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Riad Ilayka
78 Derb El Hammam | Mouassine, Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #82 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Perfection!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

On arriving in Marrakech you are at once caught up in the husle and bustle of this busy city. Mixes the old with the new very well. Lots of large hotels but for us to escape from the souk and walk down intricate alleyways to the heart of Marrakech and so to the Riad Ilayka. A small black highly polished door greets you and when you knock you walk in to utter peace and tranquility. There is a central courtyard and at its centre the traditional water fountain. The greeting is warm and friendly and Mohammed brings guests mint tea and pastries. Then to our rooms. They are all different but beautifully furnished to a very high satndard. Some are on the ground floor while others are on the next level. If you want to explore to the highest terrace there is a real treat waiting for you. The view over all the roof tops of the old town is wonderful and there is a plunge pool/jacuzzi and comffortable beds to lie and relax. I could say more but you need to see for yourself - I am sure that this Riad will not disappoint! We will definitely return and I hope it will be soon.

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

We had a fantastic stay here. Couldn't recomend it enough! The owner made sure she was there to welcome us and show us around the whole Riad which has only reopened in the past 4 months. The location is perfect as is is near the 'Big Square' and all the Souks but is in a very peaceful, quiet streets where we could find solace after a day of haggling in the markets.

The rooms are gorgeous and beautifully decorated with Moroccan charm and the courtyard is so pretty. The manager Moutta couldn't do enough for us. We had a fantastic cooking lesson and she arranged a day trip out of the city as well as tranfers with a very reliable taxi company. There is a hot tub on the roof which was divine after a long days shopping and we also had shisha pipe in the pagoda at night and were able to look across the whole city. Besides all this she gave us advice on how much to spend for various items i.e. teapots and poofs and even came shopping with us and bartered with sellers in Arabic so we got many bargains!!!

Amazing stay - never had such great service before for such a fantastic price. STAY HERE!

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

When we walked through the doors of the Riad, we were welcomed by a warm and home-like setting, that put us at ease immediately. Then the refreshing fresh drinks were presented to us and we immediately relaxed after the long trip we just had.

The staff is friendly and always smiling; you can see how much pride they take in making your stay a memorable one. Mohammed took us on a tour of the Riad and made sure we visited every corner, terrace and other amazingly decorated common areas, especially the tower at the top... what a view and what a place to enjoy quiet moments at sunset. And Halima... at Riad Ilayka, they tell you to "forget your watch"; indeed, no matter what time we woke up, a delicious breakfast was ready within minutes and served on the patio downstairs. Halima's omelettes are the best I have had in such a long time.

As for Moutâa... she is the most amazing and welcoming manager I have ever met. She treated us like family, gave us advice about what to do in the old Medina, what places to visit, how to maneuver through the vendors in the souk and the "entertainers" in Place Jamee El Fna; she even organized tours for us and made us the most amazing dinners we've had. She gets to know you then she gives you really customized advice.

We received 5-star service while staying in what felt like a warm welcoming family home. Thank you Riad Ilayka for making our stay so memorable... we will come back.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012 via mobile

I am basking in the Riad Ilayka's charming courtyard sipping on delicious moroccan mint tea. I think I see the butler approaching with sinfully exceptional amuse-bouches. I sit here and I feel in true heaven, the background music sensually drifting me to sleep. My favorite part of this Riad has to be the decor, the attention to detail is truly incredible. Each room is a treasure, waiting to burst out of the seams. The staff has not once stopped smiling. My every whim has been attended to in the most gracious of manners. The food is truly exceptional. The burst of flavors remains on my palette, each ingredient in perfect harmony with the other. In fact, we can take very instructive as well as diverting cooking classes here. Finally, it is situated in the heart of Marrakech's most happening area. Which is why when after a day of treading all over the city, this Riad is the perfect cutoff. The minute the main gate opens we are trust into the most beautiful, calm and serene space. Trust me when I say you'll never want to leave.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 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, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

In the heart of the Souk, all you hear at night is the whisper of the air conditioning. The top observation tower is a perfect place to share a bottle of wine and watch the sun go down over the rooftops.
The service is fantastic, we found the alleyways of the souks outside the door crazy but safe to wander around in. The hotel will happily guide you and insist you phone up if to be collected if lost . The meals are out of this world, we read Morocco has small breakfasts, not here, it was enormous and the evening meal far superior to any restaurant we tried, we were made to feel very special, an honored guest, thank you for the unforgettable experience.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 78 Derb El Hammam | Mouassine, Medina, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #82 of 461 hotels in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dar Milouda is ideally situated for a perfect holiday in tranquil surroundings. You will be given a very warm welcome in this lovely, calm, spacious house. It is very close to the Djem Al Fnaa square and all the shopping souks. Experience Marrakech from the inside by staying with us. Dar Milouda offers very good value for money and large open spaces. Staying at Dar Milouda you will experience Marrakech from the inside. ... more   less 
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