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“Riad Nice, Manager Not So Much” 2 of 5 stars
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Dar Moulay Ali
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   6, Derb El Ouartani | Mouassine -Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #730 of 1,149 Marrakech B&B and Inns
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“Riad Nice, Manager Not So Much”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Our experience with the Riad was fine - good location, pretty cheap, friendly staff. Only issue was with the shadiness of the management. I left my jacket there, and the first time we called they said they found it, but the second time they said it mysteriously disappeared. Just annoying that they blatantly lied about it.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The manager worths a very poor rating which ruins the good location of the hostel in the medina.
On arrival I was really angry when the guy at the entrance of medina told me that he was from the hostel and led me the way but of course later asked for tips. The manager didn't introduce himself but stood on the side of that guy who's asking for money. I really hate people here keep lying and claiming a false identity. Because of this incident, the manager showed his dark face whenever we saw him in the hostel, making me feel unsafe staying in this hostel.
As our room was on the ground floor, he keeps an eye on whtever we did, care about whether we turned off the light or aircon when we left the room.
The manager is really unhelpful and even scare us but later on when we paid the room we realized there was a tax of 10EUR (for 2 nights stay) on the bill. We know that 'tax' would go to the pocket of that manager but he still asked for 'gifts' after we paid the bill unreluctantly. What a shame on this manager that I don't think the hostel worths such positive ratings.
Btw, if you still choose to stay here please don't pick the room on the ground floor, the toilet smells terribly because of the poor ventilation in the room.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Co. Wicklow, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

This was a beautiful Riad: Interior garden / courtyard was full of tradition (Moroccan ceramics and tiles); orange trees in the centre of the courtyard with birds twittering in the morning and afternoon. We stayed in a room on the ground floor which was spacious and beautifully decorated and with the shutters open allowed us to view the garden.The shower- room / toilet could do with some updating.The staff were friendly and helpful(particularly the lady, Madame FATIMA).The location was excellent, inside the Medina (2 minute walk to the Souks).The breakfast was very good with freshly squeezed orange juice, moroccan pancakes,omelette etc. served by Hassan (?) who was very helpful.

We would highly recommend this Riad for friendliness, location and a traditional Moroccan experience. Marrakech is a wonderful City (just watch out for the traffic!)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Killin, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Can't get a taxi closer than 200m from riad.
Booked a large room and given a small one, changed room but still not given the one I booked.
Paint falling off the walls of our room onto our luggage and bathroom smelling like a Calcutta sewer.
Owner not always present but manager was and this man will try and swindle money from you any way he can. Always asking for a gift (money) coming into our room wanting alcohol, wanting 3 times the regular rate for a taxi. This man is unhelpful and not to be trusted.
Riad has no soft drinks or snacks to purchase.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Thank Simon R
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Strasbourg, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

I spent 4 nights there last january and it was a blast.
The location is perfect, 5 minutes walk to the Place; and once you're in the riad it is very very quiet, it's so peaceful. You can also relax on the roof where there are deckchairs. The fresh breakfast was heaven, cooked by Fatima when you come to sit in the patio : omelette, maroccan tea, freshly pressed orange juice, maroccan bread with marmelad, msemen and honey... All the staff (both madam and the concierge) is lovely, though you have to speak french. The room was great, huge (I was alone and had one double bed + one single bed), super clean and fresh towels were provided every day. The bathroom was great, especially when you know how it is elsewhere in the medina. Careful if you are going there in the winter, it's a riad so it is open (no roof), and therefore quite cold during the night...
I would definitely recommend the place to people who are looking for an authentic place to stay with thoughful staff, it is not a big hotel like in the palm grove with hundreds of people, a pool and buffets, disconnected with the heart of the city.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Marie E
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Belgrade, Serbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My friend and I stayed at this Riad for 3 nights in May 2012. We took a taxi from the train station and found the place easy enough, not too far from the main road where the taxis stop. Tired after our trip, we found the courtyard very soothing and relaxed for a while until we got the check-in sorted out. The staff hardly spoke any English, but we managed with the bit of French we know, and were shown to our room on the first floor.

All of the rooms are very typical for moroccan riads, and overlook the courtyard, which we enjoyed. The rooms were of decent size, with comfortable beds, good internet access and clean bathrooms. The water pressure was a bit low, but we managed just fine.

The Jemaa el Fna square is a few minutes walk from there, with some lively streets on the way, a lot of shops and always very crowded and lively. When you enter the riad however, you do not hear any of the noise and are able to relax - both if you're looking for a quick afternoon power nap or a good nights sleep.

The breakfast was fresh cooked and despite the lack of choice, we were very happy with it.

Overall, a good place to stay while you are in Marrakech - safe, clean, comfortable and close to the Jemaa el Fna square which is a tourist delight, occupying all of your senses at once!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 6, Derb El Ouartani | Mouassine -Médina, Marrakech 40008, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
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Ranked #730 of 1,149 B&Bs / Inns in Marrakech
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Hotel Class:3 star — Dar Moulay Ali 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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