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“Oasis of peace. Excellent Riad.” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Maipa
5, derb Jdid- Derb Dabbachi | Marrakech Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #121 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
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“Oasis of peace. Excellent Riad.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

We stayed in Riad Maipa 2 nights in March.
It is a great Riad located 5 min walk from Jemaa el-Fnaa square.
Within only 5 minutes you can dissapear from the crowd and find your peace in Riad Maipa.
Everything was top class.
The atmosfear in this Riad is wonderful.
Eric the host gave us a good map of the city and also some usefull tips.
A must in Riad Maipa :
1) Have a bath in the evening in a jacuzzi located at the roof !
2) Have your breakfast at the roof tarrace
3
) They made great Lamb tangine. It is delicious !

  • Stayed March 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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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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Singapore, Singapore
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Stayed 4 nights at this wonderfully decorated riad. The Riad was very conveniently located - 4-5 min walk from the square but is very quiet once inside. Lovely mint tea was served before we were ushered to the room. Stayed in the Khahui room on the 2nd floor - Loved the room and the shower booth. Breakfast is simple (maybe much simpler than other riads that we had stayed) but we too savored the homemade yogurt. As Eric was down with a terrible flu, his daughter came in to give us a map and helpful tips on the 2nd day. We arranged a car of the Riad to go to Essaouira for a day on the 3rd day. Was scheduled to depart at 8 from the riad so we went down at 740 in the hope to eat breakfast -- A night manager was still asleep and insisted that the breakfast would not be served only after 8 am. We decided just to kill time in the lovely cortyard and somehow he managed to give us breakfast. We were previously informed that he would bring us to the Square but he also said that we was not informed. We went to the Square and immediately found our driver. The car was comfortable, but has strong smell of cigarette smoke (just as much as the reception area of the Riad as Eric and the duty manager also smokes heavily). My poor husband who is rather sensitive to that odor had to endure 3 hour long drive with blocked nose and teary eyes. This may have contributed, however, to our greater appreciation of fresh air in Essaouria. We did our check-in on our last night (when a day manager brought us a paper to fill) and received no receipt for our payment. Have to say that it was rather amusing to see Eric scribbling down breakdowns of our payment with a pencil and used calculator in front of the desktop computer. Our glasses in the room were never cleaned and the bath-towels felt really rough. Shower gel was never refilled and I had to go down to ask. (When a manager opened the cupboard where they keep toiletries and bath towels, I had an urge to ask why in the world they have been giving us old towels that have some stains from iron wroth made hangers. The towels in the cupboard looked rather new and fluffy.) Indeed I started, but gave up in the middle as he does not speak much of English.) On the day of our departure at 7 am, a night duty manager was yet again asleep. Of course there was no breakfast, but it was okay as I read on previous reviews. Together with another couple we headed out to the Square (after I made sure a night duty manager called up a driver just to confirm), but the driver was nowhere to be found. He showed up nearly 15 min late when we were almost ready to take a cab. All in all, I loved the décor and location of this Riad, but operational improvement is much to be desired.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011 via mobile

Great location, really quiet and great food!!! I recommend having dinner in the riad it is delicious!!

Eric is a very welcoming host and do ask him for ideas as he really does know his city!!!

Ps get the transfer to the riad from the airport as you will never find it on your own

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2011

My partner and I stayed at Riad Maipa for 3 nights in Feb 2011, and were delighted by what we found. The location is great - very close to the main square, and it was a real escape from the outside world. The staff were very friendly and accommodating, and the tips from the owner, Eric, on things to see, correct prices etc were very useful. The riad itself is very pretty, especially at night when the candles and laterns are all lit! We throughly enjoyed our trip to Marrakech and our stay at Riad Maipa, and will be returning again one day!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2011

Just back from a five-day stay and were delighted by Riad Maipa. The staff were wonderful and did everything to accommodate us (including nipping out for beer!). The initial culture-shock of the short walk down a very busy alley, keeping up with the man pulling a cart stuffed with out luggage, was in complete contrast with what we found on arrival. A beautiful, traditional riad which had been renovated thoughtfully, tastefully and traditionally. The homemade yoghurt at breakfast was even more delicious than the two dinners we had there (complete with decent wine - Eric's a frenchman, need I say more!
Eric the owner was a great asset, giving us a debrief on the first morning, suggestions and maps at the ready. He and the staff did everything they could to help us plan our trip wisely and avoid being ripped off. Much discussion was had and maps drawn to help me in my search for old photographs. Do go, but leave it until April as it was a bit nippy!

  • Stayed March 2011, 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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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2010

Stayed in the very clean & spacious Aasli suite for 5 nights in February 2010. Were met at airport on arrival at night & taken to Riad. Last part of way was necessarily on foot, & we were astonished at the peace inside compared to the medina as soon as the door was closed. Brilliant mint tea on arrival.
The Riad is very traditional in its decor & layout; the sound of the tinkling patio fountain amidst the candles & foliage was quite unforgettable.
Eric & all the staff were attentive & personable, happy to fulfill our needs & give advice on such things as safety matters & the going rates for taxis & caleches, etc. The location of Riad Miapa is excellent, being only 4 minute stroll down the Souk to Place Djemma El Fna
The food was carefully prepared & there was not a stomach problem in sight! Don't know where else one could get a bottle of red to go with the evening meal!
Good views of the townscape & Atlas mountains from the roof terrace, with plenty of sunny & shady corners to sit in.
We took two recommended trips out of town; a day out in Eric's Land Cruiser (with driver) to the Atlas - very wild & woolly in parts but well worthwhile, & a half day's quad biking north east of Marrakech. being met in the Place Djemma El Fna by the owner. This was great, going through a pastoral landscape complete with palms & sheep, with fantastic views of the snowy peaks of the Atlas in the distance. This, on our last morning, was definitely a highlight of the trip, being so quiet & different from the medina.
Didn't pluck up the courage to eat at the stalls in the Place, but ate well a couple of times inexpensively on the terrace at the Argana, overlooking the activity below.
Four tips:
By the nature of their design, all Riads will be a bit echoey from other guests, but we would recommend this one for its ambiance, style & quality of staff.
Always have sufficient cash on you to satisfy the inevitable requests for baksheesh from certain service providers, whether they have provided a service or not!
Don't get lost in the souks - it's really easy!
Be very, very aware of mopeds criss-crossing the Place at high speed through ambling people!

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2009

If you are planning to go to Marrakech, to stay in the medina and it is within your budget this is the riad to stay at!
I had a bad time choosing the perfect riad before going to Marrakech as there are so many options.
Our needs: (being the first 3 points 80% of the deal)
Easy to find- check
Stylish and traditional- check
near to Jemma El Fna square (if you can call the place a square) - check
nice hotel reviews- check
good value for money within our budget- check
nice F&B hotel reviews- check
managed by Europeans- check

We booked directly with the riad and the owner Eric cleared out all the points since the beginning of the e-mail correspondence.

The transfer was organized by Eric and we were welcomed by a nice driver in the airport on a Toyota Land Cruiser, which was a must compared with many other transfer vehicles I saw at the airport.

As soon as we arrived in Jemaa El Fna square the driver carried our bags to another guy with a small handcar, which is the perfect and best way to move around with luggage, not because of the walking distance, but mainly because all roads inside the medina are very irregular.

The location was superb!!! Very easy to find and at the same time very localish and a little bit away (200 mts?) from all the bustle of Jemaa El Fna!! We think that was the coolest street we were while in the medina! Directly in to Jemaa el Fna, not so many tourist shops as in the souks but instead many shops and street markets where the locals shop and eat daily. so further more authentic from what you get in other parts of the medina and around Jemma el Fna. Marrakech despite being a very safe place, outside tourists pop out clearly from the crowd. Somehow on the riad main street I felt like a local even in the first day.

We were welcomed by Corinne and Eric with a wonderfull tasty mint tea. While Corinne was the host and showed us the riad and functionings, Eric gave us a very usefull tutorial of what to expect and to do while in Marrakech. He answered pretty wisely all of our questions.

The riad was very well decorated being a mixture of arabic and bebere elements with a small touch of the European owners. The management was also very well and things were pretty tidy and very clean.

We took the Chibi suite and it was fantastic and as good as we imagined it before being there. I also checked/sneaked in 2 or 3 of the other rooms and they were very nice too.

The Riad's jacuzzi is also a must, specially because it is complimentary and that's the best and cheapest treatment you can have after wondering around in the city!

We had dinner there one night and it was a fabulous experience. Besides being the dinner itself delicious, the wine had a very good value (we had rosé),Be sure you don't miss at least a dinner there!

Breakfast was also delicious, made of bio products. You can have yours the time you want/wake up! Fresh orange juice and coffee made when you seat in for breakfast!

The staff was also very well trainned, kind, helpfull and very professional according to western standards. The staff understands all your wishes both in French and English language.

On the last day we had to wake up 06h30 and breakfast was prepared at the time we asked them the night before. Same with the transfer.

If we decide to go back we will have 99% less work as we already know where to stay!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
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Address: 5, derb Jdid- Derb Dabbachi | Marrakech Medina, Marrakech, Morocco
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Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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