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Riad Alma
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Derb Kbala 77 | Kasbah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #96 of 461 Hotels in Marrakech
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“a hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

This was my second trip to Riad Alma, travelled on the 9th April. Beautiful accommodation, fantastic hosts and great food. very tranquil and chilled Lunch at the Kasbah café is well worth a visit Enjoy!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Riad Alma is a lovely home into which we were welcomed by owner Pierre. The Riad itself is beautiful, with a quiet roof terrace, and several courtyards for relaxing in the sun / shade, and lots of indoor lounge areas for chilling out in the evening with a glass of wine in the company of the other guests. Our room was small, but clean and functional, and decorated in a Moroccan style. The only negative was the location - a good 25 minute walk through dusty streets dodging cars and motorbikes to Jemaa el Fna (the main square). We were really pleased that we visited while Pierre was in town (he splits his time between Marrakech and France) as he was very friendly, ensured we had everything that we needed, and generally made us feel like old friends.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Canaan, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Our stay at Riad Alma was perfect. The food was tremendous, everyone was extremely helpful and friendly. Micheline made our stay so enjoyable I can't wait to return. Riad Alma was wonderfully comfortable and beautifully decorated, and the plunge pool was very welcomed after being out in the bustling streets of Marrakech. I cannot fault it at all, I would definitely recommend it 100%

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Riad is clearly a labour of love for the management and their personalities shine in all of its detail, simplicity and elegance. Pierre is regal, witty, gentlemanly and fascinating and essential to my friend and I (two women travelling alone) acclimatising to the Marrakesh way of life. Why am I writing this email so long (6 months) after my stay? Because I want to go back, stay and languish there for weeks and dip in and out of life outside this beautiful fortress. I will read every book they own, dine on baked bread next to the pool and retire to the stillest space I have ever known. This is an adult choice for adult, responsible travellers who want to understand Marrakesh with just a little hand holding. And I am the better for having experienced it. Thank you Pierre, Mourad and I hope to see you again one day. It was really touching to meet you both.

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  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

We were a group of five staying at the Riad Alma from 8th to 11th February 2013.Arrangements were made with the Riad for transfer from the airport to the Riad. This was very successful and we were met by Hicham with a modern people carrier which was comfortable. We were taken to a place close to the Riad where we were met by the Riad manager Mourad with a hand cart for the luggage. The approach to the Riad is a bit daunting but on entering the Riad it was clean, well furnished and very welcoming. The rooms were well appointed and comfortable but did not contain coffee or tea makings. There were plenty of electric points and a safe in each room, We were welcomed by Annette who was very helpful. Mourad took our party to the main Square that evening to give us an initial insight into life in the Medina returning by horse drawn carriageThe following day breakfast was continental and varied. Eggs are available. Fruit, yoghurt toast,pancakes,cake and preserves including honey was plentiful.Through the Riad we hired an accredited guide, Abdul, to escort us on a half day walking tour of the Medina which was excellent and gave us a basic knowledge of the area. Dinner in the Riad was available on request and was very good. The ambiance of the lounge with a log fire was comfortable on the cool evenings.All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. We hired the driver Hicham for the day to go to the Atlas mountains. This was a super trip and not expensive and the La Falouka restaurant for lunch that day was superb in every way.
This stay was an excellent experience and a thoroughly recommended. We missed the roof terrace so maybe next time !!!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

The hotel is well maintained by great staff. The room which we had we beautifully decorated, and had an excellent heating system which was great as the nights are cold in february. The breakfast was simple but filling. Mourad the hotel manager was excellent and made the experience fanatistic as he was always willing to help us.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 November 6, 2012

A beautiful and quiet place where you feel at home. Great service, friendly and helpful staff, good home cooked dinner, peaceful setting even though being in the Medina. A wonderful experience to be in a Marrakech neighbourhood and see the daily routine. It is hard to find a negative point about this place and the only thing I can think of would be the bread in the morning. I am a "bread addict" and would have loved freshly baked bread instead of the toasted little chunks. But ... breakfast is plenty, with juice, yoghurt, fresh fruit. I can and will highly recommend this wonderful riad and hope to be back one day. What a relieve compared to these huge impersonal hotels outside the city walls!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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: Derb Kbala 77 | Kasbah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#32 Spa Hotel in Marrakech
#37 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#85 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#134 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Alma 4*
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