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“An oasis of calm amongst the hussle and bustle of Marrakech's medinas” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Due
2 Riad Laarousse, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #140 of 1,080 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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3 reviews 3 reviews
“An oasis of calm amongst the hussle and bustle of Marrakech's medinas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

From the minute their friendly driver picked us up from the airport we were treated to first class service from all of the staff (Rhizlan, Khalid and Rashid) at Riad Due. The driver dropped us off and the porter greeted us with his luggage wheelbarrow and then whisked us off into what looked like a maze of narrow streets and strange smells. Apprehension set in as he led us down an alleyway but how wrong could we have been. He knocked on a huge dark door and within seconds we we ushered inside into a cool, white oasis of calm. The host welcomed us with Mint tea and lush biscuits which later proved to be a twice daily regular treat during our stay. We were then given a tour of all of the suites which at first made us wonder if we wold be disappointed with our smaller and cheaper room. Thankfully this was not the case as our room was huge and luxuriously decorated. The breakfasts are a lovely selection of pastries and your choice of eggs. We didn't eat dinner here but you can book an evening meal which would be in such an intimate setting.
Top tip: Make sure you pack your sunbathing gear as the roof terrace is a real treat with excellent views.

Room Tip: We went for the smallest room which didn't have a bath. It was great but could be a little noise...
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We have just stayed for four days at the Riad Due and we have nothing but praise for it. From the time we booked until the time we left, every assistance was given to our family in circumstances that were sometimes trying and difficult.

To explain, we had come from the Atlas Mountains where one of us had a fall resulting in a broken rib, which was only diagnosed at the hospital in Marrakesh. This meant leaving the children at the Riad when we were seeking treatment and also leaving the patient behind when the rest of the family went to see some sights and to shop at the souks.

The staff (Rhizlan, Khalid and Rashid) were very hospitable and attentive. They helped us with all our enquiries, booked restaurant tables and taxis, guided us to places and were always at hand to bring us a refreshing cup of tea. We felt we were at home and that we could 'aller, venir, rester' as we wished. Cristian who is the Manager is also very knowledgeable about all things to do with Marrakesh and was always available to answer our queries.

We had dinner twice at the Riad, on our first and last nights. Our whole family agrees that these home cooked dinners prepared lovingly by the resident chef, Fatouma, were so good that they were better than the restaurant meals we had. Five stars would not be enough to rate Fatouma's cooking. If this were not enough, she is also in charge of breakfast, which to our delight was different every morning. Really, it was like opening a present every day when you woke up.

The location of the riad is very convenient. It is a short walk to the area where taxis congregate, to where the souks start and to an area of small boutiques. There is a post office and pharmacy nearby, and you can even sample local cakes and food at the many stalls that line the main thoroughfare that leads to the Riad. It is a ten minute walk to the Jemaa-el-Fnaa, that's if you can resist the ample opportunities for shopping and eating along the way.

There are just too many riads in Marrakesh to choose from that I am reminded of something our friends said to us once, 20 years ago, after their daughter was born. They decided soon after that they would not have any more children because they felt they had won the lottery. We feel the same way with Riad Due which, despite the pain and inconvenience of a broken rib, has made our first trip to Marrakesh an extremely memorable one.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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 April 10, 2013

If you've ever been to Marrakech, you will understand the need for refuge after a long day of being haggled at the markets, and this is exactly what Riad Due provided for us during our trip to Marrakech in March. Located right in the heart of the old Medina, Riad Due is a quiet, calm oasis - with just 4 suites in the riad, you really feel as if you are living in your own Moroccan palace. It is beautifully decorated, and the staff was most helpful and accommodating during our stay. The food at the riad is the best in Marrakech; we would not even suggest bothering to dine anywhere else. As we were celebrating our wedding anniversary, the riad's manager, Christian, even organised a surprise massage for my wife.
We would most certainly recommend Riad Due to anyone travelling to Marrakech!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

If you're looking for an amazing oasis of calm in the heart of the media, then Riad Due is the place to be. You get the best of both worlds - luxury and unsurpassed service with the hustle and bustle of the medina just outside your door.
Having stayed in numerous five star hotels all around the world over the past few years, I can confidently say that none of them compare to how welcomed you feel or the attention to detail with warmth and helpfulness you get at Riad Due.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 April 2, 2013

A flying visit to Marrakech will be hectic and tiring. With so much to see and do it's inevitable that you will be caught up in the sometimes frenetic pace. Discovering the secret oases of calm dotted around the city is a must for a truly enjoyable trip. Riad 72 must surely rank amongst the best that the city has to offer.

From the moment you set foot in its beautiful, yet understated, courtyard and are offered scented rose water to wash the dust from your travel worn fingers you know you have come to a very special place. The staff are friendly and attentive, but not intrusive (Rashid, Khalid, Fatouma, Thouria and Rhislane under the watchful eye of complete professional Cristian). The cooking is delicious - far better than many of the cities' restaurants. The rooms are exquisite - a delightful blend of Moroccan splendour and modern comfort. Breakfast on the roof terrace is a highlight. The Riad's Hammam is a must. It's location in Marrakech was perfect for us - strolling distance from the Medina, but sufficiently removed from the bustling thoroughfares for a bit of respite.

We would heartily recommend Riad 72 to anyone.

Owen & Xenia
(Stayed March '13 9th-11th )

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

My wife and I booked here for three nights on our first trip to Marrakesh and staying here was the best way to introduce us to Morrocan life. Such a beautiful calm oasis hidden behind a tiny door, with calm lovely service, gorgeous rooms with a fireplace, enormous beds, massive bathrooms and amazing lunch on the rooftop terrace. Stay here.

  • Stayed December 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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London
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

We absolutely loved our stay here at this Riad. Thank you so much to Khaled for looking after us so well. We had a beautiful breakfast on the roof terrace- and the breakfast here was absolutely divine! The riad is very clean and stylish and most of all so private you feel like you are the only one staying! We stayed in the suite on the ground floor and the bed was the biggest and most comfortable I have ever stayed in! In the evenings we sat in the courtyard with a glass of wine away from the wind on the terrace. All in all I would definitely Definitely come back and stay here and recommend!

Stayed March 2013
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Address: 2 Riad Laarousse, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #140 of 1,080 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the souk area in the old medina of Marraekch. Riad Due is a fusion between modernity and traditional style of the riads. Developed around an elegant patio with a central plunge pull. Fabulous location and service. ... more   less 
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