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“Refreshing Retreat of a Riad in Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
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Riad Dar Eliane
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   N39, Derb Maada,Azbezt | Medina, Marrakech 44000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #202 of 472 Hotels in Marrakech
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Refreshing Retreat of a Riad in Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

If you want an authentic and peaceful oasis while experiencing the intense city of Marrakech this small and beautiful riad will exceed all expectations. Beautifully restored, well managed with a fabulous breakfast included no weary traveller could ask for a better place to stay.

Room Tip: the rooms on the 1st floor are very good
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

I write this review still as a guest at this hotel. We arrived from our stay at Essaouira on rather cold and rainy day in Marrakech so we were looking forward to getting to the hotel and unwinding.
After walking for almost 10 minutes navigating the labyrinth of motorcycles, carts, bicycles we finally arrived at our riad.
Our first reaction was mixed as our host Bouchra seemed a little unwelcoming. After the customary mint tea we were shown our room. I was looking forward to seeing the room as I was impressed with a framed article from Vogue with an editorial featuring the Riad.
Room - we had a room on the ground floor which which opened out onto the courtyard. The room is long and narrow. The doorway is very low so we had to constantly remember to keep our heads bent to avoid getting a head injury. Lights in the toilet did not turn on. The bed linens looked like they had seen a great deal of use and needed to be thrown away. The hot water from the shower stayed hot for a few minutes and gradually got colder. The courtyard had birds nesting in a tree so we went to bed and woke up with the sound of birds which became annoying.
Breakfast is basic. Coffee, breads and jams. The food at the hotel is expensive compared to other restaurants in the main square.
Location - the riad is located within about 8 mins walk from the main square. We were provided with a helpful map to direct us to the square.
The only redeeming part of this hotel is the roof terrace with views of the atlas mountain and Marrakech.
I will definitely avoid this hotel if ever I'm in Marrakech again

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Our stay at Riad dar Eliane was like a fairy tale. The house is beautiful, the decoration amazing and the service is very good. We had some difficulty finding the riad in the labyrinth of Marrakesh and the manager send someone to help us find a parking and the riad. The instructions to find the riad could be a lot better. The room was very nice and clean, and the breakfast was delicious. The rooftop terrace overlooking Marrakesh was a nice surprise. The only negative remark is that the dinner the offer was very expensive and they served us a starter and dessert without asking, but of course we did have to pay for it. The food was good, but you can find the same dishes for half of the price somewhere else. Especially the young boy (I forgot his name) helped us a lot and was very friendly.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This riad is an oasis of calm in the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. This riad is tastefully decorated in the traditional style. Bouchra and her staff were exceptionally helpful and friendly. Tea and coffee was available at any time. Breakfasts and the evening meal we had on the day of departure was very good. The facilities on the roof top terrace with the loungers and the availability of towels was excellent, overall a very enjoyable stay and I would highly recommend this riad.

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

i recently stayed here with my boyfriend for our first holiday in Morocco. We can honestly say we have never been better looked after. The Riad is very peaceful inside away from the madness of the souks on the outside. The breakfasts were always very good and we were never left wanting for anymore. All of the staff are very welcoming and friendly. The Riad is located perfectly to capture all of the different sides to Marrakech. Locally are there great sites to visit inside the old city walls we really would recommend this Riad to anyone.

  • Stayed September 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Arriving late at night and wandering down the narrow streets after our cases and the man with the wheelbarrow, we perhaps chose to reserve our judgement but once in the Riad like many other guests, we breathe a sigh of relief.

The Riad is in the heart of the medina. It took us a while to work out our route back (the first journey took 1.5 hrs instead of 10 minutes and resulted in mild souk rage (!)) but once you know where you're going, it's a pleasant 10 minute walk from the Riad to the Jemaa. You will become the souk sellers' best friend en route as they start to recognise you on your daily commute.

The rooms are very nicely decorated. We had one of the rooms on the first floor. Staff were always very accommodating asking if we wanted breakfast in the courtyard or on the roof. Breakfast was excellent.

We had dinner there our first night too in view of our late arrival.

The Riad represents good value for money. I would definitely stay again if we chose to go back to Marrakech.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

we have just returned from a week long trip to marrakesh, riad dar eliane is good basic accomodation for those who want to be right in the middle of the souks, the riad is clean and comfortable enough though there was no hot water to shower,though we would recommend you book a room upstairs as they are brighter and more private than the rooms at the courtyard,we had a downstairs room and it had no privacy.To get any light in the room you had to leave the window open and other guests would be having breakfast only a few feet from your bed not ideal.Indeed we were offered a room upstairs when other guests left after two days. when we realised no other guests would be staying for the rest of our stay .we decided to stay put to save the hassle. on our arrival we were picked up by a taxi at the airport this was arranged through the riad,it wasnt until later on when we checked our itinery that we realised we had been charged double for the taxi [200drm]when it should have only been 100drm.when we questioned this we were told by bouchra, the manageress that it was not the normal driver.and we were left with the impression that we should just accept it, as she wasnt really interested.we would certainly have dealt with this situation better for our guests at the holiday cottage we let in scotland, we dont leave our guests thinking they have been done.This was not our only negative experience whilst on holiday,on our first day we wandered up to the square which we found easily enough with the map given at the riad, on the way back we paused momenterily to check our route, that was enough to be approached by a local man wanting to show us the way as he overheard us saying the name of the riad, we declined his offer as we had sussed where we were going,and know this is a regular ploy to pester you for money but he persisted to walk ahead of us as if leading the way,.we knew he was going to pester us for money,when we reached the riad door we decided to give him some coins about 10drms to get him away from us,then all hell let loose with him cursing ( in english) at us and throwing the money in our face(we obviously hadnt given him enough so beware) and all over the ground threatning us,another local came to our rescue, probably the only person we encountered who wanted to be friendly and helpful without monetary gain.we did mention this incident to staff at the riad but not much concern was shown.We ate at the riad the first night as we guessed we would be tired after travelling, the meal was prebooked before we arrived, the food was nice and tasty but we couldnt choose from the menu as the food had already been chosen for us we would have preferred to have made the choice from the menu ourselves,we had arrived in the morning so this surely could have been possible, it wasnt too big a deal but think it worth mentioning incase you want to have menu emailed to you.there are good places to eat around the square, the marrakeshi being one restraunt worth a visit, pepe nero also good 5min walk off the square and well sighnposted.In the evenings at the square many vendors set up stalls and serve street food the food is quite good and its a fun experience with all the banter and hustle and bustle. To sum up our holiday there are as many negitives as positives,it was fun but spoiled by so many people trying to rip you off which is a shame as im sure if the locals tried to be more friendly (without strings)it would benefit both holidaymakers and locals alike.we are both seasoned travellers and visit countries all over the world several times a year and we can honestly say marrakesh is a city we have no desire to explore further

Room Tip: a room upstairs theres a choice of two they are more private
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: N39, Derb Maada,Azbezt | Medina, Marrakech 44000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#14 Best Value Hotel in Marrakech
#96 Luxury Hotel in Marrakech
#142 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Riad Dar Eliane 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The riad has been lovingly restored over many years by its English owner and offers sumptuous accommodation over two floors each of the spacious five double bedrooms has reversible air conditioning with en-suite bathrooms and their chic but authentic styles are to be savoured. The inner courtyard is surrounded by tall elegant arches, refreshed by two flowing fountains and only the whisper of water and the song of the birds will come to disturb your tranquility. ... more   less 
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