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Riad Houdou
54 Derb el Hammam, el Moukef, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #11 of 1,046 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Aljezur, Portugal
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“A lesson in hospitality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Our first trip to Marrakech and on arrival my wife and I hadn't slept for 24 hours, tense and not knowing what to expect we were greeted by the immaculate and elegant Eric and Didier who made us feel welcome and immediately at ease, during our three day stay they helped us at every turn, their willingness to answer questions and assist made us feel comfortable about asking more.

The interior design of this small romantic Riad is breathtaking, it's heart is Moroccan but there are other influences to be found. All that you see, touch and smell within is beautiful and interesting. The warmth, love and life experience not to mention hard work that went into the recently completed refurbishment (undertaken by Erik and Didier) is inspiring. The food is superb, breakfast hours flexible (we had ours at 11.30 one morning after an enjoyable evening with our hosts) the staff very well chosen, beds are extremely comfortable, and its well situated inside the Medina.
my wife and I enjoyed Marrakech a great deal and we are already planning our next trip, Neither of us would consider staying anywhere else but the Riad Houdou.

  • 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, June 5, 2013
Hello Alastair. It was a real pleasure to receive you and Elena in the riad. I'm very touched by your review. We try to receive our guest as if they were friends, and it's very grateful to realize that you feel it. We hope to see you very soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We arrived by car and got perfect directions. The Riad is completely refurbished last year and it shows, lovely rooms and common area's, a small pool and a roof terrace. Our suite was perfect for a family, spacious and cosy.The dinner provided is great and freshly made everyday. Ask for the local speciality, Tanger, which is simmered in te Hamman ovens over for 7 hours.
Didier was very helpful but never to much. Next time in Marrakech we will definitely stay inn Riad Houdou.

Room Tip: We had the suite, very spacious and 4 beds.
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  • Stayed May 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, May 13, 2013
It was a pleasure to welcome you and your family. It is important for us to help you to discover somme specialities of Marrakech as the tanjia. i'm happy that you enjoyed this meal. We hope to see you and Wahid, the cat, missed sophie's caress!
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Duiven, The Netherlands
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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
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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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Address: 54 Derb el Hammam, el Moukef, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #11 of 1,046 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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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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