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“Excellent holliday” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Copenhagen, Denmark
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent holliday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We absolutely loved our stay with Didier, Eric and the rest of the team at Riad Houdou. The room was comfortable and beautiful, as was the rest of the Riad. Eric, Didier and the rest of the staff were so helpful and kind throughout our stay. The Riad is in a great location - on a quiet street that is very easy to navigate. The best riad we have stayed in! Thank you.

  • Stayed December 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, January 22, 2014
Thank you for this kind review. It was a pleasure to meet you and we are happy to read that you have appreciate our team! You are very concern about the happiness of our guest and we think that the most important is that you feel in the place as at home. We hope to have the pleasure to receive you another time!
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Didier and Eric helped make our two day stay excellent by providing us what felt like a truly customized time. Starting from the reservations, we received a welcome email, instructions to the riad, and options for new years celebrations. Upon arrival, our room was perfectly decorated, clean, and fragrant. Didier even went so far as to walk with us to the main square in order to show us the route so we wouldn't get lost. When we asked about visiting a hamam, Didier suggested that one of the hotel staff accompany our journey to a local spot- and we had a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thanks again to our gracious hosts! We will surely be back again.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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
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Didieric, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Thank you dear Jeffrey for this enthusiastic review. It was a pleasure to receive the two you. I will say to Aziz that you have enjoyed your hammam experience with him. To the pleasure to welcome you another time
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We absolutely loved our stay with Didier, Eric and the rest of the team at Riad Houdou. The room was comfortable and beautiful, as was the rest of the Riad. Eric, Didier and the rest of the staff were so helpful and kind throughout our stay. The Riad is in a great location - on a quiet street that is very easy to navigate from and to all of the attractions in Marrakech. I searched for hours and hours before deciding upon Riad Houdou and we were not disappointed in the least! We will definitely be going back and staying at Riad Houdou again!

  • Stayed December 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, January 6, 2014
Thank you dear Elizabeth for this great review. I'm happy to read that for you we are the best riad. It was a pleasure to meet you and it will be another one to welcome you another time!
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Towcester, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We have just returned from 7 nights at Riad Houdou over the New Year. We were looked after very well, Didier, Eric and the helpful staff going out of their way to make our stay very memorable. Rooms clean and comfortable, common areas cool and welcoming, food delicious. Our 2 boys, 8 and 9 had a great time and even had a special table and service at NYE. Local knowledge was shared with us from the best route to places to where to eat. Thank you everyone - definitely first choice for another trip to Marrakech.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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Didieric, Propriétaire at Riad Houdou, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Thank you very much for this review. It was a pleasure for us to spent new year eve in your company. We hope to have the pleasure to see you again!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We can't fault our 5 night stay at Riad Houdou, we had a great time and left feeling very relaxed.

Didier, Eric and the rest of the team were fantastic hosts, we were met at the airport on arrival, and on our first morning given a guided tour to show us the way to the main square, as well as some tips on where to eat and visit. The breakfasts were delicious and we also enjoyed an evening meal in the Riad on two occasions.

Didier and Eric have obviously put a lot of thought into decorating the Riad, and it shows. The small, quiet courtyard is especially beautiful with orange and lemon trees and a fountain, it was a very relaxing place to eat breakfast or enjoy some mint tea. We stayed in both the Spice Suite and Teapot room during our stay, and would recommend either. The Riad is perfectly located within easy walking distance to the main square, Maison de la Photographie and Ben Youssef Madrasa.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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, January 3, 2014
Dear Elizabeth

It was a pleasure to receive you and thank you .to have chosen our riad. Thank you for this review and I hope to have the pleasure to receive you another time!
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I took my wife to Marrakech for her 30th birthday and it was the first time in the city for the both of us. It was simply the most ideal place to stay and at the risk of repeating what many others have already said, an oasis in the chaos. We were picked up from the airport and arrived at the Riad to be met by Didier who, with the help of his enthusiastic team, laid on a homemade Moroccan feast. Our room was at the top of the Riad with views over the rooftops and our own balcony where we had breakfast every morning to the sound of the streets below.
On the first morning, Eric took us to the main square pointing out their favourite shops and providing some vital tips on handling the locals along the way.
After a tiring day of navigating the streets and haggling with the wily shopkeepers, it is a perfect retreat for a nightcap or simply to collapse into the very comfy beds. Eric and Didier are fantastic hosts and a font of local knowledge.
Although only there for 3 nights, we would certainly return again and hope we get the chance soon

Room Tip: We stayed in the room at the top of the Riad on the roof. It was perfect during the Autumn/spring ti...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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, January 7, 2014
Thank you for your review and to have chosen our place for your wife birthday. I'm happy to read that you have enjoyed the babouche's room. With its private roof terrace, it is nice to have private breakfast. We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you another time.
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Leamington Spa, UK
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

I came to Marrakech with some friends and we were delighted with the welcome at Riad Houdou, especially since our flight was delayed and we didn't get there until about 11pm. Our room was charming, beautifully furnished with local accessories, we were very pleased. The next morning Eric took us on a trip to Place Jmaa el Fna to orient us in the maze that is the medina. I believe this is a tradition at the Riad, without which we would have instantly been lost, but with Eric's guidance we began to feel we knew you way around - although, as Eric said, you will probably get lost anyway, which is true.
Eric, Didier, Aziz, Rajaa and all the staff at the Riad were our friends while we were there and nothing seemed too much trouble for them. Breakfast and dinner were excellent, and on the occasion when we ate elsewhere, we were even escorted to the restaurant.
All of the reception rooms are beautiful, with added local features - watch out for the little tortoises!
I went on from Marrakech to spend some time in the High Atlas mountains but chose to return to spend a night at Riad Houdou on my way home - I could have gone directly to the airport but opted for an extra night at Riad Houdou as a treat. After 5 weeks in the mountains and a busy last day in the medina it was so good to come back to the Riad for a quiet dinner (with excellent local menu), and interesting conversation with Eric and Didier.
I cannot speak too highly of the care and hospitality received - I love Riad Houdou and everyone there, and hope to return before too long.

Room Tip: The terrace room (Babouches) is beautiful with its own roof terrace for breakfast - but if there is...
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  • Stayed November 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, December 21, 2013
Dear Sarah,
Thank you for your review. It was a really pleasure to have you as guest. And we have enjoyed to see you for your last day in Marrakech. We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you another time!
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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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