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“Bad choice” 2 of 5 stars
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Riad Chorfa
6, Derb Chorfa El kebir - Mouassine - Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #192 of 460 Hotels in Marrakech
Madrid
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Bad choice”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Unfortunate choice to stay in Marrakech. I spent three nights with two friends and we had to change rooms twice. The trip highlight was that we found a piece of [--] on the bathroom floor. They invited us to dinner to make up for the "inconvenience", but guess what... beverages were were not included! Unbelievable.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

This is a really lovely Riad but you can see it was renovated about 5 or more years ago. It needs repainting and some general attention. We stayed a total of 4 nights and breakfast was a little monotonous, very Moroccan which we enjoyed but once you've had freshly baked flat bread, hot pancakes etc you realise Riad Chorfa is not trying hard enough. We ate dinner there one night which again was very disappointing - surprisingly we ate a better tagine in the middle of a desert sand storm during our "camel trek - having said that, the desert tagine was the best we had ion the holiday.
But the staff are lovely, the 18th century Riad is stunning, the vegetation and tortoises delightful and I cannot begin to describe how peaceful it was sleeping there. You will need to be a very light sleeper to hear anything at all. For example, on waking after our first night, I was convinced we had the whole Riad to ourselves, but it turned out to be full! Maybe we were lucky with considerate fellow guests but we stayed 4 nights.
So you can see despite the list of negatives, it still gets 4 stars from us. Even if you don't stay a visit next door to Dar Cherifa which also does lovely lunches is highly recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Phenomenal interior design! Overall aura and interior design of the place is magical, very similar to infamous Bahia Palace.

Staff is very friendly, helpful, and honest. 1-2 members of the staff speak English. For example, when we wanted bottled water for room service, they informed us of the nearby market which sells water for half their listed price.

Place is very clean, and secure. Rooms are spacious, and accommodating. Weather in February was cold during nights, an extra heater was provided in our room. Breakfast service includes variety of bread, cakes, coffee and traditional tea. T

The location of the riad is great, in a small alley across Mosque Mouassine, which is about a 3-5 min of walking to Jemaa El-Fna via the souks. The streets can be hard to navigate, I recommend making use of Google Maps on your smart phone as they also work without mobile internet.

As a friendly reminder, I must point out that the location shown on the booking.com site is totally irrelevant. We got lost because of booking.com, but managed to find a friendly taxi driver who gave a call to the hotel for the right directions.

Room Tip: The room on the entry floor is a bit noisy in the morning due to breakfast service. This room is two...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We had a great stay at the Riad Chorfa. This place is beautiful. The staff were all really friendly and very helpful. Our room was excellent and spotlessly clean. We booked a traditional chicken tagine one evening which was the perfect way to spend a night away from Djemma El Fna. We also enjoyed the local red wine which was very reasonably priced. All in all, excellent value for money and highly recommended.We really had no complaints!

  • Stayed November 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
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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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
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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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Address: 6, Derb Chorfa El kebir - Mouassine - Medina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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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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