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“Stunning courtyard and pool.” 4 of 5 stars
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Riyad Edward
Derb Marestane 10, Zaouia | Abbassia, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #107 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
Melbourne, Australia
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“Stunning courtyard and pool.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

We stayed here for one night after 3 days of trekking in the Atlas mountains. I'd recommend arranging for assistance getting there as it's not easy to find the first time (no signage anywhere to be seen). Once inside though, the courtyard and pool is absolutely stunning - an incredible place to retreat to after a few hours in the Medina. Beatriz was very helpful and friendly. We actually had the place to ourselves and decided to eat in at night - whilst simple, the food was probably the best we ate in Morocco. Excellent salads. The staff lit candles around the courtyard so the atmosphere was quite romantic. Unfortunately, the rooms don't overlook the courtyard, on the upside though they are very private. Location is 20min walk from main square but very easy to find cabs that get you there for about 1 euro/10 dirhams. Thanks!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

I had been planning to propose to my now fiancée and when I mentioned this to Beatriz she was so accommodating and helpful. Beginning with the coordination of a driver who met us at the Marrakech airport, we were taken to the medina where a staff member from the hotel carried our luggage into the Riyad. Cars can't reach the riyad door, but it is only a short (minute or so) walk from the road. Upon entering, our bags were whisked away to our room and we were served mint tea in the courtyard by the pool. There was a nice cat ("Couscous", I believe) and some turtles who kept us company. Otherwise, it felt much of the time as though we had the place to ourselves. Also, when we went to our room there was a special little romantic surprise: rose petals on the bed. Quite a nice touch, and all around we felt very special and the whole staff seemed to know about the proposal.

That first evening, we were taken by guide to an amazing restaurant (Fonduk).

The next day/night we traveled to Kasbah Bab Ourika, the sister hotel at the base of the Atlas mountains, and took the day trip to the waterfalls and a Berber village. I actually proposed at the Bab Ourika, but that story should probably go in the review for that hotel.

The ease of only dealing with one person for the two hotels was definitely a plus. When we came back from the Kasbah, we spent another night at Edward and walked to the jemaa el fna and the koutoubia mosque.

I can't remember the name of the room we were in but it was enormous. A lot of people seem to complain that the rooms are dark, but the simple fact that you are in the medina and surrounded on all sides by other buildings makes windows on more than one wall nearly impossible. During the day, there was plenty of light and at night, there are lights in the room. Not sure what people are expecting...

The breakfast on the roof every morning was as delicious as it was large: Cereal, coffee, toast, jam, eggs (cooked how you want), yogurt, orange juice. I have read that other places may make their own yogurt. That could be a possible improvement, although at the time I was not disappointed.

We had one dinner at the riyad. The tangines were delicious, and the portions were enormous. In fact, I felt a little guilty when I simply couldn't finish it all.

Our room had both a personal safe as well as a padlock and key for the door. There was also an air conditioner, but we didn't need to use it as the early April weather was perfect.

The rooftop terrace was beautiful and we spent several hours in the afternoon just relaxing in the shade.

All in all, the staff was incredibly helpful. Especially Beatriz and Leila who was I suppose the manager under Beatriz since she is involved with both Edward and the Kasbah.

We will definitely return one day!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

Riyad Edward is a wonderful place to stay. The building is stunning, the courtyard with swimming pool quite serene, the bedrooms large and spacious, full of wit and charm. On arriving we were greeted by the delightful Beatriz and immediately put at ease. Maps of our location and surrounding area given to us and any questions answered. All the staff were warm, friendly and very considerate. Breakfast on the roof terrace, a perfect start to the day. Do have a look over the city at night from it. The evening meal, if you wished to dine in, very delicious. It is a good 10 minutes walk to souk through a more authentic part of the city. Street life for its citizens with street markets, ordinary shops, young and old people and many donkey and carts, a good balance to the mayhem of the main square and the thousands of tourist shops. Late afternoon, now very hot, to return to this tranquil oasis is quite blissful.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

We stayed at Ryad Edward last month and we have such a lovely stay !
Our very spacious suite was amazing : high ceilings , king size beds , big bath, ecletic fourniture,
great taste . When we arrived in the evening they served mint tea, candles were lit around the pool
under the amazing giant pink bouganvillia .It was the best wellcome we could expect .
Not talking about Hicham's warm smile.
The sunset view from the roof terrace was just marvellous.
Food was the best we had in 10 days in the country !
Staff discret and very helpful, the Directrice gave us very good advice which prevents us from having a lot of trouble.
We are going to book the whole place for our 20th wedding birthday so all our friends can share our experience.
We are coming back!!!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

After looking at the Trip Advisor reviews, I can't understand how anyone could rate this bettter than poor - average, and am really surprised and a little dubious about all the excellent ratings, as this is not by anyone's standards. Whilst we weren't put off by the shabby chic that the whole riad has, our room was a bit of a disgrace, it was dark, noisy, hot and when we used the shower it smelt like a drain. The air con didn't work and if we put it on sounded like a bag of spanners. The Riad itself was pretty in a shabby chic way, but it's in the wrong part of town and we certainly didn't find the management helpful at all, we got no tips on where to go and to top it off we were locked out of the Riad for 30 minutes after coming back from a night out, we really panicked and the man next door had to let us use his phone, it transpired that the guy on duty had gone to pick up another couple who were lost, but not even to leave a note! We got a paltry apology the next day, not even a drink on the house.f

This Riad is twinned with Kasbah Bab Ourika which is absolutely lovely and I would vastly recommend but don't stay at Riad Edward, yes it's cheap but you definitely get what you pay for if even that.

We also stayed at Riad Noir d'Ivoire which was the most amazing experience like being transported to another world, yes more expensive but 300 times better.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

We chose this place because we were also going to Kasbah Bab Ourika, the sister hotel in the Ourika Valley and we thought it would be simpler with transfers to stick with the two places own by the same person. Riyad Edward is an amazing property. Others have described it as shabby chic, and I can understand what they mean - but the house is beautiful and didn't feel like a hotel at all. It is 500 years old and the owner has maintained its authenticity and kept original features where ever possible. Our suite was lovely with two sleeping areas either side of a sitting area with a fireplace and beautiful high ceiling. Our teenage son had a room that adjoined the suite. Beatriz was excellent and we appreciated her advice on what to do in Morocco. At her suggestion we booked a half-day guide for the next morning and had a nice gentle introduction to the medina the next morning with him. He was very capable and informative. We had an excellent dinner at Riyad Edward the first night and also thought the breakfast were very good. We loved the beautiful central courtyard and the roof terraces. Even though it was hot during the day it was cool in the evening and we appreciated the fire which was lit in our room each night. The staff were all very attentive and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

My friend and I went to Marrakech at the end of March. Riyad Edward had been recommended by a colleague and I have to say it lived up to expectations. Beatriz, Layla and the boys who work in the Riyad were so helpful and mad our stay more lovely.We were two girls travelling and as we arrived a little later than expected on our first evening and therefore had no time to explore the Riyad organised a taxi from the Riyad to a local restaurant and back on the house! It's little touches like this that make them special. Btw Beatriz is really good at recommending restaurants for your taste and wallet and her staff will book it all for you and arrange any transportation.

The rooms and courtyards are stunning, they are very old though and it is worth remembering this. If you like a sterile, perfectly finished accommodation, this won't be for you. That's not to say the Riyad wasn't clean as it was. I loved the photo's, lights, use of tiles and furnishings that made it so special.

After 3 nights at the Riyad we went to their sister hotel the Kasbah Bab Ourika in the Atlas mountains...wow!

Can't wait to go back to Morocco

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Derb Marestane 10, Zaouia | Abbassia, Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#39 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#117 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
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