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“Authentic and Calm” 5 of 5 stars
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Tamkast
10 Derb Sidi Bou Amar | Zaouiat Lahdar, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #848 of 1,037 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Cardiff UK
1 review
“Authentic and Calm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2009

I can't really fault this Riad. The staff are friendly, charming and sometimes eccentric; rooms are clean, down-to-earth, but simultaneously detailed and comfortable. The terrace, balconies and courtyard are designed for relaxation and the craftsmanship is impressive.

The riad is central enough to be convenient (once you have made a few trips and know your way!) but also tucked away through a series of narrow, almost underground passages.

I would definitely recommend a taxi (booked through the riad, 100 dirham) as you'll never find it otherwise. Be prepared - the taxi drive is an experience in itself!

I'd go back without issue and have recommended it to my parents.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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  • French first
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English first
London
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2009

This small and secluded riad lived up to all the reviews. I was travelling with a female friend so we were given the twin room on the ground floor, the room itself was small but it came complete with its own courtyard, set out for lounging when the weather permitted, and a huge bathroom. The riad was cleanly decorated to accomodate european tastes, but still had all the touches of traditional morrocan riad and our hosts were very friendly and helpful, though I would suggest brushing up on your French as this is sometimes better understood than English. Breakfast on the roof is a lovely experience and the mint tea is delicious! I would definitely stay here again if I go back to Marrakech.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2008

We stayed at this place for one night in October. We found the staff very accomadating and friendly and the riad was very beautiful.
The only advice I would suggest is that you get someone who knows where it is to lead you because it was quite tricky and we got lost many times. It was about 10 minutes from the place however it could take waaaaaay longer if you didn't know where you were going (which we didn't most of the time).
This riad was more traditional than others we stayed at. For this reason we appreciated it all the more.
The best part was waking up in the morning for the calls to prayer because it is so close to the Ben Youssef mosque.

Stayed October 2008
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2008

After doing quite a bit of research on riads in Marrakesh (and being on a bit of a budget) I chose Tamkast due to all the great reviews.

After an "exhilarating" taxi from the airport with an understanding of why no cars there have wing mirrors we arrived at what looked like a donkey depot! Being led through dusty dark alleyways and thinking what I had got myself into we arrived at a small door.

This opened to another universe! We were greeted warmly and shown around this beautiful riad. It had been immaculately kept, cleaned and presented. The roof terrace was wonderful and our room was delightful. The silence inside the riad was amazing, despite the pandemonium going on outside!

We were the only guests in the riad at the time so had the run of the place to ourselves. We were left in peace but hunting out one of the staff was never an issue and they could not do enough for you.

Breakfast (on the terrace) was super and mint tea upon your return from exploring was always available.

The riad is a little out the way and maps are next to useless here, so I may have found it difficult to find my way home had I not been with someone with excellent navigational skills but getting lost here is half the fun. It is away from the touristy parts (another bonus) and getting back late you do seem to be the only visitors around but I generally felt safe and had no issues.

Tamkast - one of my top places!

  • Liked — Tranquility and style of the riad
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2007

A friend and I stayed at this place early January - it was absolutely devine. The staff were fantastic, very helpful, friendly and informative. We stayed on the bottom floor and had our own private terrace which was a little chilly in January but would be wonderful in the warmer months. The bathroom was huge, rather like our own private hamman. The roof terrace was gorgeous and a sun trap - we had breakfast there every morning and then lazed on the lounge chairs reading until midday - even in January we picked up a good tan. The riad is in the old town but an easy walk to the souks which we found enchanting - we had no problems walking back in the evenings. I would definitely recommend this riad especially at this price its a real find.

  • Liked — Friendly informative staff, roof terrace, huge bathroom, cosy bedroom,being in old town & close to souks
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2007

This lovely Riad is a serene haven a million miles away from the bustling souks (though actually only a couple of minutes walk!). We had our own tiled courtyard, bathroom and rooftop terrace as well as a shared balcony area. The Riad has been beautifully restored and has an air of total tranquility and luxury.
The Staff were all pleasant and friendly. We were greeted with mint tea and Moroccan biscuits and, for the two nights we were there, absolutely nothing was too much trouble. We had a delicious meal at the Riad on the first night and, for our last night, they recommended a fantastic restaurant.
I would definately want to stay here again - just need an excuse to return to Marrakech!

Stayed February 2007
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2007

After a disastrous week in Barcelona staying in an apartment that smelt like sewerage, we were apprehensive, particularly because Tamkast is so reasonably priced. We arrived at midnight and it was like something from a dream, a beautiful, spacious place with a courtyard, private balcony and roof. As there were 5 of us we had the whole first floor to ourselves. While the staff are very discreet they are extremely helpful. Tamkast is in the middle of the medina and next to the souk. Getting cabs to anywhere else is a bit difficult, even the small taxis have trouble in the tiny streets.

Highly recommended especially for families

Stayed February 2007
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Address: 10 Derb Sidi Bou Amar | Zaouiat Lahdar, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Hotel Style:
Ranked #848 of 1,037 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Tamkast is a familial guest-house located in the center of the medina of Marrakech. ... more   less 
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