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“Perfect place to stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Celia
2.0 of 5 Guest house   |   1 Dourar Graoua, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #632 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
london
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Perfect place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I can’t imagine a nicer place than this to stay in central Marrakech. It’s situated in the corner of a relatively quiet small ‘square’ and yet only five minutes walk from Djemaa el-Fna. The staff are extremely helpful and flexible (we arrived at 3am and were still warmly greeted!). It’s an attractive traditional riad with original features and a palm tree growing up the middle from where you are woken by birds singing. We had a lovely room on the roof level, quiet, comfortable and clean and everything worked. Excellent breakfast (including homemade cake, jam and pancakes and fresh orange juice) and we met interesting other multi national guests. I'll certainly return.

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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Leuven, Belgium
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39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The owner does anything possible to make your stay worthwhile. We arrived early in the morning (8AM), and he offered us an extra breakfast for free. Similar, we returned to our room for a while during the afternoon, and he told that we could get tea or orange juice, free again.

The whole riad is clean and well maintained, it used to be owned by a local big chief, the architecture is wonderful.
Our room was at the lowest level, a bit chilly. Would be the best to get when it is hot outside, otherwise better ask for a room at a higher floor.
The Riad has a terrace on the roof, you can have your breakfast there too (failed in our case: occupied by a group).
Our bathroom was nothing special. The owner also showed us the big main room, can be rented as a studio.

The location is great: you're in the medina, typical small street, people walking by, bikes, ..; and indeed just 5 minutes walk to Djemaa El Fna. There is also a good restaurant (with roof terrace) three houses away, direction of El Fna, Rue Riad Zitoun el Jdid.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

I was back again, greeted like a long lost friend, everything was done to make me feel welcome. I had reserved the suite which is enormous (with a very small bathroom!) so my friend, who was next door, and I had a lovely area to sit with our tea - we had to spend quite a lot of time in as the weather was appalling. The staff are so friendly and helpful, tea is offered (and they do not charge for this), breakfast (adequate if not exciting) is included. It is very clean, good bedlinen (hard pillows). Given the awful weather we ordered dinner - the vegetable pastella was the best I have ever eaten; a three course dinner for a more than reasonable price. The rooms are all attractive (look up at the ceilings) and we found rooms 2 and 4 (next to the suite) very acceptable (less stairs to climb when you return to the Dar). The location is excellent. The whole place 'grows on you'. I have stayed in many dars/riads in Marrakech, but find this beats them all when it comes to value for money. I feel very at home there and shall go back.There is TV in the salon which was useful this time as given the rain we spent more time than usual in the Dar. My compliments ro Redouane and Khalid for the way they look after all their guests.

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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
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Tarifa, Spain
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

After visiting Riad Celia last January i came back again in March. This time with 7 of my travelling friends. We decided to book Riad Celia for its good location and pleasant staff. From experience we know that our guides need to park their cars and this is easy at the Bahia Parking. Unfortunately i never got to meet Samira but the new manager, Redouane is just as professional. Khalid was so kind and was always available when needed. thank you both for a lovely stay.
While we were there (2 nights prior to departure (2nd & 3rd) and 3 nights on return (13th, 14th and 15th of March) they changed the furniture on the roof terrace. I had booked all the rooms on the roof terrace; the best ones. By the way the local Hammam on the Bahia Parking is ok, the massages are good! Un déjeuner a Marrakech serves excellent food and is just opposite the Riad. Excellent for late arrivals!
I will be back!

Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Munich, Germany
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

We (three girls) stayed in the RIAD CELIA in March 2012.
It was really a wunderful riad: nice staff, clean rooms, nice terrace,cool patio, great location.
It is close from the Jemma El Fna (5 minutes walk) but really quiet.
We loved the place and will come back, should we be in Marrakesch again.
Nevertheless, the pillows were a little bit to hard and the staff could only speak little english.
But all in all I would really recommend the RIAD CELIA.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kingston Bagpuize, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

Riad Celia is in an almost quiet spot set just a few minutes walk from the traditional markets in Jemaa El Fna. The rooms, although not modern by any standards, were very comfortable and the staff very helpful. Tea seemed to have been included in the price as we never paid for it. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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Tarifa, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

I have just come back from a fabulous holiday with my family (hubby and 2 kids) in Essaouira. We decided to leave Essaouira one day earlier to spend our last evening in Marrakech. We travelled by car so it was an easy decision. I rang Riad Celia to enquire about availability and we were offered the grand suite for a very good price. Parking was no problem on the Bahia parking. We paid 40 dh for the night (twice the price as in Essaouira) which was absolutely fine. When we arrived our room was nice and warm....what a treat! Our breakfast was the best of that whole week and the coffee tasted like 'coffee'. It was warm enough to sit out on the cozy terrace with the morning sun coming up. A pity i didn't get to meet Samira but i am back with a whole group of ladies in March when we leave for our anual trip into the South, so i know i will get that chance. A good place to stay with kids (8 and 5).

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  • Stayed January 2012, 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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Address: 1 Dourar Graoua, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #632 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Riad Celia 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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