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Riad Altair
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   21 derb Zaouia | Bab Doukkala Mosquée, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #116 of 1,046 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Awesome Altair!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I stayed at Riad Altair for 4 nights last November. We arrived during the evening rush hour in Marrakesh which was very hectic to say the least!! We expected this as had read lots of reviews and as the other reviewers say, when you arrive at the riad it is an oasis of calm. We were greeted by Badar who made us feel right at home, offered us refreshments, and gave us the low down of do's and dont's and where to go etc etc. We ate that evening in the riad, which was lovely and we took our own wine which they served with the meal (they don't sell alcohol though, so take your own if you wish).

We stayed in the room on the ground floor which was a bit noisy in the morning, but there are only 6 rooms in the riad so its not exactly Picadilly Circus! The bathroom looks great, with a very Moroccan feel, but the sunken bath is so huge the hot water runs out when it is only a inch full!

Breakfast each morning consisted of croissants, fruit, scrambled egg etc and was always very tasty and filling.

The roof terrace has sun loungers and chairs and is a great place to have a drink and read a book before or after you brave the crowds of the square!

If ever we needed anything Badar was on hand to help us out, he is very helpful and efficient without being overbearing. We only saw Abdel a couple of times but he was very helpful and friendly too.

The only thing I wasn't keen on was the call to prayer in the morning. I was aware of the mosque next door and didn't think it would be a problem, but they do it at about 4.30am and 5.30am and it goes on for about 3 mins each time! A bit annoying when you are in a nice deep sleep, but I like experiencing new countries and cultures and that's all part of it I guess!

The great thing about this riad is that is away down an alley way away from the crowds, but only about a minute's walk so no chance of getting lost. It's about 10 mins walk from Jemaa El Fna square and the route is easy.

I can thoroughly recommend this riad!

  • Stayed November 2013, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Dover, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We found this location to be an excellent Riad in Marrakech. We arrived early evening, and were given mint tea & homemade biscuits whilst the Manager explained all about the Riad (small hotel). The room was spacious, & comfortable, and had a lovely bathroom. We had breakfast in the central area which was light and airy. The breakfasts were all excellent and were too much for us to eat. The staff were excellent, friendly, attentive, helpful and knowledgeable of the town. It is with their help that we visited certain places. We arranged to have a late lunch on our last day at the Riad which was delicious, well presented and reasonable. Our room was on the ground floor and our only criticism was on one occasion when people were smoking in the central area which comes into the room. It would be better to allow smoking just on the terraces. We would definitely recommend this venue to anyone wanting a break from the hectic city.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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Carlingford, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

The Riad Altair is like a peaceful paradise in the middle of Marrakesh Medina, in walking distance to everything you want to see in in the city. Super clean, comfortable and secure, the hole staff is extremely nice and helpful. Abdel and Badar will organise anything you need 24 h a day.

The traditional Moroccan style rooms are very romantic, breakfast is delicious and very well presented and slightly different every day.

I will definitely recommend it to all my friends!!

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Super place, great staff, lovely room and fantastic views of the snowy tipped Atlas Mountains from the roof terrace. The breakfasts are varied, well made and presented and very filling. The one evening meal we had was also of high quality. The Riad was kept fastidiously clean, security was spot on and the place exudes tranquillity and peacefulness, in fact the whole experience was brilliant; except.... When we arrived, after trailing down the alley in the pouring rain we were informed there was not a room available. The management had arranged accommodation and a free dinner for my wife and I on the other side of Marrakech for two nights and then back to Riad Altair. So a wait for a taxi, then back into the rain and across town to the Riad Aladdin. We were not made over welcome, hurried through a cold dinner because service had closed, and so to our room. And what a lovely room it was, all you would expect from a Marrakech Riad. But we were above the kitchen, and as soon as the five o'clock prayers had finished the loudest cook in the world started up. Add to this the very noisy plumbing and we were not at all amused. We mentioned these points to the staff and were greeted with a polite smile but no action.
Two days later we were back in Altair where we could make a fair comparison. Altair wins hands down. Abdel advised us to book direct with them if we return, and next year we will..
I should mention we booked this holiday through British Airways and the whole experience, flights, transfers and Altair were spot on, they are investigating our problem with the lack of a room as I write.

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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Stayed here with boyfriend for 7 nights. Right from the word go we were made to feel very welcome and at home. The Riad is small with only 6 rooms so its very relaxed and service feels personal. The rooms were really well decorated & great ensuite. Felt very at ease about security of the room.

As for the January climate - we were lucky to have 5/7 days of sun, but it was cold and wet on the other two. The Riad has plenty of heaters though and a cover over the courtyard during winter so it can still be fully enjoyed. The split level roof terrace was a great place for sunbathing and reading, whilst downstairs there are areas to sit in and around the courtyard and a lounge area with an open fire in the evenings.

We had dinner in the Riad twice when we stayed - the food was fantastic - the best we experienced, and tables are set up in the central courtyard - candles and rose petals, great service, and although they don't serve alcohol at the Riad, you can buy wine, etc from the new town area nearby for meals or drinks on the roof terrace.

The breakfasts are fantastic - fresh fruit, juice, coffee, eggs and pastries, etc - either in the courtyard or in the sun on the roof terrace.

The location is great - 10-15 min walk to the main square, and a good place to walk to & experience the new town too. Easy to find as well (once you've been shown the first time!). Would recommend booking the transfer with the hotel. The guys loitering in the nearby alley should not be an intimidation either (as i read previously) - all they're interested in is getting free wifi!

I would thoroughly recommend the Riad Altair for your visit - it is both a special treat to stay here, as well as feeling as comfortable & relaxed as home - a refuge from the madness of the city & its souks!

Room Tip: 6 rooms in total - best to choose one of the 4 on the first floor. There is then one located on the...
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We spent four nights here and agree with others on the lovely reception from all of the staff. Abdel speaks English and is always on hand and ready to help. One room is situated on the ground floor and opens onto the communal area, one is on the roof and the others are around the first floor balcony. Our room, on the roof, was clean and comfortable with plenty of hot water to the shower whenever needed. The call to prayer could be heard in the room but was never a problem for us. Enjoy the experience of Marrakech.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Stayed here for four nights and can only say what a lovely place with a warm and friendly staff - fantastic stay altogether! Would love to be back there soon for a much longer period. Thanks Abdel and Badr!

  • Stayed January 2014, 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: 21 derb Zaouia | Bab Doukkala Mosquée, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #116 of 1,046 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Altair 4*
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