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“An unforgettable experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Chorfa
6, Derb Chorfa El kebir - Mouassine - Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #193 of 460 Hotels in Marrakech
Preston, United Kingdom
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“An unforgettable experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

Having booked this Riad before reading Tripadvisor I was slightly apprehensive as some of the earlier reviews seemed quite poor. However, in my view they are very unfair. We arrived tired after our journey and were greeted with traditional Morroccan mint tea and snacks served in the courtyard, which was beautifully lit with traditional lanterns sparkling on to the mosaic pool. We were not rushed, were shown to our rooms when we were ready and they were magnificent, traditionally decorated and with original artwork (this was a feature throughout the building)/ We slept well as the aircon was very quiet and unobtrusive, woken briefly at sunrise by the call to prayer from the mosque - fabulous. The suites were very clean and the towels changed daily, beds were made daily. Breakfast was traditional Moroccan and mainly sweet. We didn't eat dinner in the riad as we went out into the square at night but reports from fellow travellers were excellent. Wine and beer can be purchased in the riad and is very reasonably priced compared with other hotels. It is 5 minutes walk to the souks and the main square and is very atmospheric. The staff are super; quiet and reserved but very pleasant and efficient. The rooftop terrace is lovely and sitting up there with a book and glass of wine with olives in the late afternoon sun, looking over the snow capped Atlas mountains and listening to the calls from the mosques is an experience not to be missed. Apparently some guests had complained that the call to prayer was 'too loud' - these really are the sort of folk who should stay in a Premier Inn. However, if you really want to immerse yourself in the real Marrakech then this is for you.

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  • Stayed February 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

I've visited Marrakech twice before so knew that a riad that is easy to find after a day out, and also not too far from food and taxis is a useful choice. I booked this through a budget airline so was slightly apprehensive (particularly after seeing the reviews about the dirtiness) but it was a great place to stay, and the negative reviews proved wrong.

Like most riads, it's not the easiest to find on your own, so it's worth paying the riad to arrange a pickup transfer (150 dirham plus 20d for the cart) to take you there on arrival from the airport. After that it's just 5 minutes walk to the main square, or 5 minutes the other way to a taxi point. We were with children and shared their largest room with a double and 2 singles on 2 levels, which was useful for being able to have our lights on after the kids were asleep.

The staff were helpful, though aside from Hanane, spoke mainly French. The room, towels, sheets etc were all clean and the room cleaned daily. The owner is an architect so there is some great art and quirky building innovations in the riad. We paid them for dinner on the first night (of four we stayed there) as we had had an early start and it was delicious homestyle cooking, 150d for 3 courses (1/ price for the kids).

The roof terrace is a great place to relax at sunset and listen to the mosques' call to prayer, and if you haven't got your own drinks, they can sell you wine or softdrinks. Unlike another reviewer, we barely heard the 6am morning call to prayer - I woke one morning of four and the other 3 slept through them all.

Riads are old, traditional homes and require ongoing maintenance so occasionally things don't work like in your own country - if you want a "perfect" hotel room with no glitches, then stay at a chain hotel outside of the Medina. If you want something local and atmospheric in a handy location (if you get lost walking back through the souks, ask for the well known Mosque Mouassine which is nearby), this is a good, well priced option.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2012 via mobile

Been here for the weekend from 13 till 15 of January. The Riad Chorfa is owned by French and was renewed in 2002. The manager Hanane is very friendly and speaks good English. Has 12 rooms and terrace. In winther it is very cold in medina, so please take the slippers, socks and sweater with you. The most amazing thing is the terrace with the panoramic view on the Marrakech, recommend you to spend as much time there as possible. In the evening in winter please ask to make the fireplace in your room work. It will make your stay even more romantic. We had a home made Marrocan dinner snd breakfast, which was fantastic.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sidcup, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

Staff great but overall this is a very tired looking Riad in need of a complete refurb. Roof terrace - rusty chairs, filfthy cushions - lots of things broken - rooms had lightbulbs not working and never replaced. Evening meal was expensive and not worth it.

Marrakech - we ended up booking in for the day into the Club Med for the day just to get away from the heat and noise - £28 with towels, all you could eat - absolutely fab food - and all you could drink - including fresh, very good bottle of wine at lunch.

Souks - the prices were way over the top in a lot of the souks - managed to find some items at a really good price with no haggling - only to ask further down the alley and they were five times the price! Got fed up with the haggling when going after a light - the final price was £22 and we found one almost identical in TK Maxx over here for £13.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011 via mobile

Paid a fortune for a suite but was a disgrace!! Looks as though it hadn't been cleaned for months! Dirty bed linen and generally a filthy room! Never again! Wouldn't appreciate this in any country and especially with the prices they charge!

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

We stayed here while travelling around Morrocco on our first and last night and our room hadnt been cleaned in between. Very basic and not what had been described to us when booking.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

This ryad was part of our travel package so we didn't know what to expect. We took a petit taxi from the train station to Mouassine mosque (30 dirhams for 2p plus luggage). We were dropped off near the mosque where we paid 20 dirhams to a man with a cart to bring us to the ryad, because we didn't want to get lost in the medina. There are no signs along the way to indicate the location of the ryad, so our decision turned out to be a good one. The souks is located around the corner and it's a 10min walk to the Djemaa square.
The ryad was nicely decorated with a big courtyard that had birds and turtoises. Our room was spacious and clean with airco and an ensuite bathroom with plenty of towels. We chose to have dinner at the ryad (3-course meal for 150 dirhams) because it was our last night before flying home and we had seen plenty of Marrakech already. We rated our dinner to be excellent, with our culinary knowledge of being in Morocco for the past 3 weeks where we were spoilt for choice.
We were due to leave at 7am the next day, so the ryad prepared a breakfast to go (oj, bread, pancake, cake, butter and plastic knife). The ryad also arranged for a petit taxi to pick us up in the morning, so we didn't have to hail one on the street. Excellent service.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6, Derb Chorfa El kebir - Mouassine - Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#141 Family Hotel in Marrakech
#178 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 338
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