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Riad Chorfa
6, Derb Chorfa El kebir - Mouassine - Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #212 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“Friendly, helpful & laid back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We had a great stay here in mid-June 2012.

The Staff: could not have been more friendly and helpful. My airline lost my luggage & the team at the Riad made numerous calls on my behalf to try and retrieve it. They were also very helpful on day trips out of Marrakech.

The Room: our room on the top floor was clean, spacious, had air con & direct access to the roof. More than anything, the decor was, as expected of any Riad, in traditional Moroccan style & you could not have been anywhere else in the world. Why come to Marrakech & stay in a sterile hotel room where it feels like any other hotel room around the world.

The Food: on half-board, we had breakfast every morning & it was excellent & at a time of our convenience. We ate in one night & the food was really excellent. Highly recommended.

The facilities: a roof terrace with a view over the hubbub of Marrakech old town, this proved perfect for any sun-bathing needs in the privacy of the Riad. The main courtyard on the ground floor is extraordinary: an orange tree, birds galore, three tortoises & a very peaceful atmosphere, all accompanied by the brilliant Moroccan decor.

The location: an 8 minute walk north of the main square. Down a very quiet, peaceful side alley - you would never know it was there. 1 minute walk from the bureau de change & the souks. Brilliant location.

Generally: just do it. It's ace.

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  • Stayed June 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

We stayed here for three nights in June 2012. Riad Chorfa is a beautiful, atmospheric riad decorated in high Moroccan style with vibrant colours. The courtyard is a cool, peaceful haven and includes three pet tortoises.

We stayed in room Inshallah which was very cool in the extreme Marrakesh heat. The riad was very clean & the breakfasts were of good quality.

The riad is very centrally located & is close to Djemma El Fna.

There is efficient & free wifi.

I organised our stay via Internet from West Africa (including an airport pick up for one party). Hannane was very efficient with these arrangements & it all went smoothly.

I would recommend this riad.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

Not one complaint. It was clean, beautiful, and friendly/helpful staff. Seemed a better value than some other places. Breakfast was not the best but very passable.

  • Stayed March 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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London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

This lovely Riad, run by Hananne, was our home for a week in feb 2012. The beautiful courtyard is traditionally decorated an a lovely place to start the day with a generous breakfast. The rooms were clean, comfortable and cosy, with local artefacts for added interest. There is free wi-fi and Internet, handy for selecting eateries and weather. A local woman comes to cook in the evening, if you want home style , good quality Moroccan food without the hassle and hustle. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There's a wonderful roof terrace with views of the mountains and minarets, lovely at sunset. Come here for a relaxing and authentic experience.

Room Tip: Room 4 is very nice
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

would really recommend this riad for a short stay. It gives a lovely authentic truly morrocan experience. It is not pristine but we didnt expect it to be. Having stayed in other north african countries we were impressed with higher standard here. What on earth did the person booking into the club med to get away from noise expect .Yes the calls to prayer were at five thirty am but only lasted a minute or so and it is a muslim country.
We had a suite which was very comfortable with plenty of extra blankets if cold. They also provided a heater to use . The plumbing was good with lots of hot water. Lovely decor throughout although I would say you need to be fairly intimate with your room mate as there are no actual doors on the bathroom just a mosaic barrier .
The courtyard is very pretty with orange trees and tortoises around. It is open to the air however and very chilly when we were there.
Breakfast was a selection of breads and pastries with freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee and we were always served on the roof terrace which was a beautiful start to each day.
Staff are very pleasant and more than helpful .Useful if you can speak some french.
definitely would recommend this riad and its location. 5 mins walk to main square and did not appear at all unsafe despite it being in small unlit alley.

Room Tip: lotts of stairs to some rooms but ground floor rooms availabel
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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.

Room Tip: Any - they are all different but equally as lovely.
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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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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.

Room Tip: Downstairs will be quieter from the mosque if you are a light sleeper, but colder in winter/cooler i...
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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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Address: 6, Derb Chorfa El kebir - Mouassine - Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #212 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
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