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“You won't be disappointed-and arrange for dinner on the rooftop” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Chraibi
9 Derb Azouz | Mouassine-Medina, Marrakech 44 000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #719 of 1,135 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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24 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“You won't be disappointed-and arrange for dinner on the rooftop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We took a trip to Morocco with our nine year old daughter and had a wonderful time, thanks to Paco and Audrey. The rooms are comfortable, there is a mosque next to the riad so morning prayers will wake you up the first morning but the next morning you'll just smile at such a wonderful experience. Paco, for a reasonable price, took us hiking into the Atlas Mountains, lunch at a Berber village and also took us to villages having markets. He is absolutely awesome, they both are actually. Speaking French is helpful but you will get by communicating in English. We will return to Morocco and will stay at Riad Chraibi - they are trustworthy, fair and welcoming. Also, arrange for a dinner on the rooftop - it was THE BEST MEAL we had in Marakeech (and that is saying a lot). Love this place, can't rave enough about Paco and Audrey.

  • Stayed April 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2011

I came on this holdiay with an experience and opinion of Marrakech (as I had been the year before). I did not, however, fathom that this trip could be so different from the last and was fervent with this years holiday in Morocco.The Rhiad was beautiful and surprisingly peaceful considering it is right in the centre of the souks, where all the action happens. Having settled in the beautiful room in which I was staying with Moroccon decor chosen to compliment rather than stifle the architecture of the room - which was in itself utterly beautiful - I went up to visit the terrace to have a green tea which is prepared for the guests as they return (on request) by very friendly staff. That terrace is one of the things that will stick in my memory for years to come. I spent many a day and evening in what seemed like a blissful solitude, interrupted only by the sound of guests below (which was not a problem), by birds and by the thing that will remain primarilly etched in my memory: the family to whom the rhiad belongs. The family (a mother, father and young girl) where so incredibly warm, rivalling Morocco's famous weather, that I would seek them out in order to converse with them which is a great contrast to hotel staff in many other places I have stayed. As well as being beautiful people (expecially the little girl) they were very considerate and helpful and organised outings for us which included a bike ride from the top of a beautiful mountain seemingly brought to life from a Van Gogh painting (with a clearly African twist).

My final words: if you are going to Marrakech you are CRAZY if you dont stay in the Rhiad Chraibi!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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london
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

The Rial is idealy located: Right by the Souk, and only 5 minutes from a Medina gate - which is terribly handy to jump on a taxi that Audrey or Paco (the managers) will have ordered for you. Every day of our stay was pure enjoyment, either out for walks around the Medina, visiting Palace going to a Hamam, or on a day trip organised with the precious help of Audrey, Or just chilling our at the raid because it feels so great, cosy, comfy and peaceful.
The highlight of any single day there is the breakfast on the roof.
You just feel good there, every thing is easy, the Art gallery next dor is great, it's all handy, you feel super safe, independent and well looked after!

  • Stayed September 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2009

This riad is a true gem. A friend (a discriminating world traveler) recommended it, and it turned out to be the best part of my Marrakech visit. The owners – a lovely young French couple, Audrey and Paco – are exceptionally nice and hospitable. They have lived in Marrakech for 7+ yrs and therefore know it well. I got to know them during my week’s stay and benefited hugely from their insider recommendations on where to eat, shop, and visit. Without their tips, my visit would have been much less memorable. Audrey and Paco chat warmly and openly with all the guests, so you feel instantly at home.

They also have excellent taste, and you see that in the way the riad is artfully furnished. Though simple, the décor is elegant, subtle, and true to Moroccan form. The riad has 3 floors plus a rooftop terrace. Each floor of the riad houses several suites plus smaller rooms. I stayed in a suite with beautiful carved doors and curtains, a canopied bed, and large marble bathtub. Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace where you have a panoramic view of the main mosque and surrounding medina. My favorite part of each morning - freshly squeezed orange juice and perfectly made coffee, with Moroccan pancakes hot off the griddle.

The riad is ideally situated if you want to be in the heart of the Medina. Just a 5 min walk from the main square (Jemaa El Fna) and a stone’s throw from one of the main souk alleys. It’s at the end of Rue Moussaine - by far the nicest street in the Medina. So you are in the ‘best part of town.’ To get to the riad from the main street, you have to walk through several tiny, darkish alleys, which is the norm in the Medina. While this may seem strange to people accustomed to big city hotels, I found it exciting! It gives you a sense of being on an adventure in an exotic locale. When you arrive and pass through the door, you find yourself in an oasis –an open courtyard bathed in streaming sunlight.

This riad is very quiet. The guests – many of whom are European or English couples over 30 - are enjoying a quiet vacation. This is definitely not the place to stay if you plan to talk loudly and party late. Everyone is very considerate and mindful of the other guests. You will have an excellent night’s rest, in complete silence, except for the intermittent prayer calls, which you can’t help but hear wherever you are in Marrakech. Oh, and if you like hearing birds sing, you’ll hear them chirping right outside your door, too.

I happen to be a fairly picky traveler, particularly about cleanliness. This is very good value for what you get. Not very expensive for an excellent location. (I saw a budget hotel right off the Square, which was truly scary as in dirty, and it cost only 20 euros less). Note: this is not a 5 star resort – it’s not meant to provide super luxury. Go to the Aman or Mamounia for that. Instead, it is an intimate, simple boutique hotel (in the U.S., the closest description would be an upscale B&B) where you go for the cozy charm and experience of living the local life.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
    • 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2008

Because I live in Paris, I go to Marrakesh regularly on holiday. I must have stayed at a half-dozen riads in the Medina. Riad Chraibi offers, by far, the best value for the money.

The location is great: it's in the best part of the Medina, just off the happening Rue Mouassine and two steps from one of the coolest shops/galleries in the city, Il Ministero del Gusto. It's also only about 4 minutes' walk from the main square, Djemma El Fna.

The riad itself is simple but clean and cozy, and Audrey is a very cool and laid-back hostess. The free breakfast--Berber pancakes, orange juice, coffee--on the roof terrace is sublime in the morning.

I now stay here every time I'm in town and recommend it to my friends.

  • Stayed December 2008
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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wales uk
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2008

This has to be one of the very best Riad experiences in Marakech. I used the Riad for 6 days when going south to do some filming and returning to it, and then my wife joined me after my trip. Superb accommodation in an elegant and tastefully restored old riad. The souk and square are nearby and there are quite few good local restaurants to choose from within a stone’s throw. Ask Audrey the pretty and elegant French owner to show you to her new local French restaurant that you can see from the riad’s roof, relax in the morning as the sun comes up and have a light breakfast. Very quiet at night, apart from the call to Prayers echoing over the city at dawn. Audrey is the perfect host and can arrange anything you require, taxis, steam room saunas and food, her English is excellent. The riad has a wireless router that you can access and use Skype to call home. The level of cleanliness is high and all the plumbing works well. I will most certainly be going back there again, it’s just the place for a quick executive weekend break. Ask Audrey for Azeddine Taxi and you'll be picked up in a comfy Mercedes (specify it). SuperCool break...and very safe location.

  • Liked — its sheer elegance and peaceful nature completley chilled us out.
  • Disliked — the maze of alleys which were not signposted but you soon learnt them
  • Stayed March 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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Sao Paulo, Brazil
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2007

My daughter and I spent one week in Marrakech where we stayed at the Riad Chraibi - Bruna had already stayed during Easter 07. We loved every minute of our stay; the bedroom was large and comfortable, with a nice hot shower, very good taste in the decoration, average prices, the breakfast on the terrace with delicious home-made pancakes and Catherine, the owner, always attentive, protective, sweet and informative. We could not have chosen a better place ! It is well located in the medina, good restaurants nearby. We highly recommend this riad.
Vivian and Bruna from Sao Paulo in Brazil.

  • Liked — Very comfortable, good taste
  • Disliked — No internet, no keys in the rooms
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 9 Derb Azouz | Mouassine-Medina, Marrakech 44 000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #719 of 1,135 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the very 'chic' Mouassine and Jema El Fnaa area, Riad Chraibi has been restored following Moroccan traditional style. This Medina old house is well known for its unique view of the Atlas mountains. From these terraces, drinks or dinners at sunset are real magical moments... “Just feel like at home” are Audrey and Paco’s words. They naturally assist you in your choice of activities in and around Marrakesh, as they organize 4x4 trips. ... more   less 
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