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Riad Zara
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   294 Derb Ben Salek | Boutouil, Bab Aylen, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #104 of 1,113 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Karlsruhe, Germany
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best romantic honeymoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

We stayed in the Riad Zara in November 2012 for our honeymoon at least for about one week. I can only recommend the location. After all the excitement of our wedding we enjoyed the quiet, beautifull place and had a great romatic time.

People:
Monique, the owner of the riad is like a good friend for all the people staying there. She also booked a rental car for us and organised a guided city tour for us. Both for a real cheap price and best quality. You can always talk to her and she can tell you a lot about the city and knwos all the good places for dinner and visit. After all she was really like a mother to us, but never intrusive. If you prefer to stay on your own, it´s no problem. We also had the best marrokan dinner at the raid.

Riad:
The Riad Zara is a quit little oasis in the loud an full medina of marrakech. It has a really beautifull inner yard with a water basin an a plam tree in the middle. The rooms are sourrounding the yard on several floors and are all very beautifull. I guess monique furnished them all on her own and she did well. It really feels like an traditionall old marrokan riad. On the roof, there ist a lovely terrace with agrat view over the city where you can see all the towers of the mosques. There ist enough place for several people to enjoy romantic sunset without disturbing each other. All the furniture ist very beautifull.

Location:
The location in the city is... perfect, i can´t say anything else, it´s only a short walk to the center of the medina and also the bus-terminal can be reached by foot (or a taxi for little money) Ask monique for a city map, you will find your way easily if you follow her instructionjs. The riad is located in an really marrokan neighbourhood, and all the people on the street are very friendly. You have to except, that most of them want to sell you something or show you the way for a tip, but that´s the same everywehere in marrakech.

We really loved our time there. I can recommend the riad zara completely.

  • Stayed November 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

After carefully looking at tons of tripadvisor reviews and photos, my husband & I chose Riad Zara for our first Marrakech stay of 4 nights. We felt so welcome the second we set foot in Morocco! Through our gracious and warm hostess Monique, we had arranged to be picked up at the airport. After an absurdly long trip from the U.S. West Coast, the last thing we wanted to do was get lost first thing coming in. As you witness the driver expertly weaving through the insane chaotic traffic of cars, donkeys, scooters, bicycles, etc, with no apparent rules or right-of-way, that's when it hits you, you're not in San Francisco anymore!

The Riad's location is in the Bab Aylen section of the medina, on the eastern side. It is a residential and less touristy area, an authentic neighborhood. It's about a 15 minute walk to the Jmaa el Fnaa square, once you know the way. When you first arrive by car from the airport, from the medina gate, you go on foot a couple of short blocks for a moment to reach the riad, located on a quiet, narrow alley. We chose the Fadowa room, which doesn't have a.c., but being on the ground level, is naturally cooler. We preferred this, since we aren't big fans of air conditioning. The heat wasn't an issue for us, having visited in late May. Our room was a reasonable size, very comfortable and beautifully decorated, with its own bathroom. Everything was very clean, the mattress nice and firm. This room does open up to the lovely courtyard, where the dining tables are and people take their meals. I can see that if you want more privacy, perhaps the upper level may work better, but this wasn't an issue for us. A.C. or not, you will be woken up anywhere in Marrakech at 4:45AM by the many mosques call to prayer, which can be haunting or irritating, depending on your mood. Later in the morning, birds sounds fill up the courtyard. Breakfast was tasty and you can take it up on the roof, if you like. There are wonderful decorative details and personal touches throughout the riad, which make it feel like a home. We felt very safe our whole trip, but be mindful of scooter and donkey traffic at all times, it's easy to get distracted by all the attractions around you! If you've never been to Morocco, I recommend reading the tripadvisor forums for more details on money, what to wear (women), etc. I found long pants or jeans handy because the streets can be quite dusty or muddy at times.

Monique guided us with lots of info on navigating the medina and gave us essential tips on interacting with its people, useful Moroccan arabic phrases, shopping and restaurants. She even gave us a customized vegetarian cooking lesson on the basics of Moroccan cuisine. We felt very at home and enjoyed having her kitty Yallah around. Yallah may initially not seem like the friendliest kitty, but the longer you're there, she does warm up to you, in her own independent way.

You'll definitely want to have at least one dinner at the riad, the food is excellent and a true experience to dine in the beautiful courtyard at night, by candlelight and rose petals. Be sure to consult the price list posted outside the kitchen if you're trying to stick to a budget, as conveniences such as laundry, air conditioning, etc., are extra.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Riad Zara, with its rooftop terrace, wonderful food, and amazing hospitality. We couldn't have been happier with our stay. We only wish we could have stayed longer. Can't wait to go back and try one of the rural excursions. Merci, Monique!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Monique was the epitome of a gracious hostess - offering excellent meals, welcome advice about navigating and negotiating the medina, and a lovely tranquil setting. Only one caveat - you may not want to leave!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

We enjoyed our stay with Monique at the Riad Zara. It is in a great location, in the eastern part of the Medina away from the craziness of Djemaa-el-Fna. Monique decorated this Riad very tastefully and you can see her personal touch here. She is ready to share any advice and tips on Marrakech but also knows how to be discreet and stay out of your way if you need privacy. Only two negatives: it's not exactly a family oriented riad and if you have little kids it's probably better to stay elsewhere. Second, Monique did not have much help and often was spread out very thin dealing with customers, making breakfasts, etc. However, I would recommend this riad to almost everybody!

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

This is my second visit to Riad Zara and Monique.
This time I was as pleased as last time. The Riad is situated near Bab Aileen (this is a gate) and in a quiet area. As quiet as it gets in the Marrakech medina.
Monique is as always the perfect host and friend.
Stay here if you need a "home" in Marrakech, it is a small but cosy Riad and Monique goes to great lengths to make you feel at home.
She will help you with everything from booking a fantastic trip to guiding you safely through the narrow streets of the medina. If you like an intimate atmosphere not more than 20 min walk from the Square. Then stay here.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

This Riad is a beautiful oasis among the busy-ness of the Medina. Monique has thought of everything and is a wonderful hostess, providing helpful informaiton for the first time traveler to Marrakech. When you return from a long day, you feel like you're returning home. I felt taken care of and I was sad to leave. I highly recommend this Riad...

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  • Stayed April 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
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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

There is all we need to realize a nice trip, Monique is a real expert, her riad is wonderfull, and we eat so good. Our excursion in Atlas was perfect, thanks to her. we hope to return soon !

  • Stayed February 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 294 Derb Ben Salek | Boutouil, Bab Aylen, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #104 of 1,113 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Zara 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"If you look only for authenticity, Riad Zara could be your place... Yes ! that is right, it is “my home” and I get great pleasure to share Zara’s home, a guest house somewhere in the Medina... A home from home, Riad Zara, a cozy restored riad, is situated in the east part of the medina, in the old Bab Aylen area. A real oasis in the middle of the “coloured” life ot the medina (old city). ... more   less 
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