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Riad Al Mamoune
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   140 Derb Aarjane, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #164 of 1,037 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Magellan123
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“Perfect Riad”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2008

Extremely friendly staff made our stay very memorable. Good location only minutes from the Jemaa el Fna. Clean and decent breakfast. Very good value.

  • Liked — Service
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Brixton, London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2008

We stayed here recently for five nights, over the Easter period. This really is a wonderful Riad (although the first one I have been to!), the hosts are charming, helpful and welcoming and our stay here really added to the enjoyment of our trip.

We were met at the airport by Manu (part of the family who run the business), who took us directly to the Riad, the last part by foot through the wonderful souks. The Riad was lovely - beautiful courtyard at the bottom and a gorgeous roof terrace. The room was beautiful as well, ours led straight to the courtyard, which was great as our nearly two year old often wanted to go straight back out to the 'garden' as soon as we shut the bedroom doors!

The location is also fantastic, right in the souks and two minutes away from the 'spicy' square, which is a home to a wonderful cafe where you can watch the world go by. It's also only a five minute walk or so to the square. Location I think would be hard to beat.

The hosts also made the trip, great help, really friendly - and even babysat our daughter on our last night! The breakfasts are lovely, and try the food here at least once - we had a fantastic meal here.

Highly recommended.

  • Liked — People, service, surroundings, food, location
  • Disliked — We loved everything
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 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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Yokohama, Japan
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2007

Riad Al Mamoune was an amazing place to stay whilst in Marrakech and really made our entire trip. We booked out the entire Riad for our group of 12 and found it to be the perfect sized group. The location could not have been more ideal – except that since you are so close to the Souk and it closes during the night it can be quite fun trying to find your way back when it gets late! Manu, Patricia and all the staff (who speak French and English) were extremely hospitable and helpful and we certainly recommend staying in for a home cooked meal for at least one night - we enjoyed the meal at Al Mamoune more than the expensive, slap-up dinner we had at Le Foundouk! Book this place and you’ll have a fantastic Marrakech base and a great trip. I’ve already recommended it to my friends.

  • Liked — location and staff
  • Disliked — lack of recommendations for local food, tours etc
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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LIVERPOOL UK
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2007

Just stayed here for 4 nights June 2007. Excellent Riad…exactly what one may expect…set in the heart of the ‘souk’. We were met at airport
by Rishad who ensured that we were looked after for our whole stay. Breakfast on the roof terrace..beautiful!! All staff here really really friendly….also beer available..£1 per drink…(the only place in Marakech we actually found any). Staff arranged taxis, day trips etc. Nothing is too much trouble…lovely people…rooms very traditional
..which means small..but exceptionally clean…As you are within the Medina..expect to hear the call to prayer at 4AM…it woke us some nights but not others..it only lasts a few minutes and adds to the genuine atmosphere. Thoroughly recommend this Riad.

  • Liked — Friendly Staff
  • Disliked — Street Lighting Afterr 10PM
  • Stayed June 2007
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2007

Our flight was delayed by 2 hours and we arrived at Marrakech Airport at 3am...Manu, the owner's son was waiting to collect us with a smile! The hospitality at this stunning Riad was exceptional. Manu proved very tec savvy at connecting our PDA to his wireless network. Rashid, who is the resident host, had a great sense of humour and can converse in most languages.

  • Liked — The staff.
  • Disliked — Finding our way back at night - although we had the Riad's number to fall back on if lost !
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2007

Riad Mamoune was one of the first of three Riads I stayed in in Marrakech, because I kept going to other places in Morocco. I would have liked to stay there again but they didn't have availability. When you get there, its no surprise why it’s so popular, because it’s lovely! The Riad is a stunning building and kitted out with Moroccan furniture. The manager welcomed us and we sat down with him for at least an hour talking about Morocco, how to negotiate around the souks, etc. As with most riads, we were given mint tea to welcome us, but Mamoune also gave us freshly squeezed orange juice, which was v welcome after our sweating walk through the Djemma and souks. We stayed in the blue "Mogador" room on the ground floor and it was absolutely gorgeous. The shower especially was very cool because it was egg-shaped. The bed was very comfortable too. Breakfast the following morning was very yummy - Baghrir pancakes and fruit. All in all, a great stay. Only thing I would say is don't try and find it yourself, you will need to pay someone in the Djeema to bring you there. If you are near the spice section of the souks you know you're going the right way. The first guy we asked to help us find it, brought us east of the Djeema to a restaurant called Mamoune, so make sure whoever you ask knows it’s a Riad!

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed May 2006, 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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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2006

We spent 5 days (4 nights) in Marrakech over Christmas 2006. If you have not yet been to Marrakech, you might not understand how vital it is to have a place of calm serenity. It is one crazy city. The level of activity and freneticism (particularly in and around the main square Djemma al Fnaa and the Souk) just has to be seen to be believed.

Riad al Mamoune provided just what we needed. The Riad is less than 5 minutes walk, through the souk, from the square. Although donkey carts, hand carts, bicycles and small motorcycles don't respect the idea of a "pedestrian area" in Marrakech, it's certainly not possible to get to the Riad by car.

If you stay 3 nights or more, transport from (and back to) the airport is included. We had no problem hooking-up with the taxi driver who was there to meet our flight. He parked the taxi in the main taxi rank in the Medina and it was a 10-minute walk, through the square and the souk to the Riad. That, by itself, gave a good introduction to how things are in that part of Marrakech. (In our limited experience of souk-driven cities, I would rate this one as "Istanbul on Steroids").

From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome. All over Marrakech you can get mint tea and the BEST freshly squeezed orange juice. We were given refreshments and shown to our room.

We were staying in the Tan Tan room which is decorated in an African style. The room was neat and clean. There was limited wardrobe space, but apart from that, it was just what we needed. The bathroom was lovely, with a decent shower (there's nothing worse than trying to wash under a trickle).

The public spaces of the Riad were great. There is a central courtyard which is beautifully tiled and has a small pool (decorative, not swimming). The Riad has a jacuzzi. I wish I had known that before we went and we would have brought swimming costumes so we could have used it - I guess I didn't read the web site in enough detail. The roof of the Riad is a terrace, with chaises longues, seats and tables. It was just fantastic to sit there in December soaking up sunshine. It wasn't sun-bathing weather (not at that time of year) but the main reason for choosing Marrakech was to break the gloom of a British winter with a dose of sunshine - and we certainly achieved that.

The best thing about the Riad was the staff. They were fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble (including my need to drink British-style tea with a dash of COLD milk at breakfast). Rachid looked after us really well. He even told us where to get something we wanted to buy and what price to pay. When we came back and said we couldn't get the price he had suggested, he went out himself and got the thing for us. Now that's service. The three ladies who looked after the kitchen and cleaned the place were also lovely.

The second best thing about the Riad was its location. It's down a few (signposted) turnings from the spice street in the souk. Although these are narrow alleyways, we never felt unsafe even at night. The locals appeared universally friendly. Of course, in the souk, you get the usual "in your face" salesmanship - but that's only to be expected.

As for the city, you have to see it to believe it. It's not full of monumental architecture or anything like that. It's just full of people and most of them seem to congregate in the souk and the square. For someone used to European urban life, there is an air of chaos which is constantly stimulating.

Marrakech is a great city to visit and Riad al Mamoune is a great place to stay if you choose to do so.

  • Liked — The staff and proximity to the souk and the main square
  • Disliked — Nothing to not like
  • Tips/Secrets — There's a jacuzzi - don't forget your bathing costumes
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 140 Derb Aarjane, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #164 of 1,037 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Al Mamoune 3*
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