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“Lovely place... if you're an early riser!” 4 of 5 stars
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Riad Maipa
5, derb Jdid- Derb Dabbachi | Marrakech Medina, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #124 of 460 hotels in Marrakech
London
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“Lovely place... if you're an early riser!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2008

After suffering problems with both Expedia & Lastminute.com, my wife & I (both early 30s) decided to give the package operators a miss and book directly with a hotel. We chose the Riad Maipa after reading reviews on this site, and then contacted Eric directly by phone (his English was rather better than my French).

Everything went very smoothly: the reservation was very easily arranged with a small deposit, and Eric arranged transport from the airport with his driver. Entering Marrakech from the airport and then walking down the narrow streets to the entrance, my heart sank as we saw the scruffy alleyway and the door into the Riad; but appearances can be deceiving, and upon stepping through the doorway, we were greeted with the wonderful, clean tranquility of the Riad itself. The room was fantastic, and Eric and the other staff went out of their way to be helpful.

However, my reason for not awarding this 5 stars is the noise. Although we were more or less the only guests staying in the Riad, it was often quite noisy, with the maids chattering as they breakfasted around 5 or 6am, and the phone ringing from about the same time every day. Fine if you are a very early riser, but otherwise quite annoying. I resorted to ear plugs on more than one occasion. However, my overall impression was good, and I would go back there.

Concerning Marrakech itself, look out for two things: Firstly, the pickpockets. Both my wife & I found foreign fingers in our pockets at least once - surprisingly, each time they were not small children but old women in traditional veils, who appeared the image of propriety. Secondly, beware locals offering you helpful directions: although the souks and old town are confusing, I found getting lost to be less irritating than 'helpful' locals who offered to escort you somewhere and then demanded payment for their services. On one occasion, despite my saying that I was not going to pay for a guide, a young man took it upon himself to accompany me around town, giving a running commentary, and then getting very cross indeed when I would not pay him for this, which left a very sour taste in the mouth. Be firm, and just tell them to sod off.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Leicester UK
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2008

We stayed here, on the top floor, for a week in mid March 2008. Possibly too long for a small place like Marrakech, but very enjoyable. The Riad was good - nothing exceptional but friendly and helpful. All seemed clean, the food when we ate in seemed authentic, more so than the big restaurants. But food is not Moroccos strong point. The atmosphere in the Square, late at night, was incredible, as was the short walk up to it. This Riad is well placed, comfortable and well run. It was what we wanted.

Stayed March 2008
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2008

Excellent Riad, rooms very comfortable with large ensuite shower. Owners and all staff very helpful. We had two excellent meals in the Riad and also tried two local restaurants. Breakfasts consisted of fruit juice, yoghurt and over the days we had pancakes, croissants and bread.
Good location as you are in walking distance of the main square and the souks. Plus walking distance to the open top bus and horse draw carriage rides. Difficult to fit in both tours on the open top bus unless you start off very early in the day. We were met by the hotel from the airport but it is possible to get a bus a number L19 all go to the Jemaa el Fna and this is 20 dirhams single.
Staying in this area of Marrakech you get a very different feel to staying in Gueliz. Do wander off the tourist trail, we did and you get a much better feel for how the people really live.
We did the trip,booked via the hotel to the Urilka valley, it may have been more expensive than a local taxi but we were happy with the service.

Stayed March 2008
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2008

Just got back yesterday from a 5 night stay in this riad. really quite hard to find, so we employed a couple of young lads to find it for us - so long as your luggage has wheels it's not a problem at all walking there as it is very close to all the action. We don't speak much french but Eric and corine were very helpful. Would probably not go with their trips as you can get to the atlas mountains for less in a grand taxi if you haggle yourself and you can get a great hammam and couples massage at the isis riad a minute's walk away - however, if you aren't confident sorting these things out yourself, then it's probably worth the extra money you pay for them to organise it yourself. After days in "dry" Fes, we were v pleased to find wine in the riad - great on the terrace. Unfortunately, the jacuzzi wasn't working whilst there, but not a big problem. We found the room too warm, and the a/c gave us sniffles. The riad DO accept credit cards, but they charge an extra 5% on top. Not a lot really. We got breakfast on the day of departure, no problem at all, so perhaps Februrary traveller just very unlucky. Again, breakfast ok, not exceptional, but we also really liked the yoghurt!
A real tranquil place and they're happy to make meal reservations for you. great service.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2008

We stayed here having booked a last minute trip. It was with some trepidation that we were taken down a series of ever narrowing roads in the heart of the medina. Arriving at the Riad we were delighted to find a tranquil and beautiful retreat. The owners Eric and Corrine could not have been more helpful and charming. They took the time to explain the best way to enjoy Marrakech and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. My only regret is that we only had three days there. The rooms were sumptuous and comfortable and each individually decorated with the most fantastic attention to detail.

I would thoroughly recommend this as a delightful place to stay and would definitely return to this Riad.

Stayed February 2008
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wirral
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2008

good location, rooms ok, clean riad,but having stayed in other riads in morroco i found it only average.

  • Stayed January 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2008

Booked through Maroc Emotions, big mistake. Got ripped off by both the Riad and Maroc Emotions and left out of pocket. This is a beautiful Riad in a very good location. Easy to find and lots of lovely shops around. The room was beautiful and cleaned daily, and the food was delicious and fresh. Sadly on the last night, found the kitchen dirty with ants and lots of left over food - only night staff around. Had to leave for the airport at 8.30 and breakfast was not ready. Got charged twice for the airport transfer and had to carry my bags to the square to find the car - no escort or help with the bags. Take cash with you as I discovered the night before that the Riad does not accept card payments, very strange, so had to use the cash machine. Had planned to visit the Riad again but sadly, the experience has been marred by these problems.

You can avoid this if you
1. Book direct with the Riad
2. Organise your own airport transfer - lots of taxis @ airport.
3. Take enough cash to pay for your stay
4. Do not expect breakfast on your day of depature
5. Have one light piece of luggage.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Service
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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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#114 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
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