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Riad Houdou
54 Derb el Hammam, el Moukef, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #15 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Duiven, The Netherlands
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“Better is not possible!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Riad Houdou is really exceptional! Its a small, romantic and warm place to stay in the centre of the Medina of Marrakech. Very warm and friendly owners who are willing to make you feel at home. If you want you can also take the lunch or dinner, really wonderful maroccan food.
We will return one day.....

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Didieric, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, May 12, 2013
Thank you very much for this kind review. You come back when you want, the maroco sun you enjoy so much will wait for you!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

For my 50 years birthday, my wife organised a 3 days trip in Marrakech and reserved the suite of this beautiful riad.
The small street leading to the riad is awful, but once you're there ... it's a world apart : rarely had I seen an hotel where each corner, each piece has been selected or decorated with so much taste and care.
The owners and the personnel are warm and kind, and take care of your wishes : Didier, one of the owner, even brought us to a short night tour of Marrakech (the riad is in the heart of the souk, few minutes from place Jemal El Fna).
There is no restaurant in the riad, but dinners can be arranged on demand ; we had a dinner in the patio with a great tajine lamb.
Not to forget also Aziz's mint tea and the breakfast in the terrace.
Last but not least : it was end of April, sunny and 30° in the day. More than a holiday, was a privilege...

Room Tip: The suite is really superb. Ask Didier to collect you at the airport, otherwise getting to the riad...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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, April 29, 2013
Dear Massimo. It was an honor that your wife choose our riad to celebrate your birthday. We are very happy that you enjoy your stay. You know, it is the principle of the riad to be a peaceful house preserved from outside. It is a little bit strong to say that the street is awful… In the medina, all the derb seems poor, but for example our familial derb is also shinny when the sun reflect on the marrakech red wall.
We hope to see you again. Best regards
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Seville, Spain
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

I can only say that this riad is PERFECT, and Eric and Didier are lovely, very warm, kind and helpful. They were always ready to help and to show us interesting places in Marrakech. Raja, her sister and Aziz are also wonderful, they made our stay so comfortable. The riad is marvellous, extremely clean and very nicely decorated. We recommend it to everybody, it´s quiet and peaceful, with excellent breakfasts! Thanks again Eric, Didier and all your team for the wonderful days that we had at your riad!
Lohitzune & Rosana

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Didieric, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thank you Lohitzune and Rosanna for this enthousiastic review. We hope to see you another time. Friendly
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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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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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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
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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!.

Room Tip: Ask for the room with roof terrace..
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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, November 12, 2014
Google Translation
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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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 #15 of 1,080 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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