. Roses abounded, even in the toilet bowl. The staff was attentive, but not intrusive, and very accommodating. We spent two nights there but would have loved to stay longer. There have been some comments about the call to prayer being loud. That is true, but consider where you are. We had no trouble going back to sleep.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Charleston, South Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

My wife and I just returned from two weeks in Morocco where we stayed in several riads. These are former private homes, more like city palaces, that have been converted into intimate hotels in the old town centers. The one where we stayed in Marrakech was the Riad Moucharabieh. Like most riads, the non-descript exterior hides a wonderful experience once you step inside. We were greeted by our host Nora, who welcomed us with hot mint tea as we gazed upon the indoor pools, palm trees, flowers, elaborate tile work and wood carvings that abound in this 14th century dwelling. Dinner is served in an cozy enclave and breakfast on the roof-top patio. Meals in Morocco are elaborate affairs and wine can be purchased for dinner. Mixed drinks are available in the parlor and are complementary. Nora and her staff are wonderfully accommodating to their guests. We loved Morocco, its people, food and riads, where we were treated like sultans. Joe and Libby West.

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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Australia
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The Moucharabieh was an interesting experience for Marrakech. We trekked a short distance into the Medina as a thunder storm came over the town, making dodging donkeys and motorbikes even more challenging. We were welcomed at our car by the gentleman of the house who proved to be pleasant and welcoming for our whole stay.
The riad lower floor is an eclectic mix of furniture, palms, tables, a gramophone and mirrored wall panels that play tricks with the size of the place. A spa pool in the middle makes for a nice change. The adjoining courtyard has an icy plunge pool surrounded by a lounge area and grand piano.
Our room was dark and quaint with a queen bed, separate sitting area around a fire place, a wardrobe with temperamental doors and a nice looking bathroom. The ambiance was pleasant enough for a riad room. There was in room wifi, but it was stronger and quicker in the courtyard.
The room had a few annoyances including a shower that drained very slowly and a toilet that intermittently would not refill after flushing without fiddling with the cistern.
A roof terrace looked inviting but was packed up and not in use.
Dinner consisted of a very tasty repertoire of Moroccan salad vegetables and chicken tagine. Breakfast was less appetizing with bread that left us craving baguettes and unpleasant coffee which left us craving espresso.
The manner of the lady of the house was pleasant to us, but noticeably unpleasant to our driver which somewhat soured the stay.
A quirky little riad that is somewhat more homely and cluttered than palatial as suggested on the very flattering website photos.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

We stayed at the riad for a long weekend from Friday to Sunday.

Hotel/ Rooms: It`s a typical riad with a bautiful patio. They pay a lot of attention to details and all is decorated nicely. There are fresh roses around the patio, in the rooms and rose petals in the toilet and shower ever day. It´s very clean and cosy. The roof terrace is big and has comfy seating areas/ sunloungers and a nice view over the city up to the Atlas mountains. The room is spacious, nicely decorated and has a fire place. Majid, the lovely man who seems to be around the riad all the time will light the fire for you. Romantic place.

Food: You tell them the night before when you want to have breakfast. Latest is 9:30. Breakfast was great. Typical marrocian food is served - different type of ¨pancakes¨, a selection of tasty local marmelades and jellys, fruit, coffee, tee, fresh orange juice and if you still want more you can get scrambled eggs.

If you want to have lunch or dinner you have to tell in advance. We didnt know that. However, we were lucky on our first night and within 1 hour they prepared us a great dinner. I was told a few times that food in a riad is much better than in one of the many tourist restaurants....and I can say it´s true. Before you head into one of the many places for tourists you might be better off eating in the riad and enjoy freshly (and only for you) prepared food.

Staff: Very friendly. Especially Majid is super friendly and always there to serve you drinks, food or light the fire.....or to take a picture...or to have a nice small talk about the latest football results. He doesnt speak much English, but he will know exactly what you want!

Location: 15mins walk from Jmaa el Fna and close to the ¨Bab Doukkala¨ gate - which is a good reference point when you take a taxi back home. It is within the city walls. The riad is a quiet place and when you step on the street you are in the middle of the authentic marrocian life. I prefer this to one of the newly built modern hotels outside the city walls.

General comments:

- Taxi can be booked with the riad (write them an email and a driver will wait for you at the airport). 15EUR one way. This is the standard price, however, if you dont book you will find yourself overpaying or haggling for ages at the airport. Also, the taxi cannot go directly to the hotel. It´s a few minutes walk from the main road and I would have been lost to find the riad. The hotel taxi driver brings you to the door. So my advise: book in advance!

- You can change money in the hotel and also pay in EUR

- You can leave your luggage at the hotel.We checked out at 12:00 and our flight was at 23:00. We left our luggage there and took a taxi booked via the hotel back to the airport. Majid carried our suitcases to the taxi stand.

- The muezzin is around the corner and has a megaphone! The first prayer is at about 5 in the morning and it´s loud! I do have a deep sleep, but he woke me up! Thank god I fall asleep within seconds. If you don´t have a deep sleep I recommend you to use earplugs. Suppose this can happen in many places and in the end it did not bother me - it just showed me that I am on vacation in a country with a different culture. We bought earplugs in a local pharmacy - just in case you feel like you need some : )

Go there, I am sure you will enjoy it!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Additional Information about Riad Moucharabieh

Address: 27 Derb l'Hotel | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#52 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#115 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#162 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Moucharabieh 4*
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