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“Haven of Peace” 5 of 5 stars
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27 Derb Bouderba | Riad Zitoun Jdid, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #60 of 464 Hotels in Marrakech
New York, New York
1 review
“Haven of Peace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2008

I would just like to add my thanks to Ron and his staff at Riad Hayati.

This is a success story that reflects a vision of what the "riad experience" should be. Firstly, there is the design: an 18th century merchantt's home lovingly restored with cool white background, dark woods and slashes of colour from antique kilims and original Middle Eastern art. Simple doors lead to wonderful salons or cozy nooks; mysterious staircaes lead to an ultra-private suite with its own terrace and small pool.

In Arab tradition there is a fragrant garden, small fountains and charming songbirds. Hayati is a veritable serendipity, with little delightful surprises at every turn.

More than anything, this is an elegant home with heart. The unassuming ambiance is truly restorative with a staff that we won't soon forget. Their personal attention to detail and our comfort was faultless without being overbeareing. I can't remember when or where we have been so beautifully and quietly spoiled.

Emma Shephard

  • Liked — Its ambiance, comfort and expert caer by staff
  • Disliked — nothing
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Ithaca, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2008

When I saw the amazing reviews and photos of Hayati, I contacted the owner, Ron Ciccone, to book the riad for myself, my husband, and three colleagues while we attended a conference in late May and early June. There is not much to add to the already glowing reviews: the rooms, rooftop terrace, new plunge pool(!), and common areas were stunning; the meals, service, and ambience were beyond stellar!

I have traveled all over the world --- throughout the U.S., throughout Europe, in Asia (China, Singapore, Hong Kong) --- and Hayati is simply the best hotel that I have ever had the pleasure of staying at.

  • Liked — The amazing rooftop terrace!
  • Disliked — Nothing comes to mind.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2008

without doubt, the most perfect Hotel created.
From the staff, to the cleanliness, to the impeccable atmosphere. The Riad Hayati was a slice of Heaven, i have no doubt that our stay has created wonderful memories that will forever be etched into our hearts.
The staff was very professional, they exceeded our expectations in every way! They made us feel extremely welcome, including the delightful owner Ron, for his superb recommendations for restaurants & spas.

After arriving, we were greeted with freshly squeezed orange juice and mint tea, whilst we unpacked, Mina and Abdul (the staff) prepared a delicious meal to welcome us.

To conclude,
if you are thinking of visiting Marrakech in the near future, i strongly recommend the RIAD HAYATI.

  • Liked — the way it cleared all your worries leaving a open mind sheltered by relaxation
  • Disliked — it was perfect!
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2008

Little Jewel

Our daughter had stayed at Hayati and recommended it for our 10 day visit to Marrakech.
Let me say simply that the riad exceeded her recommendation. It is absolutely a little jewel.

After a day in the souks or an excursion to the mountains the riad was a gloriously tranquil,
Comfortable place to rest and recharge.

Abdel and Mina are amazing in their ability to make guests feel at home. We were thoroughly spoiled having breakfasts in our robes. Refreshments were offered throughout the day and evening and meals were always an occasion with one of Mina's culinary surprises.

The courtyard is an Arabian fantasy by day and evening and the roof terrace has a stunning garden with a small plunge pool that was a delight after the madness of the souks.

We have have traveled extensively, but I cannot remember when we have had such a magical
visit. There is no doubt that Hayati made our visit to Marrakech very special indeed

  • Liked — The charm of the riad....
  • Disliked — To be honest, everything was beyond our expectations!
  • Stayed June 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2008

Marrakech is a wonderful fusion of traditional Arab culture and French sophistication. Many of the best Parisian restaurants and clubs can now be found there. Yet, the city remains very Moroccan with traditional architecture, exquisite gardens and the total madness of the souks.

We discovered Riad Hayati shortly after it opened three years ago. We were attracted to its understated elegance, comfort and wonderfully warm personal service. This was our third visit and we wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. It has become the special place we love to escape to every year.

Much of this has to be attributed to the vision of Ron, the owner, who insists on the ambiance and intimacy of a private residence rather than a hotel, whilst not compromising on comfort and convenience. And yes, for those of us who can't do without computer access, it does have wi-fi.
The latest addition is an ultra private little suite with its own terrace and a small plunge pool.

We are always assured of a lovely warm welcome from Mina and Abdel. They remember what we prefer for breakfast and our favourite dishes for dinner.

Mina is proud of her cooking and always has a twinkle in her eye as she presents one of her surprises---everything from traditional tajines to "frites" worthy of the best Parisian bistros. Her "death by chocolate" gateau is positively irresistible.

I have mixed feelings about writing this review. On the one hand, I'd like to keep Riad Hayati a secret, one that's only whispered to special friends, but on the other, I have to thank them for the wonderful times we've had there, and the times yet to come.

  • Liked — the atmosphere, attention to detail and warmth of staff
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2008

If I had to choose my favourite hotel in the world, it would be Riad Hayati in Marrakech. The rooms are calming, authentic and so beautiful. Sitting on the courtyard is like having your own outdoor sanctuary. The building fulfils every cliché you’ve ever heard about Morocco. There’s the stunning natural setting, and layers of architecture and landscaping that just keep adding to its beauty. The staff and the service are just delicious: they welcome and care of you from the first step in to when you leave with exquisite elegance.
Two nights here are better than a month anywhere else.
Paola

  • Liked — the quality of service from the food to the everyday care
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2008

Romance is the word we would choose to describe the vibe of this fantastic riad... Well... Romance and Romantic!

My partner Betty and I have just returned from five fantastic days at this delightful riad. The Hayati's special ambience is just made for a romantic stay. The rooms were filled with flowers, fruit and were so clean.

The house is located in a very quiet cul-de-sac, and it is so close to the Bahia Palace. And really, literally, only a few minutes stroll to the interesting and enchanting souks, the palaces and several very chic restaurants.

The house's style is most peaceful and the decor is so tasteful. We say say it is the perfect respite and refuge after a day in the exotic madness of Marrakech.

And you mustn't forget Mina's home cooking - it has go to be the best in town! Mina's famous "poulet au citron" is a must. Also we have to mention Abdel, the house manager, who is a most charming young man who made our last minute arrangments and changes seem effortless - thank you!.


As for us, well - we'll be back!!!!!

  • Liked — comfort
  • Disliked — can't think of anything
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Riad Hayati

Address: 27 Derb Bouderba | Riad Zitoun Jdid, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#46 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#52 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Riad Hayati Marrakech
Riad Hayati Hotel Marrakech

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