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Riad Adriana
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   99, derb Jdid | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #67 of 1,043 Marrakech B&B and Inns
Kelwona BC
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4 hotel reviews
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“Outstanding service and location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

An excellent Riad in the heart of Marrakech's Medina. The service and hospitality of Melanie and staff were exceptional. On arrival we were served the traditional Moroccan sweet tea, and I was surprised with a special birthday cake and singing of happy birthday. Melanie helpfully identified points of interest in Marrakech and the Medina with tips about where to get the best products. She took us out into the area surrounding the Riad to familiarize us with access, which greatly increased our confidence in navigating the Medina and amazing Souk. She was there daily to look after our needs. Melanie confirmed with the booking company for us to be able to leave our belongings in the room for a night while we took an overnight trip to a desert camp. The happy and friendly staff served us coffee in our room daily along with breakfast in the superb, sunny rooftop patio - the location for us to enjoy a fine bottle of champagne to celebrate my birthday. On our return one day we were surprised with the laundry we had done dried and neatly folded on our bed! Each day we enjoyed the fresh roses and rose petals in and around the fountain in the courtyard, off which our room was directly located. Our room was beautifully decorated and well equipped. We were made to feel at home and secure by Melanie and her wonderful staff. Staying at Riad Adriana was a great and unforgettable experience which we highly recommend.

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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

The french couple who own and operate Riad Adriana, Idriss and Melanie, are extremely friendly and helpful, and they really went out of their way to make sure we got the best out of our stay in Marrakesh. The rest of the staff are just as nice and we felt truly welcome. Riad Adriana is a great place, we loved our stay there and will definitely stay there again the next time in Marrakesh. The location is fun, and you pass through genuine bazaar streets and down narrow alleyways (no cars - our bags were transported in a hand cart) in the Medina to get to the hotel. This is not a designer version of an old arab market, but the real thing!

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Riad Adriana was a pleasant and comfortable home base which made exploring hectic Marrakech immensely more enjoyable. The transfer from the airport to the Riad was easy with no snags. (though the Riad is on a tiny street inaccessible to cars, so the last 500 meters is on foot and a boy will carry your bags in a large wagon - this is normal). We were met by the owner Idriss, who gave a very informative brief on the city, what to see, how to get around, where to eat, and advice on haggling at the soucks. He remained available for good advice throughout our stay, including finding out a fair price for a Moroccan tea set to aid our negotiations. The Riad feels like home - if I had a butler. If we asked for a water we got it, beer we got it, mint tea or coffee anytime, we got it. As everyone has said, the breakfast is great, the common area beautiful and well kept, the roof patio is an excellent venue for the breakfast and for soaking up the sun. Rooms are spacious and maid service is excellent and thorough. The location is very convenient and a short walk to the souks and main square, yet it remains quiet and peaceful at night.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Margaret River, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We are so lucky to have found this beautiful riad! We stayed three nights in Marrakech and then went to the mountains for two nights. We asked the manager if we could rebook the Rose Suite on our return but it had already been booked. He offered us two rooms side-by-side for the same rate and went out of his way to accommodate our request. If we thought our welcome on first arrival was grand, when we returned we felt like long lost family! The rose petals strewn across our bathroom and bed were a beautiful touch, as were the large, white bath towels folded into matching swans! This riad is such a precious, little gem. Everywhere you look there are beautiful touches. The restoration of the riad is outstanding. Rooms were large and fitted out with every creature comfort you would need. The staff were extremely helpful, going out of their way to ensure our stay was pleasant. Breakfasts on the sun-soaked terrace was lovely and all-in-all it's difficult to fault this little piece of paradise! If anything, it is a bit of a distance to the main square in Marrakech but the wlk through the medina is an adventure in itself.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We stayed at the Riad Adriana for 4 nights in December , we enjoyed it so much we booked again when we returned from the coast .
The staff were so helpful , Idriss in particular went out of his way in organising Trips, car hire etc . We would stay here again on our next visit to the city

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Amsterdam, Nederland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

When we arrived in Marrakech, there was a taxi waiting to bring us to the Riad. When we arrived at the riad, the manager Idriss was already waiting for our arrival, together with a bellboy, so he could show us the way to the riad and we did not have to carry our own luggage. We had 3 rooms, 2 suites and a normal room. The rooms were beautiful and there were roses on the bed, making it quite romantic. Before we could enter the room Idriss gave us a brief description of Marrakech. He told about and showed the main sights of the city and marked in in a map, what was a great help, because Marrakech is a maze with al the little streets and souks. When we unloaded our gear and changed clothes in our rooms, Tofik, the fantastic help of Idriss and Melanie, cooked us a great dinner what was served in a room with a nice and warm fireplace. Tofik was a wonderful help for us, when you needed something he would help you wild a big smile. When you decide to have dinner at the hotel, he will come with a book to let you choose the dish you like. He will not disappoint you with his delicious tajines.
The next 2 days when we needed advice, we just asked Idriss and Melanie what to do, they did everything we asked for. Do you need a reservation in a fancy restaurant? No problem, Idriss would make a call and also arrange a guide to bring you to the restaurant, sometimes places are hard to find in Marrakech. No effort was to much for them. When you want to go to a fancy restaurant, you should definitely try Maison Arabe, it's great!
Although it's a little walk to the city center, the Riad is a great place to stay. Having your breakfast at the rooftop on a sunny morning is great. It is a lovely, quiet place and even in januari the temperature was high enough to sit outside at 9 'o clock.
When you visit Marrakech I would highly recommend to stay at the Riad Adriana, it's a great place to stay and all the complete staff is very helpfull.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Could we communicate with the hotel staff, this place would have been perfect. I hate having to give them 4 instead of 5 stars. The atrium and rooftop terrace are just gorgeous, as are the rooms. The mosaics, painted and carved designs, and other details in this 200 year old Riad are fantastic. They greet you with mint tea and biscuits and are happy to make you mint tea upon request each day. They served a very good breakfast on the rooftop terrace each day, and the staff was very friendly and eager to help, even though we had communication issues.

The hotel price was very affordable, especially as this was one of the more beautiful hotels we've ever stayed in. Dinner was also very good the night we had it, though a bit pricier than other places. It was worth it to have that all set for us the night we arrived, and the lamb and artichoke tagine and chicken cous cous were very well prepared. Also, the 7 Euro airport transfer was convenient and easy and affordable. It's more than you'll pay for a taxi or the bus, but the hotel is a bit hard to find the first time without them escorting you from the point beyond which cars can't travel and the door.

Here's the one problem we had: unfortunately, the lady that runs the Riad was out of town and her father who speaks almost no English was there instead. We don't speak french except for a few pleasantries. We had trouble asking questions about an excursion and making our desires understood. We wanted a driver into the Atlas mountains that spoke english, which many do, and our driver didn't speak a word of English. I don't believe it was even requested. We kept asking if we were going here or there and the guide just said "ok". We thought maybe that meant he was taking us to those places, but that was not the case. Long story short, we still saw some great stuff in the Ourika Valley, but it wasn't exactly what we wanted and just ended up being a cause of stress in an already stressful city (exciting, but stressful).

The location is a bit of a walk from the square and souks, but not too bad, and we liked being in a more "residential" feeling neighborhood. The beds are just average, but we're not too sensitive to that kind of thing. The heat/ac unit was a bit noisy, but worked fine. Also, keep in mind, as it's an old Riad, all rooms have windows into the atrium, even the bathrooms, and with the thin wood shutter like doors, everyone can hear everything else going on in the hotel.

Note: Our minor problem with communication will almost never be an issue, as the owner will usually be there. Don't let that part of our review sway you. It really was a fantastic place.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 99, derb Jdid | Bab Doukkala, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #67 of 1,043 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3 star — Riad Adriana 3*
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