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“Superb Riad, superb service, superb holiday” 5 of 5 stars
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L'Heure d'Ete
96, sidi Bouloukat, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #97 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
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“Superb Riad, superb service, superb holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

So much to say about this cozy riad set in a quiet back street 5mins from the utter madness of the main square where you'll find fresh orange juice for 40p a glass, snake charmers, street performers, and a huge mass of people!

1st - make sure you book a pickup from the airport. Unless you've been here before, you'll never find it alone! Well worth the 20 Euro! The airport pickup was there ready and waiting. Very friendly driver, spoke good English. The driver had to drop us 5mins from the Riad (pedestrian only street), on the side of the road which is where we were met by a charming guy who promptly loaded our bags into his cart and escorted us through MADLY busy crowds to the Riad. He spoke no English at all but managed to make us feel welcome and safe amongst the immediate madness that is Marrakesh! A small tip for him and the gratitude was immense. (We've since seen him daily, and even though it's not needed at all, we've asked for him to escort us back to the taxi on the return home in Friday.).

Greeted very warmly at the Riad,  shown around,  and immediately given the famous sugar loaded mint tea along with a map and some hints/tips. I can't fault the Riad hospitality. WOW! Nothing is too much trouble. They recommend a SUPERB Hammam at Les Baines Des Marrakesh - superb value at 170 Dirhams for a basic Hammam. Day trips also available but we didn't take them up on this.

Our room - basic but suited our every need - a VERY COMFORTABLE double bed, a safe, desk, toilet and shower. A BIG selling point here is the complete black out in the bedrooms via shutters if you want it dark. A small negative - easy to be woken up by noise outside from early morning, but nothing ear plugs didn't fix so bring some!

Riad breakfast - very similar every day but with a slight variation. A traditional Morroccan breakfast is carb-heavy (pancakes/waffles with jams) so if you're after a healthy option, stay in a hotel with a buffet (and no culture or ambience I'm sure!). Riad dinner - not bad at all. Fairly basic menu,  nothing to shout about, but perfect for a quiet night in after a hard day out in the souks!

The souks in Marrakesh - be comfortable with getting lost. The locals all want to know you so chat, enjoy,  barter,  but most of all, SMILE. If you do get lost at any time, any local will help you AND take you to where you need to be. However, be aware they'll expect a small tip for their services and all of 80p later you'll be pleased you did - their local knowledge will get you to places you never expected. My biggest lesson - Trust them. They're not trying to screw you or murder you! They just want to earn a few pennies so go with it and support the local economy whilst you're at it!

For service with a big smile, a comfortable stay, daily housekeeping, good food, a jacuzzi on the heated terrace, and a crazy Marrakesh experience on your doorstep,  this riad is perfect!

Haven't checked out yet (I'm using their free wifi to write this in bed!) But highly recommend!

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The arriving on December 27 in Morocco after the Christmas action back home couldn't have been better! Pick-up at the airport, transport to the Riad - all worked just perfect.
A very beautiful Riad with nice rooms (we had one in the basement...which doesn't get very much sunlight since it is a three-story building). The roof top is awesome! Very nice to chill-out and have mint-tea served by the very friendly stuff (almost all of them speak English). AND the whirlpool is just great!! If you need some privacy in the pool you can draw the curtains ;-)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We were on a group tour and left the group to spend Christmas at this wonderful riad. Not so hard to find - in the square (with your back to the mosque) look for the Grand Balcon, the 7 Saints and the Les Premises restaurants. Follow Riad Ziaoun under the arches, past the hamman (separate entrances for men and woman) and turn into the first street on the right. Follow signs to Riad Essouira. You will arrive at a dead end. Turn right again and just uphead you will see another archway with signs for several riads including L'Heure d'Ete. Do not go under the archway but turn to the left instead and the riad is just ahead on the left. Ring the top bell and you will be received into the loveliest riad.
We booked late and during a very busy period so we had room number 1 on the ground floor just off the reception. We were a bit concerned as the salon area appeared to be a popular meeting stop. We booked a late supper at the Riad and by the time we were ready to return to our room the salon was empty and the area was quiet. The roof top area was lovely - areas to "chill", a tented area to enjoy dinner and breakfast (heaters provided). Unfortunately, the hot tub was not hot - you need to give several hours notice.
FYI although you can charge the room to a credit card any incidentals need to be paid in cash (i.e. meals, beverages). Staff very gracious. Sat with us and provide a map of the city and square area. We were able to leave a bag with them while we wandered the medina the next day.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

Central location, good functional presentable rooms, good bathrooms with plenty of hot water, hamam and massages available on request, roof terrace with hot tub, and staff who couldn't do enough for you. Had a lovely stay and would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

L'Heure D'Ete is in a central location and a 5 Minute walk to the Central square. The staff are very helpful with directions and tips for local trips. We were provided with mint tea on arrival and made to feel very welcome and comfortable straight away. The room was clean and the shower was hot. The reception had someone on hand 24 hrs a day and we felt very safe and secure in the road.

The rooms were a good size and the cleaners very thorough. Overall we couldn't of asked for more from the Riad and would be more than happy to recommend it to family and friends. Great value for money.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Al, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Eight girls from Norway, stayed for four days. Nice, clean rooms, extra ordinary friendly and helpful staff (without being pushy or trying to sell us stuff). Nice and small roof terrace with jacuzzi (cleaned almost daily), ok breakfast included. Perfect location in the heart of the medina, but yet in a quiet and peaceful street. Will come back!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Vorden, Gelderland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The Riad is situated at a perfect location close to the square. A quiet place with excellent staff. They were friendly, helpfull and always there if you need them. Beautifull rooms, clean, good beds and a seperate bathroom and seperate toilet. The food was very good and the Hammam excellent. Hammam -> advisable!!
We would like to come again in this Riad.
Very good price <-> quality.; free wifi.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Additional Information about L'Heure d'Ete

Address: 96, sidi Bouloukat, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#32 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#42 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
#90 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#95 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It is in the fascinating shrine of the Medina, sheltered from too much modernity, that you will find this welcoming house that was a traditional Marrakchi family mansion until 2006It took 2.560 trips by donkey drawn carriage to bring all the new materials needed to renovate the house and make a dream come true. But all our efforts have been rewarded and l'Heure d'Eté is now a lovely ryad proud to combine the discreet comfort of stylish modernity with the best of age-old Moroccan traditions. 13 rooms and a suite are distributed on three different levels around a glass-roof patio-lounge that can be opened at will to enjoy the best of the season.L'Heure d'Eté is located in the vicinity of Jemaa el Fnaa Square (3 minute walk) and will provide you with all the expertise and comfort you need to enjoy the unforgettable beauty of the red city. ... more   less 
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