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Riad Houdou
54 Derb el Hammam, el Moukef, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #14 of 1,072 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“perfect way to start our trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

a beautiful dreamy riad. we only stayed here for one night.. but i wish we had had longer.
Didier and Eric were wonderful hosts. they arranged airport pickup - worked perfectly. Correspondence and planning with Didier via email was easy and helpful. they arranged and made dinner reservations for us on Valentines day. Didier walked w us around the medina and lead us to dinner - both very helpful in the maze of streets. authentic and lovely.

Room Tip: we stayed in the Espice room - absolutely gorgeous! and smelled divine! the perfect room for 2 adul...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Didieric, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Hello Shelly! Thank you so much for your nice review. We are happy that you enjoy your stay in our riad. We hope to see you another time.
best regards
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

If you want to eat at McDonalds or shop at Zara, then this is not the place for you. If you want to see the areas that look and feel like the Marrakech you've dreamed of, then stay at Riad Houdou.
It's located in the Medina down a little side street. About a ten minute walk to the square and very close to the Tanneries and Photography Museum.
It's a beautifully restored Riad and the owners Didier and Eric are fantastic. They help with anything and everything. The food is probably the best I've had in 10 days in Morocco.
Is it easier to find find the Sofitel on a map?...Yes.
Is it easier to stay at a chain hotel you know from before?....Yes
But places like this are worth stepping out of your comfort zone. You will find a far more rewarding and interesting experience here.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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douzemai, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Hello! Thanks you for this enthutiastic review. I'm very happy that you enjoy to discover the real Marrakech far away from the new city. Best regards
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Brussels, Belgium
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

For all those that want to feel truly and pleasantly surprised, try the Riad Houdou! When the driver dropped us off and we were guided through a maze of little streets of the medina (old city) we were wondering where we had landed! But once the door to the Riad Houdou opens, it is as if you enter a piece of heaven on earth. This beautiful Riad has recently been redecorated in a very elegant style but keeping with the traditions of the country. The Riad is held by two very nice French men, who have given us a warm friendly welcome and who have been most helpful during our trip (showing us the way through the medina, giving us tips, changing their menu to suit our desires, etc). One night we stayed in and had a lovely dinner in the court yard with other guests and nice traditional music. If you are looking for a friendly clean place with cosy ambiance, then try out this Riad! We stayed there for four days in October and had a lovely time!

  • Stayed October 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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douzemai, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Hello Christina. Thanks a lot for your kindly reviews! best regards from riad houdou's team
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Malmo, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

I have been in the wonderful place a few weeks ago..The place is clean and tidy and sitting in that roof terrace you could feel the energy of the authentic medina. You can always take a dip in the pool if you want. As a vegetarian, i loved the authentic morrocan food served by the ever smiling cook. I loved the fresh oranges she would pick for us from the garden for the breakfast..and as a yoga and meditation teacher , I found a wonderful place on the roof terrace with fresh air and great view. I would totally recommend it!.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Houdou, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
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Cher Jean

Merci beaucoup pour cet avis élogieux et pour vos recommandations Cela nous fait très plaisir de lire que vous avez apprécié votre séjour parmi nous.
Nous espérons avoir le plaisir de vous revoir un de ces jours.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

I stayed here with my husband in April. At first I was a bit disappointed because the rooms were not quite as presented in the photos in Trip Advisor. i.e. no curtains or scatter cushions and the low wattage made the rooms appear dulll/dingy when we arrived in the evening.
However, once I got used to the fact that a Riad is not like a hotel I enjoyed the difference and the romance of it.
We ate there the first night and the food was great.
Zhara gave us a guided tour to the Square the next day, explained where everything was and made sure we knew our way back thorugh the maze of the Medina. She also gave advice on taxi fares etc and helpfully booked tables and a hamman for us at our venues of choice.
The breakfast was great and plentiful.
We did not use the plunge pool because we thought there was something wrong with it, but only found out when we were leaving that if we had wanted to use it, we should have advised Zhara and she would have put on the filter. It would be good for future guests to be told this at the start of their stay.
The Riad was a good 15/20 minute walk from the Square, but handy for walking to pick up a taxi to go to the new town.
I did recommend the Riad to a friend on my return.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

We stayed at Riad Houdou for 2 days and found it to be a welcoming and beautiful haven from the madness of the medina. Zahra the owner, created a very relaxed and friendly ambience, and the breakfast of homemade breads and pancakes with fig jam was delicious. Our room was basic but pleasant, and the main courtyard is stunning. Riad Houdou is well located close to the souks but we found it quite easy to get totally lost - all part of the fun/experience of Marrakesh. We must give a special mention to Mohammed who was always so cheerful and friendly and helped make it a fantastic stay at Riad Houdou.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2011

the Riad was very comfortable - the Noujoum suite was lovely, the Warda room was comfortable and definitely adequate. Zahra who runs it was extremely helpful and friendly, but not imposing (even gave us a short tour down to the souk area). She definitely gave her place a very inviting atmosphere. And her kitchen staff, although we couldn't speak Arabic with her, was so very kind and helpful too. It was nice to be a bit away from the extreme hussle of the centre of the medina, but only a short walk to there. The meal our first night there in the riad, although a bit pricy, was superb.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 54 Derb el Hammam, el Moukef, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 1,072 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in historical quarters and typical of the medina of Marrakech, the ryad Houdou is a masonry of the XVIIe century, middle-class old property of a rich family astronomers. Associating traditional architecture and a contemporary furnishing, the decoration of the riad reflects Morocco and our personality. Living on the place, we want to give again all his direction with the concept of guest house. Here, you will discover expatriation all while feeling you as on your premise. ... more   less 
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