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“Belive the hype.” 5 of 5 stars
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31, Derb jdid Bab Doukkala 44.000, Marrakech, Morocco   |  
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Ranked #1 of 460 Hotels in Marrakech
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“Belive the hype.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Believe the hype. This Riad has it all. But more than that, it does what so few hotels in the world get quite right: the balance between attentiveness and just letting you chill. We stayed there for four nights in the first week of December 2012 and there was not a thing that crossed our minds about Marrakech, eating, shopping, touring and so on….that Rebeca, Damian and the incomparable staff hadn’t already thought of and were at the ready to assist us with. Yet at the same time, like mystic mind readers, they knew when you wanted to just relax and soak in the elegant, unforgettable atmosphere that pervades every corner of Noir d’Ivoire. Our two dinners we ate at the Riad were superb, and made all the more memorable by the unique setting which the staff will happily tailor to your desires. Marrakech and the surroundings can afford the trip of a lifetime, but they are also easy to get wrong if it’s your first visit: bad restaurant suggestion, overpriced shop, getting lost, getting fleeced…it’s all very possible. So unless you have arranged it all beforehand, you will be somewhat beholden to the advice and guidance provided by your hotel. In the case of Noir d’Ivoire, you are simply in the very best and most capable hands. Totally reliable, innovative when required, and absolutely, unfailingly hospitable, start of stay to finish. Maybe there is a better small hotel in the world, but I haven’t found it.

  • Stayed December 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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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

My first time in Marrakech and in five days we wanted it all... Having researched the market we picked Riad Noir d'Ivoire because it was central in the Medina (we wanted to be in the thick of it), I wanted something also both modern and traditional at the same time. The website is good and conveys the hotel and its spirit well.

The Riad did not disappoint, it was all of the above, but what stood out most of all was the quality of the management and staff at the Hotel. Rebeca and Damien could not have done more to arrange everything so it was perfect: trips to the mountains, guides for the Medina, restaurant bookings - nothing was to great or small for them. The staff overall were extremely helpful - to pay them a great compliment would be to say it was like staying at home. Our room (panthere) was really nicely furnished and immaculately kept.

The rooms are luxurious and have good character, balancing the modern with an authentic Marrakech feel. The hotel room missed a few 'mod cons' a this price, such as thermo valves on the showers and ipod players in the rooms, but this does not detract from the overall experience. It does not offer the range of amenities perhaps of a larger Hotel, but it has greater style and charm being a small boutique establishment.

The Hotel is in the heart of the Medina and is handy for shopping , the Souk, the main square, etc. It does not have the gardens that an out of town has, but we had a nice roof terrace with a hot tub with a view across the city rooftops. It does not have gardens like the Mamounia or hotels outside the old town, but for us out for a long weekend in late November, it was ideal.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012 via mobile

We chose this hotel after reading the reviews on trip advisor. I am so glad we did as we have just had a fantastic few days. We were really looked after and were given good advice where to eat and where to visit. Nothing was too much trouble with very friendly staff who would go out of their way to help you. Found the whole experience very stress free and relaxing.

  • Stayed November 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 December 4, 2012

Sometimes you a read review on Trip Advisor and think....wow could it really be that great? Well I decided to take my wife here for our 10th wedding anniversary and it was absolutely fantastic!! From the moment we were welcomed into the riad by Rebeca and Damien everything was perfect. Rebeca had organised a romantic dinner in our room on our first night as well as a hamman and relaxing message to set the mood...

The great thing about the riad is the serenity - a pleasant escape from the madness of the Marrakech streets and souks. Whether your having breakfast by the pool or dinner in the library there just seems to be a level of privacy about the riad.

The staff are extremely friendly, ensuring that all your needs are catered for. Damien and Rebeca will go out of there way to ensure whatever activity you choose will be pefect.

If you get the chance - stay in the Panther room - you will not be dissapointed! Also make sure you try the Mojito with fresh mint - awesome!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Rolling Meadows, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Riad Noir d'Ivoire earlier this month (November 2012). We were there for two nights and three days (we were taking the overnight train to Tangier from Marrakech, and the managers let us use our room for the whole day even though we wouldn't be staying the third night).

The service was stellar, starting right away with our airport pickup. The managers, Rebecca and Damien, had arranged to have the driver take us to the train station so we could buy tickets for that night train I mentioned above. Then we entered the kasbah walls and our bags were taken to Cous Cous the donkey, who shuttled them the rest of the way.

The accommodations were well-appointed and more luxurious than my wife and I are used to, and the service could not have been better. There was always someone available and happy to help with whatever we needed. We were happy to explore Marrakech during the days and nights we were there--with some excellent tips on food and route-planning from the riad staff--and we felt comfortable knowing we had a Noir d'Ivoire cell phone in case we got lost (which we did, once, but we quickly found our way with help from the staff).

I have to make special mention of the incredible breakfasts, which came included with the price of the room. Not only was the service impeccable, but the food was outstanding as well, and there was plenty of it. We also ate dinner at the riad on our last night there, just before taking a taxi to the train, and that was just as good as the breakfast.

My wife and I think Riad Noir d'Ivoire earned this five-star rating, so we're happy to give it.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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 December 2, 2012

I cannot recommend this Riad highly enough. From the moment you walk in you immediately feel relaxed and welcomed. The interior is less like a hotel and more like a beautiful home. The staff were all incredibly charming and helpful guiding us as to where to go and what to see in Marrakech. As a result, this made our trip very special. If I go back to Marrakech this is the only place I would consider staying..

  • Stayed November 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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Chislehurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

My hubby and I were absolutely bowled over with EVERYTHING about this place. I booked this for a birthday present and bearing in mind that he likes his privacy, decided to go for the number 1. Well, if its privacy you want, I think we spoke to another couple on our day trip out but we really felt there was nobody else around. Before we left, we had all these ideas about excursions but upon arrival, completely chilled and spent so much of our time just completely recharging our batteies amid this haven.
We stayed in the panthere room which does have its own terrace and I would advise anyone going, to book this if their budget allows. Breakfast was served when we wanted in wherever place we wanted so the terrace was always the choice.The room was exactly as the pictures and the staff were attentive,polite and not too in your face.Loved the zany Damien who organised our trips and restaurants out and seemed to understand my husbands needs when it came to food!¬!!!!
I must say, all in all, this has been our favourite weekend trip away and that is down to having the most amazing experience at the Riad. Thank you to all for making it so worthwhile

Room Tip: All the rooms have their advantages but the suites have their own terrace with jacuzzi!!
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  • Stayed November 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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Additional Information about Riad Noir d'Ivoire

Address: 31, Derb jdid Bab Doukkala 44.000, Marrakech, Morocco
Location: Morocco > Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region > Marrakech
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Marrakech
#7 Family Hotel in Marrakech
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riad Noir d'Ivoire is a romantic destination composed of five suites, three of which have private roof terraces and jacuzzis, two junior suites and two double rooms. Services include Spa with traditional hammam, Boutique, fully equipped gym, library, restaurant and a heated pool. All suites have fireplaces and all rooms, have air conditioning, heating, mini-bars, hairdryers, wall safes and flat screen televisions. Meet and greet service with our donkey Couscous and our four loving cats! ... more   less 
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Riad Noir d`Ivoire Hotel Marrakech
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