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“A tucked away jewel!” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad O2
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   97 Derb Semmaria Sidi Ben Slimane | Sidi Ahmed soussi, Zaouia, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“A tucked away jewel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We had left the taxi parked in the comforting street lights which were soon fading from us as we made our way down a dark alley way. The 'guide' (local boy) led down a twisting turning route which got narrower and darker as we went along. After a little while we were about to turn around thinking we were being led somewhere else but then we turned yet another corner and we had arrived... a little door in the darkness "o2". The o2 Riad was really great and a wonderfully peaceful hidden away treasure which was a welcome end to any afternoon spent deep in the mayhem of Marrakech. The food (only sampled breakfast) was delicious and served up on the roof which gave you vistas of the mountain range. The call to prayer could be heard in the early hours but it wasn't too disturbing and really added to the general atmosphere. When our credit cards got stolen in the night market the owners were really helpful with letting us use the computer as much as we needed. Would definitely stay again although by the fourth day of walking from the riad to the main square in Marrakech and back, we'd had enough of manoeuvring down the busy thoroughfare!

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  • Stayed March 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RiadO2, Guest Relations Manager at Riad O2, responded to this review, June 27, 2014
Thank you for your kind comments.
Riad O² does provide a haven of peace and tranquility from the hustle and bustle in Marrakech...and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us.
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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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

As a young couple from Norway, we were blown away by this Riad!
Friendliest staff we've ever encountered.
Their main driver, deserves a medal for attitude and service, and the manager is always checking if the stay is to your liking.
Their chef is also a genius, as we discovered when we had the most romantic starlight dinner on their roof.

10/10, would (and probs will) go again.

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RiadO2, Guest Relations Manager at Riad O2, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
Thank you for taking time to post this review. We are grateful for all feedback from our guests, its great for the pesonnel to see their commitment to our guests appreciated. Please remember that returning guestes benefit from a reduction on their next visit so do remember to mention it.
Annette, Marie & Hugues
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

This is a truly wonderful Riad. With only 6 rooms it has a real personal feel. Make sure you have dinner - Rachida's cooking is sublime. Breakfast on the roof terrace is a real treat.The location is about 20 mins walk from the main square - but this does not take anything away because when you walk through the Riad door you are in a little Oasis of Calm.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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RiadO2, Guest Relations Manager at Riad O2, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Hello Tony,

Welcoming you and your friends was also a pleasure for all the team here at Riad O2.
We greatly appreciate your kind comments and are delighted that your stay in our" little oasis of Calm" was an enjoyable one.
We hope to see you again and thank you also on behalf of Rachida regarding her "sublime cooking"

The Riad O² team.

(Marie & Hugues, Annette, Moad, Rachida our chef, Rachida and Hassan)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We stayed a week in Riad O2 in February and really enjoyed our stay. The Riad is a really lovely calm space within walking distance of Jemaa el-Fnaa. From start to finish all of the staff were really friendly and helpful, welcoming us back from our days out with a pot of mint tea! The manager was really helpful, giving us advice on taking day trips and places to see in the city.

We stayed in H2O room which is located on the ground floor next to the courtyard and there can be some noise in the mornings, though this didn't spoil our stay. In fact one evening it meant we could listen to the musicians playing in the dining room for other guests!

The breakfast was lovely - coffee, juice, bread with butter and jam and pancakes with honey and fruit. Rashida made us an amazing meal one night with Moroccan salad, cous cous, vegetables and lemon chicken tagine.

There are loads of spaces to chill out in the courtyard, on the roof and in the dining area where we hung out in front of the log fire in the cool evenings. Isham our tour guide who took us to the mountains was really friendly and helpful taking us to lots of places on the way. The tour was excellent and there was no pressure from the Riad or tour guide to go to places or buy things we didn't want.

Overall, it was a really enjoyable stay and we would definitely recommend. If we return to Marrakech, we'll stay here again!

Room Tip: H2O room is on the ground floor so there can be some noise. Other rooms may be quieter.
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  • Stayed February 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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RiadO2, Owner at Riad O2, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Dear Discover-the-world85,

Thank you for your kind comments and for taking the time to post a review of Riad O2 on Tripadvisor. All of us at Riad O2 are very happy when we get such positive feedback from our guests and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

Marie & Hugues Barthelemy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

It was my friend who found this place. We loved it! It has this shabby chic quality about it which i loved.
The staff was very pleasant, our driver Hasim such a lovely guy giving us an insight on Morocco, which was helpful. The cook Rashida again pleasant and lovely. Nothing was too much for her and she can cook?
Riad O2 has a calmness about the place, which you need from the hustle and bustle from spending a day sight seeing and shopping. The Hamman spa was fantansic which I would recommend to anybody.

My friend and I both wish we stay longer to visit other parts of Morocco, but next time we will.

The riad O2 is great if staying just in Marakech for a short stay. Will come again hopefully soon

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RiadO2, Guest Relations Manager at Riad O2, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Hello Kayleigh,

Thank you for taking the time to post your lovely comments about Riad O2 on Tripadvisor.
It's true that relaxing in the jacuzzi or sunbathing on the roof terrace is very welcome after walking around the hustle and bustle that is Marrakech. We like to provide comfort and excellent service to you, our guests, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere where as you said you are free to choose when and where you eat, after all you are on holidays !
Annette
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

I recently stayed in this Riad with my boyfriend on our first trip to Marrakech and I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

The location is great, felt very safe and could get to everywhere in the city within a 10/15 minute walk. Baring in mind in Marrakech you will need to do a lot of walking no matter where you stay.

The place itself has a lovely roof terrace, a great courtyard and a really wonderful built in hot tub. Plenty of place to relax after the hustle and bustle of the souks etc.

The staff are very friendly, helping out with everything they can. They not only gave us invaluable help deciphering the map but also did everything they could to make our stay comfortable.

The real perk to this place is the relaxed manner in which everything is approached, for example the included breakfast (a real feast) is made whenever you are ready and not at set times, in a location of your choice.

If I were to come back to Marrakech I would certainly stay here again, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a well situated relaxed stay.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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RiadO2, Guest Relations Manager at Riad O2, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Hello Natalie,
All the team here at Riad O2 appreciate you taking the time to write this review on Tripadvisor and are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us...Absolutely agree that the hammam is a great way to unwind after spending the day visiting the sites of Marrakech...
Rachida enjoys nothing more than hearing guests enjoyed her traditional Moroccan cuisine.
Thank you also for your kind remarks regarding the friendliness and professionalism of our drivers and guides.
Hopefully as you said you will return to visit us and we look forward to welcoming you again.

The Riad O² team.

(Marie & Hugues, Annette, Moad, Rachida our chef, Rachida and Hassan)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I stayed a week here, in the heart of the Medina. The rooftop terrace, the calming trickle of the fountain in the courtyard, and the kind assistance of the multilingual staff made my experience a pleasure. The rooms are beautifully decorated in an elegant but simple Arabic style. Moroccan meals are available, made with fresh vegetables, fruits and meat. The jacuzzi is relaxing. Excursions can be arranged--we went to the Atlas Mountains to see skiing, a local woman's aragan oil co-op, and a Berber carpet co-op.

Room Tip: I particularly like the room called A thousand and one nights, but each room has its unique charm
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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RiadO2, Owner at Riad O2, responded to this review, February 25, 2014
Hello Bee,
We greatly appreciate your positive comments on Riad O2. Rachida's cuisine is always an experience our guests enjoy. We are also delighted you availed of our excursions which can be a real treat... skiing in Morocco..yes, the highest ski resort in Africa is only 75km away and definitely worth visiting,
Thank you again and we hope to welcome you back.
Marie & Hugues
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Address: 97 Derb Semmaria Sidi Ben Slimane | Sidi Ahmed soussi, Zaouia, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#60 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#138 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad O2 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As soon as you enter Riad O2, you will be seduced by the peacefulness and sobriety of the house. A subtle blend of elegant oriental curves and sleek modern lines. Moad, Rachida and Hassan will welcome you warmly with mint tea and Moroccan pastries. You can relax on the patio in the shade of the banana tree, or on the sun loungers on the magnificent roof terrace. ... more   less 
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