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Riad Alma
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Derb Kbala 77 | Kasbah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #102 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Oasis in the Medina”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Riad Alma is in the southern area of the Medina near the Palace. It is quite amazing to step off of the alley and into such a quiet, lovely place--the common areas, terrace, and rooms were wonderful. We had a large bedroom with a large bathroom on the upper level and our own terrace that over looked the pool. It was so nice to sit outside in the morning and evenings. The staff was helpful (we know barely any French) and very kind. Martina, the manager, made us dinner reservations two nights in a row and both restaurants were excellent.
The riad is about a 15 minute walk to the main square and we felt the price was a great deal for the room and service we received. I don't have a negative thing to say--you really can't go wrong with Riad Alma!

  • Stayed April 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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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

This is a beautiful Riad, in the southern part of the Medina. It's a 15 minutes walk to the Jemaa el Fna square. The staff are very friendly. There is a little pool (in April, the water was quite cold).

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This Riad is really a hidden gem outside the city walls. Each room in the communal ares are decorated beautifully. It feels as if you are staying in someones home. Our room was very nice and was a bi-level room. Seperate toilet, large sink area and open style shower. Very clean and yet a bit dark, windows open onto the riads inside courtyard. Michele the owner was there during our stay with her adorable dog. She was helpful and even gave us a ride as we were heading in the same direction she was going.
Taxi's must be called and drop off is outside the main alley which is a bit scary at night. During the day you can walk to the Medina/souks in 10-15 minutes. We took cabs every night and during the day walked around.
The breakfast was good. You can order eggs and you are given all the Moroccan items such as yogurt, moroccan pancakes, etc. We ate in the courtyard which was quiet and pleasant.
We felt the price for 4 nights was very reasonable (comapred to NYC of course anything is :)
As a traveler i feel the only thing to think about before booking here is location.Do you want to be in the modern section where you can walk to restaurants at night and into the souks in a few minutes and reduce cabing or get a true authentic experience, away from the hustle and bustle and walk a bit further and spend extra $ on cab fares at night. Since i can't fine a negative thing to say about our expereince at this lovely Riad it boils down to personal preference and often location, feeling safe and money often are factors. The area is safe but walking in the alleyways after a cab drops you off and having men walking behind you can feel threatening. the cab driver will gladly walk you to the door though, which was done for us on night #1, then we braved it the other nights. Loved this Riad!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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 18, 2014

I've always wanted to stay in a traditional Riad rather than the large hotels outside of the old city walls, I'm very pleased we stayed here.

Transfers were booked with the Riad, the taxi's cannot get to the door so one of the staff was sent to pick us up on arrival from the nearest point, a nice touch I thought as we could easily have got lost.

I thought the Riad was well located, about 10 mins walk from a number of sights and about 15-20 mins from the main square. Being a little further out it was very quiet which we appreciated. Once you got used to the number of motorcycles moving up and down the streets getting around became quite easy, just make sure you walk in straight tlines so that they can get past you easily!

The room was of a reasonable size with a joined balcony (we were with friends) which was very useful. The bed was enormous and didn't appear to be 2 singles pushed together as in a lot of hotels. The bathroom was a good size with a large shower. The whole room, and Riad for that matter, was very clean. The whole Riad was cleaned daily including terrace areas.

The plunge pool looked OK but it was a little cool whilst we were there to use.

The breakfast was continental style, there was plenty to eat, including the offer of omlettes, and there was no time limit to coming down for the meal, another plus point that made the stay relaxing.

We had a couple of evening meals at the Riad and both were very nicely cooked and presented, if a little pricey for Marrakech.

The staff were excellent, nothing was too much trouble, we had drinks on the roof terrace on a few occasions and there was never an issue in them taking the trays to the roof. Directions and advice were given freely with no feeling that you were imposing.

The nearest restaurants are about 5-10 mins walk, which we found OK, with a few street vendors being closer.

Room Tip: If you go with friends ask for the rooms with adjoining balcony.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We stayed at Riad Alma for a week and just returned. We had a nice stay... We stayed in the junior suite which was completely gorgeous, and the room was cleaned every day. The breakfast was OK, not really my style, just bread, moroccan pancakes, warmish yogurt, juice and coffee. I just had the juice and coffee every day after day one. We never had dinner there as the dining area is right in the middle of a hallway which people go through quite often. We felt really awkward a few times when walking past couples having a romantic dinner as we were on our way in and out of our room. The one time we ordered some wine to drink on the rooftop I felt I was intruding a little bit. The location is completely ok, right in the kasbah. You have to know this before booking, it is about a 15 minute walk to the main square, but only a few minutes to get a taxi. (If you are getting a taxi in marrakech be sure to agree on the price first). Riad Alma was really pretty and clean, and personally I like staying in the Kasbah because you really see the way of life of the average Moroccan, but would not recommend staying here for women traveling alone.

Room Tip: The junior suite is great with a gorgeous bathroom and a big tub.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Riad Alma is a lovely little place snuck in the maze of Marrakech. We booked transfers with our holiday booking and were met at the airport and taken as near to the door as possible. We were met from the taxi by Mourad who took us to the riad. Mint tea, biscuits and the all important map. We had the senior suite which was a lovely room with small terrace area. Be prepared to get lost - we had to pay a young lad a dhiram to find a restaurant we were going to. Staff are all really helpful and will recommend places to eat and make reservations for you. Breakfast was served at any time you went down, no rush and the dinner at the riad is really good. The roof terrace is great for relaxing after a day trekking through the souks and running the gauntlet round the narrow streets. We didn't experience to much hassle just smiling and saying no seemed to work. Definitely an oasis amongst the chaos of Marrakech would highly recommend it. Main square and souks about a 20/25 minute walk. It was more expensive than a hotel but well worth it to get the proper morrocan experience. Our transfer back was fairly early which meant sitting around the airport. Taxis can be arranged by riad and probably a better option although allow time to get through passport control! Hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did!

Room Tip: All the rooms looked lovely but choose a suite if you want more room
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We needed a break after the stress of xmas, changing jobs and moving house. Marrakesh has always been an enigma, both modern and ancient, familiar and unfamiliar all at the same time, so we decided to go and find out for ourselves. There are plenty of gorgeous hotels in the new city, but you could be anywhere and we wanted to experience the old Medina. The Riad Alma soon became our choice and through Expedia we got a great deal, taking the best suite in the hotel which was probably unnecessary. Like all of the Riad's, its cosy squeezed into the old town and tucked away down a back street where there's no chance of getting a taxi to the door. The Riad organised a taxi from the airport (excellent decision, good value and compared to the alternatives, quite possibly a life saver) so we were driven close by then walked to the door by the driver. The Alma is in the Kasbah area, itself in a nice back street, but this is bustling Marrakesh with all life going on around, so whilst not reviewing the City here, it's a bit of a culture shock, and in our opinion no place for a lone female traveller. My partner felt uncomfortable at times even though dressed with respect for a Muslim (male) culture Once you get used to it after a couple of days the place is quite tolerable and always interesting. Back to the Alma, the reception was excellent, we felt immediately at home, the place was clear, stylish, comfortable and the two meals we ate there were very good. The staff were always friendly and helpful and with a log fire burning every evening it was a nice place to relax away from the chaos outside. Marrakesh itself ....... an assult on the senses. Keep your wallet and phone safe, dress respectfully and take confortable shoes (you need to do lots of walking to get to grips with this city), when on the street assume everyone is on the make, trust no one without thining about things carefully, then throw yourselves in the deep end and soak up this amazing place.

Room Tip: We took the best suite, but I think all the rooms are good.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Derb Kbala 77 | Kasbah, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
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Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Alma 4*
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