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“The Coolest Place to be....” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Hayati
27 Derb Bouderba | Riad Zitoun Jdid, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #48 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
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“The Coolest Place to be....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2009

We found Riad Hayati via Tripadvisor and used the owner's website to book direct. Ron responded quickly and gave us detailed advice on local restaurants and trips out of town. Everything you read on recent reviews is so true. The Hayati is an absolute gem and is the coolest place for decor and facilities but also it's a calm, tranquil and cool place to return to after the heat, hustle and bustle of Marrakech.

I thought we'd never find our way around the city but Hayati is easy to find, being so close to Bahia Palace and Tiskiwin museum, you'd never guess the delights behind the huge wooden door. After seven days we felt like locals, knowing the shortcuts through back alleys and knowing the street vendors. We stayed in the Riad's suite with own terrace and plunge pool and were very grateful to Abdel or Mina who would provide us with cool drinks on our return every afternoon or hot drinks at night. The temperatures dipped at sunset but this is no problem with well heated rooms, pashmina provided to keep me cosy as I gazed at the stars from the rooftop terrace. The suite has a huge downstairs bathroom next to a cool dressing room, no need to bring toiletries, slippers, robes etc. all are provided for you.

We usually eat out but having enjoyed Mina's welcome meal we couldn't resist eating twice more in the Riad, the food was a wonderful mix of Morroccan and French cuisine and the ambience of the dining room made each meal memorable. Abdel chose different relaxing music each evening, the courtyard has its own natural music from the songbirds and gently bubbling fountain.

All thanks have to go to Ron, (who we didn't meet, but who rang us after arrival to ensure we were happy), Abdel and Mina for their charming service and thoughfulness.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 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 7, 2009

What an unforgettable little gem . I dare say this has got to be one of the most delightful places we have ever stayed at.

Ron ,the owner, is a charming erudite gentleman who regaled us with tales of his travels around Morocco and the Middle East. His hospitality is totally genuine. His staff, Mina and Abdel are absolute treasures, long time retainers who keep things running flawlessly. They constantly delighted us with thoughful little gestures and the warmest personal service we have ever experienced.

Our stay at Riad Hayati was pure heaven that we won't soon forget

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2009

We were on a short break to introduce the delights of Marrakech and surrounding countryside to some friends. And we had the best time imaginable. From the first impression of walking through part of the old city, along tiny streets, mayhem, smiling faces and then in through the door of Riad Hayati. To the peaceful courtyard with fountain, birds, beautiful trees and Abdel and Mina who staff the house. Our favourite resting place was the roof terrace with its sunbeds, views and curtained pergola where we sat , had a glass and watched the lightning, the sunset and storks. This is the only place to stay in Marrakech. But don´t tell anyone.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2009

We recently stayed in the Riad Hayati as a party of 8 women for a friend's Birthday celebration.Several of our group had never been to Morroco before and were somewhat apprehensive about what to expect.They need not have been, as from the moment we arrived we were thoroughly pampered by the staff and totally made to feel at home in this beautiful Riad. The rooms, decor,and food were all excellent and were comparable , if not better than most 5* hotels.The only slight drawback was that the en suite facilities in some of the bedrooms were very "open plan" to the rest of the room, which could possibly be a problem depending who you were sharing with.There is however a seperate toilet downstairs.This in no way detracted from an otherwise excellent holiday. I would without hesitation recommend this Riad to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2009

We stayed here in mid-March with four of our friends who had never been to Marrakech before. In a word, Riad Hayati is superb. A really special place and we are heros to our friends for choosing it.

It was like renting a fully staffed private house for a week. Wonderful home-cooking, flawless service and a relaxed,welcoming ambiance. A perfect base for our trips to Essaouira and the Atlas mountains. It was always comforting to come "home"to Hayati at night. Fires were already lit, drinks were served and we dined by candlelight. We then slept beautifully in super comfortable bedrooms.

We had a dream of a holiday and reccomend it very highly indeed.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2009

We had a brilliant week here earlier this month. it was truly the most blissful break we've had anywhere.

You can tell that a lot of love has gone into restoring this 18th century mansion. It extremely tasteful with deliciously comfortable salons and bedrooms. Lot of nooks and crannies for those quiet (romantic) moments. and the house is filled with wonderful little surprises at every turn. You could spend an entire day just lounging around and not get bored.

Mina's cooking was a special treat. Easily some of the best food we had in the city.
And Abdel has our thanks for his warm,impeccable service.

This place is a real find.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2009

We invited six of our friends and rented the entire riad in early March to celebrate my wife's 40th birthday. It was a superb weekend thanks to Ron and his staff whose attention to detail and flawless service are first class.

The riad is an amazing hideaway. It's like a stage set, very stylish without being phoney or snobby. It's a place to feel totally comfortable, welcome and spoiled. It exceeded all our expectations an we couldn't be more grateful for the time we spent there.

We've reccomended it to all our friends.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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:
#28 Business Hotel in Marrakech
#42 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#147 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Riad Hayati Marrakech
Riad Hayati Hotel Marrakech

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